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Best Practices in Sexual Assault Cases - Archived Seminar

June 12, 2014 2:45 pm | by NIJ | Comments

In the ongoing struggle to protect would-be victims from sexual predators, great advances are being made in forensic nursing research and practice, from strangulation assessment to the photographic documentation of injuries and beyond. NIJ's Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the Duquesne University School of Nursing, hosted a full-day seminar on sexual assault investigations.

Blood-splattered Crime Scene Pictures Shown in Court

June 12, 2014 11:31 am | by North-West Evening Mail | Comments

The jury in the trial of Jamie Armstrong was taken through the crime scene by forensic scientist Penelope Griffiths. She explained how she had examined blood-spattered evidence.                   

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FBI Embracing Facial Recognition to Catch Criminals

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | MorphoTrust USA | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is piloting a facial-recognition surveillance project that will store millions of mug shots, bureau Director James Comey has told lawmakers.                     

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Researchers Create Validated Tool to Identify Victims of Human Trafficking

June 12, 2014 11:11 am | by NIJ | Comments

Developed over the last seven years in collaboration with 11 victim service organizations, the Vera Institute of Justice's Trafficking Victim Identification Tool has been tested with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking and found reliable in predicting labor and sex trafficking.

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Local Illicit Drug Use Gauged in Real Time

June 12, 2014 8:27 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Much illegal drug use happens off the radar. To better approximate usage, scientists have been turning to wastewater. Like a lot of other compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products to pesticides, illegal drugs and their metabolic byproducts also persist in sewage. 

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Database of Dyes Helps Crime Scene Investigators

June 12, 2014 8:27 am | by Jay Price, News Observer | Comments

Chemistry students have begun the painstaking work of turning the huge collection of dyes, test swatches and documents into an online resource. When they’re done, crime-scene investigators and a host of other kinds of researchers around the world will be able to search through files of three-dimensional models of the thousands of unique molecules and information about their attributes.

Is Forensic Science Science?

June 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Mark Joseph Stern, Slate | Comments

Far from an infallible science, forensics is a decades-long experiment in which undertrained lab workers jettison the scientific method in favor of speedy results that fit prosecutors’ hunches.                

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Long Lost WWII Soldier Returned to Family

June 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Chris Barncard, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

Seventy years after the Canadian-born U.S. soldier Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon died in a firefight as Allied forces chased Germans through Normandy, he will be laid to rest in his hometown of Eastend, Saskatchewan. Before he reaches Eastend, however, researchers will try to give Gordon's descendants more insight into the mystery that began when the 28-year-old was declared missing by the U.S. military.

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Indiana Police Tap Treated Water to Fight Theft

June 11, 2014 9:33 am | by Charles Wilson, Associated Press | Comments

A northwestern Indiana police department is one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to distribute a theft-deterring chemical that leaves DNA-like "signatures" on property and those who attempt to steal it.       

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Telehealth Improves Forensic Examinations for Sexual Abuse

June 11, 2014 9:17 am | by UC Davis Health System | Comments

Researchers have shown that telehealth consultations for clinicians at rural hospitals improve their ability to provide forensic examinations for sexual abuse. Clinicians with access to expert nurses provided more thorough and nuanced exams, improving their ability to gather evidence and to make an accurate diagnosis.

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Vegas Police Killer Decried Government on YouTube

June 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Michelle Rindels and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

Investigators in Las Vegas are studying YouTube videos and a range of other social media posts by Jerad Miller, as they try to untangle what led him and his 22-year-old wife to gun down two police officers and a civilian before taking their own lives.

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Angry Faces Back Up Verbal Threats, Making Them Seem More Credible

June 10, 2014 12:31 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | Comments

We’ve all been on the receiving end of an angry glare, whether from a teacher, parent, boss, or significant other. These angry expressions seem to boost the effectiveness of threats without actual aggression, according to research.     

Invisible Bar Code Could Thwart Criminals

June 10, 2014 11:55 am | by Phys.org | Comments

A team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts has developed a type of bar coding system that would be almost impossible for criminals to thwart.                      

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Biochrom and Gilson to Deliver Automated ELISA

June 10, 2014 9:34 am | by Biochrom Ltd | Comments

Biochrom Ltd, a manufacturer of quality scientific instruments, and Gilson, a leader in fluidics, purification and sample management, has announced an agreement to co-market and distribute in Europe products for automation of ELISAs and other absorbance assays.

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First Chicago Robber Caught with Facial Recognition Gets 22 Years

June 9, 2014 3:59 pm | by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica | Comments

The first man to be arrested in Chicago based on facial recognition analysis was sentenced last week to 22 years in prison for armed robbery.                               

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