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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.


All Your Disk Images Belong to Us, Says Appeals Court

May 31, 2016 11:32 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

The government can prosecute and imprison people for crimes based on evidence obtained from their computers—even evidence retained for years that was outside the scope of an original probable-cause search warrant, a US federal appeals court has said in a 100-page opinion paired with a blistering dissent.


Coincidence Leads to Arlington Burial for WWII Marine

May 31, 2016 11:10 am | by Chris Carola, Associated Press | Comments

When the battle ended three days later, Johnson and more than 1,000 other Marines and sailors were dead, along with nearly all of the island's 5,000 Japanese defenders.


Crow Steals Knife from Crime Scene in Canada

May 27, 2016 12:39 pm | by Keri Blakinger, Daily News | Comments

A group of crows is called a murder — but this one may have murderous intent.


Brainwaves - A New Type of Fingerprint?

May 26, 2016 12:20 pm | by Viatcheslav Wlassoff, BrainBlogger | Comments

Studying the electrical activity of the brain has revealed one amazing thing: our brainwaves are individualized and unique.


Key Findings from Inspector General Report on Clinton Emails

May 26, 2016 12:13 pm | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | Comments

Key findings from the State Department inspector general's report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and private server and the department's email practices.


Police Find Bodies Believed to Be Missing Washington Couple

May 25, 2016 10:11 am | by Lisa Baumann and Phuong Le, Associated Press | Comments

For six weeks, authorities said a missing Washington state couple had been slain. Prosecutors had charged two brothers with their murder. But until Tuesday, no bodies had been found.


Beware of Keystroke Loggers Disguised as USB Phone Chargers, FBI Warns

May 25, 2016 9:57 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

FBI officials are warning private industry partners to be on the lookout for highly stealthy keystroke loggers that surreptitiously sniff passwords and other input typed into wireless keyboards.


Hawaii Could Be First to Put Gun Owners in Federal Database

May 24, 2016 12:41 pm | by Marina Starleaf Riker, Associated Press | Comments

Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.


Forensic Official: EgyptAir Human Remains Suggest Explosion

May 24, 2016 12:23 pm | by Sam Magdy, Associated Press | Comments

Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 have burn marks and are very small in size, suggesting an explosion on board may have downed the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said Tuesday.


Officer Acquitted on All Charges in Freddie Gray Case

May 23, 2016 12:31 pm | by Juliet Linderman, Associated Press | Comments

A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man's death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van.


Big-Picture Solution Needed in Drug Lab Scandals

May 23, 2016 12:21 pm | by The Boston Globe | Comments

The Commonwealth's drug lab scandal widened in scope this month with revelations about the misdeeds of Sonja Farak, a state chemist who regularly got high on the job by dipping into drug samples and stores of evidence.


Supreme Court Throws Out Death Sentence From All-White Jury

May 23, 2016 12:05 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of a death-row inmate in Georgia on Monday, chastising state prosecutors for improperly keeping African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman.


Forensic Team Analyzes Remains Found at Llama Farm

May 20, 2016 9:11 am | by Borys Krawczeniuk, The Citizens' Voice | Comments

Forensic anthropologists led by a top expert in the field arrived Monday in Pike County to examine the human remains at the center of what a prosecutor for the first time called a criminal homicide investigation.


Forensic Scientist Helps Vietnamese Counterparts Identify Wartime Remains

May 20, 2016 8:45 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | Comments

Vietnam is undertaking a similar effort to identify its war dead, and Mike Coble was in Hanoi this April presenting the latest methods to Vietnamese scientists.


Judge Says Suspect Has Right to Review Code that FBI Has Right to Keep Secret

May 19, 2016 9:38 am | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

A federal judge in Tacoma, Washington has put himself in a Catch 22: ruling a man charged with possessing child pornography has the right to review malware source code while also acknowledging that the government has a right to keep it secret.



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