A police forensic examiner has turned inventor to help secure evidence at crime scenes. Ady Dupre-Picken has designed portable screens to shield officers working at major incidents. He has also invented a breathable membrane that can protect and preserve vital information, such as fingerprints and DNA left by criminals.
The heroes and villains in animated films tend to be on opposite ends of the moral spectrum. But they’re often similar in their hair, which is usually extremely rigid or — if it moves at all — is straight and swings to and fro. It’s rare to see an animated character with bouncy, curly hair, since computer animators don’t have a simple mathematical means for describing it.
On February 18, 2014, at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting, sixteen recent NIJ grantees will discuss their research at the free workshop, "Our Trail Onward: Mentoring the Next Generation of Researchers in Forensic Science."
Police in Queensland, Australia are starting to use environment-scanning equipment designed for caving and mine-mapping to create 3D diagrams of crime scenes.
One West Virginia University professor is working to uncover whether forensic shoeprint evidence discriminates. Her research will provide insights into how well footwear impressions deposited at crime scenes can be linked to a single donor shoe — and a suspect.
A genetic investigation into the illegal trade of sailfin dragons has unearthed a surprise: a new species of the rainbow-colored lizards that resemble small dinosaurs. The finding highlights just how little is known about these mysterious and threatened animals.
CEA-Leti of France is launching PIEZOMAT, a research project funded by the European Commission to design and implement a new technology of fingerprint sensor that enables ultra-high resolution reconstruction of the smallest features of human fingerprints.
The Bode Technology Group will partner with the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) to implement the “Combining Efforts to Identify the Missing: A United States/Mexico DNA Project.” Through the collaborative efforts of CWAG, Bode and NamUs, DNA analysis will be performed on unidentified skeletal remains and family reference sample profiles collected in Mexico for the identification of individuals from both countries.
Coroners and medical examiners in Wisconsin have no professional standards or training requirements to meet after they begin their positions, and local officials have been frustrated there hasn’t been more support to do something about it. But that seems to be changing.
Scientists have used analytical organic chemistry to identify the presence of odor-producing chemical compounds in human earwax. Further, they found that the amounts of these compounds differ between individuals of East Asian origin and Caucasians. The findings suggest that human earwax, an easily obtained bodily secretion, could be an overlooked source of personal information.
PhD candidate Evelyn Linardy is working on a portable DNA testing device that will allow doctors, researchers and border security to identify samples within 10 minutes. The diagnostic technology, called EzyAmp, can be used to quickly classify pathogens, bacteria, animals and plant life on-site without the need to send off DNA samples to a lab — a much-needed breakthrough.
Dozens of samples of rhino horn have been placed on a new DNA database to counter the activities of a pan-European gang of violent burglars targeting museum collections to feed insatiable demand from the Far East.
A Mexican man will be sentenced in federal court in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death revealed a botched law enforcement sting in which agents lost track of hundreds of guns sold to criminals.
A year after the legalization of recreational marijuana, law enforcement and the court system in Washington State have seen some, but not all, of the effects from the new law.
Edinburgh scientists are using DNA techniques to curb the illegal poaching of African elephants for their ivory. An initiative tracking dead elephants using their genetic information will be launched in London by Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba.