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DNA Dragnet Set up to ID Child Killer in Fly-In Manitoba Town

February 12, 2016 12:31 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

A massive DNA dragnet is being used by police in a remote Canadian town of 2,700 people after the remains of an 11-year-old girl were found last May.


Ferguson Hit by Justice Department Civil-Rights Lawsuit

February 11, 2016 4:34 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Just a day after the Ferguson City Council rejected a negotiated consent decree to oversee policing in the Missouri city, the Justice Department filed a sweeping federal lawsuit alleging local law enforcement had violated the civil rights of minorities over a number of years.


Can Police Tasers Temporarily Cause ‘Dementia’?

February 11, 2016 12:21 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

We know what a 50,000-volt shock from a stun gun will do to a person’s body, but what happens to the brain?


Analyzing the Scent of Decomposition Helps Save the Living

February 11, 2016 12:01 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Researchers now believe they have found the exact PMI that the scent of decomposition turns to a deceased profile.


FBI Struggles to Crack San Bernardino Terrorist’s Encrypted Phone, Two Months Later

February 10, 2016 12:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The cell phone of one of the San Bernardino killers is still encrypted, despite the best efforts of mobile forensics experts to “crack” it.


Forensic Experts Condemn Official Report of Mexico’s 43 Missing Students

February 10, 2016 12:34 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The multinational team of experts released a report detailing dozens of forensic findings that contradict the official government account of the alleged slayings of 43 missing students.


Monday’s Briefing: 02/08/2016

February 9, 2016 12:25 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Happy Lunar New Year--Monday’s Briefing has come to you a day later this week, but with all the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week:


Sleepy Suspects More Likely to Give False Confessions, Study Says

February 9, 2016 12:03 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The social experiment is the first of its kind to demonstrate how extreme fatigue may lead to false confessions – thought to account for between 15 and 25 percent of wrongful convictions in the United States.


California AG Supports Lawsuit Seeking Nazi-seized Jewish Art

February 8, 2016 11:50 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The state of California filed an amicus brief in support of an ongoing lawsuit by the heirs of a Jewish art collector forced to sell the painting during the Holocaust.


New mtDNA Discovery Shapes Human Migration in Europe 15,000 Years Ago

February 5, 2016 1:17 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The researchers extracted usable DNA from bones and teeth of 35 ancient humans living throughout Europe over a span of 35,000 years to generate complete mtDNA profiles.


Access Denied: Source Code for DNA Software Remains Protected in Pa. Murder Trial

February 5, 2016 12:27 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A Pennsylvania judge ruled that the maker of a DNA-mixture interpretation software does not have to reveal the source code of the program as part of a murder trial.


After Exhumation, Strange Bacteria a Clue in Mysterious Death of Pablo Neruda

February 4, 2016 12:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Chilean Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda was exhumed in 2013, and forensic tests identified strange bacteria in the bones. New DNA results might now shed light into his mysterious death.


1992 Rape Conviction Overturned Due to Flawed FBI Hair Analysis

February 3, 2016 12:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

​A man who has spent 30 years behind bars for a 1985 rape will get a whole new trial, since the hair analysis used to convict him has since been proven to be junk science.


Dutch Police Eagles Take Out Rogue Drones

February 2, 2016 12:43 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Eagles have been used to hunt small game for more than a thousand years. Now, a Dutch team is considering hunting 21st-century prey: the rogue drone.


Forensic Analysis of Automotive Paint Using Dark-Field Microscopy

February 2, 2016 12:18 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Car paint fragments bring a serious challenge to forensic experts, considering how they vary by make and model, and even how they age and weather over time.



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