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A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s la

Bone Analysis Reveals Richard III's Royal Lifestyle

August 26, 2014 | by Univ. of Leicester | Comments

A recent study by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain’s last Plantagenet king. The study indicates a change in diet and location in his early childhood, and in later life, a diet filled with expensive, high status food and drink.

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California Lawmakers Pass Measure Requiring Timely Rape Kit Testing

August 26, 2014 2:59 pm | by Jennifer Chaussee, Reuters | Comments

Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country, California lawmakers has passed a bill requiring law enforcement to process the evidence within a certain time frame.       

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A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino   County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several   years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands   of cases, and as tech

DNA Cases in Sheriff’s Crime Lab Increase 500% in 5 Years

August 26, 2014 2:53 pm | by Fontana Herald News | Comments

A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands of cases, and as technology has advanced, so has the crime lab.

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The discovery of more effective methods to detect and restore erased markings in firearms is of great interest to firearm examiners; in particular the invention of new nondestructive methods. Using new magneto optical (MO) sensor technology could be one w

Detecting Erased Markings in Firearms

August 26, 2014 8:12 am | by NIJ | Comments

Join NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) for an online roundtable to discuss the effectiveness of MO sensor technology, based on an evaluation by FTCoE on MO sensor technology’s detection and visualization of obliterated serial numbers in five different metals and one composite material.

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 Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that c

Nail Polish Detects Date Rape Drugs

August 25, 2014 3:09 pm | by Lauren Keating, Tech Times | Comments

Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with the date-rape drugs Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

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Bucks County Crime Lab Struggles with Backlog

August 25, 2014 2:55 pm | Comments

In May, police in Falls Township, Bucks County, pulled over Corey Sean Mcgrogan after getting a call about an intoxicated driver. Three months later, he's still waiting for a district judge to review his case and decide if it should go to trial. The delay is the result of a backlog at Bucks County's crime lab for tests that identify illegal substances.

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Although DNA analysis of an evidentiary swab may reveal the presence of a DNA profile consistent with an alleged victim, the DNA profile cannot indicate whether the DNA came from saliva, vaginal fluid, urine, or a host of other sources. The ability to con

Validation of Highly-specific Protein Markers for Identification of Biological Stains

August 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by Phillip Danielson, NIJ | Comments

Although DNA analysis of an evidentiary swab may reveal the presence of a DNA profile consistent with an alleged victim, the DNA profile cannot indicate whether the DNA came from saliva, vaginal fluid, urine, or a host of other sources. The ability to confidently associate a DNA extract with a specific tissue source or to accurately characterize mixed stains, however, can provide criminal investigators with critical information.

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Although some experts say that experienced forensic pathologists should have no trouble conducting an accurate second — or even third — autopsy, it’s unlikely that the subsequent examinations would uncover substantial differences in fact.

Multiple Autopsies are Unusual and Occasionally Complicated

August 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by Abby Ohlheiser, The Washington Post | Comments

Although some experts say that experienced forensic pathologists should have no trouble conducting an accurate second — or even third — autopsy, it’s unlikely that the subsequent examinations would uncover substantial differences in fact.   

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Specially-trained victim recovery dogs can perform phenomenal feats in sniffing out the whereabouts of bodies and body parts, even beneath mounds of rubble or deep below water. But University of Huddersfield researcher Lorna Irish is investigating ways in

Forensics Research to Make Cadaver Dogs More Efficient

August 22, 2014 12:51 pm | by Univ. of Huddersfield | Comments

Specially-trained victim recovery dogs can perform phenomenal feats in sniffing out the whereabouts of bodies and body parts, even beneath mounds of rubble or deep below water. But University of Huddersfield researcher Lorna Irish is investigating ways in which they can carry out their grim but vital tasks even more efficiently.  

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A chewed lollipop stick, left behind at the scene of a March burglary, has been traced back to a North Naples, Florida man who has been arrested at his home.

Lollipop DNA Leads to Arrest

August 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by ABC 6 | Comments

A chewed lollipop stick, left behind at the scene of a March burglary, has been traced back to a North Naples, Florida man who has been arrested at his home.                           

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Exonerated Man Reaches $10 Million Deal With New York City

August 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Stephanie Clifford, The New York Times | Comments

After three years of litigation, Jabbar Collins, a man who spent 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, has reached a $10 million settlement with New York City.                      

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A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.

Justice Dept Ordered to Provide Fast and Furious Documents

August 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.         

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Voice, Image Give Clues in Hunt for Foley's Killer

August 21, 2014 11:43 am | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | Comments

Police and intelligence services are using image analysis and voice-recognition software, studying social media postings and seeking human tips as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley.

Human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, in a forensic setting, is currently limited in breadth (the quantity of sequence data obtained) and depth (the ability to detect minor variants arising from mutations but present at very low levels). The goal of t

Assessing Deep Sequencing Technology for Human Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis

August 21, 2014 8:22 am | by Mark Wilson, NIJ | Comments

Human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, in a forensic setting, is currently limited in breadth (the quantity of sequence data obtained) and depth (the ability to detect minor variants arising from mutations but present at very low levels). The goal of this research was to generate information on the whole mtDNA genome sequence from limited DNA samples, which would greatly expand the potential uses of this marker system. 

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Dutch officials expect precise accuracy from DNA-matching software that will be used to identify many of the 298 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims. But it is unknown whether there will be enough genetic evidence from the remains and relatives of the m

High Tech Forensics of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

August 20, 2014 3:03 pm | by Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov | Comments

Dutch officials expect precise accuracy from DNA-matching software that will be used to identify many of the 298 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims. But it is unknown whether there will be enough genetic evidence from the remains and relatives of the missing to ID everyone.

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DNA evidence taken from the clothing and body of Carol Alford a quarter-  century after her death linked her slaying to a serial killing suspect with   such certainty that no other person on Earth could have deposited the cells, an expert has testified.

Forensic Testimony: DNA Evidence Links Suspect to Killing

August 20, 2014 12:06 pm | by Linda Deutsch, Associated Press | Comments

DNA evidence taken from the clothing and body of Carol Alford a quarter-century after her death linked her slaying to a serial killing suspect with such certainty that no other person on Earth could have deposited the cells, an expert has testified.

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