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Biological Clock Measures Age of Most Human Tissues

October 23, 2013 11:10 am | by Elaine Schmidt, UCLA | Comments

Everyone grows older, but scientists don't really understand why. Now a UCLA study has uncovered a biological clock embedded in our genomes that may shed light on why our bodies age. While earlier biological clocks have been linked to saliva, hormones and telomeres, the new research is the first to result in the development of an age-predictive tool that uses a previously unknown time-keeping mechanism in the body. 

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Russians Hunt for Husband of Suicide Bomber

October 23, 2013 10:47 am | by Vitnija Saldava and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press | Comments

Russian security forces hunted on Tuesday for the husband of a bomber who blew herself up on a bus in southern Russia, killing six people and wounding more than 30. They also raised the possibility that Moscow, not Volgograd, was the bomber's original target.

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NIST Invites Comments on Structure of Forensic Science Guidance Groups

October 23, 2013 8:44 am | by NIST | Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input on the structure of guidance groups that would promote scientific validity and reliability in forensic science. NIST is inviting comments on the structure of the groups through a Notice of Inquiry published in the Federal Register.

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Erlab's CaptairFlex Fume Hood Aids Portsmouth Police Forensics

October 22, 2013 3:27 pm | by Erlab | Comments

The Portsmouth, New Hampshire crime scene team, made up of patrol officers and detectives, needed to resolve their issues caused by excessive fingerprint powder and other chemicals used for processing evidence. The installation of the Erlab CaptairFlex ductless fume hood ensured that the detectives would benefit from safety as well as an environmentally-friendly energy saving alternative to costly traditional ducted fume hood systems.

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NC Crime Lab Officials Say Money Needed for Upgrades

October 22, 2013 1:19 pm | by Amanda Lamb, WRAL.com | Comments

People keeping close tabs on how North Carolina's state crime laboratory is operating after a stinging audit three years ago that found fault in blood-testing analysis say the lab has made great strides rebuilding confidence. But lab director Joe Johns said limited resources have hindered efforts.

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Amateur Sleuth Decodes 'Mr. Bones'

October 22, 2013 1:11 pm | by Kathy Mellott, The Tribune Democrat | Comments

The skeletal remains of a man found in Bedford County 55 years ago and never identified or claimed by family members, may have been the victim of a murder in Lima, Ohio, a Fayette County man says. Ed Festor, a civil engineer from Uniontown, with a fascination for unsolved mysteries, thinks the man was Charles Conner of Lima, Ohio.

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Fake Papers for Florida Cons, a 'Cottage Industry'

October 22, 2013 12:39 pm | by Nick Valencia and Jason Morris, CNN | Comments

Bogus court papers that allowed two convicted murderers to walk out of a Florida prison are part of a "cottage industry" that enabled one other jailbreak and several more attempts, the state's police chief has said.         

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Ohio Sees Jump in Seized Meth Labs

October 22, 2013 12:12 pm | by John Caniglia, The Plain Dealer | Comments

Police reported seizing 881 methamphetamine labs across the state this year, a 45 percent jump over 2012 and a strong indicator that the gritty stimulant often made in a 2-liter pop bottle is becoming a drug of choice in rural Ohio, according to state records and interviews.

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Developing Regional Taphonomic Standards

October 22, 2013 8:32 am | by Marcella Sorg, Univ. of Maine | Comments

The goal of this project was to develop regionally specific standards for collecting and interpreting taphonomic (postmortem) data from human skeletal remains in northern New England. Researchers analyzed a 30-year outdoor case series and conducted controlled observational studies of nine pig cadavers to identify key components of the model.

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Hamilton Company, University Collaborate for Robotic Biochemistry Research

October 21, 2013 3:11 pm | by Hamilton Robotics | Comments

Students and faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno will soon be exploring new robotic innovations and accessing state-of-the-art laboratory automation systems in a collaboration with the Hamilton Company, a Reno-based international robotic manufacturing company.

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FBI Standards Would Have Helped Taylor in 1991

October 21, 2013 11:00 am | by Joseph Neff, News Observer | Comments

Greg Taylor and his lawyers say the way Duane Deaver reported results of lab tests hid the results that would have helped show Taylor’s innocence. Attorney General Roy Cooper agreed, as did the three-judge panel that exonerated Taylor, the governor who pardoned him and the insurance companies that agreed to a $4.625 million settlement.

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Pathologist Warns that Forensic Science Has Its Limits

October 21, 2013 10:37 am | by Ruadhan Mac Cormaic, Irish Times | Comments

Forensic pathology offers a “guide” rather than a set of “hard and fast” rules about the circumstances of a death, Ireland's State Pathologist Prof. Marie Cassidy has said. Addressing the National Prosecutors’ Conference, Cassidy said it was a misconception that autopsies could conclusively resolve all unanswered questions about homicides.

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The Property & Evidence Association of Florida Seeks Members

October 21, 2013 10:16 am | by The Property & Evidence Association of Florida | Comments

Over the past decade there have been associations created in several states by and for property and evidence custodians.  In Florida, the association is the P.E.A.F. Inc. (Property and Evidence Association of Florida). Who are they? They are Evidence Custodians, Property Officers, Crime Scene and Lab Technicians, Supervisors, Managers, and Directors from the State of Florida.

NJ County Unveils $23 Million Emergency Operations Center

October 21, 2013 9:48 am | by Justin Zaremba, NJ.com | Comments

A new state-of-the-art crime lab, emergency operations center and 911 emergency communications center are just a few of the features of the recently unveiled addition to the Morris County Public Safety Academy in New Jersey.       

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Prosecutors Seek Stiff Sentence for Massachusetts Chemist

October 21, 2013 9:20 am | by Denise LaVoie, Associated Press | Comments

Prosecutors urged a judge Friday to sentence a Massachusetts chemist to up to seven years in prison if she pleads guilty in a drug-testing lab scandal that jeopardized thousands of criminal convictions and cost the state millions.     

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