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Could there be a new photograph of Billy the Kid? Famed Houston forensic artist Lois Gibson says yes. Gibson has been called the most successful forensic artist in the country with her sketches of suspects credited with solving more than a thousand crimes

Houston Forensic Artist Authenticates 'Billy the Kid' Photo

September 18, 2014 | by Heather Alexander, Houston Chronicle | Comments

Could there be a new photograph of Billy the Kid? Famed Houston forensic artist Lois Gibson says yes. Gibson has been called the most successful forensic artist in the country with her sketches of suspects credited with solving more than a thousand crimes.

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British Embassy officials arrive at the Forensic Police Institute to examine the condition of the bodies of two murdered British tourists in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and worker

Thailand Says No DNA Match Yet for Slain Britons

September 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area.             

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A remote hamlet on fertile Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river has been a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers. Earlier this month, forensic inve

Forensic Investigators Unearth Remains of Peru Massacre

September 18, 2014 2:13 pm | by Rodrigo ABD and Franklin Briceno, Associated Press | Comments

A remote hamlet on fertile Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river has been a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers. Earlier this month, forensic investigators began unearthing the remains of the nearly two dozen victims of the July 14, 1984, massacre.

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Columbus, Ohio, will upgrade technology to fix problems with how the Police Division’s crime lab processes DNA. The Columbus City Council has approved using $69,000 in federal grant money to purchase software that will better separate multiple sources of

Columbus, Ohio, Buying Software to Improve Crime DNA Analysis

September 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by Lucas Sullivan, Government Technology | Comments

Columbus, Ohio, will upgrade technology to fix problems with how the Police Division’s crime lab processes DNA. The Columbus City Council has approved using $69,000 in federal grant money to purchase software that will better separate multiple sources of DNA found at crime scenes.

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All four sessions of NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence ‘Familial DNA Searching’ panel series are now available online anytime. Watch the series to learn more about the technical protocols and software, legal challenges, and current policies f

Familial DNA Searching Panel Series Available On Demand

September 18, 2014 11:36 am | by NIJ | Comments

All four sessions of NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence ‘Familial DNA Searching’ panel series are now available online anytime. Watch the series to learn more about the technical protocols and software, legal challenges, and current policies for familial DNA searching. 

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services Division has announced the achievement of full operational capability of the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System. The FBI’s NGI System was developed to expand the Bureau’s b

FBI's Fully Operational Biometric ID System Replaces IAFIS

September 16, 2014 4:45 pm | by FBI | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services Division has announced the achievement of full operational capability of the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System. The FBI’s NGI System was developed to expand the Bureau’s biometric identification capabilities, ultimately replacing the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) in addition to adding new services and capabilities.

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Detecting Mismatched DNA

September 16, 2014 1:07 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations.

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NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a Technology Transition Workshop, “Crime Scene Solutions: Utility of 3D Scanning Technologies in the Investigation Process,” on October 28-29. The workshop will enhance forensic science practitione

Using 3D Scanning Technology at Crime Scenes

September 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by NIJ | Comments

NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a Technology Transition Workshop, “Crime Scene Solutions: Utility of 3D Scanning Technologies in the Investigation Process,” on October 28-29. The workshop will enhance forensic science practitioner’s knowledge of 3D crime scene scanning technologies, including strengths, limitations and implementation strategies. 

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A disputed bite-mark identification is at the center of an appeal that was filed Monday with the Mississippi Supreme Court. Eddie Lee Howard Jr., 61, has been on death row for two decades for the murder and rape of an 84-year-old woman, convicted largely

Mississippi Death Row Case Faults Bite-mark Forensics

September 16, 2014 9:39 am | by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times | Comments

A disputed bite-mark identification is at the center of an appeal that was filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court. Eddie Lee Howard Jr., 61, has been on death row for two decades for the murder and rape of an 84-year-old woman, convicted largely because of what many experts call a far-fetched match of his teeth to purported bite wounds, discerned only after the woman’s body had been buried and exhumed.

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Firefighters from two houses in SoHo rushed to Henry Street in Chinatown one June morning two years ago. Smoke filled a ground-floor apartment. Two women were inside, motionless. Both women had been fatally shot, their exit wounds not immediately visible

When Fighting Fires becomes Something Else

September 15, 2014 12:27 pm | by Michael Wilson, The New York Times | Comments

Firefighters from two houses in SoHo rushed to Henry Street in Chinatown one June morning two years ago. Smoke filled a ground-floor apartment. Two women were inside, motionless. Both women had been fatally shot, their exit wounds not immediately visible to their would-be rescuers. It is a rare, if age-old, turn of events in the city: A person found dead after a fire turns out to have been the victim of a homicide.

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The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West Virginia, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level. The lab has the potential to service over 800 agencies from all across the

Processing Evidence Requires Many Tests at WVa Lab

September 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by Wendy Holdren, Register-Herald | Comments

The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in West Virginia, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level. The lab has the potential to service over 800 agencies from all across the state.

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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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