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New Zealand Visit Strengthens Forensic Ties with China

March 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by ESR | Comments

The recent visit to ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) by a Chinese police forensic and anti-narcotics delegation is further evidence of the increasing international cooperation to combat crime using a wide range of forensic science expertise.

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Scientists Develop 3D SEM Metrology for 10 nm Structures

March 27, 2014 12:15 pm | by NIST | Comments

PML researchers have devised an idea for determining the three-dimensional shape of features as small as 10 nanometers wide. The model-based method compares data from scanning electron microscope (SEM) images with stored entries in a library of three dimensional (3D) shapes to find a match and to determine the shape of the sample.

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Semi-automated 3D Geo-coding of Large Urban Structures

March 27, 2014 12:03 pm | by William Ribarsky and Kalpathi Subramanian, NIJ | Comments

The authors have developed an iPhone-based mobile application for first responders and emergency evacuations in urban settings.                                   

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New Black Market Designer Drugs: Why Now?

March 26, 2014 2:47 pm | by Daniel DeNoon, WebMD | Comments

Most of the new designer drugs have psychedelic properties, although many have mixed features of psychedelics and other drug classes such as stimulants or amphetamines. They are dangerous for users who don't know what they're getting — or getting into.

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Bill Would Require Ohio Coroners to be More Involved in Suspected Suicide Investigations

March 26, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group | Comments

Proposed Ohio legislation would require county coroners or their deputies to visit the death scene and conduct an autopsy in most suspected suicide cases.                           

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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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