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Collisions with Robots Help to Assess Injury

July 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

Teamwork between humans and robots will be the motto of the future. But robots may not injure humans at all. When does contact cause an injury, though? Researchers are exploring this for the first time in a study. Their findings will also benefit criminal investigative agencies and medical examiners.

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Blood Spatter Training Teaches OSBI Science behind Crime Scenes

July 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Adrianna Iwasinski, News9 | Comments

Finding crucial clues at crime scenes, that's what OSBI special agents and other law enforcement agencies have been doing the past several weeks. It is part of an intense, six weeks investigative training session taking place in Oklahoma City. 

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Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs

July 9, 2014 1:31 pm | by Debra Patterson, Stella Resko, Jennifer Pierce-Weeks and Rebecca Campbell, NIJ | Comments

This study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SAFE training programs. The programs used an innovative blended learning approach, which included a didactic portion online over a 12-week period and a two-day simulated clinical skills workshop. 

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ROTC Cadets On Site for Biometric and Forensic Training

July 9, 2014 10:44 am | by NFSTC | Comments

Twelve lucky ROTC cadets from around the U.S. have arrived at NFSTC to participate in the 6th annual Biometric and Forensic Internship training. The cadets will receive two-weeks of unique hands-on training similar to that provided to special operations and international forces.

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Sir Alec Jeffreys and DNA Fingerprinting

July 9, 2014 9:17 am | by Society of Biology | Comments

It has reunited a mother with her two-month-old son separated in the Boxing Day tsunami, given freedom to an innocent man on death row, and returned the remains of September 11 victims to their families. It is DNA fingerprinting — the discovery by Sir Alec Jeffreys one Monday morning 30 years ago that revolutionized the world.

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Opening the Black Box of NIBIN

July 9, 2014 8:42 am | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s next Research for the Real World seminar examines the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program with which firearms examiners are able to compare fired bullets or cartridges from a crime scene with digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database.

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ASU Researchers Hope Microbes Will Help Solve Homicides

July 8, 2014 4:57 pm | by Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser | Comments

One day soon, microorganisms in a body may help homicide investigators determine a more exact time of death. A team of researchers at Alabama State University are taking a closer look at what happens to microbial cells after humans die.   

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Legal Marijuana Goes On Sale in Washington

July 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | Comments

Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment.          

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Scientists Unravel Historic Deadwood Mystery

July 8, 2014 12:26 pm | by Tom Griffith, Associated Press | Comments

Historic preservation officials are using the latest in forensic science to unravel the mystery of a young pioneer prospector buried in a forgotten grave 140 years ago and discovered by construction crews in the Deadwood's Presidential neighborhood in 2012.

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Law Enforcement Agency Match Game

July 8, 2014 11:55 am | by Natalie Allison Janicello, Times-News | Comments

A year and a half ago, a group of law enforcement agencies seemed finally to have found a solution for faster DNA testing, given their backlog of cases waiting on test results. But just before the proposal was set in motion, the owner of DNA:SI in Burlington passed away. Now, after more than another year passing of unsolved break-ins and other property crimes, some of those agencies have found an alternative.

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European Arson Investigators to Get Help from Forensic Science Center

July 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Univ. of Central Florida | Comments

The University of Central Florida is home to one of the richest resources for arson investigators in the nation, and starting next year the university will also be a resource for European investigators.             

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Meadow Valley Forensic Dig Yet to Begin

July 7, 2014 9:33 am | Comments

A forensic excavation in Meadow Valley, California, will begin later and cost more money than originally expected. The project, spearheaded by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, entails digging up an old well to search for possible human remains.

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NC OKs Remote Testimony

July 7, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

North Carolina House lawmakers gave final approval to a measure that would allow State Crime Lab analysts to testify via videoconferencing, but the bill includes no money to pay for the technology. Senate Bill 594 is a criminal justice omnibus that contains more than a dozen provisions making changes in areas from illegally carried concealed weapons to graffiti. 

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Video Shows Pistorius Reenacting Steenkamp Murder

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | Comments

Video footage of Olympic paralympian Oscar Pistorius reenacting the night he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp has emerged. The video released by Australia’s Channel 7 shows Pistorius - wearing a green Nike vest and black running shorts - running awkwardly without his prostheses, with his right arm stretched out and his hand clenched as if holding a gun.

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DNA Evidence Disregarded

July 7, 2014 9:11 am | Comments

It's become the last, best hope of people charged with a crime: a DNA test that proves police have the wrong guy. Tell that to Antwon Watkins. The 16-year-old South Philadelphia High School junior was found guilty of simple assault by a Philadelphia Family Court judge April 28 despite negative DNA results, alibi witnesses, school attendance records, and having no prior arrests.

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