Biometrics

New fingerprint technology that can profile a criminal's "lifestyle" could soon be admissible in U.K. court. It's capable of detecting traces of drugs, blood, alcohol, condom lubricants, hair and cleaning products and other substances “of forensic...
by Aatif Sulleyman, The Independent
11:22am
10.10.2017
Three Albuquerque Police Department forensic scientists have a daunting task—closely examine and match thousands of collected fingerprints to suspects in order to help solve crimes. At the Albuquerque Metropolitan Forensics Science Center, 6,000...
by Jen French, KOB4
10:32am
10.2.2017
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When a pedophile or rapist films their crime, professor Sue Black can track them down using nothing more than the veins, scars and other markings on their hands.
by Richard Benson, Wired UK
11:06am
9.22.2017
The price tag on the newly-announced iPhone X may have been the most mentioned aspect of the upcoming $1,000 device throughout the last week of social media buzz, but the feature getting the most attention in cybersecurity circles is Apple’s new...
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1:23pm
9.21.2017
Do you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is real or a fake? Michigan State University biometric expert Anil Jain and his team are working to answer these...
by Michigan State University
11:11am
9.21.2017
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"Decades of overstatement of latent print examiners” has led to unrealistically high expectations of judges and juries when it comes to the forensic science of fingerprinting, according to a new report by the American Association for the Advancement...
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12:16pm
9.15.2017
A U.S. citizen accused of abandoning his birth nation to fight for al-Qaida was to be put on trial Tuesday, a day after the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, in a case that hinges partly on fingerprints found on an unexploded bomb.
by Tom Hays, Associated Press
10:49am
9.12.2017
Facial recognition and identification is hard enough. Throw in suspects donning sunglasses, hats, scarves, wigs, glasses, etc., and it becomes a completely different animal. But researchers have proposed and tested a new platform that can achieve an...
12:35pm
9.11.2017
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Researchers from Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) have published a study in which individual faces and other physical traits were predicted using whole genome sequencing data and machine learning. The team predicted eye color, skin color and sex with...
by Human Longevity, Inc.
10:00am
9.6.2017
A pilot program partnering the FBI and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, began in February with a massive backlog of prints which had never before been examined by the FBI. Since then, a steady stream of “hits” from the...
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4:40pm
9.5.2017
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Surveillance camera footage can be a crucial piece of 21st century evidence. But sometimes its quality can be grainy and not give a clear impression of a perpetrator. But hand length, together with stride length and stature, could come together in a...
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12:09pm
8.28.2017
This week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University report that they have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process.
by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
11:34am
8.15.2017
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A pilot face scanning program is part of a decades-long push to more accurately identify people who overstay their visas and remain in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security believes that if officials can better track who has left...
by Ron Nixon, The New York Times
9:49am
8.4.2017
A woman with dementia who went missing in Florida was found by a police dog in a matter of minutes, having bottled her scent in advance. Citrus County Sheriff's Office said the anonymous woman had used a specialist scent preservation kit. It can...
by BBC News
10:30am
7.28.2017
A man who fled federal custody more than 25 years ago couldn't escape new-age crime fighting, thanks to facial recognition technology. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles said it nabbed 64-year-old Robert Frederick Nelson in June as he tried to...
by Sally Ho and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
12:21pm
7.13.2017
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A new paper out of the University of Minnesota argues neuroscientific evidence is the AFIS of today—with empirical studies on the subject rising and an overall trend toward more brain evidence in courts in the coming years.
12:05pm
6.22.2017
The latest two-step method of analyzing the chemical makeup of latent fingerprints would involve laser ablation, vacuum capture and mass spectrometry—a technique especially effective on porous surfaces like cardboard, according to Louisiana State...
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12:44pm
6.14.2017
The neurosciences and especially neurocriminology, whose methodologies are used in the courtroom to understand a defendant’s personality, play an important role in forensic sciences. Could this branch of science be essential in human exploration of...
by Vincenzo Lusa, JD, and Annarita Franza, Ph.D.
8:00am
6.6.2017
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For as long as an eyewitness’s ability to identify a suspect has been a cornerstone of the criminal justice system, so too have questions about humans’ facial recognition capabilities.
11:47am
5.31.2017
The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) is asking for public comment on three new standards. The data format for biometrics, the technique for comparing pieces of glass and a method to match pieces of tape are all...
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12:37pm
5.18.2017
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Fingerprints left at murder scenes in Scotland could soon be checked against a national biometrics database using a mobile phone under plans being considered by Police Scotland. The use of handheld devices in police forensic work is being looked at...
by Chris Marshall, The Scotsman
9:54am
5.1.2017
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has launched a challenge that pits security companies and research groups against each other, in a bid to build a device that accurately captures every part of a fingerprint.
by Matt Reynolds, New Scientist
11:08am
4.12.2017
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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 latest potential breakthrough was unveiled today at the national meeting of the American...
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12:42pm
4.4.2017
Last week, representatives from several government agencies, along with members of industry and society, appeared on a panel before the U.S. House Oversight Committee to explore the privacy issues that abound with the use of facial recognition...
12:10pm
3.27.2017
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—and can move small distances weeks after they are left on some surfaces, according to a new...
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12:38pm
3.23.2017
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 blood and saliva samples at crime scenes, according to a new series of experiments.
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2:45pm
3.22.2017
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