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.

Rapid DNA, a quickly-spreading technology that got a boost with federal legislation this summer, was what allowed the quick resolution of the murder of 35-year...
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11.22.2017
11:50am
A Tennessee sheriff, his deputy, and his uncle have now all been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a company they formed to sell e-cigarettes to...
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11.21.2017
11:51am
Charles Manson, the cult leader who directed an infamous 1969 crime spree and lived to an old age after California struck down its death penalty, died Sunday...
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11.20.2017
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International customs officials have a major challenge in preventing illegal sale of poachers’ spoils. Tests can take days, in which time the ill-gotten...
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11.20.2017
10:43am
An Australian team reports now that the human DNA samples pulled from blowfly feces is an overlooked source of forensic clues at some crime scenes.
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11.17.2017
2:22pm
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The NIST–Fraternal Order of Police Union, which represents the dozen officers at one of the NIST facilities that was breached during covert tests by the...
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11.16.2017
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A technology called scanning macro X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, or MA-XRF, has made impressive breakthroughs scanning through layers of paint on famous...
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11.15.2017
1:52pm
A new report by the National Academy of Sciences says more stringent regulations and oversight need to be imposed on the makings of improvised explosive...
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11.14.2017
1:00pm
A team from Alabama State University has taken a new tack on tracking the changes that death wreaks on human remains by looking inside a new target: the liver...
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11.13.2017
12:39pm
The Drug Enforcement Agency is attempting to assist prosecutors nationwide in their push against the opioid epidemic, by scheduling all fentanyl-related...
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11.10.2017
1:24pm
The top judge in New York has issued an order to all criminal judges: Remind prosecutors and defense attorneys of their professional obligations during the...
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11.9.2017
12:23pm
The abundant oil production ISIS assumed control over in their fanatical war of aggression quickly slowed to a trickle under their rule, according to satellite...
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11.8.2017
11:00am
An Italian team has refined a method of incorporating more factors into a GIS system, which could narrow searches for bodies further based on whether graves...
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11.7.2017
1:33pm
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Y-chromosome profiles should be used in criminal investigation and in prosecutions—but need to be presented with particular caution in front of juries—...
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11.6.2017
1:27pm
A new study looks into a crash involving a mother driving her four children to school—and concludes that familial murder-suicide by car could be an...
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11.3.2017
1:43pm
Some more missing pieces of the puzzle left by the long-dead “Chameleon” Killer who traveled across the country for decades are beginning to fall into place....
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11.2.2017
12:54pm
The man accused of ramming a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians in Manhattan on Tuesday, killing 8, was self-radicalized after identifying with the cause...
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11.1.2017
1:17pm
A new hybrid recipe makes a better ballistic gelatin, a team of scientists report. The mixture of gelatin, particles and fibers, shaped like organs and even...
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10.31.2017
11:41am
The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in New York City is run by the Department of Homeland Security and has become a hub of testing and developing...
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10.30.2017
10:47am
Crucial mitochondrial DNA evidence in the case of five men convicted in the killing and dismemberment of a woman in China has been scientifically refuted by an...
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10.27.2017
1:27pm
A three-stage investigation of keywords on Twitter can turn up illegal sales of opioids—potentially leading to illegal operations. The investigatory method was...
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10.26.2017
1:36pm
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The saga of Steven Avery’s murder conviction continues, 12 years after the brutal murder of freelance photographer Teresa Halbach. A new motion filed Monday by...
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10.25.2017
1:40pm
North Korea, currently engaged in a kind of nuclear standoff with the international community, could weaponize germs such as anthrax and smallpox just days...
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10.25.2017
11:08am
The two-week period after Nevada gun shows—among the least restrictive in the country—brings a 70-percent spike in gun violence in the areas within a drive...
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10.24.2017
12:51pm
A Massachusetts man who was behind bars for more than 30 years based on the flawed FBI analysis of a single hair has become the first person to have his...
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10.23.2017
12:12pm
Three years of the most serious criminal investigations in Connecticut show that forensic analysis of biological evidence, including DNA, has skyrocketed.
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10.20.2017
12:36pm
Statistics over the last decade point to a routine, if grim, reality: the rate of mass killings has remained completely steady. At the same time, it remains...
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10.19.2017
12:59pm
A 15-year-old walked out of her family’s Chicago home in the middle of the night two weeks ago. Kayleigh Green left behind her cellphone charger and case, and...
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10.18.2017
1:14pm
In Ohio, the rate of “hits” in CODIS from tested rape kits is higher than just about any other state. But a CODIS hit doesn’t mean detectives are immediately...
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10.17.2017
1:17pm
Familial searching, partial matching and lineage searches are in use in many states, and continue to gain ground, according to a series of papers produced for...
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10.16.2017
1:29pm
A new study by two statisticians at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) contends likelihood ratios should not be used in American...
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10.13.2017
11:51am
The image of a woman’s face, and a clip of her saying “you can’t play with this” in Vietnamese, were pulled from a child porn video. Now the hunt is on for “...
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10.12.2017
12:53pm
Covert security tests of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s two campuses revealed potentially dangerous gaps, according to a new federal...
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10.12.2017
10:38am
The California appellate court has ordered convicted murderer Florencio Jose Dominguez to be re-tried, or released—since the DNA mixture evidence presented at...
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10.11.2017
1:28pm
Battelle and its scientists unveiled the results of the first wide forensic science trials of next-generation DNA sequencing last week at the International...
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10.10.2017
12:29pm
About 1,000 human skulls collected from Africa during the era of colonialism will be investigated by German antiquities authorities. The “menschliche Uberreste...
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10.9.2017
11:15am
At the three-year mark the National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking input on its key initiative in establishing standards in forensic science...
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10.6.2017
4:21pm
A major forensic partnership between two Florida institutions was announced Thursday, with promises of making a bigger impact beyond the Sunshine State....
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10.6.2017
12:31pm
DNA mixtures comparison was a major topic of presentations yesterday at the annual International Symposium for Human Identification. The forensic analysis of...
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10.5.2017
1:19pm