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Forensic Toxicology: Then and Now

October 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Forensic toxicology has always been the domain of the medical examiner. As far back as the early 18th century, primitive toxicology practices were already being utilized in criminal courts, and were quickly becoming an important crime-solving weapon in some of history’s most infamous cases.

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Glowing Fingerprints by a Burgled Scientist

October 20, 2015 1:46 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

After being burglarized, Kang Liang put his mind to the problem of finding prints, and found a solution which can make invisible fingerprints glow on surfaces within 30 seconds of application, as he details in a study published in today’s issue of Advanced Materials.

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DNA by the Numbers

October 20, 2015 1:18 pm | by Anna A. Mapes | Comments

Nowadays increasing numbers of evidentiary traces are collected at crime scenes and submitted for DNA analysis at the forensic laboratories. However, almost 50% of the analyzed DNA samples do not result in valuable DNA typing information. 

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Recreational Research: Analyzing ‘designer drugs’ at Miami’s premier electronic music festival

October 20, 2015 1:10 pm | by Jim Dawson, NIJ | Comments

Utilizing a grant from the National Institute of Justice, researchers have been able to identify the parent drug in blood samples and correlate that drug with metabolites that are produced as the drug is being broken down inside the body. This vital information can help police identify impaired drivers during traffic stops, and provide first responders with life-saving information during overdoses. 

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A Look Inside I.S.H.I. 26 in Pictures

October 20, 2015 10:42 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Now in its 26th year, the symposium welcomed almost 1,000 attendees from over 40 countries and held dozens of presentations and talks on cutting-edge technologies in the DNA world.

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3-D Digital Forensic Analysis Confirms Lee Harvey Oswald Photo

October 19, 2015 10:20 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Oswald is standing in an American backyard, with stark shadows thrown in the black-and-white background. The rifle is the same model that would shortly be used to kill the President of the United States of America.

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Did the Infamous Alcatraz Escapees Reach South America?

October 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new photograph is considered by forensic scientists as a crucial clue that the escape might have been successful, and purports to show Clarence and John Anglin, the two bank robbers, standing on their farm in Brazil. The picture was then given to family members in 1992, who are only now making it known to the public.

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More Victims Possible along the Interstate in Trucker 'Serial Killer' Case

October 15, 2015 2:05 pm | Comments

Robert Rembert may have left more victims along his truck route in the ensuring years – and detectives are now piecing together past clues, according to authorities.

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ISHI: Largest DNA Symposium a Success in Texas

October 15, 2015 1:56 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The largest conference on DNA analysis took place this week in a massive convention complex that proved the old Texan slogan: everything really is bigger in Texas. 

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DNA Mixtures Present Statistical Problem, Texas Labs Proactively Examining Thousands of Cases

October 12, 2015 12:18 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

New science is making things a little more complicated when it comes to DNA. One state is now looking at thousands of cases to make sure their analysis of identification probabilities was accurate for the last 15-plus years.

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Can Big Data Predict the Next Massacre?

October 9, 2015 1:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

As the steady drumbeat of mass shootings continues in the United States, amid the debate of gun control and mental illness, a new military study suggests that big-data prediction can offer warning signals of the next person to resort to violence.

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6,000 Inmates To Be Released Under New Drug Sentencing Guidelines

October 8, 2015 1:20 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

By the end of this month, an estimated 6,000 inmates will be freed from federal prisons, based on new sentencing recommendations from the U.S. Sentencing Commission last year. It is the first wave of an estimated 46,290 offenders who will serve less time based on the new guidelines, emphasizing leniency on small-time offenders.

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Threatening to Post Sex Tape on Facebook Not a Crime

October 7, 2015 12:03 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A man sentenced to six years in prison for threatening to post a sex tape of a county court clerk and two other men on Facebook had his conviction overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court this week.

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Two Arrested in 1984 Rape and Murder of a Pennsylvania Teen

October 6, 2015 12:31 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

After years of interviews and follow-up investigations, charges were brought against two men Friday, which appear to solve the 31-year-old mystery.

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3D-Printed Skulls Offer Hands-on Info into Cold Cases

October 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Hospital CT scans produced images which are then downloaded to 3-D printers that utilize a material that is almost an exact analogue to the actual bone structure.

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