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Tattoo Evidence, or Just being Cool

June 4, 2014 10:48 am | by Dave Collins, Associated Press | Comments

Criminals have long used tattoos as indelible ink on their own bodily rap sheet. And for just as long, police have used tattoos as a way to identify suspects, a distinguishing characteristic to jog a memory or catch the public's eye. But only rarely does body art play a pivotal role as evidence posited as proof of wrongdoing.


FBI Addresses Laser Threat to Aircraft

June 4, 2014 9:40 am | by FBI | Comments

The FBI is lauching a national campaign to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft, a federal violation that presents danger to pilots, passengers, and those on the ground.                   


Facial Recognition Software Continues to Improve

June 4, 2014 9:03 am | by NIST | Comments

NIST reports that results from its 2013 test of facial recognition algorithms show that accuracy has improved up to 30 percent since 2010.                               


UK Government Makes 3D-printed Gun to Assess Threat

June 3, 2014 3:01 pm | by Jacob Aron, New Scientist | Comments

It pays to know your enemy. The UK government has 3D-printed at least one gun to try and understand how much of a threat the technology presents.                             


Forensic Anthropologist to Chisel Cement from Body Parts

June 3, 2014 2:32 pm | by Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press | Comments

A forensic anthropologist will begin chiseling cement that encases body parts, so officials can try to identify the remains discovered in a garage on Detroit’s west side.                       


After Nearly 17 Years in Prison, a Man Waits for Exoneration

June 3, 2014 1:53 pm | by Stephanie Clifford, The New York Times | Comments

Roger Logan’s is one of 90 convictions that the district attorney, Kenneth Thompson, and his office are examining in a massive undertaking that prosecutors, defense lawyers and the incarcerated around the country are watching.       


North Carolina Crime Lab Earns Dual Accreditation

June 3, 2014 1:36 pm | by North Carolina DOJ | Comments

The North Carolina State Crime Laboratory is now the only full service state crime laboratory in the country to hold accreditation from two international independent accreditation agencies.                 

Mounties to Cut Back Investigative Services

June 2, 2014 2:33 pm | by Jim Bronskill, The Chronicle Herald | Comments

Money shortfalls recently forced the Mounties to look at paring back some national services such as DNA analysis, fingerprinting operations and criminal intelligence.                        


Forensic Pathologist Retires as Coroner

June 2, 2014 2:14 pm | by John Aguilar, The Denver Post | Comments

Dr. Michael Dobersen has worked some of the biggest — and most heart-wrenching — cases in his 20-year tenure as Arapahoe County, Colorado coroner. But the 65-year-old forensic pathologist, whose last day as coroner is Monday, said it's not always the high-profile murders that stick with him the longest


Digital Detectives Go High-tech to Crack Cases

June 2, 2014 2:01 pm | by Steve Hardy, | Comments

As criminals go high-tech, Lynchburg, Virginia detectives rely more and more on electronic evidence and the forensic specialists who analyze it.                              


Police Prepare for Search in Madeleine McCann Case

June 2, 2014 12:36 pm | by Helena Alves and Barry Hatton, Associated Press | Comments

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Monday cordoned off scrubland near the resort where the British girl vanished seven years ago. They were expected to conduct a forensic examination of the area in coming days.   


House Approves Funding Boost for Rape Kit Testing

May 30, 2014 12:19 pm | by Laura Bassett, Huffington Post | Comments

The White House proposed a budget this year that would provide $36 million in funding to help law enforcement officials process the nation's massive backlog of untested rape kits. In a sign of approval, the House of Representatives voted Thursday to add another $5 million in funding for this purpose to its Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bill.


Printed Guns Shown to be a Bigger Danger to User

May 30, 2014 12:05 pm | by Paul Peachey and Cahal Milmo, The Independent | Comments

The first widely distributed 3D-printed gun poses more danger to the shooter than their intended victim, according to tests by Britain’s leading forensics unit dealing with gun crime.                   


Forensic Team Resuming Texas Migrant Project

May 30, 2014 11:18 am | by Univ. of Illinois | Comments

This is not your typical summer break from college: A University of Indianapolis professor and five students will leave for southern Texas soon to spend two weeks digging holes in oppressive heat and humidity, with more than a few snakes and scorpions as company.


ANAB Selects Qualtrax for Internal Quality Systems Management

May 30, 2014 10:33 am | Qualtrax | Comments

ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, one of the largest multi-discipline accreditation bodies in the world, will now use Qualtrax compliance management software to manage their internal management system.             



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