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A US fugitive on the lam for 14 years in connection with child sex abuse and kidnapping charges was apprehended in Nepal after authorities scanned his "wanted" poster with facial recognition tech. The FBI announced the arrest recently of Neil Stammer, a 4

Facial Recognition Nabs 14-year Fugitive in Nepal

August 14, 2014 9:27 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

A US fugitive on the lam for 14 years in connection with child sex abuse and kidnapping charges was apprehended in Nepal after authorities scanned his "wanted" poster with facial recognition tech. The FBI announced the arrest recently of Neil Stammer, a 48-year-old New Mexico musician and juggler who skipped out on charges in 1999.

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Princeton Instruments, a leading manufacturer of sensitive low-light imaging and spectroscopic instruments, is pleased to recognize the innovative work of the Optical Spectroscopy Group headed by Jan Hála within the Department of Chemical Physics and Opti

Monitoring of Singlet Oxygen Made Simple by Imaging Cameras

August 14, 2014 8:50 am | by Princeton Instrumtents | Comments

Princeton Instruments, a leading manufacturer of sensitive low-light imaging and spectroscopic instruments, has recognized the innovative work of the Optical Spectroscopy Group headed by Jan Hála within the Department of Chemical Physics and Optics at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic).

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$41M to Help Reduce Rape Kit Backlog

August 13, 2014 12:10 pm | by Henry K. Lee, SF Gate | Comments

About $41 million has been earmarked to help expedite the nationwide processing of rape kits. Pending final budgetary approval, the funds would help local police agencies and crime labs address a severe backlog in the analysis of some 500,000 rape kits across the country.

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Forensic meteorology is the science of using historic weather records, atmospheric data, eyewitness accounts, and reenactment simulations to determine the weather conditions at a specific time and location. It has been used in all sorts of circumstances.

Forensic Meteorologists Solve Unthought-of Crimes

August 13, 2014 11:38 am | by Mika McKinnon, space.io9.com | Comments

Forensic meteorology is the science of using historic weather records, atmospheric data, eyewitness accounts, and reenactment simulations to determine the weather conditions at a specific time and location. It has been used in all sorts of circumstances. In a report, Elizabeth Austin and Peter Hildebrand tracked down a slew of court cases where a meteorologist was employed as an expert witness.

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Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of forensic comparison microscopes and forensic imaging systems, has announced that it has sold its 500th forensic system.

Leeds Forensic Systems Sells Its 500th Forensic System

August 13, 2014 11:04 am | Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc. | Comments

Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of forensic comparison microscopes and forensic imaging systems, has announced that it has sold its 500th forensic system.         

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The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding.

Caretaker's Death Ends Old Whiskey Theft Case

August 13, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding.                   

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Crime Lab Cost Strains Pennsylania County

August 12, 2014 1:17 pm | by Aaron Aupperlee, Trib Live | Comments

The Allegheny County Crime Lab in Pennsylvania analyzes more than 19,000 pieces of evidence a year. But despite funding labs run by the state police, Pennsylvania lawmakers have approved no money for Allegheny County's lab since 2011.     

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Hamilton Scientific recently announced that it has acquired the assets of the laboratory business of Dancker, Sellew and Douglas (DS&D) based in Somerville, New Jersey.

Hamilton Scientific Acquires Assets of DS&D Laboratory Business

August 12, 2014 12:32 pm | Hamilton Scientific | Comments

Hamilton Scientific recently announced that it has acquired the assets of the laboratory business of Dancker, Sellew and Douglas (DS&D) based in Somerville, New Jersey.                      

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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are working to improve ballistics matching methods with assistance from the Prince George's County, Maryland, Police Department Crime Laboratory. Their work together will contribute to a co

NIST and County Crime Lab Team Up on Ballistics Research

August 12, 2014 12:22 pm | by NIST | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are working to improve ballistics matching methods with assistance from the Prince George's County, Maryland, Police Department Crime Laboratory. Their work together will contribute to a collection of topographic data from thousands of fired bullets and cartridge cases.

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The parents of a six-year-old Washington girl found slain last week sat in a courtroom as a judge ordered a 17-year-old boy under investigation in the child's death and sexual assault held on $1 million bail. Authorities said they linked evidence found ne

Teen Linked by DNA to Death of Girl, Held on $1M Bail

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press | Comments

The parents of a six-year-old Washington girl found slain last week sat in a courtroom as a judge ordered a 17-year-old boy under investigation in the child's death and sexual assault held on $1 million bail. Authorities said they linked evidence found near the girl's body to the DNA of Gabriel Gaeta, who was friends with her family.

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Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrat

Extracting Audio from Visual Information

August 11, 2014 1:09 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | Comments

Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glas

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Professor Sue Black knows exactly what she wants to happen when she dies. “I want all the tissue off and I want to be restrung as a skeleton in that corner so I don’t miss out on anything,” she says, pointing across the dissection room at the University o

UK's Leading Forensic Scientists Inside the Mortuary

August 11, 2014 12:25 pm | by Alice Fishburn, FT Magazine | Comments

Professor Sue Black knows exactly what she wants to happen when she dies. “I want all the tissue off and I want to be restrung as a skeleton in that corner so I don’t miss out on anything,” she says, pointing across the dissection room at the University of Dundee Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (Cahid), where she is director.

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Months after the murder of Rania Alayed, the search for her body had ground to a halt. Although her husband — who had admitted to her killing — indicated the approximate location where he buried the body off a highway near Manchester, northern England, po

Spy Satellites Fighting Crime from Space

August 11, 2014 12:09 pm | by Kieron Monks, CNN | Comments

Months after the murder of Rania Alayed, the search for her body had ground to a halt. Although her husband — who had admitted to her killing — indicated the approximate location where he buried the body off a highway near Manchester, northern England, police were still left with miles of open field to dig through. Frustrated with the high cost and lack of progress, investigators turned to an experimental form of satellite imaging.

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Thirty-five years ago, funeral directors in Delaware struggled to quickly bury and cremate the remains of more than 900 people who died in a suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, many of them Peoples Temple followers who drank cyanide-laced punch. But, rec

Remains of Jonestown Members Found in Funeral Home

August 11, 2014 11:55 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | Comments

Thirty-five years ago, funeral directors in Delaware struggled to quickly bury and cremate the remains of more than 900 people who died in a suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, many of them Peoples Temple followers who drank cyanide-laced punch. But, recently, officials revealed that not all had been brought to a final resting place. 

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Sixty-five Victims of MH17 Identified, Forensic Experts Home

August 11, 2014 11:36 am | by AFP | Comments

Dutch forensic experts have identified a total of 65 victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the government said, as the last of the team investigating the crash returned from eastern Ukraine.             

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