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Ancient DNA Sequencing IDs a Century-Old Irish Rebel

March 3, 2016 12:17 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Advances in DNA sequencing techniques and an unceremonious burial place covered over with quicklime would help scientists ID the remains almost a century later.


Arson Investigations

March 2, 2016 12:18 pm | by Dick Warrington and Owen McDonnell | Comments

Arson may be motivated by psychological problems, insurance fraud, or to cover-up of other crimes, and are some of the most challenging scenes crime scene investigators will ever encounter.


Matching Marijuana Genotypes at the Border

March 2, 2016 10:58 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

DNA genotyping isn’t just for uniquely fingerprinting suspects in criminal cases, like violent crimes, but now even smuggled drugs are coming under the sequencer.


How Science Cracked a 50-Year-Old Cold Case

March 2, 2016 10:14 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A forensic investigation traces the death of a high school girl, found by the side of the Garden State Parkway in the fall of 1965, to one of New Jersey’s most infamous suspected serial killers.


Examining Skeletal Remains from Ancient Egypt

March 1, 2016 1:13 pm | by Christine Miller | Comments

Can examining pedal skeletal remains provide any information about an individual’s health or quality of life even in thousands of years old bones from ancient Egypt?


Flawed FBI Hair Analysis Leads to $13.2M Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit

March 1, 2016 11:46 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A man who spent 28 years in prison based on flawed FBI hair analysis has now been awarded $13.2 million in his wrongful conviction lawsuit.


Diving into Digital

March 1, 2016 11:34 am | by Johann Hofmann | Comments

Nearly a million minutes of video content will cross the global IP network by 2019—which means that more video than ever is floating around networks, and it's not all just for entertainment.


‘Mummified’ Remains Found Adrift in Pacific Ocean Baffle Authorities

March 1, 2016 11:27 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The unusual death of a presumed German adventurer, found mummified-looking in a damaged yacht drifting in the Pacific Ocean, has authorities struggling to uncover the man’s last known whereabouts.


Newtonian Physics at the Crime Scene

February 29, 2016 11:42 am | by Zack Kowalske | Comments

Conceptually visualize the motion that occurs within a crime scene, the forces that take place during the event. All matter is in a state of relative motion or rest, through space and time.


Monday’s Briefing: 02/29/2016

February 29, 2016 11:38 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Here’s the forensic news you might have missed over the weekend, and what you’ll want to know to get you through your work week.


Rape-Kit Advocates Call for Presidential Candidates to Address Backlog

February 29, 2016 11:05 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A group of 15 rape survivors lobbying leaders to test the backlog of sealed rape kits on shelves nationwide are calling for presidential candidates to address the issue.


Crime Scene Documentation: Start to Finish

February 26, 2016 9:49 am | 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.


AAFS: Righting Wrongs in the City of Sin

February 26, 2016 9:32 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

​An international panel of forensic experts gave a two-hour presentation on the changing landscape of forensic science, Wednesday morning, including a talk by US Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on the aftermath of the flawed FBI hair analysis.


Remains of a 10,000-Year-Old Massacre Uncovered in Kenya

February 25, 2016 9:06 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

The causes of death of the men with arrow wounds in their backs, or pieces of obsidian blades in their skulls, were easy enough. But, the pregnant woman with her hands and feet bound still remains a mystery.


AAFS Las Vegas: What You Need to Know

February 24, 2016 10:17 am | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

Themed “Transformation: Embracing Change,” the 68th annual meeting is a nod to the changing landscape of forensic science, and the ongoing pursuit of techniques and practices that ensure the highest degrees of accuracy in the field and in the lab.



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