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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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Canadian Police Solve Fingerprinting Dilemma

November 26, 2014 6:01 am | Comments

When the Bank of Canada started making the switch a few years ago from paper currency to the smoother polymer bills, it touted the upgrade as a way to stay ahead of counterfeiters. But the change also meant that Canada's crime fighters had to come up with a new method for lifting fingerprints off of them since the traditional "wet chemistry" method used on the old paper bills no longer worked on the new ones.

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ME's Memoirs Debunk CSI Myths

November 26, 2014 5:49 am | Comments

Dr. Judy Melinek can’t watch “CSI,” “Bones” and the myriad other medical examiner (ME) shows that have exploded on to television, she writes in her new memoir, “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” (Scribner), which she penned, in part, to debunk myths about her profession. 

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A Silicon Valley startup says that police agencies were field testing its new product: a wireless sensor that transforms officers' weapons into smart guns with real-time telemetry.

DA Fitzpatrick Analyzes Ferguson Forensic Evidence

November 26, 2014 5:42 am | Comments

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick offered his analysis today on a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo. police officer in the death of an unarmed man, Michael Brown.

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The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court cleared for publication on Tuesday that police in the capital have arrested a murder suspect in a cold case from 1998, after DNA and other evidence reportedly link the man to the killing of teenager Noa Eyal 16 years ago.

ME in Ferguson Case Didn't Photograph Scene

November 26, 2014 5:00 am | Comments

Before the grand jury made the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing African-American teenager Michael Brown, they heard testimony from around 60 witnesses, including Wilson. Of those 60, three were medical examiners; many of the details known about the moments after Brown’s death came from the only examiner that witnessed the crime scene.

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Pushing Forward the Cutting Edge of Research

November 25, 2014 4:48 am | Comments

Since 2012, NIJ has issued six Challenges to scientists, inventors and innovators to help solve criminal justice problems. From developing a new way to test body armor to visualizing criminal justice data, these competitions are helping to bridge gaps between practitioners, researchers and technology companies.

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DNA Database Match Breaks Open Murder Case

November 25, 2014 4:33 am | Comments

Investigators revealed more information Friday morning about an arrest in the death of a 15-year-old Indianapolis girl. Dominique Allen was abducted in the early morning hours on Aug. 31 while she was sitting outside her sister’s home. She was then found strangled, her body burned.

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Researcher Aims for Faster, Cheaper DNA Sequencing

November 25, 2014 4:27 am | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice.

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Forensic Sketch Last Chance for PA John Doe

November 24, 2014 8:08 am | Comments

If a John Doe who died in the woods in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, two years ago eventually is identified, it might be because of one Arizona woman’s work. Catyana Falsetti, of Phoenix, last month created a detailed forensic sketch of what the man might have looked like using only his skull and an anthropologist’s report.

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Grant Supports Paint Sample Analysis Research

November 24, 2014 8:02 am | Comments

Oklahoma State University students are making a big difference in a national effort to identify criminals using a sample of automobile paint taken from a crime scene. OSU chemistry professor Barry K. Lavine was awarded a grant to continue his research of automobile paint samples to benefit forensic scientists

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WI Preps for Expanded DNA Testing

November 24, 2014 7:45 am | Comments

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has hired nearly twenty more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.  

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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.

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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