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Solving the mystery of Jack the Ripper is a big claim — but seldom have so many words been written about so few pieces of meaningful evidence.

Still a Mystery: DNA Hasn’t Named Jack the Ripper after All

November 4, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mick Reed, The Conversation | Comments

Solving the mystery of Jack the Ripper is a big claim — but seldom have so many words been written about so few pieces of meaningful evidence.                             

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Crime Lab Trying to Identify Burned Body with DNA

November 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by Wayne Ford, Athens Banner-Herald | Comments

Nearly 40 days after a slain man’s body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, Georgia, authorities still are not confident enough about a positive identification to release a name.                 

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DNA Evidence in Cold-case Murder Trial Faces Scrutiny

November 4, 2014 12:41 pm | by Douglass Dowty, Syracuse.com | Comments

An expert testified that she couldn't be certain that DNA found under a murdered woman's fingernails belonged to her estranged husband, Ron Meadow.                             

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Engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs.

Making Sensor Technology Better at Sniffing Materials

November 4, 2014 12:08 pm | by University of Utah | Comments

Engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs.                     

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Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted i

Looking for Answers at Spaceship Crash

November 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly crash.

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Next generation DNA analysis, which researchers say can reveal a level of detail far beyond what currently is used in criminal investigation, is awaiting its first courtroom test in Massachusetts.

DNA Analysis Could Provide Complete Description of Suspect

November 3, 2014 3:12 pm | by Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch | Comments

Next generation DNA analysis, which researchers say can reveal a level of detail far beyond what currently is used in criminal investigation, is awaiting its first courtroom test in Massachusetts.               

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Increasingly, law enforcement investigators across the country are putting their faith in cadaver dogs to help find remains — bodies, bones and blood from the missing and the murdered. These dogs have helped convict some murder suspects, even when no body

Cadaver Dogs Find Evidence When Others Can't

November 3, 2014 3:00 pm | by Martha Irvine, Associated Press | Comments

Increasingly, law enforcement investigators across the country are putting their faith in cadaver dogs to help find remains — bodies, bones and blood from the missing and the murdered. These dogs have helped convict some murder suspects, even when no body is found. Trainers and some forensic scientists say the dogs can detect human residue that's been left behind in a trunk, or on a blanket or tarp, or a temporary grave of some sort.

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State Forensic Agency Will No Longer Process Misdemeanor Marijuana Evidence

November 3, 2014 12:08 pm | by Ashlie Walter, The News & Advance | Comments

In a bid to limit the number of backlogged drug cases, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science will no longer process marijuana in its labs for evidence in misdemeanor cases.                     

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A retired San Diego police criminalist connected through DNA to the 1984   murder of 14-year-old Claire Hough apparently told a friend earlier this year   that he’d photographed the girl on Torrey Pines State Beach shortly before   she turned up dead, acc

Warrants Reveal Evidence in 1984 Killing

November 3, 2014 12:03 pm | by Kristina Davis, U-T San Diego | Comments

A retired San Diego police criminalist connected through DNA to the 1984 murder of 14-year-old Claire Hough apparently told a friend earlier this year that he’d photographed the girl on Torrey Pines State Beach shortly before she turned up dead, according to search warrant affidavits unsealed recently.

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Michael Morton Act Creates Backlog In Texas County

November 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mitch Goulding, Time Warner Cable News | Comments

Leaders in Williamson County, Texas have come up with a creative solution to tackle a growing jail population.                                       

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Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" as a gaunt and battered-looking Eric Frein — the survivalist suspected in the ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper — was led from court Friday, the morning after his capture ended a gru

Trooper Ambush Suspect in Court after Long Manhunt

October 31, 2014 2:17 pm | by Kathy Matheson and Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | Comments

Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" as a gaunt and battered-looking Eric Frein — the survivalist suspected in the ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper — was led from court Friday, the morning after his capture ended a grueling seven-week manhunt.

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A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cellphone.

Police Can Require Cellphone Fingerprint, Not Pass Code

October 31, 2014 1:57 pm | by Elisabeth Hulette, Pilot Online | Comments

A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cellphone.                     

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The skulls of an older man and woman were found at a Connecticut waste transfer station near some books and videos on witchcraft and Satan, police said Friday. The skulls and a jaw bone were found Thursday at a Stamford transfer station in a pile of recyc

Human Skulls Found at Connecticut Transfer Station

October 31, 2014 1:38 pm | by Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press | Comments

The skulls of an older man and woman were found at a Connecticut waste transfer station near some books and videos on witchcraft and Satan, police said Friday. The skulls and a jaw bone were found Thursday at a Stamford transfer station in a pile of recyclables brought from the home of a Fairfield man who had recently died.

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Police in Albuquerque say a man suspected of a $250,000 heist should have flushed the evidence he left behind.

DNA from Toilet Leads Police to Burglary Suspect

October 30, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police in Albuquerque say a man suspected of a $250,000 heist should have flushed the evidence he left behind.                                       

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The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology   has announced the final appointments to the Organization for Scientific Area   Committees (OSAC), established to coordinate development of standards and   guidelines for the f

402 Members Named to Forensic Science Standards Organization

October 30, 2014 12:41 pm | by NIST | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced the final appointments to the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), established to coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community.

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