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.

The Florida state senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday issuing a formal apology to victims of abuse at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, which...
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4.26.2017
4:34pm
About 8,000 Nevada inmates are not in CODIS or other DNA databases, due to a loophole in Nevada law. These inmates were locked up before standard genetic...
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4.25.2017
5:02pm
Court fines, fees, surcharges and even the interest on unpaid penalties have been nickel-and-diming those arrested for crimes in the United States for decades...
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4.25.2017
11:53am
A Tennessee sheriff admitted to soliciting sex from inmates in his jail in exchange for cigarettes, extra visitation and trips out from behind bars, according...
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4.21.2017
4:46pm
While most unidentified bodies are meticulously added the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), only a fraction of people who disappear are...
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4.21.2017
11:53am
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An Ohio man pleaded guilty to circulating a “kill list” of U.S. military members—calling for jihadi violence on American soil. Terrence J. McNeil, 24, will...
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4.20.2017
12:26pm
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in January that all cases on which disgraced forensic scientist Annie Dookhan worked had to be reconsidered by April 18,...
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4.18.2017
12:20pm
A mix of high-tech analysis of genetic markers and a keen observation of a detective who jotted a suspicious license plate on his hand led right to a suspected...
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4.17.2017
12:38pm
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions disbanded the National Commission on Forensic Science earlier this week. But the “forensic overhaul” is still underway. The...
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4.13.2017
12:12pm
Smartphones are equipped with an ever-growing numbers of sensors, including light and motion detection. But some of the latest are so sensitive that outside...
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4.12.2017
12:21pm
In the largest heist in Connecticut history, five members of the "Cuban Mob" stole $60 million worth of pharmaceuticals from a warehouse. After a...
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4.11.2017
12:15pm
The National Commission on Forensic Science held its 13th and final meeting today, after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this morning that the...
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4.10.2017
11:59am
A new study suggests that Chicago’s recent spike in violence is not due to a “Ferguson Effect”—but is instead a product of the ready availability of handguns....
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4.7.2017
12:24pm
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Two teams of scientists at the University at Albany are developing novel new tests that are intended to assist investigators quicker. But they show a...
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4.6.2017
12:47pm
Over the course of two decades, New York City has locked up fewer people before trial, with pretrial admissions starting to tend toward more violent crimes....
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4.5.2017
12:49pm
A team at a national laboratory is working on identifying the proteins within shafts of hair, which may be a unique identifier similar to DNA itself. The...
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4.4.2017
12:42pm
Health professionals could provide more information to law enforcement, which would improve crime investigation and prevention, write two experts in The...
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4.3.2017
12:20pm
The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday to prevent a British company from acquiring a French competitor in the market for explosive...
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3.31.2017
12:09pm
The Centre for the Forensic Sciences at University College London wants to do more to explore the forefront of minute trace evidence—but they need new...
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3.30.2017
12:18pm
Chris Tapp was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for the rape and murder of 18-year-old Angie Dodge, brutally slain in her Idaho Falls apartment in 1996...
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3.29.2017
12:11pm
Familial searching is now an investigative option for criminal cases in New York, after a unanimous vote by a state forensic agency today. The approval follows...
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3.28.2017
11:42am
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Some countries allow searching of entire DNA information which allows police to look for genes coding what a person looks like, and where their ancestors came...
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3.27.2017
12:18pm
The terrorist who killed four outside the U.K. Parliament and injured dozens with a car and a knife was previously arrested for violent crimes, and went by...
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3.24.2017
12:27pm
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
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
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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
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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
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
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