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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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