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Synthetic Drugs Created Faster than the Law

March 28, 2014 12:14 pm | by Ben Proulx, Fort Saskatchewan Record | Comments

Synthetic cannabinoids — a chemically-created mimicry of marijuana — have proven to be laying in legal limbo. However, the synthetic substances have become an enforcement issue for police.                 

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Cedar Crest College Forensic Science Program Brings CSI to the Classroom

March 28, 2014 11:52 am | by Colin McEvoy, The Express-Times | Comments

Cedar Crest College is one of only three colleges in Pennsylvania with an accredited forensics program, and one of only four in the state with an accredited master's program.                     

Bosnia Finds Wartime Mass Grave

March 28, 2014 11:27 am | by Reuters | Comments

Forensic experts have found a mass grave in Bosnia believed to contain the remains of up to 147 Bosnian Muslims killed by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-95 war, an official has said.                  

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Fluorescent Sensor Detects GHB

March 28, 2014 11:10 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

A Chemistry team from the National University of Singapore has developed for the first time a fluorescent sensor that detects the presence of GHB.                                

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Japan Frees World's Longest-held Death Row Inmate

March 28, 2014 10:41 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | Comments

The world's longest-serving death row inmate was freed Thursday by a Japanese court which found investigators had likely fabricated evidence in the murder case that put the former pro boxer behind bars for nearly half a century.      

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Smoke Shop Owners Arrested in Synthetic Marijuana Crackdown

March 27, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Baton Rouge police have arrested the owners of two smoke shops after authorities raided their shops during a crackdown on the sale of synthetic marijuana.                           

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Forensic Science Degree Prepares Students for Profitable Careers

March 27, 2014 12:41 pm | by Lacey Gray and Joy Holster, East Carolina Univ. | Comments

A new degree program at East Carolina University gives students an edge — and potentially higher salaries — in careers requiring skills in forensic science and crime scene investigation.             

New Zealand Visit Strengthens Forensic Ties with China

March 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by ESR | Comments

The recent visit to ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) by a Chinese police forensic and anti-narcotics delegation is further evidence of the increasing international cooperation to combat crime using a wide range of forensic science expertise.

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Scientists Develop 3D SEM Metrology for 10 nm Structures

March 27, 2014 12:15 pm | by NIST | Comments

PML researchers have devised an idea for determining the three-dimensional shape of features as small as 10 nanometers wide. The model-based method compares data from scanning electron microscope (SEM) images with stored entries in a library of three dimensional (3D) shapes to find a match and to determine the shape of the sample.

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Semi-automated 3D Geo-coding of Large Urban Structures

March 27, 2014 12:03 pm | by William Ribarsky and Kalpathi Subramanian, NIJ | Comments

The authors have developed an iPhone-based mobile application for first responders and emergency evacuations in urban settings.                                   

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New Black Market Designer Drugs: Why Now?

March 26, 2014 2:47 pm | by Daniel DeNoon, WebMD | Comments

Most of the new designer drugs have psychedelic properties, although many have mixed features of psychedelics and other drug classes such as stimulants or amphetamines. They are dangerous for users who don't know what they're getting — or getting into.

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Bill Would Require Ohio Coroners to be More Involved in Suspected Suicide Investigations

March 26, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group | Comments

Proposed Ohio legislation would require county coroners or their deputies to visit the death scene and conduct an autopsy in most suspected suicide cases.                           

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What Investigators Can Tell from Gunshot Residue

March 26, 2014 1:53 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Scientists say they have developed a more rapid and accurate method that could allow crime scene investigators to tell what kind of ammunition was shot from a gun based on the residue it left behind.              

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Research and Development of Impression Evidence

March 26, 2014 9:15 am | by Demos Athanasopoulos, Adam Dale, and Eric Sorrentino, NIJ | Comments

This project aimed to establish an optimal formula composition of a Magneto-Rheological (MR) casting fluid, determine the limitations and benefits of using an MR solution as a casting fluid, and develop a method of creating 3-D images of casting impressions for permanent storage.

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Designer Drugs Enter US - Legally

March 25, 2014 12:36 pm | by CBS News | Comments

Recreational drugs are being cooked up in labs overseas. Many of these so-called designer drugs are being imported legally in amazing quantities.                             

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