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DFI News Integrates with Forensic News Daily

October 2, 2015 11:55 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Digital Forensic Investigators can now find trending news and exclusive articles on Forensic News Daily. The exceptional content you've become accustomed to in the DFI News Newsletter will be published in the Forensic News Daily that reaches forensic professionals with editorial coverage they can use.

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Bronze-Age Mummies Found in Britain

October 1, 2015 12:31 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Although Egyptian archaeology has unearthed the most well-known mummies over the centuries, the builders of the Pyramids were not the only civilization elaborately preserving their dead.

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Concealed Guns and Crime Rates in Four States

October 1, 2015 12:23 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Gun control has long been a hot-button issue as state and federal law move to reflect the changing dynamics of gun ownership in America. A new study examined the relationship between concealed handgun licensing (CHL) legislation and crime rates to better understand if greater access to guns leads to more criminal activity.

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Hunting down an information security adversary could be like fighting a hydra. But, cutting off each head whack-a-mole style is not an effective response to a potential data breach disaster.

Incident Response Hunting: Taking Each Step

September 30, 2015 4:19 pm | by Ernest Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Hunting down an information security adversary could be like fighting a hydra. But, cutting off each head whack-a-mole style is not an effective response to a potential data breach disaster.

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When organizations realize that response is not enough, they go hunting. Often the response to an information security breach is reactive, but today’s incident response hunt teams take a more proactive approach.

Incident Response Doesn’t Need to Wait

September 30, 2015 4:16 pm | by Ernest Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

When organizations realize that response is not enough, they go hunting. Often the response to an information security breach is reactive, but today’s incident response hunt teams take a more proactive approach. 

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Judge’s Critique Still Smolders on Execution Day

September 30, 2015 2:39 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

An outspoken federal appeals court judge wrote a lengthy critique of the entire criminal justice system in the U.S. in June – an assessment that has since caused a furor from courtrooms to police departments, and crime scenes to evidence storage rooms.

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Exhuming the Romanovs

September 30, 2015 1:43 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

New evidence in the 100-year-old murders of the Romanov clan might finally reunite the last Russian royal family, and allow the Orthodox Catholic church to grant proper burial to their children's remains in a cathedral in St. Petersburg.

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Can You Determine Race From a Fingerprint?

September 29, 2015 2:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

For years, forensic scientists have studied differences between latent fingerprints and have used this information to identify unique patterns. Now, a new study takes a closer look at the minutiae of fingerprints and has come to an astounding conclusion: latent prints can provide clues to a person’s race.

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Racial Hate Crimes Linked to Increased Internet Access in the Early 2000s

September 29, 2015 11:47 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

In a new study, researchers have tried to find out if the Internet might also push racially biased “hate content” and if there is a correlation between increased availability to the Internet and actual hate crimes perpetrated in the real world.

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The Smell of Death Could Become Forensic Tool

September 28, 2015 2:31 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The smell of the dead is unique to human experience – as homicide detectives know, nothing else can be mistaken for that particularly pungent stench. But scientists are still picking apart exactly what makes up that complex smell – and their progress could mean a whole new avenue of forensics to find bodies, determine time of death, and even identify people by a “smelly fingerprint.”

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Ethics at the Crime Scene

September 25, 2015 1:54 pm | by Dick Warrington | Comments

By definition, “ethics” refers to “the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.” But what does ethics mean for a Crime Scene Officer? In particular, what do we expect from a CSO at the crime scene?

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The Width of a Human Hair

September 25, 2015 1:50 pm | by Dixie Peters, Kelly Grisedale, Lisa Schade, Jonathan Tabak and James Anstead | Comments

In a typical crime laboratory operating today, what are the chances of obtaining an informative nuclear DNA profile from a rootless hair shaft? Or from extremely degraded skeletal human remains? The answer, as many forensic DNA analysts will attest, is somewhat discouraging—it is not likely at all.

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Identifying the Angel of Death: The forensic examination of Josef Mengele

September 25, 2015 1:43 pm | by Dolly Stolze | Comments

When the gravediggers reached the wooden coffin, they were ordered to smash it open with their metal tools and pulled out the bones. That’s when the assistant director of the police department’s forensics lab jumped inside the excavated grave and held up the skull they believed belonged to Mengele

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Defining a Face: What can DNA phenotyping really tell us about an unknown sample?

September 25, 2015 12:12 pm | by Jim Dawson | Comments

Within every person, somewhere among the approximately three billion DNA base pairs, hidden in the alleles and single nucleotide polymorphisms, is the information that defines much of an individual’s physical appearance. This DNA-determined appearance, or phenotype, is what creates family resemblance and, in the words of geneticist Richard Spritz, is “what your grandmother is responding to when she says you look like your father.”

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An Open Letter to India: It’s time to pass the Human DNA Profiling Bill

September 25, 2015 12:05 pm | by Chris Asplen | Comments

For over twelve years now, officials in India have been discussing and debating, researching and studying the different dynamics of a forensic DNA database. While I wish that the Human DNA Profiling Bill 2015 had had a name more fitting of its crime fighting nature, it needs to be passed nonetheless.

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