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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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Underwater Body & Weapon Recovery Program

March 21, 2014 8:10 am | by TCEU | Comments

TCEU (Travis County Emergency Unit), a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting law enforcement groups with underwater evidence recovery, is hosting their 5th Annual Underwater Crime Scene Investigator Training & Certification program.  

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Dutch Look at 'Dirty Bomb' Scenario before Summit

March 20, 2014 1:29 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | Comments

Ahead of a summit of world leaders on nuclear security next week, Dutch experts are showing off techniques that could be used to prevent or respond to a terrorist attack with a "dirty bomb" — one that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives.

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Centice Launches New Products for Drug Identification

March 19, 2014 4:46 pm | Centice Corporation | Comments

Centice Corporation has announced the expansion of their product line to include four new products. The new products include choices in both system design and drug libraries and are priced at the most affordable levels offered to law enforcement. 

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Police Link Designer Drug to Two Deaths

March 19, 2014 4:11 pm | by Paul Walsh and Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune | Comments

A synthetic drug, possibly designed to mimic cocaine or LSD, is suspected of contributing to the deaths of a teenage girl and a young man in Mankato, Minn., at separate homes, and authorities are worried there is “more of this potentially deadly substance out there.”

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Forensic Drug Identification by Gas Chromatography-infrared Spectroscopy

March 19, 2014 4:08 pm | by Robert Shipman, Trisha Conti, Tara Tighe, and Eric Buel, NIJ | Comments

Infrared analysis is already a powerful analytic tool used in most forensic laboratories, and the authors believed that coupling infrared detection with a separation technique would provide a valuable instrument for forensic labs.      

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RapidHIT System Approved to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database

March 19, 2014 3:43 pm | by IntegenX Inc. | Comments

IntegenX Inc. has met the FBI guidelines to upload directly to the NDIS system known arrestee and convicted offender DNA profiles, as well as casework known samples, generated with the RapidHIT System using Life Technologies GlobalFiler Express kits from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Russian Drug Eyed in Nine North Texas Deaths

March 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by KCENTV | Comments

A dangerous Russian drug that has suddenly become popular in North Texas may have contributed to at least nine recent deaths in Tarrant County, including four in just the past three months.                 

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Face Annotation at the Macro-scale and the Micro-scale

March 19, 2014 12:24 pm | by Patrick Flynn and Anil Jain, NIJ | Comments

The authors developed a facial mark detection method that provides both location and scale information for facial marks. The report shows the utility of facial marks in face image retrieval tasks using a large-scale face image database.    

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Neurotechnology Updates Entire Biometric Product Line

March 18, 2014 4:39 pm | by Neurotechnology | Comments

Neurotechnology has announced new releases across their entire line of biometric Software Development Kits (SDK). The latest product versions include significant algorithm improvements for functionality enhancement and higher recognition accuracy.

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RCMP to Use Spectroscopy Software for Auto Crime Scene Samples

March 18, 2014 4:28 pm | Bio-Rad Laboratories | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. has announced that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will standardize access to its Paint Data Query (PDQ) database using Bio-Rad's KnowItAll spectroscopy software for analysis of automobile paint samples acquired at crime scenes.

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