Working in forensic sciences will invariably bring you into potential contact with infectious agents. This is serious business. Performance of some forensic duties might lead to exposure to indigenous or exotic agents with potential for severe or lethal disease. The foundation for safe performance of duties and proper containment is an effective exposure control plan.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, toured the D.C. Consolidated Forensic Lab (CFL), on Thursday, the same lab that came under intense scrutiny this month after federal prosecutors stopped sending evidence there in January, and Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered an audit of the facility amidst allegations of misconduct.
Rocket Kitten, the cyberattack group that recently launched an email malware campaign against European and Israeli targets, has delivered a new state-sponsored attack, according the a report by Trend Micro.
Experts used infrared cameras, 3-D scanners and ground-penetrating radar to initially sweep the floor of the burial tomb to help pinpoint the best site for archeologists to start excavating. The bones, which were interred in 1616, were lost when Madrid’s Convento de las Monjas Trinitarias Descalzas was rebuilt sometime later in the 17th century.
The administration announced another $41 million, on Monday, to help test backlogged sexual assault kits, an estimated 400,000 kits nationwide, according to a White House press release. But for those 400,000 victims, justice might still depend on more federal funding.
The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Riley v. US may not have been much of a surprise to American law enforcement. Many agencies were already requiring officers to obtain search warrants before searching mobile devices. Ultimately, rather than limiting law enforcement, the Riley decision frees agencies to deploy mobile data extraction capabilities across a much wider field of officers.
Forensic Magazine recently spoke with Dan Simon about his work, and about an interesting presentation he gave during the Plenary Discussion at AAFS on cognitive biasin Orlando, Fla. Now, Simon discusses what needs to be done to minimize bias and make forensic science an effective “investigative tool” in all criminal investigations.
SQLite is a popular database format that is used extensively. Both iOS and Android employ SQLite as a storage format of choice, with built-in and third-party applications relying on SQLite to keep their data. A wide range of desktop and mobile Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox) and instant messaging applications use SQLite, which includes newer versions of Skype, WhatsApp, iMessage and many other messengers.
Researchers believe an injury sustained to the interior surface of the cranium, consistent with wounds inflicted by a sword or the spiked top of a halberd, would have knocked the king unconscious before death.Eleven injuries have been identified in all, nine of them delivered to the skull around the time of death, two to the postcranial skeleton, although many are believed to have been sustained after death.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered an audit of the crime lab, last week, after federal prosecutors stopped sending evidence there in January. But even as far back as 2013, photos of flammable chemicals in glass jugs crammed into sinks, and unpacked boxes in the evidence room surfaced amidst allegations that the undermanned staff had to dry blood-stained clothing on top of sheets of paper on floors and countertops.
University of Southern California professor Dan Simon, S.J.D., researches the “messy” process of forming decisions in everyday walks of life and applies his findings to determinations in criminal cases. Human reasoning “infuses a process” throughout the course of an investigation, and Simon has dedicated most of his scientific career to finding out exactly how.
The Hamilton County crime lab processed 35,573 pieces of evidence in 2013, the latest statistics available, of which 27,038 were drug related. An astounding 76 percent of all the evidence processed by the crime lab in 2013 was related to the current heroin epidemic.
President Obama released a draft bill outlining long-awaited legislation that would establish “baseline protections” for online consumers under a proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. But the bill is over three years in the making, and critics say it doesn’t do nearly enough
Before you can do any casting, you need to find the evidence. When you arrive at a crime scene, stop and observe before you jump in. Think about how the suspect might have moved through the scene.
Science enthusiasts came out to the Orlando Science Center for a fun and informative AAFS night session for the final exhibit of the conference.