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Preserving Forensic Evidence after Terrorist Attacks

April 22, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, pathologists had to improvise to preserve forensic evidence in the midst of life-saving surgeries and amputations. Some of the most vital clues were embedded in the tissue of those fighting to stay alive.

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There are some things that make your spine tingle that are exciting and good for   you, but more often than not, if you experience a tingling in your back it is a sign   of something bad. We are talking about back pain, herniated discs, or worse. Back   i

Spine Tingling

April 27, 2015 8:38 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

There are some things that make your spine tingle that are exciting and good for you, but more often than not, if you experience a tingling in your back it is a sign of something bad. Back injuries are probably not something you immediately associate with forensics and laboratory work. However, there are plenty of ways to injure your back if you perform forensic field work or work in a laboratory.

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From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recy

Data Sanitization: Part 1

April 24, 2015 4:45 pm | by John J. Barbara | Comments

From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin. Depending upon the length of time a file has been deleted, forensic tools can recover the entire file or parts of the file (if it was partially overwritten).

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When it comes to forensic science, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a powerful technique in any analysts’ toolbox. Due to its simplicity, accuracy, sensitivity and versatility, GC/MS is often called the gold standard of analytical methodolo

A Gold Standard in Forensics: A GC/MS Case Study

April 24, 2015 3:31 pm | by Kristen Parnell | Comments

When it comes to forensic science, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is a powerful technique in any analysts’ toolbox. Due to its simplicity, accuracy, sensitivity and versatility, GC/MS is often called the gold standard of analytical methodologies for many forensic tests.

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So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? In a laboratory setting, there is a plethora of data that needs to be tracked. Very important work is being completed on a day-to-day basis and a system needs to

LIMS vs QMS: What Are They and Do I Need Both?

April 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Juliann Poff | Comments

So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? In a laboratory setting, there is a plethora of data that needs to be tracked. Very important work is being completed on a day-to-day basis and a system needs to be able to help a laboratory efficiently capture that sample analytical testing data. 

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Unfortunately, many companies have entered the cloud without first checking the weather. Cloud services have skyrocketed primarily because they’re cheaper and more convenient than the alternative. What happens if the cloud gets stormy, you suffer a breach

Legal Issues with Cloud Forensics

April 23, 2015 5:15 pm | by David Wilson | Comments

Unfortunately, many companies have entered the cloud without first checking the weather. Cloud services have skyrocketed primarily because they’re cheaper and more convenient than the alternative. What happens if the cloud gets stormy, you suffer a breach, and you find yourself in the position of having to conduct digital forensics? What now?

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This particular case concerned blood-alcohol analysis via gas chromatography (GC), the preeminent analytical tool commonly used in the forensic science arena for the determination of alcohol in blood samples. The focus was on the quantitative assessment o

Blood-Alcohol Analysis via Gas Chromatography: Assessment of Data Reliability

April 23, 2015 4:02 pm | by Dominick A. Labianca | Comments

This particular case concerned blood-alcohol analysis via gas chromatography (GC), the preeminent analytical tool commonly used in the forensic science arena for the determination of alcohol in blood samples. The focus was on the quantitative assessment of the data stemming from the analysis, which involved direct injection of appropriately prepared liquid samples into the gas chromatograph. 

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Progressive forensic practitioners are always searching for ways to increase their accuracy and efficiency in the field, while also improving their presentations of complex evidence.

New Technologies for Shooting Incident Reconstruction

April 23, 2015 2:44 pm | by Nathan Lefebvre, James Molinaro and Howard Ryan | Comments

Progressive forensic practitioners are always searching for ways to increase their accuracy and efficiency in the field, while also improving their presentations of complex evidence. 

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15 Suspended after NY State Police Probe

April 23, 2015 9:43 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Although the new software was not used in any cases involving the suspended employees, the agency said it is providing pertinent information to ensure legal obligations are upheld in cases involving the suspended employees.

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis.   Cannabis is a genus of angiosperm plants of the cannabaceae family that includes Cannabis sativa and its subspecies Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis.1 Its first descript

THC Analysis with Triple Quadrupole GC-MS

April 22, 2015 5:05 pm | by Andrea Caruso | Comments

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the main psychoactive constituent of cannabisCannabis is a genus of angiosperm plants of the cannabaceae family that includes Cannabis sativa and its subspecies Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Its first description as a recreational drug dates back to the Greek historian Herodotus.

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It’s a typical summer day in southwest Louisiana. The air is spongy with heat as alligators sun themselves lazily along the lakes and bayous of Lake Charles. But, the city was a frightening place to be a woman from late 2002 through the summer of 2003.

DNA as a Sketch Artist: How Forensic Science Benefits from Physical Predictions

April 22, 2015 4:39 pm | by Katrina Voss | Comments

It’s a typical summer day in southwest Louisiana. The air is spongy with heat as alligators sun themselves lazily along the lakes and bayous of Lake Charles. But, the city was a frightening place to be a woman from late 2002 through the summer of 2003. Five bodies had been found raped, murdered and dumped in the swamps between Lafayette and Baton Rouge.

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Forensic Evidence Found in Brazen London Bank Heist

April 22, 2015 10:27 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The London Metropolitan Police released CCTV footage of the robbers this week, calling on the public to help in the investigation, and giving detailed information about forensic evidence found at the scene.

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Today’s investigative teams are buried under a mountain of digital data that comes from an increasing number and variety of sources. As the quantity of potential evidence continues to grow, some might yearn for a simpler time before the latest advances in

Uncovering the Smoking Gun is a Team Effort

April 22, 2015 9:07 am | by Dr. Jim Kent | Comments

Today’s investigative teams are buried under a mountain of digital data that comes from an increasing number and variety of sources. As the quantity of potential evidence continues to grow, some might yearn for a simpler time before the latest advances in technology; especially since criminals have become quite efficient at using these tools to hide their crimes and evade detection and prosecution. 

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The FBIs Flawed Hair Evidence under the Microscope

April 21, 2015 12:57 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

According to a July 2000 article by FBI Unit Chief Douglas W. Deedrick—published only months after the FBI stopped using the flawed technique—the agency admitted that the technique was not only flawed, but needed careful handling when used as evidence in criminal cases.

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Fix the Flaws in Forensic Science

April 21, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric S. Lander, The New York Times | Comments

THE F.B.I. stunned the legal community on Monday with its acknowledgment that testimony by its forensic scientists about hair identification was scientifically indefensible in nearly every one of more than 250 cases reviewed. But the conclusion should come as no surprise to scientists.

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The Search for Lincoln's DNA

April 17, 2015 1:11 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Scientists will compare any DNA found on the bed sheet to future tests of blood samples from verified Lincoln artifacts, which would determine, once and for all, if the bed sheet was present at one of the most seminal moments in American history.

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