Environmental DNA is letting scientists find species faster and more accurately than ever. And it might even point to species no one has yet recorded seeing.
Samples collected on arrest are checked against DNA evidence in open investigations — such as those collected from break-and-enter or sexual assault crime scenes — to see if that particular arrestee is implicated in unsolved cases.
The question seemed settled last month after President Obama decided not to push legislation requiring American technology companies - notably Apple, Google and Facebook - to roll back smartphone encryption schemes. But the terrorist attacks in Paris may have changed the politics.
Irradiation, a genome-fragmenting defense against weaponized anthrax and other bioterror agents, needn't frustrate forensic investigations that rely on whole-genome sequencing.
On June 25, the remains of a child were found in a trash bag on the shore of Boston’s Deer Island. It wasn’t clear how long she’d been dead, but there was some decomposition. Investigators estimated that the unidentified girl, “Baby Doe,” was about 4 years old. Among the clues found at the scene: pollen on the child’s pants and blanket.
In this information age, national security analysts often find themselves searching for a needle in a haystack. The available data is growing much faster than analysts' ability to observe and process it. Sometimes they can't make key connections and often they are overwhelmed struggling to use data for predictions and forensics.
Several UK media outlets—including the Daily Mail, The Mirror, and The Telegraph—have claimed that Sony's PlayStation 4 is being used by ISIS/ISIL/Daesh to plan its attacks, with The Express even saying that a PS4 was used to plot the recent horrifying attacks on Paris.
The phones, which will be linked directly to the mainframe computers at One Police Plaza, will allow NYPD brass to share important breaking information with more than 35,000 cops with the push of a button.
When it comes to recent cybersecurity talks, the prevalent theme seemed to be, “We know we need to do something, but what?”
Customs and Border Protection staff concluded after an internal review that agents and officers shouldn't be required to wear body cameras, positioning the nation's largest law enforcement agency as a counterweight to a growing number of police forces that use the devices to promote public trust and accountability.
Thirteen years after he was allegedly snatched from his Alabama home at age 5 by his father, the young man has been found living under an assumed name with his dad in Ohio, in a case authorities say broke open when his Social Security number raised red flags during college applications.
A North Carolina man suspected in a Southern crime spree that included a double slaying is dead after a warrant for a hitchhiker he and his girlfriend picked up led police to the motel where they were holed up in suburban Philadelphia.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors unsealed charges against three men, revealing details of a sprawling criminal enterprise that involved hacking some of the US' biggest financial institutions as well as the theft of personal information pertaining to 100 million customer.
Authorities in South Carolina say a man was shot to death in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies.
The state crime lab analyzes just about everything that could come from a crime scene, including drug samples, DNA, marks from tools and firearms and bloody clothes from crime scenes.