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The Air Force Technical Applications Center will collaborate with the University of Texas at Austin to conduct research in the field of nuclear forensics. AFTAC and UTA will focus on analyzing short-lived radionuclides using gamma coincidence...
by U.S. Air Force
12:49pm
8.17.2017
In a first, the Director General (Legal and Technical) has asked the Forensic Science Laboratories (FSLs) across Maharashtra, India to keep a track of cases in which forensic evidence has been collected. This is to map the role of forensic evidence...
by Rashmi Rajpur, The Indian Express
11:40am
8.14.2017
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Several of the biggest forensic stakeholder groups said they looked forward to taking a bigger role in the “forensic overhaul” of the sciences that has been underway nearly a decade, after U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a...
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12:11pm
8.8.2017
The Justice Department is reviving work on federal standards for what forensic experts can say in court and plans to create a program to monitor the accuracy of forensic testimony.
by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
10:28am
8.7.2017
Detectives across the nation told Forensic Magazine earlier this year that a loss of funding to a program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center was severely impacting their ability to conduct investigations of unidentified remains....
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12:42pm
8.4.2017
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After outcry from local law enforcement and a request by Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Friday it would backtrack on its earlier plans to begin charging agencies for use of state crime labs.
by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune
10:54am
7.31.2017
The Texas Department of Public Safety notified local law enforcement agencies across the state Thursday afternoon that it will begin charging for forensic analysis at its crime labs in six weeks, a service that has long been provided for free.
by Jason Whitely, WFAA
10:17am
7.21.2017
Genetic material from workers who manufacture forensic tools, such as swabs, has the potential to contaminate crime scene evidence. The International Organization for Standardization put forth a standard last year to try and prevent such...
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11:46am
7.12.2017
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Acid phosphatase is an enzyme found in many bodily fluids—but in especially great amounts in semen. The results of a test for the enzyme will be included in the trial of accused murderer Lloyd Arbard Harris, despite efforts from the defense to have...
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12:10pm
7.10.2017
A chemist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has used her knowledge of canine chemical detection to develop the Mixed Odor Delivery Device (MODD), a safe, low cost and time effective way to train the canines on the odor of homemade explosives.
by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
11:31am
7.6.2017
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A chemist at the University at Albany and her team have a new solution to quickly profile insect eggs found at crime scenes: using direct analysis in real time with high resolution mass spectrometry (DART-HRMS) to identify amino acids in the eggs....
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12:15pm
7.5.2017
Forensic drug analysts have confirmed the emergence of yet another highly potent synthetic opioid on the drug market—this time it’s carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer. It’s the latest blow to those trying to fight the opioid epidemic sweeping the...
12:12pm
6.28.2017
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Police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people. In its most detailed briefing on the criminal investigation, the Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed...
by Danica Kirka, Associated Press
10:30am
6.23.2017
For years, investigators have relied on the Paint Data Query database to identify the make of a vehicle by matching the physical attributes, chemical composition and infrared spectrum of the paint, primers and clear coating layers. National...
by National Institute of Justice
10:31am
6.20.2017
When investigating a burglary, is it necessary to do a full comparison of dozens of latent prints left on a doorknob by the homeowner, their children and their friends? The Houston Forensic Science Center says there is a better way. They have found...
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1:22pm
6.16.2017
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Forensic scientists can sometimes feel like they are fighting a losing battle when it comes to drugs. The opioid crisis continues to grow, and drug manufacturers continue to stay a step ahead by slightly modifying the chemical structure of synthetic...
12:53pm
6.13.2017
Four major scientific organizations have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to institute an independent committee to look at the “scientific and technical gaps” in forensic science. Their letter, dated Friday, is in response to the Department of...
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10:38am
6.12.2017
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police forensic specialist from Ottawa testified several items he received from Regina police had blood on them. The prosecution says the three men currently on trial beat and robbed victim Shawn Douglas in August 2014....
by Christa Dao, Global News
10:17am
6.8.2017
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A Fort Detrick laboratory slated for closure has processed about 14,000 pieces of evidence in criminal investigations involving biological threats such as ricin and anthrax, the FBI confirmed this week. It’s the only laboratory in the country that...
by Danielle E. Gaines, The Frederick News-Post
9:04am
6.6.2017
The scientific look into disciplines from blood spatter to drug testing, from fingerprints and odontology to futuristic facial recognition, continues among the hundreds of experts within OSAC, basically all of whom are volunteers.
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2:55pm
6.5.2017
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The four locked steel boxes, each about the size of a coffin, were unusual enough to attract the attention of authorities as they were being shipped through Singapore in 2010. X-rays of the boxes revealed they contained elephant tusks, tightly...
by Jim Dawson
2:19pm
6.5.2017
Robotics will speed up the processing of DNA samples at the new Unified State Laboratory as Utah tries to cut through a backlog of rape kits, officials said at the lab's opening Thursday. Earlier this year, the legislature mandated the testing of...
by Tiffany Frandsen, The Salt Lake Tribune
11:50am
6.5.2017
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Tackling the problem of illegal logging is particularly challenging as it is often nearly impossible to tell where a piece of wood came from. Now, researchers in Oregon have developed a technique that uses the chemical fingerprint of a wood sample...
by Botanical Society of America
10:51am
6.2.2017
A stunning litany of problems uncovered at the Hospital for Sick Children’s Motherisk laboratory has prompted Ontario to launch a review of the oversight and accountability of its forensic labs. The Motherisk scandal has cast doubt over thousands of...
by Rachel Mendleson, The Toronto Star
10:57am
5.30.2017
Polish prosecutors who are investigating the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others have sent samples from the plane for laboratory tests in Britain to help them determine whether an explosion caused the disaster.
by Associated Press
10:07am
5.30.2017
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Defense lawyers are urging the courts to dismiss all cases related to the misconduct of Sonja Farak, the forensic chemist who stole from narcotics samples to feed her addiction, in a move similar to the resolution of cases related to another drug...
by Shawn Musgrave, The Boston Globe
12:12pm
5.23.2017
A crucial $1 million in funding from the federal National Institute of Justice was removed earlier this year, and state and local agencies can no longer get the free testing they have come to expect. Previously, investigators who had unknown bodies...
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12:44pm
5.19.2017
A forensic scientist at the Arizona state crime lab intentionally hid her backlog of cases for years, failed to test DNA submitted in 40 cases and kept evidence from those cases in her possession, according to a Department of Public Safety audit.
by Wendy Halloran and Elizabeth Wiley, KPNX
10:38am
5.18.2017
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A forensic analyst has conceded in the Western Cape High Court that it’s highly unlikely that hair found in the clenched fist of axe attack survivor, Marli van Breda, belongs to her brother Henri. Henri van Breda stands accused of murdering his...
by ENCA, South Africa
12:57pm
5.16.2017
Improvised explosive devices (IED) like pipe bombs are the weapon for choice for some terrorists and lone-wolf attackers who want to wreak havoc while keeping themselves out of harm’s way. The attacker gets a running start to escape even before the...
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12:27pm
5.16.2017
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The Department of Justice has asked for public comment on the state of forensic science in the United States, following the disbanding of the National Commission on Forensic Science in early April. One month remains for the public to make its...
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12:33pm
5.10.2017
Police fear scores of convictions, including in rape and murder cases, may face challenges because of the suspected manipulation of forensic test results at a private laboratory in Manchester. Two employees of the the lab are currently under...
by Vikram Dodd, The Guardian
10:49am
5.10.2017
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Possible errors in nearly 227 gunshot residue tests done in State Law Enforcement Division labs have caused the agency to launch a review of those tests, delaying some criminal prosecutions around the state and calling other cases into question.
by John Monk, The State
10:25am
5.8.2017
Baltimore has experienced its highest murder rate in history through the first four months of 2017—but authorities there are now receiving federal help in the form of a mobile gun-tracking van from the ATF.
12:24pm
5.3.2017
Fourteen analysts undergoing a crash course in DNA forensics at the National Forensic Science Technology Center in Florida could represent the beginning of a potential revolution in criminalistics in a group of Latin American countries: Honduras,...
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12:23pm
5.3.2017
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A Virginia sheriff is supporting a bid for freedom for Jens Soering, a German national convicted of the 1985 murders of his girlfriend’s parents in Bedford County. A new report from an expert requested by Soering’s lawyer questions the work done by...
by Frank Green, Richmond Times-Dispatch via The Roanoke Times
10:53am
5.3.2017
Handwriting experts in India say their role is getting tougher in the digital age. The experts who examine potential forgeries, as well as threat letters, suicide notes and other documents, say their practice has evolved to include the examination...
by Manoj Sharma, Hindustan Times
10:34am
5.1.2017
The Western Australia government is demanding answers after a man was wrongly convicted of a crime over a decade ago because of a DNA mix-up at state-run pathology service PathWest. The DNA analyzed apparently belonged to someone with the same name...
by Eliza Laschon, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
11:59am
4.27.2017
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A former state forensic scientist was sentenced Monday to spend up to life behind bars for sexually abusing two children. Michael Hepworth, 55, was given the maximum sentence for each of the five counts and will serve the sentences concurrently.
by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune
12:07pm
4.25.2017
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, 2017. The staggering load is 24,000 cases, according to some estimates.
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12:20pm
4.18.2017
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