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Police Introduce New Crime-Fighting Tool

November 4, 2015 12:39 pm | by Shirley Min, WHYY | Comments

Long Island, NY-based crime lab, Applied DNA Sciences, engineered the product - a liquid adhesive called "DNAnet" that allows people to permanently mark or tag valuables with a unique plant-based DNA sequence specific to each owner. The mark is only visible under ultraviolet light. 


Broken System Lets Problem Officers Jump From Job to Job

November 3, 2015 11:48 am | by Nomaan Merchant and Matt Sedensky, AP | Comments

A yearlong Associated Press investigation into sex abuse by cops, jail guards, deputies and other state law enforcement officials uncovered a broken system for policing bad officers, with significant flaws in how agencies deal with those suspected of sexual misconduct and glaring warning signs that go unreported or get overlooked.


‘The Curse of Oak Island’ Uses Latest Tech to Dig Up 220-Year Mystery

November 3, 2015 11:11 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

For two seasons of reality TV, brothers Marty and Rick Lagina have grappled with “The Curse of Oak Island.” They’ve used the latest technology available to look underground, scouring for the legendary treasure. Next week, they’re back for a third season on the History Channel – and they have new state-of-the-art forensic tools at their disposal.


New Mexico Police Officer Dies After Being Shot on Duty

October 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press | Comments

A somber Albuquerque police chief stood surrounded by dozens of law enforcement officials Thursday as he described a well-liked, highly decorated officer who was gunned down outside a pharmacy last week.


Dramatic Surveillance Video of Waco Biker Shootout Surfaces

October 30, 2015 9:39 am | by Justin Wm. Moyer, The Washington Post | Comments

Dramatic surveillance footage and crime-scene photos obtained by CNN show the deadly progression of a shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco, Tex., in May that left nine dead.


Forensic DNA Evidence Is Not Infallible

October 30, 2015 9:18 am | by Cynthia M. Cale, Nature | Comments

Despite how it is often portrayed, in the media and in courts, the forensic science of DNA is far from infallible. Particularly concerning is that police and prosecutors now frequently talk of 'touch DNA' — genetic profiles of suspects and offenders that have been generated in a laboratory from just a handful of skin cells left behind in a fingerprint.


Crime Lab Scandals Just Keep Getting Worse

October 29, 2015 11:18 am | by Dahlia Lithwick, | Comments

The problem with a scandal on this order of magnitude isn’t just that it reflects a fundamental flaw in the justice system. The problem is that, as a purely practical matter, there is simply no easy way to correct it.


Court Again Denies DNA Tests in Death Row Case

October 29, 2015 10:50 am | by Johnathan Silver, The Texas Tribune | Comments

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for the second time Wednesday reversed a state district judge’s order that would have allowed East Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen to test DNA from evidence in his murder case.


The Cybersecurity Bill Passed by the U.S. Senate

October 29, 2015 10:43 am | by Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American | Comments

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is a controversial measure to encourage businesses and government agencies to share information related to malicious hackers and their methods.


Digital Forensics Market Expected to Reach $4.97 Billion in 2021

October 28, 2015 10:35 am | by Transparency Market Research | Comments

According to a new market report the global Digital Forensics market was valued at USD 2.03 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach USD 4.97 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 12.5% through forecast period.


Senator Seeks Faster DNA Analysis In Sexual Assaults

October 28, 2015 9:42 am | by News Service of Florida | Comments

Under Benacquisto's bill, DNA evidence collected in sexual-assault investigations would have to be submitted to the state crime-lab system for testing within 21 days of being received by law-enforcement agencies.


Manhunt in Rural Kentucky

October 27, 2015 10:06 am | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | Comments

The 62-year-old Cook was believed to be on foot after a Saturday shootout with a Kentucky state police trooper. Cook was last seen in the hilly, wooded countryside in Cumberland County, which borders Tennessee.


Homicide Spike Draws Alarm From Obama Administration

October 27, 2015 10:01 am | Comments

Rising homicide totals in many large American cities have raised alarms within the Obama administration.


Top German Official Infected by Spy Trojan With NSA Ties

October 27, 2015 9:58 am | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be the only high-ranking leader from that country to be spied on by the National Security Agency. German authorities are investigating whether the head of the German Federal Chancellery unit had his laptop infected with Regin.


Investigator Hopes DNA Might Lead to Suspect in Grandparents' Unsolved Homicide

October 26, 2015 11:55 am | by Sarah Favot, The Daily News | Comments

Marsh made a promise 15 years ago to the family of George and Pauline Chapin, an elderly couple slain in their Rancho Palos Verdes home. So he went back to work to find their killer.



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