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Crime Lab Director Stepping Down

December 18, 2015 11:58 am | by WOWT | Comments

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation regarding potential issues involving Director Ray’s handling of certain evidence. She was placed on paid administrative leave status pending the results of that investigation. 

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Forensic Psychiatric Patients and Staff View Mental Illness Differently

December 18, 2015 11:51 am | by Lund University | Comments

Offenders sentenced to forensic psychiatric care do not consider their mental illness to be the main reason for their crime. Instead, they point to abuse, poverty or anger toward a particular person.

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Roadmap to Safer Cyberspace

December 18, 2015 10:23 am | by The National Science Foundation | Comments

As in other domains of science, properly defending a system involves hypothesis, experimentation, and analysis -- or at least it should. In reality, cybersecurity research can happen in an ad hoc fashion, often in crisis mode in the wake of an attack.

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When a Single E-Mail Gives Hackers Full Access to Your Network

December 17, 2015 10:04 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Now, researchers say they have uncovered a vulnerability in such a product from security firm FireEye that can give attackers full network access.

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New Ceramic Firefighting Foam Becomes Stronger When Temperature Increases

December 16, 2015 12:16 pm | Comments

A team of chemists from ITMO University has developed a novel type of firefighting foam based on inorganic silica nanoparticles. 

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'Al Dente' Fibers Could Make Bulletproof Vests Stronger

December 16, 2015 10:39 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Bulletproof vests and other super-strong materials could soon become even tougher and more environmentally friendly at the same time with the help of extra firm, or "al dente," fibers.

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Lives in Balance, Texas Leads Scrutiny of Bite-Mark Forensics

December 15, 2015 11:15 am | by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times | Comments

The Texas commission is seeking to develop guidelines on whether bite-mark comparisons should have any role in the courtroom.

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Fact-Checking the Debate on Encryption

December 15, 2015 10:50 am | by Jeff Larson and Julia Angwin, ProPublica | Comments

Intelligence officials in Europe and the United States have asserted that encryption hampers their ability to detect plots and trace perpetrators. But many have questioned whether it would be practical or wise to allow governments widespread power to read encrypted messages. To help readers appreciate the arguments on both sides, we’ve pulled together some FAQs on a subject that is sure to be hotly debated in the years to come.

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The Fascinating History of Crime Photography

December 14, 2015 9:50 am | by Laura Mallonee, Wired | Comments

A photograph doesn't necessarily document the truth, it captures a brief moment in time. What happened in that moment, not to mention before and after it, is always subject to some debate. Nowhere is this more true than in crime scene photography and its role in criminal investigations.

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Cybersecurity Researchers Are Hunted From All Sides

December 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Andrada Fiscutean, Motherboard | Comments

While he was analyzing Stuxnet, a worm written by the US and Israel and considered to be the first cyber weapon, someone broke into his house. The intruder left behind a decision cube—a rubber die inscribed with conclusions like “yes,” “no,” “maybe”—on his living room table with the message “take a break” facing up.

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Forensic Scientists Study Decomposition for Insights Into Post-Mortem Interval

December 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The science of death and decay is the future for a growing discipline in forensic science.

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Have You Asked Yourself Five Important Cyber Security Questions?

December 11, 2015 10:02 am | by Rachel Falk, Tech Exchange | Comments

From cyber 'attacks' to 'knowing your adversary' to 'cyber threats'--it can seem like organizations are under constant siege.

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Military Gunshot-Wound Device Now Approved For Civilan Use

December 11, 2015 9:44 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved a military gunshot wound dressing for civilian usage that’s capable of controlling severe, life-threatening bleeding.

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The Attack that Broke the Dark Web

December 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by Kashmir Hill, Arstechnica | Comments

Law enforcement has been complaining for years about the Web “going dark,” saying that encryption and privacy tools are frustrating their ability to track criminals online. But massive FBI operations over the last year that have busted ‘hidden sites’ used for the sale of drugs, hacking tools, and child pornography.

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National Shortage of Medical Examiners Causes Hardship

December 9, 2015 12:02 pm | by Diana Duel, Examiner.com | Comments

This not only causes delays in solving criminal cases, it also causes severe hardships for families who are often forced to wait months before they can obtain death certificates for loved ones. 

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