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How This Sunken Car May Solve a 43-Year-Old Missing Persons Case

July 23, 2015 1:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The rusted 1968 Pontiac was pulled from the water of a small North Carolina lake on Tuesday. It was filled with mud – and the long-decomposed remains of a person.

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Video Shows Suspended Trooper Threatened to 'Light Up' Sandra Bland after Traffic Stop

July 22, 2015 12:11 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Texas authorities have quickly released video of the stop, condemned the demeanor of the state trooper who arrested her, and brought in federal authorities to investigate the death of the African-American woman.

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It seems nearly every week we learn about a data breach where attackers went unnoticed for a significant period of time. In 2014, the average number of days was 205. The numbers are not surprising to most seasoned incident response (IR) professionals, man

Detecting a Data Breach

July 22, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jake Williams | Comments

Almost every week we learn about a data breach where attackers went unnoticed for a significant period of time. In 2014, the average number of days was 205. The numbers are not surprising to most seasoned incident response professionals, many of whom have worked cases where attackers have been in the network undetected for years.

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In the face of increasing demand for services and a mounting backlog of cases, many lab directors feel their only option is to add more personnel, increase or redesign lab space, or build a new facility altogether. In some cases, one of these options may

Do You Really Need a New Lab?

July 22, 2015 6:04 am | by Matthew T. Schwarz, Michael J. Kvasnik, Lisa H. Brauer and Kelly Williams | Comments

In the face of increasing demand for services and a mounting backlog of cases, many lab directors feel their only option is to add more personnel, increase or redesign lab space, or build a new facility altogether. In some cases, one of these options may be appropriate, but in others, improvements to existing procedures and work flow may be sufficient to solve the problem. 

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A good crime scene investigator collects evidence with the goal of solving the crime, and holding the person who committed the crime accountable. It doesn’t matter how great a fingerprint or shoe print is if it never gets admitted in court. Lt. Owen McDon

Impression Evidence: Admissibility and Best Practices

July 22, 2015 4:08 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

A good crime scene investigator collects evidence with the goal of solving the crime, and holding the person who committed the crime accountable. It doesn’t matter how great a fingerprint or shoe print is if it never gets admitted in court. Lt. Owen McDonnell of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Dick Warrington discuss admissibility of impression evidence and best practices to make sure crime-scene evidence makes it to the courtroom.

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Summertime is a good time to discuss indoor air quality (IAQ) as we are taxing our heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in most areas at this time of year and many facilities undergo construction or renovation projects as well.

Planning for Construction: Tips for Maintaining Indoor Air Quality

July 22, 2015 3:28 am | by Vince McLeod | Comments

Summertime is a good time to discuss indoor air quality (IAQ) as we are taxing our heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in most areas at this time of year and many facilities undergo construction or renovation projects as well. 

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You need to select a chemical fume hood for your facility. You are familiar with traditional chemical fume hoods, but lately you have been reading about the filtered fume hoods or something referred to as “ductless.” It gets that name “ductless” because o

To Duct or Not to Duct: Chemical Fume Hoods in Your Facility

July 22, 2015 2:42 am | by Ken Mohr and Cy Henningsen | Comments

You need to select a chemical fume hood for your facility. You are familiar with traditional chemical fume hoods, but lately you have been reading about the filtered fume hoods or something referred to as “ductless.” It gets that name “ductless” because of a filter pack located in the fume hood which takes dirty hood air and cleans it before putting it back into the lab; no ductwork to exhaust air to the exterior—thus ductless. 

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There is a dark side to computer use, or rather computer misuse. Regardless of how many written rules, policies, and procedures management puts into place to protect the confidentiality and integrity of their digital information and intellectual property,

Windows 10 Registry Forensics: An Overview

July 22, 2015 2:28 am | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

There is a dark side to computer use, or rather computer misuse. Regardless of how many written rules, policies, and procedures management puts into place to protect the confidentiality and integrity of their digital information and intellectual property, it seems inevitable that a breach will eventually occur.

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Bones Don't Lie: The Parisian Catacombs to the Mississippian Mounds

July 21, 2015 11:57 am | by Katy Meyers Emery | Comments

Researchers found that formaldehyde that was used to preserve the dead in recent burials has been leaking into the ground, and when these burials are located on hills, the chemicals can drain down into bogs and rivers.

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The Boston Police Commissioner talks about how the Marathon Bombing changed policing and his department forever.

Lessons Learned: The Boston Marathon Bombing

July 21, 2015 12:00 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The Boston Police Commissioner talks about how the Marathon Bombing changed policing and his department forever.

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Kathy Reichs Talks Web Sleuthing and ‘Speaking in Bones’

July 20, 2015 2:32 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Although Reichs is now a household name, her work in the field of forensic science hasn’t faltered. Kathy Reichs spoke with Forensic Magazine about her newest novel “Speaking in Bones” a murder mystery that dives into Blue Ridge Mountain folklore and the relatively recent phenomenon of “web sleuthing.”

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Widow Sues City after Husband, Linked to Cold-Case Murder, Commits Suicide

July 20, 2015 2:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Kevin Brown, who worked as a criminalist for the San Diego police for 20 years, was named as a suspect in the brutal 1984 killing of 14-year-old Claire Hough, in October – just days after he hanged himself from a tree in a public park.

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Nazi Victims’ Remains Found at French Institute

July 20, 2015 11:10 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The 86 bodies, some intact and others dismembered, were preserved in alcohol in the infamous institute as part of Hirt’s SS-backed “racial anatomy” studies.

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Rapid DNA technology has reached its next significant milestone now that a new manufacturer in the field has developed instrumentation that is truly portable.

The Next Step in Rapid DNA

July 19, 2015 4:29 pm | by Chris Asplen | Comments

Rapid DNA technology has reached its next significant milestone now that a new manufacturer in the field has developed instrumentation that is truly portable.

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Trace DNA Hair Samples Getting Cheaper and Faster, Researchers Say

July 17, 2015 12:15 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The trace amount of DNA in hair follicles – which are often severely dehydrated when shed – can now effectively be analyzed without hugely time-consuming and expensive laboratory analysis, according to the study.

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