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Significance of Association in Tool Mark Characterization

April 3, 2014 12:37 pm | by L.S. Chumbley and M. Morris, NIJ | Comments

In a recent study of toolmarks produced by sequentially made screwdriver tips, the authors developed a computer algorithm that reliably separated matching toolmarks from those that do not match to increase the statistical relevance of toolmark analysis.

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Synthetic Marijuana Creating Danger for First Responders

April 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Shaley Sanders, KTRE | Comments

When first responders receive a call, they can never be sure of what they might encounter — and when synthetic marijuana is involved, their jobs can be that much harder.                    

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Stiletto Heel Shown to Jurors in Shoe Stabbing Case

April 2, 2014 11:44 am | by Juan Lozano, Associated Press | Comments

A blue suede stiletto heel that prosecutors say a Houston woman used to fatally stab her boyfriend at least 25 times in the face and head was shown at her trial Tuesday.                       

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Women in Forensics Love Their Job

April 2, 2014 11:35 am | by Casey Cumley, WTSP | Comments

The 14 female members of the Pasco Forensics Unit are dedicated to their profession and have some ideas why women are drawn to forensics.                                

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Town Considers Grant to Study Feasibility of New Crime Lab

April 2, 2014 11:09 am | by Arnold Knightly, Las Vegas Review-Journal | Comments

The wheels of justice may move slowly, but the Henderson Police Department in Nevada wants to find out if a new forensic crime lab would speed the process.                           

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Developing Regional Taphonomic Standards

April 2, 2014 11:01 am | by Marcella Sorg, NIJ | Comments

This project developed regionally specific standards for collecting and interpreting taphonomic (postmortem) data from human skeletal remains in northern New England.                       

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Synthetic Drugs Emerging in Asia

April 1, 2014 1:18 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Methamphetamine is the drug of choice in Asia but new synthetic drugs have found their way in the region, with authorities always playing catch up with traffickers, international drug enforcers say.               

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Skeletons Reveal Secrets of the Black Death

April 1, 2014 12:17 pm | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | Comments

Molars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death — and of its victims.                             

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IntegenX Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

April 1, 2014 11:56 am | IntegenX, Inc. | Comments

IntegenX Inc. has earned ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system for the design, development, manufacture and distribution of automated DNA identification systems and is the first company in the rapid DNA market to achieve such a standard.

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Smartphone Technology for Capturing Untreated Latent Fingerprints Feasibility Research

April 1, 2014 11:45 am | by Tony Warren, NIJ | Comments

This research tested the use of digital photography to capture images of untreated latent fingerprints. Its goal was to create a portable, handheld imaging device with spectral filters that could take photos of untreated latent fingerprints that are of similar quality to photos of dusted latent fingerprints.

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Technical College Creates Body Farm for Forensic Research

April 1, 2014 11:34 am | by Duke Behnke, Post-Crescent | Comments

Wisconsin's Fox Valley Technical College’s latest venture is the creation of a cold-weather body farm. Body farms are in operation in Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, but the FVTC facility will be among the best suited to study the decomposition process in the extreme cold.

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Police Warn of 'Fake Weed' Dangers

March 31, 2014 1:02 pm | by Karen Madden, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune | Comments

Manufacturers frequently put fake weed in foil pouches sealed in containers with nice labels. The packaging gives the impression the product is made in a clean factory that is regulated and inspected.               

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Fingers Leave More than Prints

March 31, 2014 12:42 pm | by Sheffield Hallam Univ. | Comments

Pioneering technology designed by Sheffield Hallam University that provides an in-depth analysis of fingerprints is being tried and tested at crime scenes.                           

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NH Lab Uses Science in Fight against Crime

March 31, 2014 12:09 pm | by Elizabeth Dinan, Seacoast Online | Comments

The New Hampshire crime lab is located inside state police headquarters in Concord and everything the team of civilian scientists touches with their latex-gloved hands could determine someone's guilt or innocence. If it's a hot story, a cold case, or a tepid drunken-driving arrest, science in the lab can clinch a conviction, or get someone off the hook.

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Senators Introduce Sweeping Forensics Reform Legislation

March 31, 2014 11:54 am | by Office of Sen. Patrick Leahy | Comments

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced recently sweeping legislation to improve the use of forensic evidence in criminal cases.                 

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