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.

Latent fingerprints have been the most consistent identifier at crime scenes for a century, pre-dating DNA technology. But fingerprints are not set in stone—...
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3.23.2017
12:38pm
Changes accumulate in DNA expression over the course of a lifetime. The minute changes may have a forensic application, to determine the age of suspects from...
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3.22.2017
2:45pm
A 15-year-old Tennessee girl could be in danger, a week after she apparently disappeared with her 50-year-old teacher. An Amber Alert is still in effect for...
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3.21.2017
1:22pm
The FBI is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, FBI Director James Comey told Congress today. Comey also said...
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3.20.2017
11:38am
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences achieved two major milestones this month: opening a massive $75 million facility which was a decade in the...
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3.17.2017
12:54pm
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A project at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is racing against time to preserve decaying films of Cold War atomic blasts—and they’re finding that...
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3.17.2017
10:57am
A new set of filters improving the ability to comb through terabytes of data and hundreds of thousands of hours of video is now under development by computer...
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3.16.2017
12:00pm
Brain imaging can show whether someone is knowingly committing a crime, or recklessly flouting the law, according to an experimental new study. The results...
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3.13.2017
4:13pm
Executed murderers and those convicted of indecent exposure are not in the DNA databases in Washington state—but a new bill proposes to add them. The bill,...
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3.10.2017
4:58pm
A kind of memory contamination can emerge from combining questions and mugshots, according to a social experiment by researchers. By encountering pictures of...
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3.9.2017
12:30pm
A psychologist in the Jacksonville area has been arrested for the 1994 murder of a teenager—and federal authorities are looking for other potential victims....
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3.8.2017
11:59am
An upgrade of the fingerprint technology at a Florida sheriff’s office has led to an arrest in a rape that went unsolved for 25 years. The new MorphoBIS system...
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3.7.2017
12:02pm
A joint in the pelvic area known as the pubic symphysis has been used as a good bone clock of sorts, since it is mostly immovable, and not subject to human...
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3.6.2017
12:45pm
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A U.S. Secret Service officer who had been assigned to the White House pleaded guilty to two federal counts related to sexting a minor, authorities announced....
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3.3.2017
11:59am
Middle school principal Adam Kennedy's body will be the first donated to the Florida Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactical Training'...
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2.28.2017
12:41pm
An accredited forensic document examiners’ association has filed a libel suit over a law journal article which it says defamed its members’ professionalism....
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2.27.2017
12:23pm
The Amazon Echo voice-responsive device in the home where a body was found floating in a hot tub may be a potential witness to the homicide. But Amazon has...
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2.24.2017
12:13pm
As the search for the killer of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and her friend Liberty German, 14, continues, authorities have publicly released one of their key...
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2.23.2017
11:44am
The National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) is the first federal agency to weigh in on the direction of the “forensic overhaul” in the Trump era. The...
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2.22.2017
12:03pm
The San Diego Police Department is keeping its own database of local juveniles’ DNA, separate from repositories at the state and federal level. An ACLU lawsuit...
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2.21.2017
12:11pm
A National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reconstruction of the face of an unidentified teen, who committed suicide in the woods of western North...
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2.17.2017
3:55pm
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The search for flight MH370, still missing for nearly three years, was called off last month by investigators from multiple countries. Now, the forensic...
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2.16.2017
12:39pm
Emails stored on servers beyond U.S. borders are still subject to searches domestically, according to a recent court decision. The federal magistrate sided...
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2.15.2017
12:27pm
Retiring Captain Roxane Gruenheid of the Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California recalls her role in bringing "chameleon" killer Lawrence Vanner...
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2.13.2017
5:17pm
The new administration of President Donald Trump should focus the pledge to “restore safety in America” on key, proven policies to focus law enforcement’s...
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2.13.2017
12:36pm
President Donald Trump told law enforcement officials during meetings this week that he would support them with resources from the federal government, crack...
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2.9.2017
12:15pm
A $90 million crime lab was built in 2012 with the promise of improving forensic services throughout Alaska. However, a newly released audit finds that no...
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2.8.2017
12:32pm
A little girl named Lisa had been abandoned in 1986 at an RV park by a drifter. The man who abandoned her was later arrested for killing and dismembering a...
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2.7.2017
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Two men who served decades behind bars for a brutal 1989 gang rape have both been released and exonerated, based on complex DNA mixture interpretation. The...
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2.6.2017
12:33pm
A Brooklyn man has been arrested and charged in the brutal death of a young female jogger on a Queens beach last summer. Chanel R. Lewis, 20, was charged with...
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2.6.2017
10:59am
Two months after her abandoned car was found on a bridge on the Jersey Shore, 19-year-old Sarah Stern has still not been found. But now two of her associates...
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2.3.2017
12:43pm
A year ago, it would take an average of 110 days to process a cellphone or other digital evidence at the Houston Forensic Science Center. Now that average has...
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2.2.2017
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A 23-year-old Florida man whose radicalization and allegiance to the Islamic State was discovered through Facebook was convicted by a federal jury of plotting...
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2.1.2017
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Alcohol abuse and firearm violence have been linked in a long list of academic and population studies. But a new study links DUI offenses with later violent...
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1.31.2017
11:54am
South Dakota recently finished testing all the rape kits in a backlog of unexamined evidence accumulated over years, but this success is only part of the...
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1.30.2017
11:53am
The Bear Brook Murders, one of the most infamous cold cases in American history, was broken open today by investigators. But in a strange twist, they have the...
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1.26.2017
1:08pm
The Netherlands is about to break ground for the first time in Europe. A parcel of land that is 500 square meters will be the site of shallow burials of bodies...
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1.25.2017
4:17pm
“American carnage” plagues our cities – and will be stopped, President Donald Trump announced during his inauguration speech last Friday. This week, he took to...
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1.25.2017
11:49am
South Dakota announced earlier this month they have eliminated their rape kit backlog of 504 untested kits from years past. About half – 254 kits – yielded...
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1.23.2017
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