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In the Public Eye: Finding Fingerprints on Firearms is Actually Very Rare

September 2, 2015 | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

The trigger of a handgun seems like a really logical place to find a fingerprint, right? Actually, experts say that the chances of finding a latent print on a gun can be as low as five percent. 

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In the Public Eye: The Debbie Smith Act

August 12, 2015 1:31 pm | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

Debbie Smith, the namesake of a 2004 federal act that provides states and  local government money to conduct DNA analyses of backlogged samples collected from victims of crimes and criminal offenders, recently told Forensic Magazine in an exclusive interview that the end of the rape kit backlog could be in sight. 

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In the Public Eye: Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?

August 5, 2015 11:34 am | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

In 1943, a group of young boys discovered a human skull in an old Elm tree. When police searched further, they recovered almost a complete skeleton, clothing and shoes. Six months later, graffiti appeared around the town asking "Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?" From that time on, the skeleton was called Bella, and the public's imagination went wild with theories.

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In the Public Eye: Forensic Facial Imaging and the Case of "Baby Doe"

July 29, 2015 11:32 am | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

Fifty-three million people have seen the computer-generated image of “Baby Doe” – the name given to the young girl whose remains were found on a beach near Boston three weeks ago. Since the image hit social media, thousands of leads have poured in to investigators.

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In the Public Eye: Amelia Earhart's Final Photo Shoot

July 22, 2015 12:35 pm | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

A new video has surfaced that some believe might hold clues to finally finding out where Earhart's final voyage came to rest over 75 years ago in the South Pacific.

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The Body Farm: A National Geographic Inside Look

July 21, 2015 12:37 pm | by Sean Allocca, Editor | Comments

This video from National Geographic gives viewers an inside look at a body farm at the Univ. of Tenn., and what researchers are learning about the macabre, but essential, study of human decay.

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In the Public Eye: Could a Shoeprint Really Catch a Kidnapper?

July 9, 2015 2:15 pm | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

In the season finale of "Elementary" two identical shoe prints found at two different crime scenes eventually help Holmes find the real criminal. But is this sort of deduction really able to catch a kidnapper?

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In the Public Eye: FBI’s Fairytale Hair Evidence and the Real-Life Consequences

July 7, 2015 10:03 am | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

Back in April, the Department of Justice along with the FBI have identified 2,500 cases for review after finding that experts on its microscopic hair comparison unit overstated evidence concerning pattern-based forensic techniques in 95 percent of the 268 cases reviewed so far. Unfortunately, the cases involved 46 states and include 32 defendants that were sentenced to death, of which, 14 have already been executed or died behind bars.

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In the Public Eye: Why Testing the Rape Kit Backlog Works

June 24, 2015 4:12 pm | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

Dwayne Wilson was sentenced to life last week in Ohio after his DNA matched rape kit evidence relating to assaults on four women in Cleveland in the 1990s. Wilson, who the judge called “the worst of the worst,” was about to be released from prison when evidence from a 20-year-old rape kit kept the serial pedophile behind bars.

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In the Public Eye: What's Wrong With DC's $220M Crime Lab?

June 23, 2015 10:26 am | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

The D.C. Consolidated Forensic Laboratory, with its shiny solar-shading panels and green roof, was a model of sustainability and efficiency when it opened with LEED Platinum certification in 2012. But only five months later, cracks in its green-glass façade had quickly appeared. 

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In the Public Eye: Kathy Reichs is More Than Just 'Bones'

June 18, 2015 2:38 pm | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

Producer of "Bones" Kathy Reichs has had great success writing a series of novels about forensic science that has been turned into one of the most successful crime procedural dramas on television today. In this episode, learn more about the scientists turned author, and why Kathy Reichs is more than just "Bones." 

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In the Public Eye: James Patterson’s “Private Down Under”

June 16, 2015 11:51 am | by Forensic Magazine | Comments

In this episode, learn more about the newest mobile x-ray technology that is already on crime scenes around the country, and what futuristic technology Sci-fi authors like James Patterson are already writing about. 

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A Closer Look: The Consolidated Forensic Laboratory

June 2, 2015 9:42 am | Comments

The $220 million facility has a 20,000-gallon cistern to collect greywater, and panes on the façade that aren’t solar panels like most people think, but are connected to a small weather station on the roof.

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On Friday, the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection was held at Stanford university.

White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

February 13, 2015 4:28 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

On Friday, the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection was held at Stanford university.

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 During her TEDxVictoria talk, Social psychologist Elizabeth Brimacombe explains how social influence can change eyewitness testimony - and how it can affect anyone.

Social Influence of Eyewitness Testimony

January 30, 2015 8:17 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

During her TEDxVictoria talk, Social psychologist Elizabeth Brimacombe explains how social influence can change eyewitness testimony — and how it can affect anyone.                         

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Bruce Schneier Talks to Edward Snowden about Encryption

January 27, 2015 11:30 am | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

Bruce Schneier recently talked with Edward Snowden, who spoke using video chat from 4,500 miles away in Moscow, before an audience at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences about encryption.             

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