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The courtroom is traditionally a place steeped in history, and governed by   laws that were passed many centuries ago. But one Florida-based company wants   to bring the justice system up to date with the latest technology.

3D Printing Creates Evidence for Criminal Trials

November 11, 2014 11:17 am | by Inside 3DP | Comments

The courtroom is traditionally a place steeped in history, and governed by laws that were passed many centuries ago. But one Florida-based company wants to bring the justice system up to date with the latest technology.         

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Austrian forensics experts who helped solve the mystery of Russia's murdered imperial family could soon shed light on the apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students through analysis of the tiniest of DNA fragments from badly burned remains.

Austrian Forensic Experts Investigate Massacre in Mexico

November 10, 2014 1:31 pm | by Shadia Nasralla, Reuters | Comments

Austrian forensics experts who helped solve the mystery of Russia's murdered imperial family could soon shed light on the apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students through analysis of the tiniest of DNA fragments from badly burned remains.   

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The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported

Mexican Meth Replacing Heartland Homemade

November 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.

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Traditionally, New York City officials have preferred not to draw attention   to the unidentified bodies that pass through city morgues and receive public   burials. But on Saturday, city officials organized a day geared partly to   help identify the roug

New York City Seeks to Put Names to Unidentified Bodies

November 10, 2014 12:46 pm | by Corey Kilgannon, The New York Times | Comments

Traditionally, New York City officials have preferred not to draw attention to the unidentified bodies that pass through city morgues and receive public burials. But on Saturday, city officials organized a day geared partly to help identify the roughly 1,200 bodies they have received since about 1990 that they have been unable to identify.

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The International Association of Forensic Nurses — a nursing association representing more than 3,300 registered nurses and other professionals in 22 countries — is celebrating its yearly Forensic Nurses Week to celebrate the accomplishments and dedicatio

Forensic Nurses Week Recognizes Important Work in the Field

November 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by The International Association of Forensic Nurses | Comments

The International Association of Forensic Nurses — a nursing association representing more than 3,300 registered nurses and other professionals in 22 countries — is celebrating its yearly Forensic Nurses Week to celebrate the accomplishments and dedication of professionals in the field as well as raise awareness about the importance of their work.

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Federal investigators who have been in the Mojave Desert trying to find out why an experimental spaceship crashed are wrapping up their work in Southern California.

Investigators Wrap Up Work at Spaceship Crash Site

November 7, 2014 2:49 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal investigators who have been in the Mojave Desert trying to find out why an experimental spaceship crashed are wrapping up their work in Southern California.                         

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A little over six months ago, the city of Houston, beset with controversy over problems with the Houston Police Department's crime lab, started down a tough, new path. The journey is one that will be watched closely by the forensic community nationally an

Independent Houston Forensic Lab Regaining Public Trust

November 7, 2014 2:36 pm | by Daniel Garner, Houston Chronicle | Comments

A little over six months ago, the city of Houston, beset with controversy over problems with the Houston Police Department's crime lab, started down a tough, new path. The journey is one that will be watched closely by the forensic community nationally and internationally for its ambition and its scope.

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More than a half-century after Wayne Pratt was stabbed to death at a gas station he operated along old U.S. 41 near Neenah, the search for his killer is heating up.

Police Still Seeking Answers in 1963 Gas Station Murder

November 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by Andy Thompson, Post-Crescent Media | Comments

More than a half-century after Wayne Pratt was stabbed to death at a gas station he operated along old U.S. 41 near Neenah, the search for his killer is heating up.                         

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Calgary Police Service Selects NEC Biometrics

November 7, 2014 2:09 pm | by NEC | Comments

NEC has announced that its NeoFace Reveal facial recognition solution has been selected by the City of Calgary, Canada, and the Calgary Police Service. The Calgary Police Service awarded NEC the contract after a rigorous review process of facial recognition based criminal identification systems.

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It's the perfect murder: hack someone's pacemaker wirelessly just long enough   to stop it working. Once the deed is done, the killer radio signals are long   gone and any suspicions over the cause of death are exceptionally hard to   prove. Now a team of

Murder by Hackable Implants Leaves a Trace

November 6, 2014 2:22 pm | by Paul Marks, New Scientist | Comments

It's the perfect murder: hack someone's pacemaker wirelessly just long enough to stop it working. Once the deed is done, the killer radio signals are long gone and any suspicions over the cause of death are exceptionally hard to prove. Now a team of forensic medicine specialists, working with their colleagues in digital security, are working on software that would prove a lethal implant hack has been carried out.

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The Washington State Patrol has unveiled the next-generation of breath testing instruments designed to help remove impaired drivers from the streets and highways.

State Police Unveils Next-generation Breath Equipment

November 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by Washington State Patrol | Comments

The Washington State Patrol has unveiled the next-generation of breath testing instruments designed to help remove impaired drivers from the streets and highways.                         

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A man surrendered in Oregon after police say he killed his girlfriend, posted gruesome photos of her body and the crime scene online, and wrote that he wanted authorities to kill him.

Slaying Suspect Caught after Posting Photos

November 6, 2014 1:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A man surrendered in Oregon after police say he killed his girlfriend, posted gruesome photos of her body and the crime scene online, and wrote that he wanted authorities to kill him.                   

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A nondescript 40,000-square-foot building in Ashland, Oregon, houses one of the world’s most unusual enterprises: the world’s only forensic crime lab — for animals.

Animal Forensic Practices of an Oregon Lab

November 6, 2014 1:22 pm | by Here&Now | Comments

A nondescript 40,000-square-foot building in Ashland, Oregon, houses one of the world’s most unusual enterprises: the world’s only forensic crime lab — for animals.                         

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A Boston-based startup, called Amplyus, has invented the miniPCR, a small, relatively cheap do-it-yourself DNA copying kit for homes and schools.

Boston Kickstarter Puts miniPCR in Classrooms

November 5, 2014 2:52 pm | by Elise Harmon, BostInno | Comments

A Boston-based startup, called Amplyus, has invented the miniPCR, a small, relatively cheap do-it-yourself DNA copying kit for homes and schools.                             

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Starting with a simple DNA swab taken from fang marks on people bitten by snakes, an international research team correctly identified the species of the biting snake 100 percent of the time in a first-of-its-kind clinical study.

Forensic DNA Test Links Snake Bite Marks to Species

November 5, 2014 2:28 pm | by Burness Communications | Comments

Starting with a simple DNA swab taken from fang marks on people bitten by snakes, an international research team correctly identified the species of the biting snake 100 percent of the time in a first-of-its-kind clinical study.      

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