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Forensic Video Tool Helps Homeland Security Zero In on Threats

May 10, 2016 12:55 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Suspicious bags in public places are a constant threat in heavily-trafficked areas. But a new video tracking technology, in use by Homeland Security, might be the wave of the future. 

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Researchers to Rape Survivors: How Was Your Investigation?

May 10, 2016 12:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Fewer than a third of all sexual assaults are ever reported to police, but a new study in Chicago is reaching out to survivors to find out why they did or did not come forward to police.

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Monday's Briefing: 05/09/16

May 9, 2016 12:44 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Forensic Palynologist Tracks the Near-Invisible, from National Security to Cold Cases

May 6, 2016 3:14 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

About 1,000 trained palynologists are working in the world right now, but the vast majority are in the oil industry, since pollen can tell drillers how far back they are in time.

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Genetic Genius: The Quest for Leonardo da Vinci’s DNA

May 6, 2016 12:40 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Cracking the real da Vince code will take a team of researchers from around the world, and put any doubt about the authenticity of Leonardo’s remains to rest.

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Disgraced Lab Analyst Was High Almost Daily for 8 Years

May 6, 2016 12:32 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Details from one of Massachusetts’ worst crime lab scandals were released by the state Attorney General’s office, potentially calling tens of thousands of cases into question.

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LAPD Says They Hacked Murder Victim's iPhone

May 5, 2016 12:14 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The LAPD end-around the security features is the second well-documented time U.S. law enforcement has broken into the notoriously-difficult Apple hardware and software.

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Escaped Inmate Sighted in CVS Pharmacy in NJ

May 5, 2016 10:27 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The Barnegat Police Department confirmed that 38-year-old Arthur Buckel was captured on security-camera images from a local CVS, one day after he escaped from the minimum security Bayside State Prison.

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Pollen Pins ‘Buck Skin’ Jane Doe to the Northeast, 35 Years Later

May 4, 2016 12:36 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Authorities believe they may have a geographic lead into where the girl was from based on a forensic pollen analysis.

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Captain Cook's Legendary Ship May Be Discovery at Bottom of Newport Harbor

May 4, 2016 9:20 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The 13 ships were split into five groups in Newport Harbor, and researchers believe the group that included the Lord Sandwich was positively located.

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After Legalizing Pot, Teens Still Get ‘Easy’ Access

May 3, 2016 12:02 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Marijuana has long been the drug du jour among teenagers across the country, and for good reason—it continues to be the most easily accessible.

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Decomposition Rates Between Humans, Pigs May Vary Wildly

May 3, 2016 11:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Traditional decomposition models may have to be reconsidered, according to an ambitious new series of studies by a team of researchers at the famed “Body Farm.”

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Monday's Briefing: 05/02/16

May 2, 2016 12:29 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Texting Scandal Deepens in San Francisco

May 2, 2016 12:22 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

An investigation turned up racist and homophobic messages exchanged between three officers who are now no longer working with the department.

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‘Textalyzer’ Could Help Prevent Texting While Driving

April 28, 2016 1:35 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

NY lawmakers are promoting the idea of a “Textalyzer”—a device that could give police access to a driver’s phone history immediately after a traffic accident.

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