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

July 29, 2015 | 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: 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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This video from the 1960s shows the U.S. Army/CIA shows the importance of good pictures in forensic evidence. Does it have relevance to today?

1960s US Army CSI Shows Importance of Good Photography for Forensic Evidence

January 12, 2015 12:56 pm | by Ernie Austin, Associate Editor | Comments

This video from the 1960s shows the U.S. Army/CIA shows the importance of good pictures in forensic evidence. Does it have relevance to today?                               

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NIST Fellow and DNA expert John Butler describes his work in DNA forensic science, how NIST standards enable accurate DNA measurements to be made, how NIST methods helped ID victims of 9/11, how he got interested in forensics, and how NIST's role in DNA f

DNA Expert John Butler of NIST Unscripted

November 12, 2014 12:08 pm | by NIST | Comments

NIST Fellow and DNA expert John Butler describes his work in DNA forensic science, how NIST standards enable accurate DNA measurements to be made, how NIST methods helped ID victims of 9/11, how he got interested in forensics, and how NIST's role in DNA forensics is making a difference.

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Coalition-supported lab analyzes ballistics, fingerprints and other evidence.

Afghan Forensics Lab Assists Crime Fighting Efforts

September 16, 2014 12:22 pm | by Sgt. Adam Ross, DVIDS | Comments

Coalition-supported lab analyzes ballistics, fingerprints and other evidence.                                                 

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Today we’ll discuss the challenges of testifying as an expert witness. As you work a case you must assume that you will be called to testify at trial.

Talk Forensics - Expert Witness Testimony

July 28, 2014 8:33 am | Comments

Today we’ll discuss the challenges of testifying as an expert witness. As you work a case you must assume that you will be called to testify at trial.                             

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Talk Forensics - Investigations in the Cloud

July 14, 2014 8:55 am | Comments

The software and data for cloud applications are stored on servers owned by a third party and not local to the user. As such, they are not under the end user's control—a key requirement in traditional network forensics, where the examiner has either physical control over the network, or can take control by installing a piece of code on the computer to be examined.

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Virtual Autopsy: Inside the Skull of a Suicide Victim

July 2, 2014 9:52 am | Comments

By combining surface scans of the body with CT and MRI scans it is possible to work out what happened to a person without cutting them open. Plus: See inside the head of a man who died from a gunshot wound.                              

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