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Gun Storage Presents Problem for Vermont Law Enforcement

March 22, 2016 12:15 pm | by Jane Lindholm, VPR | Comments

The department faces a unique problem when guns can only be stored or destroyed.

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Use Footprints to Identify Disaster Victims

March 21, 2016 12:13 pm | by Justin McCurry, The Guardian | Comments

​Japan is using its extensive experience of earthquakes and tsunamis to pioneer a method of identifying victims of natural disasters by the soles of their feet rather than their fingertips.

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Will Unlocking Apple's iPhone Also Unlock a Pandora's Box?

March 21, 2016 12:08 pm | by Sara Rimer, Boston University | Comments

The standoff between Apple and the FBI is at the center of the escalating battle between technology companies that are encrypting data in order to protect customers’ privacy and security and the US government, which says it needs the ability to access encrypted data to keep America safe.

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Former Cyber Czar Says NSA Could Crack the San Bernadino Shooter's Phone

March 17, 2016 1:21 pm | by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica | Comments

Another former national security official has spoken out forcefully against the FBI's quest to get Apple to write code to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Farook

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Is There Anything Microbes Can't Do?

March 16, 2016 1:09 pm | by Jacqueline Ronson, Inverse | Comments

Tissue sampling from dead humans and other mammals can provide a fairly accurate “death clock,” showing how long it has been since the time of death.

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Justice Dept.: States Shouldn't Jail Over Fine Nonpayment

March 16, 2016 1:00 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing poor defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust.

A Framework for Data Analytics on Digital Device Networks

March 15, 2016 1:17 pm | by Mary L. Martialay | Comments

The Internet of Things promises to improve our lives by connecting sensors in the objects that surround us – buildings, appliances, gadgets, and vehicles – and the data that they collect. But to realize that potential, programmers need tools that make it easier to create applications that combine devices and the cloud.

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Vocal 'Fingerprints' Could Help Nab Criminals

March 11, 2016 11:52 am | by Nala Rogers, Science Magazine | Comments

Speaker recognition is a forensic science discipline, with a checkered history, that is now trying to find solid scientific ground.

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'Chip Off' Procedure to Access Terrorist's iPhone is Risky

March 11, 2016 11:46 am | by Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service | Comments

The iPhone 5c at the center of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI might be accessible through a delicate hardware technique, but experts warn it would be difficult.

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Murder Conviction, Based Solely on Eyewitness Testimony, Reversed after 25 Years

March 11, 2016 10:18 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Convicted of the brutal beating death of a woman in 1991, Andre Hatchett walked out of a courtroom, yesterday afternoon, a free man.

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New Jersey Crime Lab Labors Under a Heavy Load

March 10, 2016 1:15 pm | by Jeff Pillets, NorthJersey.com | Comments

State law enforcement officials and defense attorneys across the state are scrambling to review more than 7,800 criminal cases worked on by a technician in the Little Falls regional crime lab who is suspected of faking at least one lab test.

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Is Rare Wildlife Traded on the Darknet?

March 10, 2016 1:11 pm | by Sandy Fleming, University of Kent | Comments

Unlike illicit trade in drugs, guns or pornography, illicit trade in rare species doesn’t have to hide on the ‘darknet’ because people can find whatever they want in the open market.

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Bangladesh Loses $100 million, Allegedly to Chinese Hackers

March 9, 2016 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Bangladesh central bank says it is working to recover some $100 million allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from an account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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How Your Microbiome Can Put You at the Scene of the Crime

March 8, 2016 12:24 pm | by Kai Kupferschnidt, Science | Comments

By amplifying and sequencing bits of DNA, scientists were able to identify hundreds of different microbiome species in each swab.

U.S. Military Invites Experts to 'Hack the Pentagon'

March 7, 2016 11:39 am | by Andrea Shalal, Reuters | Comments

The Pentagon invited outside hackers who have been vetted to test the cyber security of some public U.S. Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month, the first such program ever by the federal government.

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