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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.