Seth Augenstein
Senior Science Writer

Seth Augenstein is a reporter for Forensic and Laboratory Equipment magazines. He spent a decade as a reporter at New Jersey newspapers, most recently at The Star-Ledger. He has interviewed people at crime scenes, in prisons, from hospital bedsides, within operating rooms, inside laboratories, standing in flood waters, cringing outside four-alarm fires, and in many dirty kitchens and quiet living rooms. He has won numerous state press association awards for his work. He is also a fiction writer.

Thousands of drug cases in Massachusetts may have to be dismissed due to the criminal negligence of a drug analyst at a forensic laboratory. The analyst served...
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1.20.2017
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A recent study showed that viewers were 10 percent more likely to perceive the object in a black person's hand as a gun during systole - the phase of the...
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1.19.2017
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Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence officer who was convicted of leaking military and intelligence secrets to WikiLeaks, will be released early this year,...
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1.18.2017
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Three crime scene unit leaders from the NYPD have written a book titled "Crime Scene Unit Management: A Path Forward," recently published by...
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1.17.2017
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The flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people aboard. Nearly three years later, the joint...
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1.17.2017
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A clip-on tie is now a crucial new lead in the hunt for the infamous D.B. Cooper, the only successful skyjacker, who has eluded authorities for more than 45...
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1.16.2017
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Cellebrite, the Israel-based mobile and digital forensics giant, was itself a victim of a security information breach, the company announced today.
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1.12.2017
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Police officers feel their role is under attack in popular opinion – and they feel a very real danger while on the job, according to a new study by the Pew...
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1.12.2017
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Last month, the city of Detroit heralded a milestone: a massive 65,000-light LED replacement project is now complete. Intersections, major streets and even...
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1.11.2017
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The popular online classifieds site Backpage has removed all its adult content, despite successfully fighting criminal pimping charges against three of the...
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1.10.2017
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A hyper-sensitive microscope detecting chemicals down to a single micron could have a future use scanning crowds and baggage at airports and other high-...
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1.9.2017
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FBI examiners had presented scientifically-flawed hair-follicle analysis at criminal cases nationwide for multiple decades, occasionally resulting in innocent...
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1.6.2017
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A couple were gunned down by an intruder in their North Carolina home in the early hours of Feb. 4, 2012. The teenaged daughter had seen the hooded gunman,...
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1.5.2017
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Candice Bridge, a University of Central Florida chemist, is working on developing a new tool which could assess condom lubricants to help forensically connect...
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1.4.2017
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The middle-aged man lived a solitary life, working as a security guard on the night shift in the Pacific Northwest. Never married and with no children, for a...
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1.3.2017
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Detectives, forensic work, and unsolved crimes have led to some ratings-rich television and entertainment recently. But “Killing Fields” on Discovery Channel...
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12.30.2016
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A Maryland sheriff’s deputy was escorting a woman back to her home after a domestic incident early this morning when a man inside the house blasted him with a...
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12.29.2016
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Four men, work friends, had beers and vodka shots until late one November night in Arkansas at one of their homes. The next morning, the owner of the house...
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12.28.2016
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Humans continue to be better at facial recognition than machines – though the incredible ability to process minute visual data continues to perplex scientists.
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12.27.2016
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A forensic morgue technician at a New Jersey medical examiner’s office was arrested and charged with stealing a large wad of cash off a corpse this week.
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12.23.2016
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A series of extraction reports were leaked to reporters at the website ZDNet, and some were published online this morning.
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12.23.2016
10:02am
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A former Fort Worth cop who served 21 years in prison on a conviction of raping a 13-year-old girl was found not guilty in a whole new trial.
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12.22.2016
11:33am
A protein that is active in the reward pathway of healthy brains gets distorted and shortened in the brains of heroin addicts, according to new research.
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12.21.2016
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Two law enforcement agencies in the heart of Louisiana would detain people without probable cause for up to days at a time while detectives looked at criminal...
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12.20.2016
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Picture a crime scene, after a gun battle. The investigators find a bullet-riddled body, but the wounded killer is on the run, and time is everything to the...
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12.19.2016
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Six years ago this week, the search for a vanished prostitute along an isolated Long Island beach turned up skeletal remains. But it wasn’t who they were...
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12.16.2016
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DNA has been the “gold standard” in forensic science for two decades. It could get even better – in two weeks.
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12.15.2016
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A forensic analyst for the Oregon State Police who pleaded guilty in August to stealing drugs from evidence was sentenced to three years in prison by a federal...
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12.13.2016
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The trail of a killer who sexually assaulted and beat a young jogger to death on a Queens beach this summer has apparently gone cold. But a DNA technique that...
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12.13.2016
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The director of the Houston Forensic Science Center’s Crime Scene Unit was cleared of accusations he was intoxicated at a crime scene, and sexually harassed an...
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12.9.2016
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The child rapist would break into homes to steal children from their Ohio families. He left DNA evidence, but his profile didn’t show up in any of the local or...
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12.8.2016
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Each year, between 14,000 and 16,000 people are killed in the United States at the willful hand of another person. But those are just the ones that are known,...
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12.8.2016
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Women who report sexual assault at the hands of their intimate partners don’t always cooperate with the criminal investigation. Because of fears for personal...
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12.6.2016
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A sweeping cyberspace surveillance bill giving British police and investigators unprecedented access to personal information became law through royal assent in...
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12.5.2016
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Timothy Bridges was convicted of raping an elderly woman in 1991, based on two hairs found at the scene of the crime, and despite a bloody handprint on the...
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12.2.2016
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A dog’s nose is still the gold standard in olfactory detection. Canines have at least 10,000 times better sensitivity to trace smells than humans do, and they...
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12.1.2016
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Last week, a Florida man who was convicted of making child pornography and distributing it online was sentenced to 350 years in federal prison. It all began...
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11.30.2016
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Parabon NanoLabs, the company known for its advances in DNA phenotyping, is developing a software platform to bring together the latest breakthroughs, from...
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11.29.2016
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Amid a normal day of classes, the Ohio State University campus was thrown into chaos as an active-shooter situation led to panic and then a lockdown this...
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11.28.2016
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