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This article will specifically review the design strategy for a single table high containment autopsy suite, based partly on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) standards. Our best practices are in an

EBOLA Outbreak

February 4, 2015 8:58 am | by Jinhee Lee and Matt Willmus | Crime Lab Design | Comments

This article will specifically review the design strategy for a single table high containment autopsy suite, based partly on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) standards. Our best practices are in an effort to create a facility that is prepared for the worst case scenario, which could result from any highly contagious disease outbreak.

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Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems.

Next-Gen Sequencing Maps 'Highly Degraded' DNA

January 30, 2015 12:27 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems. This is a significant improvement for law enforcement in cases involving missing persons or unidentified human remains.

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Drones Questioned after Drunken White House Crash

Drone Rules Questioned after Drunken White House Crash

January 29, 2015 1:28 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A drone that crash landed on White House grounds, flown by an unnamed and intoxicated, off-duty government surveillance employee, prompted President Obama to call for stricter regulations on all drones, and pressed the FAA to act on new commercial and consumer rules.

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Who Is All Wet Now?

January 28, 2015 12:41 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Maybe a refresher is due for all forensic laboratory personnel and CSI on the use of safety showers and eye wash stations. The ANSI Z358.1 standard is very detailed in terms of defining what is appropriate for safety showers and eye wash stations. In fact, OSHA uses this reference as a guide when inspecting facilities. So let’s review what is “recommended” for acceptable safety equipment.

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Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation. Semen detect

DNA Forensic Testing and Use of DNA Rape Kits in Cases of Rape and Sexual Assault

January 26, 2015 8:21 am | by Karl M. McDonald | Comments

Rape is defined as forcible penetration, whether oral, anal or vaginal using a sexual organ or object without consent of the victim. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to any unwanted sexual contact, including fondling and molestation. Semen detection tests, confirmatory tests and forensic DNA testing are indispensable tools for solving a cases of rape and assault in order to bring perpetrators to justice.

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Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. Conversely, delayed results can lead to suspects remaining free for extended periods of time, thereby allowing them to potentiall

Examining and Analyzing Large Crime Scene Data Sets

January 23, 2015 1:07 pm | Comments

Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. Conversely, delayed results can lead to suspects remaining free for extended periods of time, thereby allowing them to potentially commit other crimes.

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Crime Scene Photography: Equipment

January 22, 2015 7:46 am | by Dick Warrington | Comments

Before we look at the specifics of crime scene photography, let’s consider the equipment you’ll need. Keep in mind that you don’t need the most sophisticated and most expensive camera on the market. Every department has different equipment these days.

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Footwear and tire track evidence can be essential to your case, but it’s often overlooked. In some cases, CSIs identify the evidence but assume they can’t do anything with it. Weather extremes and difficult surfaces can make casting very challenging, but

Casting: Essentials

January 21, 2015 10:56 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Footwear and tire track evidence can be essential to your case, but it’s often overlooked. In some cases, CSIs identify the evidence but assume they can’t do anything with it. Weather extremes and difficult surfaces can make casting very challenging, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

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Revitalizing suggestions he made in his 2011, Obama wants to give private companies and government agencies the tools they need to combat cyber threats. The president hopes new cooperation between private sectors and government agencies will help keep Ame

Obama on Cybersecurity

January 20, 2015 2:36 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor and Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

President Obama looked to calm fears left in the wake of the high-profile hacks of Sony and Target earlier this year, by hashing out a multi-step plan to "meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children's information," in his sixth State of the Union address last night.         

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Using DNA collected from convicted sex offenders has been instrumental in solving long-dormant sexual assault and homicide cases. Despite nearly universal laws requiring convicted sex offenders to provide a DNA sample, the rules for how and when those sam

Cold Hit: New Technology Reveals Old Evidence

January 16, 2015 2:31 pm | by Detective Lindsey Wade | Comments

Using DNA collected from convicted sex offenders has been instrumental in solving long-dormant sexual assault and homicide cases. Despite nearly universal laws requiring convicted sex offenders to provide a DNA sample, the rules for how and when those samples are collected could be a significant roadblock for cold case detectives around the country.

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The NFL has 32 teams, not groups. Teams. All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. Calling a group a team doesn’t make it one. That’s the team myth. Too many business owners and executives think of “team” as a label. It’s not. A “team” is an ach

The Team Myth: 5 Steps to Successful Team Building

January 16, 2015 8:53 am | by Gerry Sandusky | Comments

The NFL has 32 teams, not groups. Teams. All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. Calling a group a team doesn’t make it one. That’s the team myth. Too many business owners and executives think of “team” as a label. It’s not. A “team” is an achievement; a dynamic process that includes talent, focus, motivation and sacrifice. It has a personality, preferences and a unique culture.

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The City of Columbia Police Department went public with a picture of a “person-of-interest” that was created by cutting edge technology called Forensic DNA Phenotyping that can predict genetic ancestry, eye, hair and skin color, freckling, and facial shap

First DNA-Phenotyped Image of 'Person of Interest' in Double Homicide

January 15, 2015 2:50 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The City of Columbia Police Department went public with a picture of a “person-of-interest” that was created by cutting edge technology called Forensic DNA Phenotyping that can predict genetic ancestry, eye, hair and skin color, freckling, and facial shape in individuals from any ethnic background.

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Recently, Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm   Center spoke with Forensic Magazine about a case presented at 31C3 2014. He helps   us understand how this unusual email attack could be a nation-state-level   operation.

Off-the-shelf Nation-state Attacks

January 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | SANS Institute | Comments

Recently, Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm Center spoke with Forensic Magazine about a case presented at 31C3 2014. He helps us understand how this unusual email attack could be a nation-state-level operation.

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Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, says NJ State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all.

More on NJ's Lethal New Drug Brands

January 13, 2015 11:18 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Six people have already overdosed by ingesting a highly lethal combination of drugs that are packaged and sold to look like heroin, although sometimes, the drugs contain no heroin at all. The exact names and quantities of the drugs in these new brands remain confidential because of the ongoing nature of the case, but police are confident that these new drug combinations are “highly potent” and “not typically seen.”

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From a historical perspective, mankind’s recording and storing of information has progressed from the crude writings, carvings and paintings found on rocks, in caves and on scrolls to today’s digitization of virtually everything imaginable. The invention

Data Storage Issues - Part 5

January 7, 2015 8:25 am | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

From a historical perspective, mankind’s recording and storing of information has progressed from the crude writings, carvings and paintings found on rocks, in caves and on scrolls to today’s digitization of virtually everything imaginable. The invention of the computer has made this possible.

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