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The Bureau of Criminal Investigation facility currently under construction on the Bowling Green State University campus will also be the home of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science. On September 11, BGSU President Mary El

BGSU, Ohio AG Name First Director of Forensic Science Center

September 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Bowling Green State Univ. | Comments

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation facility currently under construction on the Bowling Green State University campus will also be the home of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science. On September 11, BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Dr. Jon E. Sprague will serve as the first director of the center.

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 A cataloguing method for comparing the land impressions of bullets, using readily available commercial instrumentation and software, is described.

Computerized Database for Bullet Comparison by Consecutive Matching

September 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Ashley Chu, David Read and David Howitt, NIJ | Comments

A cataloguing method for comparing the land impressions of bullets, using readily available commercial instrumentation and software, is described.                             

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Move over, graphene. An atomically thin, two-dimensional, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara promises to push the boundaries of biosensing technology in many fields, from health care to enviro

Ultrasensitive Biosensor from Molybdenite Semiconductor Outshines Graphene

September 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by UC Santa Barbara | Comments

Move over, graphene. An atomically thin, two-dimensional, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara promises to push the boundaries of biosensing technology in many fields, from health care to environmental protection to forensic industries.

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A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether

Pistorius to be Sentenced for Culpable Homicide

September 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia, Associated Press | Comments

A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.

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Agilent Technologies Introduces Next-generation UHPLC System at Analytica China

September 12, 2014 10:15 am | Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. will introduce its latest innovation in ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) on September 23 at Analytica China, the international trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics held in Shanghai.

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Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement, scientis

Novel Method for Portable Detection of Bath Salts

September 12, 2014 8:20 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement, scientists are developing a novel method that could be the basis for the first portable, on-site testing device for identifying the drugs.

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A crime scene expert told jurors that the bloody footprints left in the Novi condominium where an elderly woman was stabbed and left to die matched those taken from suspect Peter Gerard Jones, a prison parolee with a violent past, who was arrested hours a

Bloody Footprints Link Convict to Murder

September 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by L.L. Brasier, Detroit Free Press | Comments

A crime scene expert told jurors that the bloody footprints left in the Novi condominium where an elderly woman was stabbed and left to die matched those taken from suspect Peter Gerard Jones, a prison parolee with a violent past, who was arrested hours after the killing.

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Pistorius Cleared of Murder, Culpable Homicide Verdict to Come

September 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Stella Mapenzauswa and Peroshni Govender, Reuters | Comments

Oscar Pistorius was cleared on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide.

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A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.

Fingerprint Could Help Solve 30-year-old Cold Case

September 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Carley Gordon, WSMV | Comments

A single fingerprint, lifted with a pipe cleaner and super glue, has led investigators to reopen a 30-year-old murder case.                                   

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A recent study provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us.

Household Microbes Could Provide Forensic Information

September 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Louise Lerner, Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

A recent study provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments. The results shed light on the complicated interaction between humans and the microbes that live on and around us.           

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If you’re out in the field doing environmental testing, food checks, forensic work, or other chemical analysis, mass spectrometry is an extremely accurate detection tool with one huge drawback: You can lose days in sending samples back to the lab for anal

Mass Spectrometry in Your Hand

September 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Eric Bender, MIT | Comments

If you’re out in the field doing environmental testing, food checks, forensic work, or other chemical analysis, mass spectrometry is an extremely accurate detection tool with one huge drawback: You can lose days in sending samples back to the lab for analysis. MIT researchers now have developed technologies that promise to enable mass spectrometers that are handheld and much more inexpensive than today’s lab systems.

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Wearable Sensors Detect Firearm Use

September 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Univ. of Pennsylvania | Comments

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings.

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Delays at Crime Lab Hamper Crackdown on Synthetic Pot

September 10, 2014 11:56 am | by Scott J. Croteau, Telegram & Gazette | Comments

Vice Squad officers will check stores and ask store owners not to sell synthetic marijuana products after a recently signed state bill made them illegal. But officers are hindered in enforcing the new law. The State Crime Lab is months away from being able to analyze the products.

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IntegenX Inc. has announced the first state-wide deployment of the RapidHIT System for real-time matching of DNA profiles. They will use the RapidHIT System in conjunction with the SmallPond database software to store and search over 350,000 DNA profiles.

First State-Wide Deployment of DNA Software System at Arizona DPS

September 10, 2014 11:47 am | IntegenX, Inc. | Comments

IntegenX Inc. has announced the first state-wide deployment of the RapidHIT System for real-time matching of DNA profiles. They will use the RapidHIT System in conjunction with the SmallPond database software to store and search over 350,000 DNA profiles. 

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Polonium's Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement

September 10, 2014 9:07 am | by NIST | Comments

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have determined that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about 25 percent longer than the previously determined value, which had been in use for decades.

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