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Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels.

Investigators Reach Ukraine Jet Wreckage Site

July 31, 2014 | by Mstyslav Chernov, Associated Press | Comments

Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels. For the families of the victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still rotting in the fields and building a case against those who perpetrated the tragedy.

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Rebecca Myers’ toxicology results will be included in her upcoming trial. In a written ruling, Judge James DeWeese denied Myers’ motion to have the toxicology results — which show she was driving with marijuana metabolites in her system — thrown out of th

Judge OKs Toxicology Evidence in Fatal Hit-skip Case

July 31, 2014 12:51 pm | by Kaitlin Durbin, Mansfield News Journal | Comments

Rebecca Myers’ toxicology results will be included in her upcoming trial. In a written ruling, Judge James DeWeese denied Myers’ motion to have the toxicology results — which show she was driving with marijuana metabolites in her system — thrown out of the case.

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Often found at the scenes of violent crimes, the analysis of bloodstains can provide vital clues as to the occurrence of events. Though bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) can be a subjective area of study at times and often reliant on the experience of the

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

July 31, 2014 11:23 am | by Forensic Science Central | Comments

Though bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) can be a subjective area of study at times and often reliant on the experience of the investigator, the idea that blood will obey certain laws of physics enables the examination of blood at an incident scene and on items of evidence to offer at least an insight into what was likely to have occurred.

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A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibration "s

Enhanced NIST Instrument Enables High-speed Chemical Imaging of Tissues

July 31, 2014 11:04 am | by NIST | Comments

A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibration "signatures." The new NIST technique is an advanced form of the widely used spontaneous Raman spectroscopy, 

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Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of t

Clashes Prevent Forensic Experts from Reaching Bodies

July 30, 2014 4:19 pm | by Dmitry Lovetsky, Associated Press | Comments

Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels has kept away international police charged with securing the site.

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FARO Technologies Acquires The CAD Zone

July 30, 2014 2:43 pm | FARO Technologies, Inc. | Comments

FARO Technologies, Inc., known for its 3D measurement, imaging, and realization technology, has acquired The CAD Zone, Inc., a software provider in the law enforcement accident and crime scene reconstruction market. CAD Zone's point cloud software application will be integrated with FARO's laser scanning technology to provide turnkey solutions for crime scene and other forensic applications.

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Federal Review Stalled after Finding Forensic Errors by FBI Lab Unit Spanned Two Decades

July 30, 2014 12:50 pm | by Spencer Hsu, The Washington Post | Comments

Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.     

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A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation on Tuesday, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.

Man Wrongly Imprisoned Seeks Millions from State

July 30, 2014 12:40 pm | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | Comments

A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in prison.         

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Criminals don't just have to worry about their own fingerprints these days: because of a young forensic scientist at The University of Western Australia, they should also be very concerned about their bullets' unique "fingerprints."

Bullet 'Fingerprints' to Help Solve Crimes

July 30, 2014 12:32 pm | by Univ. of Western Australia | Comments

Criminals don't just have to worry about their own fingerprints these days: because of a young forensic scientist at The University of Western Australia, they should also be very concerned about their bullets' unique "fingerprints."     

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The Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory, in collaboration with SomaLogic, Inc. (Boulder, Colorado), have developed a DNA aptamer-based system for sperm cell binding, isolation and purification for DNA analysis in sexual assault cases.

Sperm Capture Using Aptamer-based Technology

July 30, 2014 12:18 pm | by Evaldas Katilius, Glenn Sanders, Andrew Carmel, Larry Gold, and Greggory LaBerge, NIJ | Comments

The Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory, in collaboration with SomaLogic, Inc. (Boulder, Colorado), have developed a DNA aptamer-based system for sperm cell binding, isolation and purification for DNA analysis in sexual assault cases.   

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Distraught Australian relatives of Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims have been asked to provide intimate information about their smallest loved ones, at a time when their grief is most raw.

Youngest Victims of MH17 the Hardest to Identify

July 29, 2014 2:47 pm | by News.com.au | Comments

Distraught Australian relatives of Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims have been asked to provide intimate information about their smallest loved ones, at a time when their grief is most raw. Because many of the victims on the doomed July 17 flight were children, police and health workers visiting relatives around the world have asked for treasured children’s finger paintings or other items that may contain prints such as baby bottles. 

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Scottsbluff police have been joined by a Philadelphia-based crime-solving organization to find out who killed a 40-year-old Nebraska man nearly 6½ years ago.

Crime-solving Group Helps with 2008 Cold Case

July 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Scottsbluff, Nebraska police have been joined by a Philadelphia-based crime-solving organization to find out who killed a 40-year-old Nebraska man nearly 6½ years ago.                       

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Division of Forensic Science Struggles to Get Going

July 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by Sean O’Sullivan, The News Journal | Comments

Delaware's crime lab still isn't fully operational more than a month after the General Assembly eliminated the office of chief medical examiner and nearly a month after state officials fired Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Richard T. Callery.   

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This study demonstrated the feasibility of full‐length genome sequence production from individuals infected with HIV using next‐generation sequencing technologies and phylogenomic analysis.

Progress Towards Developing the 'Pathogen Toolkit'

July 29, 2014 12:07 pm | by Priyanka Kshatriya, Vinson Doyle, Bradley Nelson, Xiang Qin, John Anderson, Jeremy Brown, and Michael Metzker, NIJ | Comments

This study demonstrated the feasibility of full‐length genome sequence production from individuals infected with HIV using next‐generation sequencing technologies and phylogenomic analysis.                 

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No longer will police in York County, South Carolina have to wait several   months to a year for a speck of saliva to match a burglary suspect or a blood stain to uncover the identity of a wanted killer.

DNA Lab Gets Help to Ease Backlog of Cases

July 28, 2014 2:47 pm | by Jonathan McFadden, Herald Online | Comments

No longer will police in York County, South Carolina have to wait several months to a year for a speck of saliva to match a burglary suspect or a blood stain to uncover the identity of a wanted killer.             

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Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead.

Forensics Experts Prepare to ID Air Algerie Victims

July 28, 2014 2:34 pm | by Baba Ahmed, Associated Press | Comments

Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead.   

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