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The University of North Dakota is offering an NIJ-funded training series on Death Investigation for death investigators, coroners, law enforcement or physicians.

Online Courses in Death Investigation

December 9, 2014 9:46 am | by University of North Dakota | Comments

The University of North Dakota is offering an NIJ-funded training series on Death Investigation for death investigators, coroners, law enforcement or physicians.                         

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Federal and local investigators were trying to determine whether an arsonist set a fire that turned an unfinished downtown apartment tower into a block of flames so hot they melted freeway signs and cracked windows in office high-rises as far as a block a

Investigators Consider Arson in LA Apartment Fire

December 9, 2014 9:35 am | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | Comments

Federal and local investigators were trying to determine whether an arsonist set a fire that turned an unfinished downtown apartment tower into a block of flames so hot they melted freeway signs and cracked windows in office high-rises as far as a block away.

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New Forensic Psychiatry Unit Raises Questions

December 8, 2014 6:09 am | Comments

Ten months after the new St. Joseph's West 5th campus opened its forensic psychiatry unit– and more than doubled its forensic capacity – doctors say it is finally "right-sized" and adequately helping the community.

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DNA Analysis Identifies Bone Fragment as that of Missing Mexican Student

December 8, 2014 5:55 am | Comments

The blur of scientific talk from the investigators washed over him — something about a bone fragment, DNA testing, probability — as he sat dazed in an abandoned classroom at the teachers college his son attended. But Ezequiel Mora wanted to know only one thing: Was his son Alexander dead or not?

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FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards Now Include Rapid DNA Analysis

December 8, 2014 5:51 am | IntegenX, Inc. | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has updated their current DNA databasing standards to include an Addendum to the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories performing Rapid DNA analysis and Modified Rapid DNA Analysis Using a Rapid DNA Instrument. 

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Shark Attack Inspires Forensic Science Career

December 5, 2014 7:28 am | Comments

A shark attack at the age of just 13 inspired Jenny McDowell to use the lessons learned from her experience to choose a career in disaster victim identification. McDowell is now working towards a PhD at Otago University and last night received a $10,000 grant from AMP to further her studies. 

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New Center of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Facility

December 5, 2014 7:13 am | Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. and Baylor College of Medicine have opened the Agilent Technologies Mass Spectrometry Center of Excellence as part of the Alkek Center for Molecular Discovery and the Baylor College of Medicine Core Laboratory in the college’s department of molecular and cellular biology.

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RFID Forensic Evidence Management

December 5, 2014 7:06 am | Comments

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured on an assembly line to zoo animals in transit to their new homes. Now, thanks to a new NIST report, the next beneficiaries of RFID technology may soon be law enforcement agencies responsible for the management of forensic evidence.

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2-D Camera Enables Scientific Discoveries

December 4, 2014 9:37 am | Comments

A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed the world’s fastest receive-only 2-D camera, a device that can capture events up to 100 billion frames per second.

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MD High Court Requires Additional DNA Testing for Admissibility

December 4, 2014 9:29 am | Comments

Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results. In a ruling last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that defense attorneys have the same burden as prosecutors when presenting DNA evidence.

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Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method. This new method has helped solve criminal investigations that were otherwise stalled or had gone complet

CA Court Rules DNA Collection at Arrest Unconstitutional

December 4, 2014 9:15 am | Comments

A state appeals court decided unanimously Wednesday that California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested for felonies -- though not necessarily convicted or even charged -- violates the state constitution.

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Federal Wildlife Forensics Task Force

December 4, 2014 8:56 am | Comments

Two forensic scientists from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Laboratory in Laramie have been named to a special federal task force for wildlife forensics. The Game and Fish Laboratory uses forensics to help solve wildlife violations, tooth aging in wildlife management, and fisheries disease monitoring and research.

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NIST Report and Video Detail Dynamics of Deadly Chicago House Fire

December 3, 2014 5:18 am | Comments

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) computer-modeling study of a 2012 Chicago house fire reveals the conditions that unleashed a surge of searing gases, leading to the death of a veteran firefighter. NIST examined the fire dynamics of the incident at the request of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Chicago Fire Department.

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DNA Identifies Richard III

December 3, 2014 5:01 am | Comments

Scientists say there is "overwhelming evidence" that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England's King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors.  

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New DE Division of Forensic Science Seeks Director

December 3, 2014 4:51 am | Comments

Delaware officials say they're having trouble hiring a director for the newly created Division of Forensic Science. Officials said Tuesday at a meeting of the division's oversight panel that they've yet to find a person with the right mix of scientific qualifications and management skills. They also discussed whether the pay range needs to be looked at.

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