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Toad licking has long been recognized as a stupid, risky way to try to get high. But do you know the biochemistry that determines how stupid and risky it actually, and how high you could get.

Toad Licking Produces a High (And Then Kills)

October 9, 2014 1:09 pm | by Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9 | Comments

Toad licking has long been recognized as a stupid, risky way to try to get high. But do you know the biochemistry that determines how stupid and risky it actually is, and how high you could get?                

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IRR Soldier Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2014 8:07 am | by Kevin Lilley, Army Times | Comments

An Individual Ready Reserve sergeant has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in a place where such an honor would seem impossible.                             

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A $4.4 million effort to test rape kits dating back to 1987 by the city of   Houston has produced more than 1,000 DNA databank matches and charges against   19 people.

Clearing Rape Kit Backlog Yields Nineteen Suspects

October 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A $4.4 million effort to test rape kits dating back to 1987 by the city of Houston has produced more than 1,000 DNA databank matches and charges against 19 people.                         

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A forensic scientist working for the Washington State Patrol swabbed a steering wheel from a slain woman’s car. Detectives had wrapped it up and tucked it away as evidence in 1995, within days of the stabbing death.

DNA from Steering Wheel IDs Killer in Cold Case

October 8, 2014 11:25 am | by Scott North and Diana Hefley, Herald Net | Comments

A forensic scientist working for the Washington State Patrol swabbed a steering wheel from a slain woman’s car. Detectives had wrapped it up and tucked it away as evidence in 1995, within days of the stabbing death.          

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For three decades, the key to identifying a pedestrian struck and killed near an interstate exit ramp sat at investigators' fingertips. They just didn't realize it.

Thirty Years Later, Flipping Prints Reveals Man's Identity

October 8, 2014 11:13 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | Comments

For three decades, the key to identifying a pedestrian struck and killed near an interstate exit ramp sat at investigators' fingertips. They just didn't realize it.                         

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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a laser-based imaging system that creates high-definition 3D maps of surfaces from as far away as 10.5 meters. The method may be useful in diverse fields, including precis

Laser Comb System Maps 3D Surfaces Remotely

October 8, 2014 9:07 am | by NIST | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a laser-based imaging system that creates high-definition 3D maps of surfaces from as far away as 10.5 meters. The method may be useful in diverse fields, including precision machining and assembly, as well as in forensics.

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Ed Graf has spent 25 years in prison in Waco, Texas, convicted of setting a fire in a shed that killed his two stepsons. But in the years since Graf's trial, much of the forensic evidence used against him has been revealed to be nothing more than junk sci

A New Understanding of Arson Spurs a Retrial

October 7, 2014 2:41 pm | by Michael May, NPR | Comments

Ed Graf has spent 25 years in prison in Waco, Texas, convicted of setting a fire in a shed that killed his two stepsons. But in the years since Graf's trial, much of the forensic evidence used against him has been revealed to be nothing more than junk science. On Monday, Graf became the first person in the state to get a retrial based on new understandings of fire forensics.

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Forensic inspectors are hunting video evidence on wireless phones that police seized in the investigation of two Destrehan High School teachers who are accused of engaging in group sex with one of their English students, authorities say.

Phones Examined for Video Evidence in Teacher Sex Case

October 7, 2014 2:31 pm | by Brett Duke, The Picayune Times | Comments

Forensic inspectors are hunting video evidence on wireless phones that police seized in the investigation of two Destrehan High School teachers who are accused of engaging in group sex with one of their English students, authorities say.   

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A crime-fighting ‘magic’ marker pen that can identify the hidden properties of receipts containing fingerprint deposits within a matter of seconds is one of many innovative gadgets developed by scientists at the University of Leicester.

Magic Marker Pen Picks Up Hidden Fingerprints

October 7, 2014 2:16 pm | by Univ. of Leicester | Comments

A crime-fighting ‘magic’ marker pen that can identify the hidden properties of receipts containing fingerprint deposits within a matter of seconds is one of many innovative gadgets developed by scientists at the University of Leicester.   

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A British man accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa pleaded not guilty on Monday to all charges. It was the first day of a trial delayed for years by an extradition process between South Africa and the United K

Court Hears Forensic Evidence in Honeymoon Killing

October 7, 2014 1:55 pm | by Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press | Comments

A British man accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa pleaded not guilty on Monday to all charges. It was the first day of a trial delayed for years by an extradition process between South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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DNA expert witnesses dueled recently in the New York murder trial of Timothy Matthew Jacoby, accused of shooting and killing 55-year-old Monica Schmeyer during a 2010 burglary. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the murder, so the testimony of

DNA Experts Duel in New York Murder Trial

October 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by Colin Holloway, Expert Pages | Comments

DNA expert witnesses dueled recently in the New York murder trial of Timothy Matthew Jacoby, accused of shooting and killing 55-year-old Monica Schmeyer during a 2010 burglary. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the murder, so the testimony of DNA experts will prove crucial to the defendant’s fate.

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It’s no bigger than a microwave oven from the 1980s, but a machine inside the Oxford Police Department can test DNA in less than two hours. The department is putting the NetBio rapid DNA analysis system through a series of tests. If it works as intended,

Alabama Police Consider Rapid DNA Analysis System

October 6, 2014 1:00 pm | by Eddie Burkhalter, The Annison Star | Comments

It’s no bigger than a microwave oven from the 1980s, but a machine inside the Oxford Police Department can test DNA in less than two hours. The department is putting the NetBio rapid DNA analysis system through a series of tests. If it works as intended, the department may buy the approximately $250,000 system. 

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Thousands of rape kits remain untested in four major U.S. cities, according to new data on rape kit backlogs released recently by the Joyful Heart Foundation.

New Data Emerges on Rape Kit Backlogs in Four US Cities

October 6, 2014 12:47 pm | by Maria Caspani, Reuters | Comments

Thousands of rape kits remain untested in four major U.S. cities, according to new data on rape kit backlogs released recently by the Joyful Heart Foundation.                          

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State officials worked Monday to determine whether 28 bodies found in a clandestine grave are students who were attacked by police suspected of drug gang links in the southern state of Guerrero. State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said the bodies are badly dama

Mexican Mass Grave Held 28 Bodies

October 6, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mark Stevenson and Jose Antonio Rivera, Associated Press | Comments

State officials worked Monday to determine whether 28 bodies found in a clandestine grave are students who were attacked by police suspected of drug gang links in the southern state of Guerrero. State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said the bodies are badly damaged and that genetic testing could take two weeks to two months to determine if they are some of the 43 college students reported missing after the violent confrontation in Iguala.

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Police Wait for Forensic Tests on Alice Gross Murder Suspect

October 6, 2014 11:59 am | by Vikram Dodd, the Guardian | Comments

Police are waiting for the results of forensic tests to discover if there is evidence showing whether their prime suspect Arnis Zalkalns murdered the teenager Alice Gross. Zalkalns’s body was found on hanging from a tree in dense woodland in Boston Manor Park, west London, bringing to an end a four-week search.

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