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DNA is relatively new – barely into its 30s. But as a science, it has advanced rapidly. Last month, authorities touted how "touch" DNA technology helped to swiftly identify a suspected serial rapist, James W. Daniel III, based on a few skin cells left beh

Police Harness Advancing Genetic Science to Identify Touch DNA

October 10, 2014 8:20 am | by Chris Morris, The Plain Dealer | Comments

DNA is relatively new — barely into its 30s. But as a science, it has advanced rapidly. Last month, authorities touted how "touch" DNA technology helped to swiftly identify a suspected serial rapist, James W. Daniel III, based on a few skin cells left behind in the jeans pocket of a woman who reported an attack.

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The FBI exhumed the body of an unidentified man in Alabama in its search for a former diplomat accused of killing his family with a sledgehammer nearly 40 years ago. In court filings, the FBI said there is a strong resemblance between photos of the John D

FBI Exhumes Body in Ten Most Wanted Search

October 9, 2014 1:52 pm | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | Comments

The FBI exhumed the body of an unidentified man in Alabama in its search for a former diplomat accused of killing his family with a sledgehammer nearly 40 years ago. In court filings, the FBI said there is a strong resemblance between photos of the John Doe in Alabama and former State Department diplomat William Bradford "Brad" Bishop Jr.

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Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA

Battelle Awarded NIJ Grant to Study New Forensic DNA Tools

October 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Batelle | Comments

Battelle has been awarded a federal grant in excess of $800,000 from the National Institute of Justice to conduct feasibility and validation tests on a suite of new investigative tools that use next-generation sequencing (NGS) to unlock new clues from DNA evidence.

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When a woman's bullet-riddled body was found under the France Road overpass in Desire on the sweltering morning of July 29, New Orleans police initially had few clues with which to work.

Phone Evidence Illuminates Trail of Woman's Suspected Killer

October 9, 2014 1:28 pm | by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune | Comments

When a woman's bullet-riddled body was found under the France Road overpass in Desire on the sweltering morning of July 29, New Orleans police initially had few clues with which to work.                  

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Toad licking has long been recognized as a stupid, risky way to try to get high. But do you know the biochemistry that determines how stupid and risky it actually, and how high you could get.

Toad Licking Produces a High (And Then Kills)

October 9, 2014 1:09 pm | by Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9 | Comments

Toad licking has long been recognized as a stupid, risky way to try to get high. But do you know the biochemistry that determines how stupid and risky it actually is, and how high you could get?                

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IRR Soldier Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2014 8:07 am | by Kevin Lilley, Army Times | Comments

An Individual Ready Reserve sergeant has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in a place where such an honor would seem impossible.                             

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A $4.4 million effort to test rape kits dating back to 1987 by the city of   Houston has produced more than 1,000 DNA databank matches and charges against   19 people.

Clearing Rape Kit Backlog Yields Nineteen Suspects

October 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A $4.4 million effort to test rape kits dating back to 1987 by the city of Houston has produced more than 1,000 DNA databank matches and charges against 19 people.                         

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A forensic scientist working for the Washington State Patrol swabbed a steering wheel from a slain woman’s car. Detectives had wrapped it up and tucked it away as evidence in 1995, within days of the stabbing death.

DNA from Steering Wheel IDs Killer in Cold Case

October 8, 2014 11:25 am | by Scott North and Diana Hefley, Herald Net | Comments

A forensic scientist working for the Washington State Patrol swabbed a steering wheel from a slain woman’s car. Detectives had wrapped it up and tucked it away as evidence in 1995, within days of the stabbing death.          

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For three decades, the key to identifying a pedestrian struck and killed near an interstate exit ramp sat at investigators' fingertips. They just didn't realize it.

Thirty Years Later, Flipping Prints Reveals Man's Identity

October 8, 2014 11:13 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | Comments

For three decades, the key to identifying a pedestrian struck and killed near an interstate exit ramp sat at investigators' fingertips. They just didn't realize it.                         

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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a laser-based imaging system that creates high-definition 3D maps of surfaces from as far away as 10.5 meters. The method may be useful in diverse fields, including precis

Laser Comb System Maps 3D Surfaces Remotely

October 8, 2014 9:07 am | by NIST | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a laser-based imaging system that creates high-definition 3D maps of surfaces from as far away as 10.5 meters. The method may be useful in diverse fields, including precision machining and assembly, as well as in forensics.

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Ed Graf has spent 25 years in prison in Waco, Texas, convicted of setting a fire in a shed that killed his two stepsons. But in the years since Graf's trial, much of the forensic evidence used against him has been revealed to be nothing more than junk sci

A New Understanding of Arson Spurs a Retrial

October 7, 2014 2:41 pm | by Michael May, NPR | Comments

Ed Graf has spent 25 years in prison in Waco, Texas, convicted of setting a fire in a shed that killed his two stepsons. But in the years since Graf's trial, much of the forensic evidence used against him has been revealed to be nothing more than junk science. On Monday, Graf became the first person in the state to get a retrial based on new understandings of fire forensics.

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Forensic inspectors are hunting video evidence on wireless phones that police seized in the investigation of two Destrehan High School teachers who are accused of engaging in group sex with one of their English students, authorities say.

Phones Examined for Video Evidence in Teacher Sex Case

October 7, 2014 2:31 pm | by Brett Duke, The Picayune Times | Comments

Forensic inspectors are hunting video evidence on wireless phones that police seized in the investigation of two Destrehan High School teachers who are accused of engaging in group sex with one of their English students, authorities say.   

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A crime-fighting ‘magic’ marker pen that can identify the hidden properties of receipts containing fingerprint deposits within a matter of seconds is one of many innovative gadgets developed by scientists at the University of Leicester.

Magic Marker Pen Picks Up Hidden Fingerprints

October 7, 2014 2:16 pm | by Univ. of Leicester | Comments

A crime-fighting ‘magic’ marker pen that can identify the hidden properties of receipts containing fingerprint deposits within a matter of seconds is one of many innovative gadgets developed by scientists at the University of Leicester.   

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A British man accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa pleaded not guilty on Monday to all charges. It was the first day of a trial delayed for years by an extradition process between South Africa and the United K

Court Hears Forensic Evidence in Honeymoon Killing

October 7, 2014 1:55 pm | by Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press | Comments

A British man accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa pleaded not guilty on Monday to all charges. It was the first day of a trial delayed for years by an extradition process between South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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DNA expert witnesses dueled recently in the New York murder trial of Timothy Matthew Jacoby, accused of shooting and killing 55-year-old Monica Schmeyer during a 2010 burglary. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the murder, so the testimony of

DNA Experts Duel in New York Murder Trial

October 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by Colin Holloway, Expert Pages | Comments

DNA expert witnesses dueled recently in the New York murder trial of Timothy Matthew Jacoby, accused of shooting and killing 55-year-old Monica Schmeyer during a 2010 burglary. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the murder, so the testimony of DNA experts will prove crucial to the defendant’s fate.

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