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Viral DNA Found in WWII Bones Might Be a New Forensic Weapon

December 2, 2015 12:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Now researchers are finding some clues to their lives from the DNA in the remains – the forensic traces of viral DNA lodged deep inside the bones.


Garbage Could Lead Police to Mystery Marijuana-Grow Operation

December 2, 2015 11:11 am | by John Dzenitis, WPBF | Comments

The search is on for a large marijuana-grow operation after the growers dumped their trash in a neighborhood canal. 


New Mexico Lawmakers Address Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

December 2, 2015 10:42 am | by Mary Hudetz, Associated Press | Comments

An estimated 5,000 untested rape kits are in New Mexico's crime labs and warehouses, and it could take five years to work through the backlog, state officials say.


IoT Under Threat as 85% of Devices Use Copied Code

December 2, 2015 10:36 am | by Joao Lima, Computer Business Review | Comments

The future of IoT could be jeopardised as a vast majority of firms are copying each others' codes making over three million devices vulnerable to attacks.


Cybersecurity Bills Would Add Secrecy to Public Records Laws

December 1, 2015 12:22 pm | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | Comments

A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws.


Deputy Describes Rescuing Newborn Buried Alive

December 1, 2015 10:39 am | by Robert Jablon, The Associated Press | Comments

Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Adam Collette knelt on the asphalt and heard the muffled cries of a baby who had been buried alive.


The National Security Letter Spy Tool Has Been Uncloaked

December 1, 2015 10:35 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

The National Security Letter (NSL) is a potent surveillance tool that allows the government to acquire a wide swath of private information—all without a warrant.


Dad of Missing Boy Held After Human Remains Found in Barn

December 1, 2015 10:27 am | by Margaret Stafford, The Associated Press | Comments

A Kansas bail bondsman was charged Monday with assaulting his wife and abusing his missing son, and a prosecutor said the case "escalated into a much larger investigation" when police found unidentified human remains in a barn on the man's property.


Planned Parenthood Crime Scene Still Active Investigation

November 30, 2015 10:13 am | by WSAV | Comments

The Planned Parenthood and Chase bank remain closed off to the public tonight as law enforcement continues their investigation into what could possibly take several more days if not weeks.


Digital Forensics Market to Double, Report Says

November 30, 2015 9:42 am | by Patrick Nelson, Network World | Comments

Digital forensics is expected to become a $4.97 billion business by 2021, up from $2.03 billion in 2014, according to a recent Transparency Market Research study reported by Medgadget.


The Best Crime Lab May Be the One That's Closest

November 25, 2015 10:25 am | by The Fay Observer | Comments

There may be a reason why none of the series spin-offs was named CSI: North Carolina. Our state crime lab was not exactly cutting-edge. Quite the opposite, actually. It was slow and unreliable, attributes that led too often to wasted investigations and dismissed cases.


Crime Scene Cleaners: 'We'll Make it Go Away'

November 25, 2015 10:08 am | by Elex Michaelson, ABC News | Comments

ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" shows people desperately trying to clean crime scene evidence. But in real life, the legal clean-up truck that arrives is from Emergency Response Crime Scene Cleaning.


Forensic Analysis of Stone-Age European Genomes Underscores Adaptation

November 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The analysis included the genomes of some 230 Europeans who lived between the years of 6,500 B.C. and 300 B.C., according to the authors, most of whom were affiliated with the renowned geneticist David Reich and his Harvard laboratory.


Metadata Surveillance Didn't Stop the Paris Attacks

November 25, 2015 9:24 am | by Marcy Wheeler, Slate | Comments

Since terrorists struck Paris last Friday night, the debate over whether encryption prevents intelligence services from stopping attacks has re-ignited. The New York Times and Yahoo reported on vague claims that the terrorists’ use of encryption stymied investigators who might have thwarted their plans.


D.C. Court Considers How to Screen Out 'Bad Science' in Local Trials

November 25, 2015 9:16 am | by Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post | Comments

The District’s highest court on Tuesday considered whether to change the rules for screening out “bad science” from trials and to adopt the standards used in most states and federal courts.



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