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Secondary DNA Transfers Questioned in Cold Case Murder Trial

April 28, 2016 12:37 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Part of the defense's argument relies on some unknowns concerning the secondary transfer of trace amounts of genetic material.

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Suspected Serial Killer 'Grim Sleeper' Defense Targets Ballistics Evidence

April 27, 2016 12:55 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The trial against the accused serial killer, who has been dubbed the “Grim Sleeper,” now turns to the validity of ballistics evidence.

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Researchers ‘Unpick’ the Flawed FBI Hair Evidence

April 27, 2016 12:42 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Three researchers have re-examined the cases in light of statistics and the law to “unpick” the massive statistical errors. 

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Forensic Science Combats Counterfeit Drugs Worldwide

April 26, 2016 12:47 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Bogus medicines promise a lucrative gain for unscrupulous peddlers worldwide. But even if they’re caught, the human health toll has already been taken.

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Drug-Overdose Epidemic Not Linked to High Trafficking Areas

April 26, 2016 12:42 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers found no link between increases in overdoses and high-trafficking areas, suggesting the drugs are dispersed quickly throughout the country.

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Monday's Briefing: 04/25/16

April 25, 2016 12:18 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s the forensic news 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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DNA-Mixture Analysis Exonerates Wrongly Convicted Man in Indiana

April 25, 2016 12:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A man who served 24 years in prison for a rape conviction was exonerated and released today – the first of its kind based on the latest DNA-mixture analysis.

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Prince’s Autopsy Scheduled, Results Could Take Weeks

April 22, 2016 11:51 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

As the world grieves the death of iconic musician Prince, authorities confirmed that an autopsy has been scheduled for Friday, and the results could be days or weeks away.

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FBI Paid Upwards of $1.3M to Hack San Bernardino iPhone

April 22, 2016 11:19 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

That’s how much FBI Director James Comey implied, Thursday, that the FBI paid to an unidentified third party to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

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Shackled Skeletons in Athens: Followers of an Ancient Greek Tyrant?

April 21, 2016 12:26 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

​A mass grave of 80 ancient skeletons, dozens of which are shackled, are evidence of a slaughter in the 7th century B.C., just as Athens was in its first flowering of democracy.

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Tons of Cocaine, Pot Seized in 'Ingenious' Cross-Border Tunnel System

April 21, 2016 11:46 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The tunnel was equipped with a rail system, lighting, a ventilation system, and even a commercial elevator on the Mexico-side that could fit up to ten people, authorities said.

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‘Letting Data Paint the Picture’: Anthropologist Combines Skull Measurements with DNA

April 20, 2016 9:35 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Craniometrics is an anthropological discipline where skull measurements are used to determine ancestry. But, that's becoming harder and harder in the American melting pot.

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Detecting Weapons-Grade Uranium with Nuclear Reaction Imaging

April 19, 2016 4:36 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers are developing a new way to scan large shipping containers using “mono-energetic gamma-ray imaging,” that can detect atomic number and material density of a sample.

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Teen Girl Accused of Live-Streaming Friend’s Rape on Social Media

April 19, 2016 12:12 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Marina Lonina, 18, pleaded not guilty to rape, kidnapping, sexual battery, and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor for watching and recording the alleged assault.

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Miami Police Purchase 1,500 Body Cameras: $5.4M Over 5 years

April 19, 2016 11:47 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The cameras record at 30 frames per second, are integrated for use with smart phones, and can withstand a 10-foot drop onto concrete.

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