Crime Lab

The complexity and number of shipping channels presents a significant security concern because of the expanding capability to disguise dangerous substances (including bombs) in normal postal packages.
by Andre Chambre, Founder and CEO, Air Science, LLC
3:20pm
12.13.2017
Manually managing an extensive repository of evidentiary DNA samples and small biological samples can be time-consuming, contributing to a slowdown in overall laboratory efficiency. This issue is compounded in forensic laboratories.
by Johann van Niekerk, Senior Sales Engineer, Hamilton Storage GmbH
3:09pm
12.13.2017
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Massachusetts prosecutors said Thursday that they will dismiss more than 6,000 convictions tied to a former chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she worked at a state drug lab for eight years.
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
11:02am
12.1.2017
New forensic technology created by scientists at Loughborough University will make it “impossible” for criminals to erase their fingerprints from crime scenes. The advanced detection technique, which allows investigators to take prints from...
by Loughborough University
10:14am
11.29.2017
The West Virginia Supreme Court last week affirmed a 2016 ruling that the former director of the West Virginia State Police forensic laboratory was not acting as a private citizen when she talked to legislators about issues at the lab in 2014.
by Lacie Pierson, Charleston Gazette-Mail
12:05pm
11.28.2017
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Helping to solve criminal cases, identify art forgery and catch food adulteration are the goals of a new research project using nuclear techniques. Experts from around the world met in Vienna last week to discuss the objectives of a new Coordinated...
by International Atomic Energy Agency
11:19am
11.28.2017
A U.K. Supreme Court judge has launched the first of a series of scientific guides for the judiciary. Lord Hughes has overseen a project to help the judiciary deal with scientific evidence in the courtroom. The first primers cover DNA fingerprinting...
by Pallab Ghosh, BBC News
11:14am
11.22.2017
More than 10,000 criminal cases may have been affected by alleged manipulation at a forensics lab that analyzed evidence of drug driving, violent crime, sexual offenses and unexplained deaths, it has been revealed.
by Lizzie Dearden, The Independent
10:37am
11.21.2017
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One of Mississippi's three medical examiners will be leaving after accepting a new job last week. That will leave the state with two medical examiners at a time, says Mississippi Forensics Laboratory Director Sam Howell, when Mississippi's homicide...
by Therese Apel, Clarion Ledger
12:15pm
11.20.2017
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 devices (IEDs)—even if the threat can never be fully eliminated because of the sheer number of...
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1:00pm
11.14.2017
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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 and spleen bacteria.
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12:39pm
11.13.2017
Professor Lorna Dawson helped to pioneer soil investigation techniques that allowed for a sample as small as grain of rice to be analyzed. This week she was awarded the Pride of Britain Award, presented by the Daily Mirror, in the Special...
by Patrick Lion, Daily Mirror
12:29pm
11.1.2017
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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 first responder technologies for terrorism. The lab would be eliminated in the proposed...
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10:47am
10.30.2017
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed thousands of cases that may have been impacted by compromised evidence at APD’s now-closed DNA lab.
by KXAN
12:43pm
10.20.2017
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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12:36pm
10.20.2017
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Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday ordered a closer examination of death row inmate Areli Escobar’s claims that shoddy work by the Austin police crime lab compromised evidence in his case.
by Chuck Lindell, American-Statesman
12:49pm
10.19.2017
The head of a state crime lab office was fired Monday after investigators found that staff withheld exculpatory evidence from defense lawyers in thousands of drunken-driving cases since 2011, a disclosure that could threaten many convictions.
by Aimee Ortiz and Maria Cramer, The Boston Globe
12:04pm
10.17.2017
Covert security tests of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s two campuses revealed potentially dangerous gaps, according to a new federal report released Wednesday.
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10:38am
10.12.2017
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According to preliminary estimates, more than 59,000 people under the age of 50 died last year due to some involvement with drugs. It could be heroin, cocaine, opioids or a variety of new fentanyls that hit the street seemingly every day. The drug...
8:00am
10.11.2017
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. The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) was...
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4:21pm
10.6.2017
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A major forensic partnership between two Florida institutions was announced Thursday, with promises of making a bigger impact beyond the Sunshine State. Florida International University and the National Forensic Science Technology Center announced...
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12:31pm
10.6.2017
The West Virginia Attorney General's Office has announced a $1 million transfer from its Consumer Protection Fund to the State Police Forensic Laboratory to help reduce the backlog of drug identification tests.
by Wendy Holdren, The Register-Herald
1:30pm
10.5.2017
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Twice in recent years, chemists used by the state of Massachusetts to test drugs in criminal cases committed massive misconduct in their testing, affecting tens of thousands of cases. And twice, prosecutors in Massachusetts failed to act promptly to...
by Tom Jackman, The Washington Post
12:31pm
10.4.2017
Industry and academia have teamed up to create the U.K.’s first animal forensic lab, and one of Britain’s most disturbing cases will be their first.
10:51am
9.29.2017
Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Director Mike Sparks is running for an east Alabama seat in the state Senate. Sparks announced last week he would run for the Republican nomination in Senate District 13, which is represented by Sen. Gerald...
by Mike Cason, AL.com
10:50am
9.26.2017
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A petition submitted Wednesday to the state’s highest court seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years.
by Associated Press
1:01pm
9.21.2017
A new forensic lab launched in central Somalia could transform how the Puntland state government handles cases of rape and gender-based violence, and possibly create a model for the rest of the country to follow.
by Neha Wadekar, Voice of America News
11:03am
9.18.2017
No mold has been detected inside the 520 rape kits sent out for testing since the Austin Police Department discovered a mold-like substance growing on 849 of their backlogged kits in April. But the crime lab saga is far from over.
by Sarah Marloff, The Austin Chronicle
11:48am
9.14.2017
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The challenge of tackling a rape kit backlog and the advantage of a new facility equipped with advanced technology have come together at the Unified State Laboratories in Utah, where forensic scientists are using robotics and automation to speed up...
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11:00am
9.12.2017
The Houston Forensic Science Center braced for Hurricane Harvey two weeks ago. Two hundred staff members pitched in, some lugging 500 pounds of dry ice in case of long-term loss of power and refrigeration, others unwinding 80,000 square feet of...
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2:22pm
9.8.2017
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The case of a man convicted of burglary based largely on forensic blood evidence destroyed by Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters went before New York state’s highest court on Thursday.
by Associated Press
10:04am
9.8.2017
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday suspended the director of the Forensic Science Laboratory for his allegedly "misleading and unconfirmed" report on the basis of which the State concluded that the suspicious white substance recovered from the...
by Omar Rashid, The Hindu
11:39am
9.6.2017
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In the aftermath of its lab’s closure, the Austin Police Department will now send a majority of its faulty DNA cases to the University of North Texas Health Science Center to determine if retesting must be done.
by Lisa Dreher, The Daily Texan
12:27pm
9.1.2017
NIST has issued a request for information seeking input on potential changes to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science. The request published last week in the Federal Register includes four concepts for OSAC 2.0 that...
by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
11:16am
8.31.2017
When radioactive material is intercepted at the border, officials need scientific support to determine what it is, if it's dangerous to first responders or the public, and if it's illegal to possess.
by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
11:31am
8.30.2017
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Death investigators accustomed to sending biological samples of the unnamed dead to the University of North Texas Health Science Center were stopped from doing so when the program froze for lack of federal funding. But now the money has been...
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10:22am
8.29.2017
Some forensic science—analysis of bite marks, latent fingerprints, firearms identification, burn patterns in arson investigations, footwear patterns and tire treads—was once considered sound, but is now being denounced by some lawyers and scientists...
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
9:28am
8.21.2017
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
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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
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
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