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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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Schuylkill County Decreases Compensation for Deputy Coroners

August 28, 2014 12:02 pm | Comments

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, has changed its policy regarding compensation rates for its deputy coroners in an effort to cut costs. Proposed by County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan, the new per diem compensation rate will be $50 for all job responsibilities starting Friday. That rate includes mileage, photographs and documentation associated with a case.

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FBI Readies for NGI

August 28, 2014 11:53 am | Comments

The FBI says it is modernizing the way it stores fingerprint cards, criminal history folders and civil identity files by digitally converting more than 30 million records – and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards. The organization says it is fully activating its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a digital platform for biometric and other types of identity information.

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Death Microbiomes Could Catch Killers

August 28, 2014 11:50 am | Comments

Researchers have made the first study of the thanatomicrobiome – the army of gut microbes that take over your internal organs once you are dead. The results could have applications in forensic science and medicine. Understanding how microbes inside a dead body colonise it can help pathologists work out the time of death, where the body has been lying, and how its decomposition could affect the soil and ecology.   

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Forensics Unmasks James Foley's Killer

August 28, 2014 11:00 am | Comments

U.S. forensic experts have unmasked the alleged British ISIS militant who killed American photojournalist James Foley in a computer reconstruction of his face. With Arab features and seemingly in his late 20s or 30s, the reconstruction of Foley’s killer appeared in two images reported by ABC news, which added that experts consulted with the U.S. government.

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Handheld DNA Diagnostic Unit

August 28, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. It also has many other potential uses, such as border security, forensics, or environmental monitoring.

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To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

UK Police Seek DNA from Missing Woman's Family

August 28, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

When Priscilla Berry vanished from her home in 1978 a question-mark was left over the fate of the 39-year-old. But 36 years later police are hoping to solve the mystery of the missing nurse from Mochdre, Conwy county, thanks to new DNA techniques.  

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A pair of thefts have disrupted the quiet rhythms of two Connecticut towns and have up-at-dawn farmers and their loyal farm stand clientele fuming.

Crime Where Telltale Clue is a Corn Tassel

August 27, 2014 2:36 pm | by Alison Leigh Cowan, The New York Times | Comments

A pair of thefts have disrupted the quiet rhythms of two Connecticut towns and have up-at-dawn farmers and their loyal farm stand clientele fuming.                             

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State-of-the-Art Police Forensic Lab Opens in Illinois

August 27, 2014 2:18 pm | by State of Illinois | Comments

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was joined by state and local officials to open a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville. The facility will provide the Illinois State Police (ISP) and police agencies throughout the region with enhanced crime-solving abilities.

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Arapahoe County district attorney George Brauchler, arrives at the Arapahoe County Justice Center for a hearing on whether testimony on fingerprint comparison should be allowed at the trial in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting case, Monday, August

Colorado Theater Attack Lawyers Argue Fingerprints

August 27, 2014 1:02 pm | by Dan Eliot, Associated Press | Comments

Crime analysts testified recently about how they matched fingerprint evidence in the Colorado theater shooting investigation but provided little new information about the 2012 massacre that left 12 people dead and 70 wounded.       

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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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UK Close to Identifying Foley Killer

August 25, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police and spy agencies are close to identifying the English-accented militant depicted on video showing the killing of U.S. journalist James Foley, Britain's ambassador to the United States says.               

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