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Pathologist Says Brown Autopsy Quotes Taken Out of Context

October 29, 2014 11:15 am | by Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post | Comments

A forensic pathologist quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about the shooting death of Michael Brown said some of her statements concerning the autopsy were taken out of context.                   

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Centice Corporation has announced that a major federal agency is now using the Centice MFL-3000 drug analysis system to aid in prescription pill abuse operations.

Centice Systems Aid Federal Agency in Prescription Pill Abuse Operations

October 29, 2014 10:59 am | Centice Corporation | Comments

Centice Corporation has announced that a major federal agency is now using the Centice MFL-3000 drug analysis system to aid in prescription pill abuse operations.                         

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An ocean's oxygen levels may play a role in the impact of marine predators on bodies when they are immersed in the sea, according to a new study.

Oxygen Levels May Impact Scavenger Response to Submerged Bodies

October 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by Simon Fraser Univ. | Comments

An ocean's oxygen levels may play a role in the impact of marine predators on bodies when they are immersed in the sea, according to a new study.                             

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Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself.

Heroin Sample Laced with Fentanyl

October 28, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jordan Cuddemi, Valley News | Comments

Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself.                       

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Lab-on-a-chip technology has a range of applications - from medical research to water quality testing. RMIT

Wallet-sized Labs the Next Big Thing for Toxicology

October 28, 2014 12:56 pm | by RMIT | Comments

Researchers are developing inexpensive, portable toxicology laboratories so small you could fit them in your wallet. The development of these microfluidic chips could be used for toxicology and drug discovery testing.           

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The U.S. Department of Justice along with the Department of Defense has awarded Catherine Grgicak, assistant professor in biomedical forensic sciences at Boston University School of Medicine, approximately $2.5 million to more accurately analyze DNA evide

DoJ and Defense Grants to Improve Forensic Identification

October 28, 2014 12:45 pm | by Boston Univ. Medical Center | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice along with the Department of Defense has awarded Catherine Grgicak, assistant professor in biomedical forensic sciences at Boston University School of Medicine, approximately $2.5 million to more accurately analyze DNA evidence at a crime scene.

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A Silicon Valley startup says that police agencies were field testing its new product: a wireless sensor that transforms officers' weapons into smart guns with real-time telemetry.

Internet-connected Smart Guns Developed for Police

October 27, 2014 2:31 pm | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup says that police agencies were field testing its new product: a wireless sensor that transforms officers' weapons into smart guns with real-time telemetry.                    

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3D printing is now proving extremely useful in the field of forensic facial reconstruction, a method of identifying skeletal remains. The process consists of recreating the face of a person with only the skull as a reference.

3D Printing Replacing Clay Modeling in Forensic Facial Reconstruction

October 27, 2014 2:19 pm | by Debra Thimmesch, 3DPrint.com | Comments

3D printing is now proving extremely useful in the field of forensic facial reconstruction, a method of identifying skeletal remains.                                 

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Forensic statistics is a relatively new field that is working to establish investigative techniques and quantitative methods that ensure accuracy in suspect identification. About 25 statisticians worldwide work in forensics science.

Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence

October 27, 2014 2:01 pm | by South Dakota State Univ. | Comments

Forensic statistics is a relatively new field that is working to establish investigative techniques and quantitative methods that ensure accuracy in suspect identification. About 25 statisticians worldwide work in forensics science. About 25 statisticians worldwide work in forensics science.

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According to the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts (NACVSA), a disturbing trend has been exposed involving innocent people failing polygraph examinations and then being interrogated until they confess.

NACVSA Exposes Inaccuracies of Polygraph Tests

October 27, 2014 1:27 pm | by NACVSA | Comments

According to the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts, a disturbing trend has been exposed involving innocent people failing polygraph examinations and then being interrogated until they confess.           

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The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences broke ground recently on the construction of its new forensic facility. The 200,000 square foot, nine-story tower is slated to be complete in early 2017 and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology

Harris County Institute Breaks Ground on New Forensic Facility

October 27, 2014 1:11 pm | by Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences | Comments

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences broke ground recently on the construction of its new forensic facility. The 200,000 square foot, nine-story tower is slated to be complete in early 2017 and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as integrated clinical, laboratory, administrative, public and teaching/training areas.

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Synthetic Marijuana Use Growing Problem in Russia

October 24, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

According to Russian authorities, in recent weeks the spice epidemic has taken 25 lives and led to 700 people seeking medical attention. Hardly a day goes by without a fresh horror story of adolescents dying from the drug. 

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Unsolved Murders Taken as Sign that Minority Victims Don't Matter

October 24, 2014 9:20 am | Comments

At 11:25 p.m. on Oct. 12, Maggie Rosales, a student at Walt Whitman High School, was found dead on Lynch Street in this working-class enclave, fatally stabbed. Ten days later, the Rosales case still unsolved, protesters marched on Town Hall. They waved homemade placards, wept and invoked the memory of those killed, shot and stabbed in recent years. 

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Making Decisions When Using Trace Evidence

October 24, 2014 8:42 am | Comments

Using trace evidence, such as stains, fibers, and particles, to solve crimes goes beyond finding the evidence at the crime scene. How the evidence is transferred onto another material, what evidence appears to be missing, and how conclusions are made based on the evidence are all questions that need to be answered during trace evidence analysis.  

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Scores of pending criminal cases and past convictions could be in jeopardy

Backlogs Plague VA State Labs

October 24, 2014 8:28 am | Comments

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has four laboratories and a plethora of staff and equipment to analyze minute properties in evidence, from strands of DNA to the chemical makeup of methamphetamine. The challenge, though, is finding the time to examine the ever-growing mountain of evidence that comes in every year.

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