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This study’s goal was to determine whether the succession of bacterial and microbial eukaryotic communities associated with corpses and their gravesoil are sufficiently predictable to be useful for forensic science and criminal justice.

Characterization of Bacterial and Microbial Eukaryotic Communities Associated with Corpse Decomposition Using Next Generation Sequencing

February 12, 2015 8:40 am | by Jessica L. Metcalf, David O. Carter and Rob Knight, NIJ | Comments

This study’s goal was to determine whether the succession of bacterial and microbial eukaryotic communities associated with corpses and their gravesoil are sufficiently predictable to be useful for forensic science and criminal justice.

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Illegal drugs including crack cocaine and black-tar heroin, plus opioid painkillers and Suboxone — prescribed to help heroin addicts kick the habit — are routinely available in central Ohio, a state report shows.

Heroin, Crack Easy to Find in Central Ohio

February 11, 2015 2:37 pm | by Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch | Comments

Illegal drugs including crack cocaine and black-tar heroin, plus opioid painkillers and Suboxone — prescribed to help heroin addicts kick the habit — are routinely available in central Ohio, a state report shows.

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Security experts are warning healthcare and insurance companies that 2015 will be the "Year of the Healthcare Hack," as cyber criminals are increasingly attracted to troves of personal information held by U.S. insurers and hospitals that command high pric

Experts Warn 2015 Could be 'Year of the Healthcare Hack'

February 11, 2015 2:28 pm | by Caroline Humer and Jim Finkle, Reuters | Comments

Security experts are warning healthcare and insurance companies that 2015 will be the "Year of the Healthcare Hack," as cyber criminals are increasingly attracted to troves of personal information held by U.S. insurers and hospitals that command high prices on the underground market.

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After months of work with world-class experts and online challenges, 60 cadets and midshipmen from the three service academies and the Coast Guard Academy recently faced off in contests of full-spectrum offensive and defensive cyber skills.

DARPA Hones Skills of Future Cyber Officers

February 11, 2015 2:05 pm | by Cheryl Pellerin, U.S. Department of Defense | Comments

After months of work with world-class experts and online challenges, 60 cadets and midshipmen from the three service academies and the Coast Guard Academy recently faced off in contests of full-spectrum offensive and defensive cyber skills.

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A local pioneer known for serving justice, his community and ice cream with equal zeal has passed away.

Local Florida Forensics Pioneer Dies at 80

February 11, 2015 1:48 pm | by Kevin Robinson, Pensacola News Journal | Comments

A local pioneer known for serving justice, his community and ice cream with equal zeal has passed away.

It’s generally commonly accepted that if a person is convicted of a serious crime such as murder or rape, their DNA will be collected and saved in a searchable database for future use.

More States Sending DNA Samples to CODIS for Misdemeanor Charges

February 11, 2015 1:35 pm | by Malysa Stratton Louk, Digital Journal | Comments

It’s generally commonly accepted that if a person is convicted of a serious crime such as murder or rape, their DNA will be collected and saved in a searchable database for future use.

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The computer-assisted identification method developed through this project has the ability to test multiple skeletal elements within an anatomic region to provide increased statistical support for the results of the comparison.

Novel Computer-Assisted Identification Method Using Radiograph Comparison

February 11, 2015 8:49 am | by Sharon Derrick, Jennifer Love, Jason Wiersema, John Hipp, N. Shastry Akella and Jim Zeigler, NIJ | Comments

The computer-assisted identification method developed through this project has the ability to test multiple skeletal elements within an anatomic region to provide increased statistical support for the results of the comparison.

It's barely a drop in the bucket, but President Obama is earmarking $7 million of   his nearly $4 trillion federal budget to help the National Institute of Standards   and Technology provide stronger cryptographic solutions and enhance privacy tools.

NIST Seeks to Raise Its Cryptographic Profile

February 10, 2015 1:54 pm | by Eric Chabrow, Gov Info Security | Comments

It's barely a drop in the bucket, but President Obama is earmarking $7 million of his nearly $4 trillion federal budget to help the National Institute of Standards and Technology provide stronger cryptographic solutions and enhance privacy tools.

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Michael Morton, who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, said recently that under current DNA testing requirements, he wouldn’t have had access to the evidence that led to his release.

Bill Would Expand DNA Testing for Criminal Cases

February 10, 2015 1:03 pm | by Ryan McCrimmon, The Texas Tribune | Comments

Michael Morton, who spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, said recently that under current DNA testing requirements, he wouldn’t have had access to the evidence that led to his release.           

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A new partnership between the FBI and the National Institute of Justice, announced in August 2014, has a mandate to add the staffing, forensic expertise and technological superiority on the federal level to help local police forces across the country deal

FBI Scientists Help Police Catch Up With Rape Forensics

February 10, 2015 12:53 pm | by Benjamin Plackett, Inside Science | Comments

A new partnership between the FBI and the National Institute of Justice, announced in August 2014, has a mandate to add the staffing, forensic expertise and technological superiority on the federal level to help local police forces across the country deal with the masses of untested rape kits in their jurisdictions.

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The U.S. government is creating The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks.

US to Establish New Cyber Agency

February 10, 2015 12:27 pm | by Warren Strobel, Reuters | Comments

The U.S. government is creating The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of risks.               

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A new search engine being developed by DARPA aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement and others track illegal activity.

DARPA Developing Dark Web Search Engine

February 10, 2015 12:07 pm | by Kim Zetter, Wired | Comments

A new search engine being developed by DARPA aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement and others track illegal activity.               

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Dr. Barbara Sampson is the closest thing to a hometown medical examiner that a city   of eight million people could really expect to see. Born in the Village. Raised to   be a doctor. Working at the local morgue. Of course, that local morgue happens to be

New York's Chief Medical Examiner Seeks to Lead in DNA Research

February 10, 2015 11:53 am | by J. David Goodman, The New York Times | Comments

Dr. Barbara Sampson is the closest thing to a hometown medical examiner that a city of eight million people could really expect to see. Born in the Village. Raised to be a doctor. Working at the local morgue. Of course, that local morgue happens to be among the largest in the country, New York’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which handles roughly 12,000 bodies and performs 5,500 autopsies each year.

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Since hackers first began demonstrating that they could take over cars’ digital systems to slam on brakes or hijack steering, most automakers have done everything they can to avoid publicly discussing whether their vehicles are vulnerable. Massachusetts S

Senate Report Reveals Easy-to-Hack Cars

February 9, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andy Greenberg, Wired | Comments

Since hackers first began demonstrating that they could take over cars’ digital systems to slam on brakes or hijack steering, most automakers have done everything they can to avoid publicly discussing whether their vehicles are vulnerable. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey, however, has demanded answers on that car-hacking question. Now he’s released his findings.

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Forensics have helped catch many criminals and therefore it is important to have DNA samples of all the suspects, convicts, or anyone who is involved in a felony. The state of Virginia is now trying to collect more and more DNA samples to help the forensi

Virginia to Collect DNA for More Offences

February 9, 2015 2:18 pm | by Sara Rose, The Next Digit | Comments

Forensics have helped catch many criminals and therefore it is important to have DNA samples of all the suspects, convicts, or anyone who is involved in a felony. The state of Virginia is now trying to collect more and more DNA samples to help the forensics identify the convicts extremely fast.

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