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Detecting Mismatched DNA

September 16, 2014 1:07 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations.

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NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a Technology Transition Workshop, “Crime Scene Solutions: Utility of 3D Scanning Technologies in the Investigation Process,” on October 28-29. The workshop will enhance forensic science practitione

Using 3D Scanning Technology at Crime Scenes

September 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a Technology Transition Workshop, “Crime Scene Solutions: Utility of 3D Scanning Technologies in the Investigation Process,” on October 28-29. The workshop will enhance forensic science practitioner’s knowledge of 3D crime scene scanning technologies, including strengths, limitations and implementation strategies. 

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A disputed bite-mark identification is at the center of an appeal that was filed Monday with the Mississippi Supreme Court. Eddie Lee Howard Jr., 61, has been on death row for two decades for the murder and rape of an 84-year-old woman, convicted largely

Mississippi Death Row Case Faults Bite-mark Forensics

September 16, 2014 9:39 am | by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times | Comments

A disputed bite-mark identification is at the center of an appeal that was filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court. Eddie Lee Howard Jr., 61, has been on death row for two decades for the murder and rape of an 84-year-old woman, convicted largely because of what many experts call a far-fetched match of his teeth to purported bite wounds, discerned only after the woman’s body had been buried and exhumed.

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Firefighters from two houses in SoHo rushed to Henry Street in Chinatown one June morning two years ago. Smoke filled a ground-floor apartment. Two women were inside, motionless. Both women had been fatally shot, their exit wounds not immediately visible

When Fighting Fires becomes Something Else

September 15, 2014 12:27 pm | by Michael Wilson, The New York Times | Comments

Firefighters from two houses in SoHo rushed to Henry Street in Chinatown one June morning two years ago. Smoke filled a ground-floor apartment. Two women were inside, motionless. Both women had been fatally shot, their exit wounds not immediately visible to their would-be rescuers. It is a rare, if age-old, turn of events in the city: A person found dead after a fire turns out to have been the victim of a homicide.

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The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West Virginia, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level. The lab has the potential to service over 800 agencies from all across the

Processing Evidence Requires Many Tests at WVa Lab

September 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by Wendy Holdren, Register-Herald | Comments

The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West Virginia, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level. The lab has the potential to service over 800 agencies from all across the state.

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The Bureau of Criminal Investigation facility currently under construction on the Bowling Green State University campus will also be the home of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science. On September 11, BGSU President Mary El

BGSU, Ohio AG Name First Director of Forensic Science Center

September 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Bowling Green State Univ. | Comments

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation facility currently under construction on the Bowling Green State University campus will also be the home of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science. On September 11, BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Dr. Jon E. Sprague will serve as the first director of the center.

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 A cataloguing method for comparing the land impressions of bullets, using readily available commercial instrumentation and software, is described.

Computerized Database for Bullet Comparison by Consecutive Matching

September 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Ashley Chu, David Read and David Howitt, NIJ | Comments

A cataloguing method for comparing the land impressions of bullets, using readily available commercial instrumentation and software, is described.                             

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Move over, graphene. An atomically thin, two-dimensional, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara promises to push the boundaries of biosensing technology in many fields, from health care to enviro

Ultrasensitive Biosensor from Molybdenite Semiconductor Outshines Graphene

September 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by UC Santa Barbara | Comments

Move over, graphene. An atomically thin, two-dimensional, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara promises to push the boundaries of biosensing technology in many fields, from health care to environmental protection to forensic industries.

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A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether

Pistorius to be Sentenced for Culpable Homicide

September 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia, Associated Press | Comments

A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

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Agilent Technologies Introduces Next-generation UHPLC System at Analytica China

September 12, 2014 10:15 am | Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. will introduce its latest innovation in ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) on September 23 at Analytica China, the international trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics held in Shanghai.

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Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement, scientis

Novel Method for Portable Detection of Bath Salts

September 12, 2014 8:20 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement, scientists are developing a novel method that could be the basis for the first portable, on-site testing device for identifying the drugs.

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A crime scene expert told jurors that the bloody footprints left in the Novi condominium where an elderly woman was stabbed and left to die matched those taken from suspect Peter Gerard Jones, a prison parolee with a violent past, who was arrested hours a

Bloody Footprints Link Convict to Murder

September 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press | Comments

A crime scene expert told jurors that the bloody footprints left in the Novi condominium where an elderly woman was stabbed and left to die matched those taken from suspect Peter Gerard Jones, a prison parolee with a violent past, who was arrested hours after the killing.

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Pistorius Cleared of Murder, Culpable Homicide Verdict to Come

September 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Stella Mapenzauswa and Peroshni Govender, Reuters | Comments

Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.

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A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.

Fingerprint Could Help Solve 30-year-old Cold Case

September 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Carley Gordon, WSMV | Comments

A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.                                   

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A recent study provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us.

Household Microbes Could Provide Forensic Information

September 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Louise Lerner, Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

A recent study provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us.           

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