On August 13, 1944, German soldiers retreating from a U.S. Army reconnaissance patrol in Normandy blew up an armored car. Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, had been riding in the M8 Greyhound, and likely died in the explosion and fire. Nearly 70 years later, Gordon remains among more than 73,000 members of the U.S. military listed as missing during World War II, but some hope to end that mystery and provide some closure for Gordon’s Canadian family.
Computer recognition of people has focused almost exclusively on faces, but a new study suggests it may be time to take additional information into consideration. A study describes a series of experiments that demonstrates there is potentially more valuable information for biometrics-based identity recognition in images of people than the face alone.
Researchers have invented a lab-on-a-chip that can measure how much of a specific strand of DNA is in a sample using a "rocket-propelled" thread of ink that can be read by eye. The team says that the system is instrument-free, low-cost and can detect DNA at picomole levels. Such a system could have applications in the detection of bacteria and viruses or in forensics.
Forensics will join the fight against rising rhino poaching that has resulted in the killing of 825 rhinos in South Africa since the beginning of this year. The announcement was made during the first international rhino DNA sampling training workshop held between November 5-6 in Hoedspruit, northern South Africa.
From the Police Department’s perspective, Garland is in the same league as New York and Los Angeles. That’s because Garland, like those two massive departments, owns a Panoscan panoramic camera. The camera, the first of its kind in Texas, gives investigators a fuller perspective on a crime scene — and the chance to take another look at it long after the cleanup crews have wiped away the area.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ingested lethal radioactive polonium before his death nine years ago, and it could not have been by accident, Swiss scientists have said. The Swiss lab examined Arafat's remains and his underclothes and a travel bag that he had with him in the days before his death in a Paris hospital and found that the polonium and lead amounts could not be naturally occurring.
Saanich, British Columbia, police Const. Shane Coughlan is a problem-solver. As a longtime member of the department’s forensic identification section, he is challenged – day in and day out – with assisting in crime solving through processing of physical evidence. But sometimes his job is hampered by the limitations of known forensic techniques.
Students in a Portland State University freshman chemistry class recently donned white lab coats, protective ear gear and latex gloves for a morning of sleuthing. Much like forensic scientists that investigate crime scenes, these students were looking for chemical residues on money. What they found is that bills are dirty, tainted with everything from drugs and plastics to traces of urine.
Wisconsin will soon join the majority of states that require FBI background checks for child care providers, their employees and household members in a move advocates say is an important step in making sure criminals don't slip through the cracks.
In the third Italian murder trial of U.S. student Amanda Knox, a court-appointed expert testified that the alleged murder weapon shows a new DNA trace that belongs to Knox and not the victim. That testimony bolsters the defense, which claims the kitchen knife was not the weapon used in the bloody 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.
This presentation will look at how incident responses are organized, the forensic techniques used to support human identification, the concept of an identification team and how international incidents are managed. During the presentation, Dr. Christopher Maguire will weave in examples from his experience.
The Forensic Science Laboratory of the District of Columbia’s Department of Forensic Sciences has been approved for accreditation by meeting international standards for forensic operations, DFS Director Max Houck announced.
The Post-Dispatch has identified 100 people arrested in error over the past seven years. Collectively, they spent more than 2,000 days in jail — an average of about three weeks each. Almost all the mistakes could have been prevented — or at least fixed immediately — had authorities paid attention to what fingerprints tried to tell them from the start.
The Snohomish County Executive's Office in Washington quietly has begun a reshuffling of employees at the county morgue, including plans to hire a manager to oversee operations and staff. The chief medical investigator at the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office was let go and his position was eliminated as part of the overhaul.
St. Lawrence County, N.Y., is among 1,600 counties around the country that elect its coroners. They are paid employees; they make about $6,000 a year and get health insurance. They don't do autopsies — that's done by the medical examiner from a neighboring county.