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'Making a Murderer' Inmate, Steven Avery, Files Motions for Release

January 14, 2016 1:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The inmate who is the subject of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” filed an appeal last week, claiming authorities did an improper search to find evidence, and that a juror on his case was biased.

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DNA Evidence Links Suspect to Ashley Olsen Murder in Florence

January 14, 2016 12:49 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

DNA samples from the scene, and from under the victim's fingernails, matched DNA from a cigarette butt the suspect discarded at the police station.

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‘Unknown’ Pearl Harbor Sailors Identified, 75 Years Later

January 13, 2016 3:31 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The remains were disinterred last year in an initiative that exhumed the remains of some 388 service members from 45 graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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Evidence of Mass Extinction, Behind a South Jersey Hardware Store

January 13, 2016 11:23 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The dinosaurs and large creatures that had ruled the planet for millions of years were gone almost instantly, experts believe. But like in a good crime story, there were no bodies to be found.

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Police Exhume 'Baby Moses' for DNA and an Identity

January 12, 2016 3:21 pm | by Seth Augenstein | Comments

The investigation has gotten new life this week, as authorities seek to exhume the tiny body, and test the remaining DNA to determine the parents and finally solve the case.

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Suitcase-Sized Kit IDs Trace Chemicals, Sniff by Sniff

January 12, 2016 10:40 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A new portable kit—no larger than an average suitcase—might help investigators identify trace chemicals in the field, like explosives, accelerants in arson investigations, and even clandestine graves.

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Monday's Briefing: 01/11/16

January 11, 2016 12:36 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s what 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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Exhumed Contact Lens Breaks Open Cold Murder Case

January 11, 2016 12:33 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new detective looking through the inventory on the then-cold Janet Abaroa murder case found one piece of evidence conspicuously missing: the victim's contact lenses.

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Forensic Expert Finds Trace Blood on Revolutionary War Bullets

January 8, 2016 12:17 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Archaeologists found the fragments about a foot beneath the soil with metal detectors, where they had lain untouched since Colonial times.

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White House Responds to 'Making a Murderer' Petition

January 8, 2016 12:12 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

“Making a Murderer” inmate Steve Avery will likely not be pardoned for the 2005 murder, even though he already seems exonerated in the court of public opinion.

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DNA on Rifle Wrestled Away From Robber Leads to Arrest

January 7, 2016 11:29 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

After a sandwich-shop owner in Ohio was able to wrestle a semi-automatic rifle away from his attacker, police pulled DNA evidence from the gun, which led to an arrest this week.

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Can Mites Be Used to Determine Post-Mortem Interval Months After a Death?

January 6, 2016 12:55 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Mites that hitch a ride to the decomposing remains might be an unaddressed angle to pin down postmortem interval after months or even years, according to a new study.

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Are ‘Smart Guns’ for Law Enforcement in Obama’s Sights?

January 6, 2016 12:27 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Along with President Obama’s executive action on gun control, the White House is looking into new ways to control its own firearms by looking into new smart-gun technology.

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Circadian Rhythm Could Help Determine Post-Mortem Interval

January 5, 2016 12:53 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The research team analyzed the brains of 146 people whose specific time of death was known. They zoomed in on the prefrontal cortex, and found 235 core genes that make up the “molecular clock.”

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Lifting 800-Year-Old Prints from Medieval Wax Seals

January 5, 2016 10:57 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Over 800 years later, the seals are providing scientists with valuable statistical information about fingerprinting techniques, and how fingerprints might change over time.

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