Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement, scientists are developing a novel method that could be the basis for the first portable, on-site testing device for identifying the drugs.
A crime scene expert told jurors that the bloody footprints left in the Novi condominium where an elderly woman was stabbed and left to die matched those taken from suspect Peter Gerard Jones, a prison parolee with a violent past, who was arrested hours after the killing.
Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.
A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.
A recent study provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us.
If you’re out in the field doing environmental testing, food checks, forensic work, or other chemical analysis, mass spectrometry is an extremely accurate detection tool with one huge drawback: You can lose days in sending samples back to the lab for analysis. MIT researchers now have developed technologies that promise to enable mass spectrometers that are handheld and much more inexpensive than today’s lab systems.
A new study from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings.
Vice Squad officers will check stores and ask store owners not to sell synthetic marijuana products after a recently signed state bill made them illegal. But officers are hindered in enforcing the new law. The State Crime Lab is months away from being able to analyze the products.
IntegenX Inc. has announced the first state-wide deployment of the RapidHIT System for real-time matching of DNA profiles. They will use the RapidHIT System in conjunction with the SmallPond database software to store and search over 350,000 DNA profiles.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have determined that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 percent longer than the previously determined value, which had been in use for decades.
A prosecutor and a DNA expert working on a 1989 cold case murder in San Jose have been reassigned after the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office learned they were having an affair, but prosecutors said Monday they do not think it will affect the case.
A woman who has been in prison for more than 30 years for a Nevada killing was granted a new trial Monday based on recently discovered DNA evidence that her lawyer said ties an Oregon prison inmate to the 1976 slaying of a Reno student and two killings in California.
The Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, crime lab can perform crime scene investigations for thousands less than other labs and complete the analysis faster. It's one of the top labs in the world, according to Paul Speaker, an associate professor of finance at WVU and principal investigator for the study.
Nearly 18 years after 68-year-old Geraldine Montgomery was found dead in the small northwest Michigan town of Kalkaska, the man falsely accused and convicted of her sexual assault and murder will walk free.
A self-confessed “armchair detective” claims to have solved perhaps the most notorious whodunit ever by claiming to have discovered the identity of Jack the Ripper. Russell Edwards claims Aaron Kosminski, a 23 year-old Polish immigrant who ended up dying in an asylum, was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man behind the grisly killing spree in 1888 in London’s East End.