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Famed Ancient Greek Fort Uncovered Under a Parking Lot in Jerusalem

November 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Scholars debated the exact location of Acra for decades after the physical remnants of the fort were lost to the millennia. But now archaeologists believe they have found evidence of the stronghold and the epochal fight to drive out the “sinful nation, wicked men” who were holed up inside.


Medical-Marijuana Patient Alleges Prosecutors Swayed Crime Lab Drug Tests

October 30, 2015 4:11 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The latest filings, obtained by Forensic Magazine, include emails between crime lab staff that show scientists at the Michigan State Police Crime Lab found the hash oil was “Schedule I THC” from “origin unknown” - mostly because the analysts contend it showed no visible plant material.


Touch DNA Might Be Contaminating Crime Scene Evidence

October 29, 2015 12:54 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

DNA has undoubtedly been a breakthrough for modern criminal investigation. But, better and more-sensitive technology means more potential problems.


The Facts Behind the 'Ferguson Effect'

October 29, 2015 12:49 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

After remarks from FBI director James Comey about the possibility that the Ferguson effect might be partially to blame for this year's significant rise in murder rates, a new study offers some empirical evidence on the controversial theory.


Thermal Imaging Could Replace Luminol in Blood Detection

October 28, 2015 12:54 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The method uses a hand steamer to heat blood traces with water molecules, and then captures the image using thermal imaging, to detect even highly-diluted blood samples.


Ancient mtDNA Complicates Native American Migration Story

October 28, 2015 10:21 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The mitochondrial DNA of two infants buried 11,500 years ago in Alaska is complicating the genetic puzzle of human settlement in the Americas.


12 Angry Men Have More Sway Than 12 Angry Women, Research Says

October 28, 2015 10:08 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Angry women are perceived as more emotional – and their anger only hurts their attempts to sway listeners, according to a new study published in the journal Law and Human Behavior.


FBI Asked to Investigate Violent Arrest of Black Teen at Spring Valley High School

October 27, 2015 11:31 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The videos, apparently taken by students at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, have now prompted a call by the local sheriff’s office, the officer’s employer, for an independent investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department.


Freud's Famous Couch Gets Analyzed by Forensic Science

October 27, 2015 10:56 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A police forensic team looked for DNA samples, hairs, dust and other trace “evidence” which may belong to the many famous and infamous patients who essentially laid the foundation for modern psychoanalysis.


Evidence Tampering Probe Widens at Oregon Crime Lab

October 26, 2015 1:23 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The analyst was placed on leave immediately, but charges have not been filed, Hummel told Forensic Magazine. Other counties could be impacted by the analyst's workload – and she also may have worked at other law-enforcement laboratories prior to her current role, the District Attorney said.


DNA Analysis Finds Bubonic Plague in 5,000-Year-Old Bones

October 23, 2015 1:15 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The medieval killer, the bubonic plauge, has been with humanity long before the Dark Ages set in. Ancient DNA was extracted from the bones of 101 adults, spanning from Siberia to Poland dating back to almost 6,000 years ago, 


Cautionary Tales from Digital Forensics

October 22, 2015 4:54 pm | by Benjamin Wright | Comments

​Just in time for Halloween, Benjamin Wright, a lawyer and senior instructor with the SANS Institute, has pulled together some of the creepiest cases he has collected over the past decade.


Crime Scene Documentation: Start to Finish

October 22, 2015 4:49 pm | by Dick Warrington | Comments

A complete and accurate record of the scene is essential for investigating the crime and for presenting the case when it goes to court. This documentation provides a record of the evidence found at the scene and the observations of the scene itself at the time it was discovered.


The Black Widow and the Arsenic Mirror

October 22, 2015 4:45 pm | by Dolly Stolze | Comments

Until the 19th century it was relatively easy to get away with murder. Arsenic was the perfect weapon because it’s practically tasteless and odorless, symptoms are often mistaken for natural diseases, and best of all there were no tests to detect it.


Five Case Studies in Forensic Toxicology

October 22, 2015 4:41 pm | by Judy Melinek | Comments

Interpreting the laboratory findings, deciding whether to pursue additional testing, and coming to a reasonable conclusion in these cases can be difficult.



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