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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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
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.”
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.