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Local Forensic Science Student Named 'Best in the UK' at The Skills Show

December 2, 2013 11:02 am | by C.P.D.M.S. Ltd | Comments

Laura Bailey, 20, from the University of Central Lancashire has been named the "Best in the UK" in Forensic Science after winning Gold at the WorldSkills UK National Competitions at this year’s The Skills Show. WorldSkills UK Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. 

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Detective's Errors Just the Start in Murder Case's Tangled Web

December 2, 2013 10:40 am | by Frances Robles, The New York Times | Comments

It was an open-and-shut case. But it was fraught with problems. The suspects were arrested by Detective Louis Scarcella and his partner, Stephen W. Chmil. The case is now among 46 that Detective Scarcella handled that are under review by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. But the involvement of Scarcella, who is retired, and Chmil was only the start of trouble for the two teenagers arrested in the case.   

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Forensic DNA Use Has Exploded as Agencies Use It Even in Everyday Crimes

December 2, 2013 10:24 am | by Miles Parks, The Ledger | Comments

Todd William Clark was arrested in October, accused of stealing more than $500 worth of DVDs, stuffed animals and a kid's bicycle from an auto repair and thrift store — all in a crime he claimed not to remember. Years ago, this case might have gone unsolved. But Clark left his jeans, a shirt and a pair of socks in the bathroom of the store. The clothes were sent off to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for DNA testing.

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Dog-doo Scofflaws Get Bagged through DNA Testing

December 2, 2013 10:08 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | Comments

Apartment and condo managers, dogged by complaints from those who've experienced the squishy and smelly sensation of stepping onto a pile of dog doo, are turning to DNA testing to identify the culprits who don't clean up after their pets.   

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Arafat May Have been Poisoned, but What is Polonium?

December 2, 2013 9:28 am | by Martin Boland, Homeland Security News Wire | Comments

A Swiss forensic report of the exhumed remains of ex-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat suggested polonium poisoning may have been the cause of death – but what is polonium, and why is it so deadly?               

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When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

December 2, 2013 9:10 am | by Anne Eisenberg, The New York Times | Comments

People often reveal their private emotions in tiny, fleeting facial expressions, visible only to a best friend — or to a skilled poker player. Now, computer software is using frame-by-frame video analysis to read subtle muscular changes that flash across our faces in milliseconds, signaling emotions like happiness, sadness and disgust.

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Newtown Report Renews Focus on Role of Lanza's Mom

November 26, 2013 6:22 pm | by Michael Melia, Associated Press | Comments

As Adam Lanza withdrew from the world into his bedroom, the only person he appeared to be close to was his mother, who bonded with him over shooting and guns. Investigators' final report on last year's school massacre in Newtown provided new insights into Nancy Lanza's home life with her troubled adult son and renewed the debate over whether she bears any responsibility for the bloodbath that began with her own shooting death.

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Approach to Jailhouse Informants Questioned after Inmate's Innocence Proven

November 26, 2013 6:09 pm | by Terry Bell, Wisconsin Public Radio News | Comments

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is out with a story by Mario Koran that suggests Wisconsin's lack of a stated policy for dealing with so-called “jailhouse informants” or “snitches” — and their unreliable testimony — is a big part of the problem.

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Blood on Jacket is Key Evidence in 1979 Murder Case

November 26, 2013 5:55 pm | by Lou Michel, The Buffalo News | Comments

Authorities say that after stabbing Patti Rodriguez 108 times, Michael Rodriguez fled in the early morning hours of Good Friday, April 13, 1979, his clothes covered in the blood of his estranged wife. They say he disposed of his shirt, pants and most of his clothing from that night. But not his leather jacket. That was the most prized possession in his wardrobe, they say, and he could not bring himself to get rid of it.

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DNA Lab Helps Solve Crimes against Wildlife

November 26, 2013 4:44 pm | by Kent Jackson, The Times-Tribune | Comments

Officer Mark Rutkowski thought he knew who killed a giant black bear dumped on a parking lot of a Pennsylvania state game land. To prove the case, he turned to Dr. Jane Huffman. Huffman runs the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory at East Stroudsburg University. From her lab two miles from the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, she has become a mentor to fish and wildlife officers from both states.

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State Fires Chemist after Probe Casts Doubt on Credentials

November 26, 2013 2:30 pm | by Milton Valencia and John Ellement, The Boston Globe | Comments

The drug analyst who was fired for misstating her credentials allegedly falsely testified in federal court as recently as August that she has a degree in chemistry and possibly did so in dozens of state court cases as well, opening the door for a flood of new legal challenges related to the Hinton drug lab scandal.

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Genome ID Group Opens Advanced Forensic DNA Laboratory

November 26, 2013 11:35 am | by The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis | Comments

Genome ID Group, LLC has established a state of the art laboratory facility, known as The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis (CAFDA), in Greenville, N.C. The company is known for developing practical applications for advanced DNA analysis methods to create unique solutions in the field of forensic human identification.

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A Murder of Both Forensics and Investigation

November 26, 2013 11:15 am | by Pranjal Kshirsagar, Firstpost | Comments

The casualties in the Noida double murder case in India don’t just include fourteen year old Aarushi Talwar and 45 year old Hemraj Banjade. The science of forensics and the protocol of police investigation were also murdered in cold blood.   

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Synchrotron Analysis Pinpoints Paint for Forensics

November 26, 2013 10:58 am | by Chris Thomas, Science Network | Comments

The use of statistical techniques to interpret chemical information has played a key role in developing a more discriminating model for the forensic analysis of car paint. A study by Curtin University’s Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with the ChemCentre, applied infrared spectroscopy on the primer surfacer of 75 vehicles using the Australian Synchroton.

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New Charges in Ohio Rape Case

November 26, 2013 10:39 am | by Thomas Sheeran, Associated Press | Comments

Long-anticipated charges against adults implicated in the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl's rape offer the community a chance to begin healing after the case that was dogged by allegations of a cover-up. A grand jury on Monday charged a school superintendent and three others with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of the West Virginia girl by two high school football players.

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