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Forensic Science Department Continues to Expand

November 13, 2013 10:54 am | by Claire Moran, The Daily Orange | Comments

Syracuse University’s forensic science department is continuing its two-year expansion with the recent addition of a new, up-to-date lab suite. In about two years, the department has grown from two classes to 38 classes. There is currently a forensic science integrated learning major and a forensic science minor available for undergraduate students, as well as a few forensic science tracks for graduate students.

Biofluidic Clues to Cocaine's Toxicity Leads to Better Testing Methods

November 13, 2013 9:23 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

A new study on cocaine, the notorious white powder illegally snorted, injected or smoked by nearly 2 million Americans, details how it may permanently damage proteins in the body. That information, gleaned from laboratory tests, could be used to potentially detect the drug in biofluids for weeks or months — instead of days — after use, say scientists.

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NYC Musician-gunman Had 100 Rounds of Ammo

November 12, 2013 4:52 pm | by Tom Hays, Associated Press | Comments

A gunman was carrying about 100 rounds of ammunition in five magazines when he set out on a bloody rampage through a Brooklyn apartment, killing two brothers who played in an Iranian indie rock band and another musician, police say.     

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Dog Brings Home Human Leg

November 12, 2013 10:30 am | by Huffington Post | Comments

Bill Flowers' dog has dragged in some strange catches before, but nothing quite like what she brought home last week. Flowers says he was walking outside to feed his dog, Liberty, when he noticed her standing over what appeared to be a human leg. Flowers considered calling the police, but then decided against it. Instead, he put the leg in a plastic bag and buried it himself.

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Liquid Nicotine: Becoming a Street Drug

November 12, 2013 10:17 am | by 13WHAM | Comments

It's sometimes called E juice or rock juice. It is the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. It's not supposed to be ingested, yet comes in all kinds of flavors like pina colada, which is part of the draw for young teens. 

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Evidence in Kidnap Suspect's Death Will Go to DA

November 12, 2013 9:42 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | Comments

Evidence in the death of a man apparently shot as he stabbed his kidnapping victim will be turned over to a district attorney to determine if it was a justifiable homicide, authorities have said. Scott Thomas, 29, was found shot at an abandoned house in the Lafayette area, about 140 miles west of New Orleans, and autopsy results are pending.

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NYC Musicians Slain by Bandmate

November 12, 2013 9:27 am | by Colleen Long and Tom Hays, Associated Press | Comments

Iranian musicians Soroush and Arash Farazmand came to the United States to pursue their passion — playing music in an indie rock band called the Yellow Dogs. Instead of achieving fame for their songs, they gained notoriety for their horrific deaths. The brothers were among three men shot and killed in their Brooklyn apartment early Monday by a fellow musician who police say was upset over being kicked out of another Iranian band.

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Powerful New Mass Spectrometers at Brown

November 11, 2013 3:40 pm | by Brown Univ. | Comments

Researchers from Brown University and around the region have a set of powerful new tools to help with highly sensitive chemical detective work. The tools are two plasma mass spectrometers. One is capable of detecting elements in all kinds of materials at the level of less than one part per billion. The other can determine the isotope ratio of an element with incredible precision.

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Lab Error Could Affect Hundreds of DUI Cases

November 11, 2013 2:48 pm | by Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times | Comments

The Orange County Crime Lab in California produced inaccurate blood alcohol test results in 2,200 driving-under-the-influence cases filed by prosecutors this year — mistakes that could affect outcomes in dozens of cases.         

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Ex-prosecutor Gets Jail for Wrongful Conviction

November 11, 2013 9:54 am | by Paul Weber, Associated Press | Comments

A former Texas prosecutor charged over a wrongful murder conviction has agreed to a 10-day jail sentence, accepting the punishment in front of the innocent man he helped put in prison for nearly 25 years.             

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From Bosnia to Syria: The Investigators Identifying Victims of Genocide

November 11, 2013 9:45 am | by Christian Jennings, the Guardian | Comments

The organization that Kathryne Bomberger heads — the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) — has perhaps done more than any to account for many of the thousands of people missing worldwide from wars, ethnic cleansing and natural disasters. So how on Earth, would it go looking for 48,000 missing people in a place such as Syria? What forensic science and human rights tools would it need, what judicial and legal permissions?

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Island Forensic Sleuths Honored for New Methods

November 11, 2013 9:24 am | by Katie Derosa, Times Colonist | Comments

The work of forensic investigators is glamorized by television shows such as CSI and Dexter, but rarely does the public get a glimpse of real-life crime-solving techniques. Two Greater Victoria forensics officers are revealing some of their investigative secrets after being recognized with an international forensic science award.

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DNA Software from Nijmegen for International Detective Work

November 11, 2013 8:51 am | by Radboud Univ Nijmegen | Comments

Interpol is going to use software based on research by Radboud Univ. Nijmegen and marketed by spin-off company SMART Research BV. The program, called Bonaparte, is able to identify people from their relatives’ DNA.          

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St. Louis County Crime Lab Opens

November 11, 2013 8:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A new crime laboratory is now open in St. Louis County, several weeks later than anticipated and costing about $2 million more than projected. Police officials said that the lab that opened this week will help cut backlogs. The lab has been at the center of problems. 

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Evidence Stored Away May Prove Man's Innocence

November 8, 2013 4:52 pm | by Mandy Locke, News Observer | Comments

As Joseph Sledge pleaded for his freedom this year, sheriff’s deputies and prosecutors said whatever evidence they had from the 1976 double murder Sledge swore he didn’t do had been lost or destroyed. In August, stored in lockers in the Bladen County Sheriff’s office, investigators with the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission found boxes and notebooks full of evidence that could be Sledge’s ticket out of prison.

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