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3D Ear Identification Based on Sparse Representation

April 25, 2014 1:51 pm | by Lin Zhang, Zhixuan Ding, Hongyu Li and Ying Shen, PLOS One | Comments

Compared with classical biometric identifiers such as fingerprint and face, the ear is relatively a new member in the biometrics family and has recently received some significant attention due to its non-intrusiveness and ease of data collection. As a biometric identifier, the ear is appealing and has some desirable properties such as universality, uniqueness and permanence.

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Indiana Proposal Would Require All Arrestees to Provide DNA Samples

April 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Jack Rinehart, The Indy Channel | Comments

Indiana lawmakers are making another effort to try and pass legislation that would require all people arrested for criminal offenses to provide a DNA sample.                           

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Forensic Tests Show Blood in Gourd is Not from Louis XVI

April 25, 2014 1:23 pm | by Rebecca Morelle, BBC | Comments

An elaborately decorated gourd was thought to contain a handkerchief that had been dipped in the blood of the French King Louis XVI after he was killed by guillotine by French revolutionaries in 1793. But scientists have now sequenced the genome of the sample and say it is unlikely to belong to the monarch.

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Astronomical Forensics Uncover Planetary Disks in NASA's Hubble Archive

April 25, 2014 1:12 pm | by NASA | Comments

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

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Novel Techniques and Tools for Forensic Analysis

April 24, 2014 1:24 pm | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence at RTI International is hosting live webinars of presentations that were part of a Seminar Series from NIJ’s 2014 Grantees Meeting.                  

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FDA Proposes First Regulations for E-cigarettes

April 24, 2014 12:20 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press | Comments

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. The move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.         

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No Miracles Sought in Bones of Medieval Swedish King

April 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160.                 

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Stage Coach Disappearance Case Still Active

April 24, 2014 11:46 am | by Carol Christian, Houston Chronicle | Comments

Marvin Clark disappeared in about June 1920 on his way to the doctor. A man of age 62 or 63, Clark had taken a stage coach from his home in Tigard, Oregon, to his doctor's office in Portland. He never made it.           

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NIST Seeks Applicants to Join Forensic Science Committees

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by NIST | Comments

NIST is accepting applications from members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to serve on a new organization whose goal is to develop national standards and guidelines for forensic science practitioners and improve forensic science in the United States.

Fugitive Killed in Oregon Had 'Moveable Dungeon'

April 23, 2014 11:50 am | by Steve Dubois, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.   

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Gacy Case Helps Solve Unrelated Death

April 23, 2014 11:41 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | Comments

Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn't commit.               

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Wildlife Forensics Team Examines Bird of Prey Deaths

April 23, 2014 11:35 am | by David Miller, BBC | Comments

The team at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), a division of the Scottish government, has been busier in recent weeks due to the mass poisoning of red kites and buzzards. Birds of prey which police suspect may have been poisoned are routinely sent to SASA's labs for testing.  

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IntegenX to Support Forensic DNA Day on Capitol Hill

April 23, 2014 11:11 am | IntegenX, Inc. | Comments

The event is sponsored by the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC).                                   

Examining Prosecutorial Decision-making Across Federal District Courts

April 23, 2014 10:57 am | by Brian Johnson, NIJ | Comments

This report examines federal charging decisions in U.S. District Courts. It addresses the general lack of research on how prosecutorial decisions are made in the federal justice system by assessing the consequences of prosecutorial discretion regarding fairness, equality and consistency in federal charging and punishment decisions.

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Autistic Boy Wants Tormentors' Charges Dropped

April 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by Ian Shapira, The Washington Post | Comments

He grew frightened when his schoolmate put the knife to his throat, while his 15-year-old girlfriend shot video with her cellphone. Incidents were recorded on his girlfriend’s cellphone, furnishing a chronicle of alleged assaults that authorities are using in the prosecution of the two Chopticon High School students.

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