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NIST to Fund $20M National Forensic Science Center at Iowa State

May 26, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Forensic Science Center of Excellence, which could help set national standards about how evidence is handled and presented, will be created with a five-year grant award that is worth up to $20 million.

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Colo. Theater Shooter's Journal Takes Center Stage at Trial

May 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The legal argument, and potentially Holmes’s life, depend on whether he had the capacity to know the consequences of his actions – and whether he deliberately planned the attack.

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In D.C. Lab Scandal, Mayor Accused of Foul Play

May 29, 2015 1:50 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A letter of resignation from a member of the Washington D.C. Science Advisory Board stoked further speculation that the mayor and the District Attorney’s office may have ordered the two audits that shut down DNA testing last month in an attempt to seize control of the laboratory.

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Six have been charged with participating in a scheme to charge mobile phone customers tens of millions of dollars in monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages about topics such as horoscopes, celebrity gossip and trivia facts, without the cust

6 Charged in Multi-Million-Dollar Text Messaging Consumer Fraud Scheme

May 29, 2015 12:15 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Six have been charged with participating in a scheme to charge mobile phone customers $50 million in monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages about topics such as horoscopes, celebrity gossip and trivia facts, without the customers’ knowledge or consent — a practice the defendants referred to as “auto-subscribing.”

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Pentagon Accidentally Ships Live Anthrax Samples to 9 States

May 29, 2015 9:34 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Laboratory Equipment | Comments

The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that it accidently shipped live anthrax samples from one of its labs in Utah to commercial labs in nine U.S states, as well as a U.S. military base in South Korea.

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Rehabilitation or Restitution? 79-Year-Old Reformed Fugitive Jailed

May 28, 2015 12:38 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

When U.S. marshals confronted convicted felon and longtime fugitive Frank Freshwaters outside his rusted mobile home in the backwaters of Melbourne, Fla. this week, they showed him a piece of evidence that he could no longer refute, according to reports—a picture of his mug shot from 1959.

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‘Dry-Labbing’ and Data Integrity with Dr. Ashraf Mozayani

May 28, 2015 10:02 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

As a senior forensic advisor for the U.S. Embassy, Mozayani recently visited Uzbekistan, and the capital, Tashkent, where she helped coordinate one of the first and largest regional forensic science conferences in the country. “If the data doesn’t have integrity then it’s just nonsense.”

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When a corporation needs a file for litigation, it might not turn to a digital forensic investigator. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) could get the job done. Collecting files in a forensically-sound manner, a cousin to digital forensic imaging, provides a wa

SaaS Makes Corporate eDiscovery Fast, Easy, Adds to DFI Toolbox

May 28, 2015 9:54 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

When a corporation needs a file for litigation, it might not turn to a digital forensic investigator. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) could get the job done. Collecting files in a forensically-sound manner, a cousin to digital forensic imaging, provides a way for a corporation to prepare e-discovery information for civil litigation. SaaS can also give forensic practitioners an additional way to collect information. 

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Oldest Ever Homicide in 430,000 Year-Old Case

May 27, 2015 4:38 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Cranium 17 showed the two similar but separate wounds, inflicted one after another, with force enough to puncture the brain.

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New Human Ancestor Added to Family Tree

May 27, 2015 1:07 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

New upper and lower jaw fossils were unearthed from the Afar region of Ethiopia four years ago, and were then described as a separate species by an international scientific team at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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B.B. King Poisoned to Death, Daughters Claim

May 26, 2015 3:09 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The two daughters, Karen Williams and Patty King, provided affidavits to various media outlets claiming the two assistants had administered harmful treatments to the 89-year-old which caused diabetic shock.

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Forensic Tools Detail Ancient Mesoamerican Cannibalism Rituals

May 22, 2015 2:55 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Using powder x-ray diffraction, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy, and other methods, researchers examined the bones, which were found in 2011.

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Suspect Captured in D.C. Quadruple Homicide

May 22, 2015 9:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Wint was allegedly leaving a hotel in Washington D.C. with two females in a car, followed by two men driving a box truck with $10,000 cash inside.

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DFI News spoke with Jonathan Grier, principal of Grier Forensic, before he left Las Vegas after attending this year’s Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC). Although, due to a scheduling conflict, he was not able to give his presentatio

Talking Insider Data Theft With Jonathan Grier

May 21, 2015 1:11 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

If a thief tries to break into a house he’s going to leave broken windows, explains digital forensic expert Jonathan Grier. But someone on the inside doesn’t leave broken glass; he’s already in. The same goes with insider theft in digital forensics. DFI News spoke with Grier about insider theft and about CEIC this year.

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Under the Microscope: Comparing Mammalian Spermatozoa Morphologies for Sexual Assault Cases

May 21, 2015 11:50 am | by ​Emily S. Boward | Comments

Identifying which samples might be from the assailant is paramount to investigators, and determining spermatozoa morphologies can sometimes be the key to cracking the case.

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Manhunt Underway in D.C. Quadruple Homicide After DNA Found on Pizza

May 21, 2015 11:09 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Daron Dylon Wint, 34, is now being sought in the killing of a man, woman, their son, and their housekeeper after DNA evidence on a piece of Domino's piece was found at the murder scene. 

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