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Geologists are close to confirming what many scientists have long thought to be true - that human hair is an archive of geospatial movement. Such data may be used not only to identify the location of a murder victim, since bodies are sometimes dumped afte

Geologists Cite Hair as Tool to Place Bodies

November 21, 2014 | by Rob Enslin, Syracuse University | Comments

Geologists are close to confirming what many scientists have long thought to be true - that human hair is an archive of geospatial movement. Such data may be used not only to identify the location of a murder victim, since bodies are sometimes dumped after a homicide, but also to track the geographic movement of a suspect.

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A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack.

Witness Recants, Freeing Ohio Man after 39 Years

November 21, 2014 1:58 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack.               

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Scientists from DFS, OCME Earn National Appointments

November 21, 2014 12:06 pm | by DC Government, Department of Forensic Sciences | Comments

The scientists at the District’s Consolidated Forensic Laboratory do cutting-edge work every day. But six people with ties to that state-of-the-art facility have been asked to literally help shape the future of forensic science in the United States.

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PA Middle School Students Learn Science Through Forensics

November 20, 2014 10:18 am | Comments

Students in Founders' Hall Middle School's Academy in Math and Science program, known as AIMS, take part in weekly enrichment that includes an extra period of science. The work is extracurricular and challenges students to reach beyond their standard curriculum, watching science unfold in real-life applications. The focus this year has been on forensic science.

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Postal Inspectors Discover $90,000 Worth of Bath Salts in Chinese Package

November 20, 2014 10:06 am | Comments

An express postal package from China, that was bound for a house in Destrehan, Louisiana, was intercepted by authorities and found to contain an estimated $90,000 worth of the illegal designer drug "Molly," St. Charles Parish authorities reported Tuesday.

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DNA Could Free Inmate After 36 Years

November 20, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

  A man convicted of murder in the 1978 shooting death of a Southern California man should be freed after 36 years behind bars, based on DNA analysis and investigative reports withheld from his trial attorney, a prosecutor said on Wednesday after a judge overturned the conviction.

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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.

Familial DNA Leads to Rape Suspect

November 19, 2014 7:09 am | Comments

For the second time in Wisconsin history, the DNA of a relative has led to the arrest of a suspect wanted for sexual assault. 24-year-old Antoine Pettis, of Milwaukee, was charged on Tuesday after he was identified by familial DNA.

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For three decades, the key to identifying a pedestrian struck and killed near an interstate exit ramp sat at investigators' fingertips. They just didn't realize it.

The History of Forensic Fingerprinting

November 19, 2014 7:03 am | Comments

The topic of my Sloan project came about very organically. As soon as I decided to apply for the grant, I knew it was going to involve forensics. Then I asked myself, "What's the most common tool people associate with criminal investigation?" The answer was obvious: fingerprints.

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Doug Wyler: Forensic Anthropologist

November 19, 2014 6:58 am | Comments

Death is a touchy subject and rarely something anyone deals with on a frequent basis. That is unless you happen to be Doug Wyler, a forensic anthropologist who works with the Los Angeles Police Department. City College students got a sneak peak into a day-in-the-life of this personality.

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Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method. This new method has helped solve criminal investigations that were otherwise stalled or had gone complet

Rape Kit Backlog Persists Despite Funding

November 19, 2014 6:51 am | Comments

On average, in Bexar County, Texas, alone, forty-six-hundred people are raped every year.  That's thirteen new victims a day.  But it's estimated eighty percent of those victims will never report the crime. To make matters worse, Elizondo says less than twenty percent of rapists are brought to justice.   

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TBI Forensic Labs Receive High-Level Accreditations

November 18, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Chattanoogan | Comments

After a lengthy assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors’ Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained new accreditations for its forensic facilities in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

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For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario — that Van Gogh was killed —

Forensic Expert Says Van Gogh was Murdered

November 18, 2014 1:53 pm | by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Vanity Fair | Comments

For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario — that Van Gogh was killed — only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading forensic expert, the authors take their case a step further.

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The Organization for Scientific Area Committee has appointed Wayne Niemeyer to its Subcommittee on Gunshot Residue, one of five Scientific Area Committee areas focusing on Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis. Niemeyer is a senior research scientist for McCron

Scientist Appointed to National Forensic Science Standards Committee

November 18, 2014 1:39 pm | Comments

The Organization for Scientific Area Committee has appointed Wayne Niemeyer to its Subcommittee on Gunshot Residue, one of five Scientific Area Committee areas focusing on Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis. Niemeyer is a senior research scientist for McCrone Associates, Inc., the analytical service division of The McCrone Group.

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The horrific murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie set in motion a long and challenging police investigation which would span decades, involve thousands of interviews and hours of detective work. But old fashioned detective work could only take the i

LED Light Helped Crack World's End Case

November 18, 2014 1:31 pm | by Edinburgh News | Comments

The horrific murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie set in motion a long and challenging police investigation which would span decades, involve thousands of interviews and hours of detective work. But old fashioned detective work could only take the investigation so far.

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Chiron has announced that they have signed an arrangement with Kura Biotec™ to distribute their impressive range of enzymes for analytical toxicology.

Chiron to Distribute Kura Biotec Enzymes for Analytical Toxicology

November 18, 2014 12:43 pm | Chiron AS | Comments

Chiron has announced that they have signed an arrangement with Kura Biotec™ to distribute their impressive range of enzymes for analytical toxicology.

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Forensic entomologists may be increasingly using complex analytical techniques in the study of insects, with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry showing great potential in ageing insects at crime scenes.

Forensic Entomologists & Analytical Chemists Join Forces in Insect Investigations

November 17, 2014 2:06 pm | Comments

Forensic entomologists may be increasingly using complex analytical techniques in the study of insects, with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry showing great potential in aging insects at crime scenes.             

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