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How Microscopic Algae Are Helping Forensic Teams Catch Criminal

April 13, 2016 | by Kristie R. Scott, The Conversation | Comments

From deserted fields and dark forests to murky rivers and concrete jungles, environments can leave traces of physical evidence on a criminal.


Jane Doe No. 59 ID’ed, But is She Another Victim of the Manson Family?

April 29, 2016 12:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The body of a young woman was found in the brush off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles on No. 16, 1969. Forty-six years later, a series of developments have identified her as a girl who moved to LA from Montreal – and then ended up being brutally slain by the side of a road. Whether she was a victim of the then-at-large Manson Family remains to be seen.


Outwitting Poachers with Artificial Intelligence

April 28, 2016 12:11 pm | by The National Science Foundation | Comments

A century ago, more than 60,000 tigers roamed the wild. Today, the worldwide estimate has dwindled to around 3,200.


Blame the Victim: Report Shows Fifth of Breaches Caused by 'Miscellaneous Errors'

April 28, 2016 12:05 pm | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

​The number of reported breaches of organizations' data has been growing hyperbolically over the past few years, based on data in Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).


US House Unanimously Passed Bill Requiring Warrants for Email

April 28, 2016 11:59 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

The US House unanimously approved legislation Wednesday requiring authorities to obtain a court warrant to acquire e-mails and data stored in the cloud.


Study Finds Laws Protecting Child Witnesses Lack Uniformity

April 28, 2016 11:15 am | by Sam Houston State University | Comments

Each year, more than 100,000 children take the stand to testify in criminal, civil or juvenile courts, but legal protections for these underage witnesses and victims greatly vary from state to state.


Device 'Fingerprints' Could Help Protect Power Grid

April 28, 2016 11:06 am | by John Toon, | Comments

Researchers are using unique electronic “voices” to hopefully help investigator identify devices on electrical grid control networks.


FBI Says It Won't Disclose How It Accessed Locked iPhone

April 27, 2016 1:04 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

The FBI says it won't publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.


Could Marijuana Help Treat Painkiller and Heroin Addiction?

April 26, 2016 1:03 pm | by Michael Casey, Associated Press | Comments

The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin.


U.S. Cyberattacks Target ISIS in a New Line of Combat

April 26, 2016 12:52 pm | by David E. Sanger, New York Times | Comments

The United States has opened a new line of combat against the IS, directing the military’s six-year-old Cyber Command to mount computer-network attacks.


How Child Predator Was Caught by Tiny Clue in Photo He Posted Online

April 25, 2016 12:04 pm | by Lynda Kinkade, CNN | Comments

In the background of the photo, which was posted online, are products including prescription medication, but zooming in on that pill bottle makes the details unreadable.


Judge Overturns Dying Inmate's Conviction in Wife's Death

April 22, 2016 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

 A judge has thrown out the conviction of a dying Ohio inmate who has spent the last two decades in prison for allegedly killing his wife in 1981.


How Hacking Team Got Hacked

April 21, 2016 12:39 pm | by J.M. Porup, Ars Technica | Comments

The apparently bilingual hacker originally published the details in Spanish—"just having some fun trolling the English speaking internet," he posted on Reddit—but subsequently translated the document into English.


Freeway Shooting Suspect Released Amid Doubts About Evidence

April 20, 2016 12:17 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press | Comments

A man charged in freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year has been released from jail amid questions about the evidence that authorities say links him to the crimes.


A Look at Police Use-of-Force Cases Before Freddie Gray

April 19, 2016 12:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The widespread unrest that broke out in Baltimore on the day of Freddie Gray's funeral on April 27, 2015, has been attributed to a host of factors, including decades of dysfunction in the city's institutions, neighborhoods and leadership.


Man Plans to Sue Over Conviction in 1957 Schoolgirl Killing

April 18, 2016 12:07 pm | by Michael Tarm, Associated Press | Comments

A 76-year-old Washington state man released from prison after a prosecutor concluded he was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a schoolgirl says he intends to sue Illinois for the suffering five years of imprisonment caused him and his family.



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