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What Investigators Can Tell from Gunshot Residue

March 26, 2014 1:53 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Scientists say they have developed a more rapid and accurate method that could allow crime scene investigators to tell what kind of ammunition was shot from a gun based on the residue it left behind.              

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Research and Development of Impression Evidence

March 26, 2014 9:15 am | by Demos Athanasopoulos, Adam Dale, and Eric Sorrentino, NIJ | Comments

This project aimed to establish an optimal formula composition of a Magneto-Rheological (MR) casting fluid, determine the limitations and benefits of using an MR solution as a casting fluid, and develop a method of creating 3-D images of casting impressions for permanent storage.

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Designer Drugs Enter US - Legally

March 25, 2014 12:36 pm | by CBS News | Comments

Recreational drugs are being cooked up in labs overseas. Many of these so-called designer drugs are being imported legally in amazing quantities.                             

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Woman Freed after Serving 32 Years in 1981 Killing

March 25, 2014 11:55 am | by Corina Knoll and Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times | Comments

A 74-year-old California woman is free after serving 32 years of a life sentence for her role in a 1981 killing.                                       

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Forensic Scientist Targets Worldwide Sex Trafficking through DNA

March 25, 2014 11:40 am | by Rachel Chinapen, New Haven Register | Comments

DNA is the one thing that remains with a victim, and for that reason and others, it can be a powerful tool in combatting human trafficking.                               

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Raman Spectroscopy of Automotive and Architectural Paints

March 25, 2014 11:03 am | by Christopher Palenik, Skip Palenik, Ethan Groves and Jennifer Herb, NIJ | Comments

This study evaluated Raman spectroscopy as a method for identifying and analyzing pigments in automotive and architectural paint samples and compared it with other analytical methods.                   

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Touch DNA Leads to Arrest in Florida Scam

March 24, 2014 12:14 pm | by Julie Murphy, The Daytona Beach News-Journal | Comments

A Jacksonville man is accused of organized fraud and grand theft after “touch DNA” linked him to an October 2013 crime, according to a Flagler County, Fla., sheriff’s spokesman.                     

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Evidence of Improvement at Houston Crime Lab

March 24, 2014 11:39 am | by The Houston Chronicle | Comments

The independent report from forensics expert Michael Bromwich gives those at Houston's Police crime lab reason to hope.                                     

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Radiographic Database for Estimating Biological Parameters in Modern Subadults

March 24, 2014 11:26 am | by Stephen Ousley, Suzanne Daly, Kathryn Frazee, and Kyra Stull, NIJ | Comments

This project sought to establish a database of digital radiographs and demographic data from modern and diverse American fetuses, infants, and children and, to a limited degree, investigate methods of statistical analysis        

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GE and NetBio to Validate Rapid DNA System

March 21, 2014 3:23 pm | by GE Healthcare Life Sciences | Comments

GE Healthcare Life Sciences and NetBio have commenced an extensive developmental validation of DNAscan™ Rapid DNA Analysis™ System.                                  

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Testing Synthetic Marijuana's Legality

March 21, 2014 2:35 pm | by Kiran Chawla, FOX8 | Comments

Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kleibert signed an Emergency Rule recently adding eight more synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as Synthetic Marijuana, to the state's banned list.          

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3D Model Links Facial Features and DNA

March 21, 2014 9:53 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | Comments

DNA can already tell us the sex and ancestry of unknown individuals, but now an international team of researchers is beginning to connect genetics with facial features, degrees of femininity and racial admixture.           

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Synthetic Drug Trafficking Operation Detailed in Search Warrants

March 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Regina Zilbermints, Des Moines Register | Comments

A centralized network of traffickers working with one supplier funneled synthetic drugs into the Des Moines, Iowa area, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, authorities contend in search warrants filed in Polk County District Court.

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Improvements in Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Analysis

March 21, 2014 9:11 am | by Megan Mekoli, Jonna Berry, Stanley Bajic, and R. S. Houk, NIJ | Comments

This study evaluated the efficacy of using LA-ICP-MS to analyze different types of tape and copper wire to identify and quantify trace elements not readily amenable to existing methods.                  

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Police Release New Photos from Kurt Cobain Suicide

March 21, 2014 8:50 am | by Chris Grygiel, Associated Press | Comments

With the 20th anniversary of the suicide of Kurt Cobain coming up next month, Seattle police knew they'd be getting plenty of questions about the Nirvana frontman.                         

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