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What are the Protocols for Familial DNA Searching?

August 18, 2014 8:07 am | by NIJ | Comments

On Thursday, August 21, NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting the final session of a four-part online discussion about familial DNA searching.                         

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Forensic Fiber Examination in Smothering Cases

August 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by Contact Traces | Comments

Diagnosis of death by smothering can be very difficult, in many such cases a forensic fiber examination doesn’t take place. In many cases post-mortem examinations fail to establish precisely how the deceased came to die, and likewise toxicological examinations may fail to illuminate any specific cause from a chemical perspective.

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The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop has been sentenced to 17½ years in prison for selling synthetic drugs in a case that prosecutors said should remove any doubts that substances sold under such names as "incense," "spice" and "bath salts" are i

Synthetic Drug Seller Gets 17½ Years in Prison

August 15, 2014 12:38 pm | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | Comments

The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop has been sentenced to 17½ years in prison for selling synthetic drugs in a case that prosecutors said should remove any doubts that substances sold under such names as "incense," ''spice" and "bath salts" are illegal.

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Over the past 20 years DNA evidence has become the foundation upon which forensic investigation is built. But as new identification technologies emerge at an ever quickening pace, new questions are being raised as to not only the efficacy of these technol

Scientist Exposes New World of Forensic Analysis

August 15, 2014 12:29 pm | by Angelo Risso, UTS | Comments

Over the past 20 years DNA evidence has become the foundation upon which forensic investigation is built. But as new identification technologies emerge at an ever quickening pace, new questions are being raised as to not only the efficacy of these technologies, but also their implications on privacy, civil liberties and validity.

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Addressing the issues surrounding the testing of sexual assault kits (SAKs) is one of the most complex challenges facing our nation’s criminal justice system. To help find the best strategies, methods and procedures for dealing with SAKs, the FBI and NIJ

NIJ and FBI Team Up to Test Sexual Assault Kits

August 14, 2014 4:11 pm | by NIJ | Comments

Addressing the issues surrounding the testing of sexual assault kits (SAKs) is one of the most complex challenges facing our nation’s criminal justice system. To help find the best strategies, methods and procedures for dealing with SAKs, the FBI and NIJ have formed a research partnership. The long-range goal is improved practices and policies for law enforcement and crime labs.

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The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find antibiotics or other medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose

Forensic Technology Tells if There are Drugs in Milk

August 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by Amy Mayer, Net Nebraska | Comments

The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find antibiotics or other medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted.

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DNA evidence can be critical to solve a crime, but a big backlog of cases means it could be months, or even years, before some of those samples get tested.

More DNA Analysts Critical to Fight Backlog

August 14, 2014 12:54 pm | by Shannon Murray, KVUE | Comments

DNA evidence can be critical to solve a crime, but a big backlog of cases means it could be months, or even years, before some of those samples get tested.                           

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Utah Crime Lab Opens Its Doors

August 14, 2014 12:47 pm | by Keith McCord, Deseret News | Comments

Solving crimes certainly involves police officers called to the scene, but it also takes those working a crime lab. Reality is much different from fiction. During National Forensic Science Week, crime labs across the country — including the Utah State Crime Lab — opened their doors to show the public what they really do.

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A US fugitive on the lam for 14 years in connection with child sex abuse and kidnapping charges was apprehended in Nepal after authorities scanned his "wanted" poster with facial recognition tech. The FBI announced the arrest recently of Neil Stammer, a 4

Facial Recognition Nabs 14-year Fugitive in Nepal

August 14, 2014 9:27 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

A US fugitive on the lam for 14 years in connection with child sex abuse and kidnapping charges was apprehended in Nepal after authorities scanned his "wanted" poster with facial recognition tech. The FBI announced the arrest recently of Neil Stammer, a 48-year-old New Mexico musician and juggler who skipped out on charges in 1999.

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Princeton Instruments, a leading manufacturer of sensitive low-light imaging and spectroscopic instruments, is pleased to recognize the innovative work of the Optical Spectroscopy Group headed by Jan Hála within the Department of Chemical Physics and Opti

Monitoring of Singlet Oxygen Made Simple by Imaging Cameras

August 14, 2014 8:50 am | by Princeton Instrumtents | Comments

Princeton Instruments, a leading manufacturer of sensitive low-light imaging and spectroscopic instruments, has recognized the innovative work of the Optical Spectroscopy Group headed by Jan Hála within the Department of Chemical Physics and Optics at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic).

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$41M to Help Reduce Rape Kit Backlog

August 13, 2014 12:10 pm | by Henry K. Lee, SF Gate | Comments

About $41 million has been earmarked to help expedite the nationwide processing of rape kits. Pending final budgetary approval, the funds would help local police agencies and crime labs address a severe backlog in the analysis of some 500,000 rape kits across the country.

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Forensic meteorology is the science of using historic weather records, atmospheric data, eyewitness accounts, and reenactment simulations to determine the weather conditions at a specific time and location. It has been used in all sorts of circumstances.

Forensic Meteorologists Solve Unthought-of Crimes

August 13, 2014 11:38 am | by Mika McKinnon, space.io9.com | Comments

Forensic meteorology is the science of using historic weather records, atmospheric data, eyewitness accounts, and reenactment simulations to determine the weather conditions at a specific time and location. It has been used in all sorts of circumstances. In a report, Elizabeth Austin and Peter Hildebrand tracked down a slew of court cases where a meteorologist was employed as an expert witness.

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Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of forensic comparison microscopes and forensic imaging systems, has announced that it has sold its 500th forensic system.

Leeds Forensic Systems Sells Its 500th Forensic System

August 13, 2014 11:04 am | Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc. | Comments

Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of forensic comparison microscopes and forensic imaging systems, has announced that it has sold its 500th forensic system.         

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The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding.

Caretaker's Death Ends Old Whiskey Theft Case

August 13, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding.                   

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Crime Lab Cost Strains Pennsylania County

August 12, 2014 1:17 pm | by Aaron Aupperlee, Trib Live | Comments

The Allegheny County Crime Lab in Pennsylvania analyzes more than 19,000 pieces of evidence a year. But despite funding labs run by the state police, Pennsylvania lawmakers have approved no money for Allegheny County's lab since 2011.     

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