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Driving While Stoned: New Breathalyzer Device Sniffs Out Marijuana

December 4, 2015 4:12 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Currently, law enforcement relies on either blood, urine or saliva samples to test for marijuana usage. However, such methods can’t distinguish between recent use and chronic use.

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San Bernardino: Are Female Shooters a Growing Phenomenon?

December 4, 2015 12:41 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

San Bernardino might have an even-more unsettling significance: This was the first multiple-shooter event since Columbine in 1999, and it was also the first in recent years to involve a female. 

Reevaluating Age Estimations Under 25

December 3, 2015 12:35 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Identifying skeletal remains is an effective tool in any homicide investigation, but estimating the age and gender of a still-growing person can be a surprising difficult task, especially since humans have grown larger and have matured faster than previous generations.

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New DNA Evidence Implicates Second Man in 15-Year-Old Murder Case

November 30, 2015 12:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A reevaluation of DNA evidence found at the scene of a 2000 murder has led to a second arrest in Washington state, 15 years after the crime.

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Monday's Briefing: Week 49

November 30, 2015 11:11 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend—here’s what you might have missed, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Graphic Dash-Cam Video Released After Chicago Cop Is Charged With Murder

November 25, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

More than a year after a black man was fatally shot by police in the middle of a Chicago street, the white officer who fired some of the fatal shots has been charged with murder – and a dashcam video of the killing has been released to the public.

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DNA Frees Man After 16 Years, Links Infamous ‘Teardrop Rapist’ to Crimes

November 24, 2015 11:15 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Follow-up DNA testing on the samples of the rape kit proved Vargas did not commit the crime – and that the eyewitness testimony which was the basis of his conviction was based on a similar facial tattoo.

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Monday's Briefing: Week 48

November 23, 2015 12:13 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Hope you had a wonderful weekend—here’s what you might have missed, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.

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Identifying Gender From a Fingerprint

November 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Race, and exposure to drugs and explosives have been the focus of recent studies. But now, even gender can be determined from the concentration of amino acids in a fingerprint, according to the latest study published by a University at Albany team in the journal Analytical Chemistry.

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Hunting the ‘Eastbound Strangler’

November 20, 2015 12:24 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A $25,000 reward is now being offered in the case of four women who were found in a drainage ditch behind a seedy motel, facing east toward the bright casino lights of Atlantic City.

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Oxygen Isotopes Offer New Details in 30-Year-Old Multiple-Murder Case

November 17, 2015 4:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA early on established the woman and two of the girls were closely related, perhaps mother and daughters. But now advanced new technology has authorities making a push to solve one of the most baffling and gruesome cold cases in U.S. history.

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Prehistoric DNA Sheds Light on Mysterious Human Ancestors in Siberia

November 17, 2015 11:44 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

An obscure branch of the human tree of evolution survived for thousands of years in a remote mountain range in Siberia – and even though it eventually died out, left genetic traces within living Homo sapiens.

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Western Law Enforcement, Militaries Tighten Ranks in Wake of Paris Attacks

November 16, 2015 4:56 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The terrorist attacks that slaughtered 129 unarmed people and wounded hundreds more in Paris on Friday have prompted airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria, and a manhunt for the sole remaining killer on the run in Europe.

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DNA Mixture Calculation Method Just ‘Random Number Generator,’ Says New Study

November 16, 2015 12:50 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Match statistics, which give detectives and juries the likelihood of someone being misidentified, are accurate when looking at a single source of DNA. But mixtures at bloody or messy crime scenes add a molecular wrinkle for forensic scientists. 

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DNA Analysis of an Incan Mummy Reveals a Lost Genetic Profile

November 13, 2015 9:57 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

His mitochondrial DNA, preserved by the dry Andes air, shows a rare genetic profile that has nearly vanished from the Americas – a molecular ghost of the past.

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