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- Detecting Organic Constituents of Gunshot Residue
Organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis may improve the reliability of determining whether a suspect has discharged a firearm because OGSR materials are less likely to be contaminated by the environment. A new In Brief from NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence examines how ion mobility spectrometry and mass spectrometry can be used to detect OGSR...
National Institute of Justice - July 22, 2015
- Better DNA hair analysis for catching criminals
A simple, lower-cost new method for DNA profiling of human hairs developed by the University of Adelaide should improve opportunities to link criminals to serious crimes. The researchers have modified existing laboratory methods and been able to produce accurate DNA profiles from trace amounts at a much higher success rate.
NewsMaker - July 16, 2015
- Forensic spray glue might help police preserve remains and identify fatal burns victims
A researcher hopes a spray glue developed in South Australia will become part of the forensic kits of police investigators across Australia...
ABC News - July 9, 2015
- Pressure BioSciences' PCT Platform Results in a Promising New Method for Improved Extraction of DNA from Rape Kits and other Forensic Samples
For years, biological samples for forensic analysis (e.g., body fluids) have been collected using cotton swabs. Unfortunately, sample recovery (e.g., cells, DNA) from these swabs can be cumbersome, time-consuming, difficult, and expensive. Often the biological sample is trapped in the swab's cotton fibers, resulting in a loss of precious evidence.
PRNewswire - July 7, 2015
- Scientists Specifying Time of Death with Muscle Proteins and Blood Color
Timing is everything. Especially in a homicide investigation. But the time of death after 36 hours can be difficult to pin down, owing to decomposition and other limiting physical factors. Now scientists are trying to use science to attempt to give detectives more-detailed timelines in death investigations.
Forensic Magazine - by Seth Augenstein - July 2, 2015
- In the future, DNA could put a face to the crime
Irish geneticist Dr Susan Walsh has received more than €900,000 from the US Department of Justice to develop tests to get a picture of physical appearance from DNA. If forensic investigators cannot find a match for DNA found at a crime scene, the DNA profile can end up sitting in a computer or in a frozen sample. But DNA has almost everything needed to give some clues about physical appearance.
Irish Times - by Anthony King - July 2, 2015
- Research shows fingerprint accuracy stays the same over time
Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, there has been little scientific research to prove this claim to be true. As such, there have been repeated challenges to the admissibility of fingerprint evidence in courts of law.
PHYS.ORG - June 29, 2015
- Using the Right Rubber for the Job
Rubber compounds are widely used to mould and produce copies of textured surfaces for scientific analysis, but so far little research has been done to establish which rubbers make the most reliable copies.
Fotrensic Magazine - by University of Leicester - June 24, 2015
- Sarasota County detectives extract fingerprint from photograph of hand
They found a photograph of a hand, and they were able to extract and identify the fingerprint. Detectives say as far as they know, this has never been done before.
NBC News - by John Rogers - June 22, 2015
- QIAGEN Launches New Genetic Fingerprinting Kits for U.S. Forensic Labs
The new genetic fingerprint kits provide an integrated solution to simultaneously analyze multiple key genomic markers (short tandem repeats or STRs) for DNA matching. They incorporate the Investigator® Quality Sensor to evaluate the quality of DNA in each sample, a novel QIAGEN technology that enables labs to decide quickly which evidence may provide valuable results - solving cases while saving time and money...
PRNewswire - June 17, 2015
- Dutch Develop Computer Forensics App For Botnet Investigations
The Netherlands Forensic Institute is working on a Linux-based forensic operating system that will enable the police to secure and remotely analyze evidence related to botnets...
NL Times - by Janene Van Jaarsveldt - June 13, 2015
- A botanical & ecological perspective on a crime scene
...A forensic botanist will study trace evidence (very small pieces of evidence left at a crime scene or on remains) that may be used to identify or link a suspect to a crime. This evidence cannot bring about a conviction on its own, but may be very useful to corroborate other evidence...
parrysound.com - By Cathy Scissons - June 12, 2015
- These 6 'Body Farms' Help Forensic Anthropologists Learn To Solve Crimes
At these labs, scientists primarily study the process of human decomposition using donated bodies. While the general process of decomp is biologically universal, the rate of it is significantly affected by variables like temperature and humidity...
Forbes - by Kristina Killgrove - June 10, 2015
- NIST Workshop Considers Ways to Improve Tattoo Recognition
An international group of experts from industry, academia and government gathered today at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to discuss challenges and potential approaches to automated tattoo recognition, which could assist law enforcement in the identification of criminals and victims. One in five American adults sport a tattoo, and among the criminal population, that number is much higher...
National Institute of Standards and Technology - June 8, 2015
- Magneto-Optical Sensors Bring Obliterated Serial Numbers Back to Life
In the firearms section of the Johnson County Sherriff's Office Criminalistics Laboratory, located southwest of Kansas City, Kan., firearms expert Jason Butell has spent many hours over the past two years destroying serial numbers on firearms and then trying to recover and read them.
National Institute of Justice - by Jim Dawson - May, 2015
- Iowa State to be home to a new, $20 million national center for forensic science
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a five-year, up to $20 million grant to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence to be based at Iowa State University...
EurekAlert - May 26, 2015
- A Brand New Mobile Forensic Breakthrough
Susteen Inc. is proud to announce their brand new mobile forensic pincode breaking software for law enforcement. The Secure View Strike is capable of acquiring 6 digit pincode/passcodes on the most popular phones on the market...
PRWeb - May 22, 2015
- Forensic photography, through a medical lens
A series of forensic photographs can be a window back in time — and crucial in criminal investigations. Jennifer Schindell, a nurse, Benton County chief deputy medical examiner and a masters student in medical anthropology and physiology, was at the Bend Police Department on Thursday to train about 30 local law enforcement, nurses and child welfare officials in basics of forensic photography.
The Bulletin - By Claire Withycombe - May 22, 2015
- 3D Software Eliminates False Positives in Cartridge Case Comparisons
Despite the importance of tool mark analysis in the forensic sciences, the imaging and comparison of tool marks remains a difficult and time-consuming endeavor. Cartridge case comparison is based on the observation that microscopic firearm imperfections can be transferred to a fired cartridge case...
National Institute of Justice - by Ryan Lilien - May 14, 2015
- Bacteria on shoes could help forensic teams catch suspects
Prospective criminals should take note: bacteria are everywhere. A small pilot study has shown that the germs on personal belongings such as shoes and mobile phones are actually a useful way of tracing a person’s whereabouts – something that may prove useful in forensic investigations.
The Conversation - by Stefano Vanin - May 13, 2015
- Microbial Variation, Stability Hint at Potential Forensic Uses for Human Microbiome
A study published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests microbial communities found on or in some sites in an individual's body can be used as fingerprint-like identifiers.
GenomeWeb - May 12, 2015
- M-Vac is sucking up DNA evidence needed to catch criminals
After a crime is committed, the search for justice can be frustrating and often devastating for victims. Now, a new forensics tool developed and produced in Utah is helping investigators crack cases that might have gone unsolved and unpunished.
KSL Broadcasting - by Sandra Olney - May 11, 2015
- Skull Fracture 'Prints' May Help Forensic Scientists Solve Child Abuse Cases
It’s not always easy to determine whether a hurt child is suffering from a simple accident or abuse. Now, Michigan State University scientists have discovered the ways in which a skull fracture may leave behind a highly distinctive signature, much like fingers leave behind their ‘print’...
Medical Daily - By Susan Scutti - May 8, 2015
- Legal Issues with Cloud Forensics
Unlike traditional digital forensics, cloud forensics presents a unique challenge due to the omnipresent nature of “the cloud.” Many of these challenges are legal and can be overcome by planning NIST defines the cloud as...
Forensic Magazine - by David Wilson - May 7, 2015
- Arizona Department of Public Safety is First NDIS Lab to Upload DNA Profiles to National Database Utilizing Rapid DNA
IntegenX announced today that the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Laboratory is using Rapid DNA technology to test DNA from qualifying arrestees for upload to the national DNA database. This capability streamlines the current process of DNA profile hit-matching against crime scene evidence, to...
Business Wire - May 5, 2015
- Solving Crimes With Pollen, One Grain Of Evidence At A Time
Dallas Mildenhall, a white-haired scientist in his 70s, is a forensic palynologist – a pollen and spores expert who helps solve crimes. One of only a handful of such experts in the world, he has helped solve cases of murder, arson and art forgery all over the globe...
npr.org - April 25, 2015
- LIMS vs QMS: What Are They and Do I Need Both?
So what is a LIMS and a QMS? If I run a laboratory, do I need one of these or do I need both? Let us start with a description of the two systems. A LIMS is a Laboratory Information Management System...
Forensic Magazine - by Juliann Poff - April 24, 2015
- Crime scene discovery—separating the DNA of identical twins
Since its first use in the 1980s - a breakthrough dramatised in recent ITV series Code of a Killer - DNA profiling has been a vital tool for forensic investigators. Now researchers at the University of Huddersfield have solved one of its few limitations by successfully testing a technique for distinguishing between the DNA - or genetic fingerprint - of identical twins.
PHYS.ORG - April 23, 2015
- The Maps Within: Using Viruses in Forensic Biology
...There are, of course, certain events that can pose enormous challenges in identifying the deceased. The huge scope of mass casualty events such as wars, terrorist attacks, and environmental disasters can eclipse the capacities of forensic scientists...
Discover Magazine - By Rebecca Kreston - April 19, 2015
- The Impact of Forensic Science Research and Development
In crime labs across the United States, scientists and technicians are being armed with increasingly sophisticated technologies that they can use to help bring criminals to justice and prevent the innocent from going to prison. Innovations from forensic science research and development (R&D) are bringing new techniques to crime solving and increasing the reliability and efficiency of forensic testing.
National Institute of Justice - April, 2015
- Forensics look to Pinpoint Gender and Ethnicity from Hair
Lily Huang, a four-year Master’s student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, is on the job. For her thesis, Huang wanted to do something in the field of forensic analysis and she had the idea to analyze hair for gender and for ethnicity...
officer.com - BY SARA SCULLIN - April 15, 2015
- Researchers Can Trace Dust Samples Using Fungal DNA
The primary goal of the research was to develop a new forensic biology tool for law enforcement or archaeologists.
NC State News - April 15, 2015
- Simple Pressure and Vacuum Switch Technology Helps Collect Crucial DNA Evidence
For many years, DNA data has played a crucial role in solving crimes. Traditionally, forensic departments have taken sample collections by using swabs. However, this has not always been the optimum solution for collecting micro-particles from rough, porous or smooth surfaces.
PRWeb - April 14, 2015
- A Comparative Study of Email Forensic Tools
this paper, we examine a set of common features to compare and contrast five popular open source email forensic tools. The study finds that all email forensic tools are not similar, offer diverse types of facility. By combining analysis tools, it may be possible to gain detailed information in the area of email forensic.
Scientific Research Publishing Inc. - by Vamshee Krishna Devendran, Hossain Shahriar, and Victor Clincy - April 10, 2015
- Forensic Spotlight - Next Generation Identification
The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division took biometric identification to the next level when the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System—now the FBI’s largest information technology system—became fully operational...
FBI.GOV - By C. Michael Riley - April 8, 2015
- TBI offering free training for some students studying criminal justice, forensic science
College students interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice or forensic science can get hands-on experience through a new training program being offered by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Daily Journal - April 6, 2015
- New DNA technique means pointing the finger at the right identical twin just got easier
DNA profiling (or genetic fingerprinting) has proved a revolutionary tool for forensic investigators as a means to identify potential suspects, exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty. But, like any forensic technique, it has its limitations. One limitation is in cases involving identical twins, something that has raised technical, legal and ethical problems – until now.
The Conversation - by Graham Williams - April 2, 2015
- IUPUI chemist earns grant to improve drug screening in forensics
IUPUI analytical chemist Nicholas E. Manicke has received a $273,826 award from the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice to improve the speed and accuracy of mass spectrometry for detecting drugs and poisons in blood samples.
IUPUI Newsroom - March 31, 2015
- International Association of Arson Investigators-Certified Fire Investigator Board Receives Accreditation from Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board
The Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) announces its recent accreditation of the International Association of Arson Investigators-Certified Fire Investigator Board and...
PR Newswire - March 31, 2015
- Tracks Inspector simplifies digital evidence collection and analysis for law enforcement
Most online crimes leave digital evidence. Tracks Inspector aids non-technical investigators in collection and analysis...
NETWORKWORLD - By Linda Musthaler - March 26, 2015
- PML Helps Lead Standardization for Firearm and Toolmark Examinations
...At present, there are no national standards in this field. Current guidelines and recommendations in the Firearms and Toolmarks field are used as quality check documents, however these guidelines have not gone through a standards development process...
NIST - March 24, 2015
- ISACA Lays Out Forensics for the Data Breach Era
When faced with a data breach, the first order of business for companies is to find out what happened, and then how it happened and who did it. To aid in the process, which is unfortunately no longer a rare scenario, ISACA has issued a new set of guidelines that outline the digital forensics process and identify the key steps for organizations to consider when dealing with attacks.
Infosecurity Magazine - by Tara Seals - March 24, 2015
- Cyber CSI: the challenges of digital forensics
Forensics is changing in the digital age, and the legal system is still catching up when it comes to properly employing digital evidence.
The Conversation - by Richard Boddington - March 16, 2015
- Newly developed system that can identify fingerprints noninvasively and without physical contact
In a joint project, researchers have developed a "Forensic Hyperspectral Imager" device based on hyperspectral imaging techniques, which can differentiate layered fingerprints into individual prints and detect untreated latent fingerprints from surfaces such as walls and magnetic sides of railway tickets.
PHYS.ORG - by Waseda University - March 13, 2015
- New Contrast SDFI Camera System to be Released and Used for Crime Scene Investigations
The new Contrast SDFI Camera is designed to be used in all types of investigations such as sexual assault, domestic violence, homicide, child abuse, human trafficking, death investigations and crime scenes. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, forensic nurses and other attendees will be able to try out this new technology.
PRWeb - March 11, 2015
- Forensic holodeck creates 3D crime scenes
Led by researcher Lars Ebert, the team at the university's Institute of Forensic Medicine, have created what they say is the first system in the world to visualize the 3D data of forensic scans.
Reuters - March 3, 2015
- Writing A Search Warrant Application for a Mobile Device
Search warrants for mobile devices are in the news again. This time, the issue isn’t whether a warrant is needed; it’s how specific the warrant needs to be.
OFFICER.com - BY CHRISTA M. MILLER - March 3, 2015
- Dusting for Cyber Fingerprints: Computer Scientists Use Coding Style to Identify Anonymous Programmers
A team of computer scientists, led by researchers from Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, have devised a way to lift the veil of anonymity protecting cybercriminals by turning their malicious code against them.
DrexelNOW - February 26, 2015
- Forensic Benefits Of Video Analytics
Video analytics have earned a reputation as solutions that can provide real-time intelligence to enable immediate response. However, another aspect of video analytics is how the technology can be used for forensics...
SourceSecurity.com - By Larry Anderson - February 24, 2015, 2015
- DOJ R&D Agency Awards Grants For Speedier Digital Forensics
The US Department of Justice's R&D agency has awarded grants for the development of new tools that speed up the process of examining hard drives in the wake of a cyberattack or other types of criminal cases.
DARKReading - by Kelly Jackson-Higgins - February 23, 2015
- Inside the ATF lab: The world’s largest fire investigation facility
“If it will burn, we’ll set it on fire,” said Lenwood S. Reeves, a certified investigator at the Fire Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., where he and nearly 70 colleagues with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives work to understand how fires start and why.
The Washington Post - By Lynh Bui - February 20, 2015
- SRU alumna develops method for finding evidence in crimes
A SRU alumna has developed a method that allows trace evidence examiners to identify remnants of cosmetic preservatives when there is contact between victim and suspect.
The Rocket - By Bridget McClure - February 19, 2015
- Hair Dye Can Help Police Catch Criminals
Scientists have found a way to analyze hair samples at crime scenes to rapidly determine whether it was colored and what brand of dye was used.
Laboratory Equipment - February 18, 2015
- IUPUI researchers working with DNA to change the way crimes are solved
The researchers' goal is to build a database of enough genetic code so that someday all investigators will need is a little DNA at a crime scene and they'll be able to plug the genetic code extracted from it into a computer and have a picture of their suspect.
WTHR.com - By Emily Longnecker - February 18, 2015
- How Wine Smelling Techniques Could Help Solve Crime
Alison Davidson is a kind of olfactory Sherlock. A quiet but crisp scientist who runs the forensics lab at the University of Staffordshire, she is working on a form of analysis that in the near future could allow police to gather odour evidence from, say, a coat left at the scene of the crime to build a profile of a suspect...
The Telegraph - by Victoria Moore - February 16, 2015
- Validation of Tool Mark Analysis of Cut Costal Cartilage
Researchers have shown that the striation pattern impressed in costal cartilage during the creation of a cut mark is an adequate representation of the tool’s cutting edge and can be used to identify class and individual characteristics of the tool.
Forensic Magazine - by Jennifer C. Love, Sharon M. Derrick, Jason M. Wiersema and Charles Peters, NIJ - February 13, 2015
- Crystal pattern mapping can recover obliterated serial numbers in metals
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects such as firearms, a common challenge in forensics.
PHYS.ORG - by Laura Ost - February 12, 2015
- Novel Computer-Assisted Identification Method Using Radiograph Comparison
Medical examiners and coroners hold legal responsibility for the identification of a body. The use of scientific identification is necessary in many cases where a body is tentatively identified, the deceased has disfiguring facial trauma/charring, or there is potential for incorrect assignment of identity.
ForensicMag.com - February 11, 2015
- Researchers Develop Handheld System to Identify Illegal Drugs
University of Central Florida scientists, led by physicist Richard Blair, have developed a handheld fluorometer that, when combined with a smartphone, allows quick, accurate and inexpensive spectral analysis of suspected illegal drugs by law enforcement officers in the field.
Forensic Magazine - February 5, 2015
- Orange County crime lab has a new way to connect the bullets: 3D ballistics
The lab is the first in the U.S. to put to work a new scanning system that catalogs more detailed markings and grooves than ever before.
OC Register - BY ALMA FAUSTO - February 4, 2015
- Fingerprint Examiners Found to Have Very Low Error Rates
A large-scale study of the accuracy and reliability of decisions made by latent fingerprint examiners found that examiners make extremely few errors. Even when examiners did not get an independent second opinion about the decisions, they were remarkably accurate...
PRNewswire - February 2, 2015
- Next-Gen Sequencing Maps ‘Highly Degraded’ DNA
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems. This is a significant improvement for law enforcement in cases involving missing persons or unidentified human remains.
Forensic Magazine - by Sean Allocca - January 30, 2015
- NIST Forensic Science Standards Committees to Hold First Public Meetings in February 2015
The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), which coordinates the development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will hold its first set of public meetings in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 16 and 17, 2015. The meetings will include presentation and discussion of priorities for developing standards and guidelines for each forensic science discipline.
NIST - January 27, 2015
- Reston company develops new forensic DNA analysis technique
"Our service, called ‘Snapshot’ is an entirely new way to use DNA in criminal analysis,” said Ellen McRae Greytak, Ph.D., Parabon’s Director of Bioinformatics. “It predicts — with a high level of confidence — a person’s physical appearance from a DNA sample using a process called DNA Phenotyping.”
Fairfax Times - By Gregg MacDonald - January 22, 2015
- Forensic Entomology is More than Just Blow Flies and Beetles
...A new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology shows that other insects — ones that are not normally associated with human corpses — also interact with dead bodies, which may provide more clues for forensic entomologists in the future...
Entomology Today - January 22, 2015
- Penn State research on mitochondrial DNA could bolster forensic investigations
A new grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will help scientists from Penn State’s Eberly College of Science delve deep into the world of mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, used to help solve crime in forensic investigations.
Penn State News - January 21, 2015
- Hyperspectral Imaging Provides Detection and High Contrast Imaging of Biological Stains
The analysis of biological fluids at a crime scene or on an article of physical evidence can assist investigators in understanding the circumstances surrounding a violent crime as well as provide a link between a suspect, the victim and the crime scene through DNA analysis...
ChemImage - January 8, 2015
- DNA Sequencing Software Speeds Up Analysis Time
Advancements in DNA sequencing software can provide law enforcement with even faster results during criminal investigations, and help to decrease bottlenecks in rape kit data analysis, says one Pennsylvania-based company.
Forensic Magazine - by Sean Allocca - January 8, 2015
- FARO® Launches Innovative, User-Friendly Handheld 3D Laser Scanner to Meet Growing Demand for Portable Scanning
The FARO Freestyle3D is equipped with a Microsoft Surface™ tablet and offers unprecedented real-time visualization by allowing the user to view point cloud data as it is captured. The Freestyle3D scans to a distance of up to three (3) meters and captures up to 88K points per second with accuracy better than 1.5mm...
PRNewswire - January 7, 2015
- Oxygen Forensic Suite 7.0 Recovers Deleted Files, Targets Windows Phone and CDR
Oxygen Forensics releases a major update to its flagship mobile forensic solution, Oxygen Forensic® Suite. Version 7.0 offers Android file carving, enables support for Call Data Records received from wireless service providers, and acquires data from Windows Phone 8.x JTAG images produced with third-party tools.
PRNewswire - January 6, 2015
- Dentin for forensic drug monitoring
Drugs of abuse can be detected in dentin, providing a novel matrix for forensic toxicology studies.
spectrometryNOW.com - by Steve Down - December 21, 2014
- Microbial 'signature' for sexual crimes
Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial 'signature' to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal Investigative Genetics.
PHYS.ORG - December 15, 2014
- Huddersfield University's breakthrough could help catch note fakers
Fingerprints discovered on counterfeit bank notes can now be traced to an exact stage in the production process due to ground-breaking research carried out in Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner - By Louise Cooper - December 12, 2014
- Study 'makes the case' for RFID forensic evidence management
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags—devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people—have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured on an assembly line to zoo animals in transit to their new homes. Now, thanks to a new NIST report, the next beneficiaries of RFID technology may soon be law enforcement agencies responsible for the management of forensic evidence.
PHYS.ORG - December 5, 2014
- How NIST is helping law enforcement with digital forensics
One of the biggest tools NIST offers law enforcement is a vast library of computer software that allows experts to identify computer files by name, size, manufacturer and cryptologic hashes.
fedscoop.com - By Greg Otto - December 5, 2014
- Passware First to Enable Computer Forensics to Crack Linux Disk Encryption (LUKS)
Passware introduces hardware-accelerated password cracking software for Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS) full disk encryption, providing law enforcement and computer investigators with an efficient decryption solution.
PRNewswire - December 4, 2014
- FBI Updates DNA Quality Assurance Standards to Now Include Rapid DNA Analysis
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has updated their current DNA databasing standards to include an Addendum to the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories performing Rapid DNA analysis and Modified Rapid DNA Analysis Using a Rapid DNA Instrument.
power-eng.com - December 1, 2014
- 5 types of pattern evidence all investigators should know
While all evidence at a crime scene is important and must be considered, pattern evidence requires careful analysis — and sometimes specialized training — in order to properly interpret it...
PoliceOne.com - by Moe Greenberg - November 25, 2014
- Police Turning to Cutting-Edge Fingerprint Technology
The Stockton (Calif.) Police Department has been testing state-of-the-art equipment that could change the way law enforcement agencies process fingerprints and identify suspects.
The Record - by Jason Anderson - November 25, 2014
- Opto-Digital Microscopy for Crime Scene Investigations
Adopting the latest digital microscopy technology has facilitated some intriguing discoveries in forensics research at the University of Abertay...
AZO Optics - November 25, 2014
- New Way to Analyze DNA Evidence Under Development at Rutgers University–Camden
Forensic experts in crime labs around the world could soon have a new tool to help them better analyze DNA evidence thanks to the work of a Rutgers University–Camden computer scientist.
Rutgers–Camden News Now - November 24, 2014
- RCMP shine light on latest fingerprint-detection methods for new banknotes, older cold-case exhibits
When the Bank of Canada started making the switch a few years ago from paper currency to the smoother polymer bills, it touted the upgrade as a way to stay ahead of counterfeiters. But the change also meant that Canada’s crime fighters had to come up with a new method for lifting fingerprints off of them since the traditional “wet chemistry” method used on the old paper bills no longer worked on the new ones.
POSTMEDIA NEWS - by Douglas Quan - November 24, 2014
- Belkasoft Evidence Center 7.0 Becomes an All-in-One Computer and Mobile Forensic Solution
Belkasoft announces a major update to its digital forensic solution, Belkasoft Evidence Center. With newly added File System and Scripting modules, version 7.0 enables the analysis of file structures of computer hard drives and disk images, mobile phone backups, images and chip-off dumps, as well as many virtual machines. With this major update, Belkasoft Evidence Center becomes one of the major players in the field of digital forensics.
PRWeb - November 18, 2014
- Research aims to assist forensic investigations
Oklahoma State University students are making a big difference in a national effort to identify criminals using a sample of automobile paint taken from a crime scene...
Stillwater News Press - By Megan Sando - November 16, 2014
- New DNA analysis could provide complete description of a suspect
When DNA evidence began appearing in U.S. courtrooms in the late 1980s, it was heralded as the greatest leap forward in criminal investigation since fingerprinting...
The Columbus Dispatch - By Theodore Decker - November 2, 2014
- MSU and Detroit analyze tiny bacteria to investigate murders
The Wayne County Medical Examiner is sending swab samples from dead bodies to Michigan State University researchers. They're going to run a new kind of analysis in hopes of determining when someone died...
Michigan Radio - By Kate Wells - October 29, 2014
- Exploring techniques for identifying body fluids on criminal evidence
Crime scene investigation is about to get more affordable and efficient, as researchers from the National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, Florida, have found a cheaper and faster method to identify a wide range of body fluids.
Security Info Watch - by Maaike Pols - October 29, 2014
- Department of Justice and Defense grants to be used to improve forensic identification
The U.S. Department of Justice along with the Department of Defense has awarded Catherine Grgicak, PhD, assistant professor in biomedical forensic sciences at Boston University School of Medicine, approximately $2.5 million to more accurately analyze DNA evidence at a crime scene...
PHYS.ORG - October 27, 2014
- 3D Printing Takes the Place of Traditional Clay Modeling in Forensic Facial Reconstruction
3D printing is now proving extremely useful in the field of forensic facial reconstruction, a method of identifying skeletal remains.
3DPrint.com - by Debra Thimmesch - October 27, 2014
- Numbers Meets CSI: Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence
Forensic statisticians to interpret pattern, impression evidence
newswise - October 24, 2014
- Booz Allen Debuts VAMPIRE -- New Tactical Forensic Device for Law Enforcement -- at IACP Conference
"Handheld Forensics Lab" Conducts On-Site, Real-Time Fingerprint Analysis
MarketWatch - October 23, 2014
- Hair fungus clouds forensic evidence
The presence of fungi in hair samples is often misinterpreted in forensic investigations, say researchers.
ABC Science - by Anna Salleh - October 22, 2014
- Minneapolis at the forefront of new gun ID technology
Minneapolis police are using the newest bullet-tracing technology to match bullets to different crimes around the city. The high-tech system is a major advancement for...
Star Tribune - by: LIBOR JANY - October 16, 2014
- Inside the Homeland Security Investigations Computer Forensics Lab
Nearly every case Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opens has some sort of digital evidence to be collected and analyzed. But the work can’t be done by just anyone. The data must be meticulously cared for by agents trained to preserve the integrity of the material, who can also combat suspects’ attempts to erase their digital dealings — even from afar...
NBC10.com - By Vince Lattanzio - October 10, 2014
- 4 crime scene mistakes that can sink a cyberforensic investigation
It’s easy to see how forensics used during a cyberattack investigation are similar to those used in a physical crime scene. In both cases, the evidence must be secured and handled properly, and photographs or images must be taken to capture how the crime scene was originally found. Network traffic and application scans can reveal as much as fingerprints and blood spatter do. But, the similarities don’t end there...
gcn.com - By Jayne Friedland Holland - October 9, 2014
- 'Touch DNA': Police harness advancing genetic science to solve crimes
DNA. It can be used to identify suspects, link crime scenes – or exonerate those wrongly convicted of crimes. It's an increasingly powerful crime-solving tool, one that has also stoked civil liberties and privacy concerns...
The Plain Dealer - By Chris Morris - October 9, 2014
- "Magic" marker helps investigators in hunt for fingerprints
A "magic" marker pen developed at the University of Leicester enables forensic experts, police and criminal investigators to quickly determine whether a receipt potentially containing fingerprint deposits is made of thermal paper, with another device then used to reveal the presence of any fingerprints....
gizmag - By Richard Moss - October 8, 2014
- Nanoparticles give up forensic secrets
A group of researchers from Switzerland has thrown light on the precise mechanisms responsible for the impressive ability of nanoparticles to detect fingermarks left at crime scenes.
EurekAlert - October 1, 2014
- A Surprising Time-of-Death Tool
One of the most important tasks for a forensic scientist investigating a death is to determine when the person died.
Scientific American - By Jennifer Frazer - September 16, 2014
- Processing evidence requires many tests
The WVSP Forensic Lab, an accredited, full-service laboratory, serves all 55 counties in the state, including all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level.
Register-Herald - By Wendy Holdren Register - September 14, 2014
- The Death Microbiome Could Inform Forensic Science And Medicine
The cells in your body are outnumbered 10 to one by microbial cells, and like it or not, eventually the microbes will win, reports The NewScientist.
Design & Trend - by Randall Mayes - September 11, 2014
- IntegenX(R) Announces Advancements in Forensic DNA Technology to Help Solve Crimes Faster
IntegenX Inc., the market leader in Rapid Human DNA identification technology, announced today the publication of two studies in the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. The first study evaluated the suitability of the RapidHIT System for analysis of buccal samples, such as those typically collected in arrestee testing.
Power Engineering - September 9, 2014
- New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to Organization of Scientific Area Committees
Digital evidence, one of the fastest growing areas of forensic science, will now have its own subcommittee in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-administered Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)...
NIST - September 8, 2014
- Blowfly maggots provide physical evidence for forensic cases
Estimation of the post mortem interval (PMI) is one of the most crucial matters in autopsies and entomological specimens have been widely used to determine PMI after 72 hours of death.
PHYS.ORG - September 2, 2014
- Drones give RCMP ‘new perspective’ of crime scenes
From crime scene assistance to traffic collision reconstruction, the RCMP has eight UAVs in its inventory and Cpl. Byron Charbonneau, who coordinates the province's UAV program, said the units have proven their worth.
Winnipeg Sun - By David Larkins - August 30, 2014
- Improved image analysis tools speed exploited children cases
Digital devices have provided law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse and exploitation with an embarrassment of riches. The devices can hold thousands of images that can be used as evidence and as clues to help identify and find missing children. But the sheer volume of data being reviewed can slow an investigation to a crawl.
GCN.com - By William Jackson - August 27, 2014
- Digital Forensics Certification Board Offers New Certification
The Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB), an independent certifications organization for digital evidence examiners, today announced the creation of the Digital Forensics Certified Associate (DFCA).
Market Wired - August 26, 2014
- FBI digitizes millions of records, drastically cutting fingerprint matching time
More than 30 million records and about 83 million fingerprint cards were converted to digital form in the bureau's Next Generation Identification, or NGI, system, a state-of-the-art digital platform of biometric and other types of identity data.
FierceGovernmentIT - By Stephanie Kanowitz - August 25, 2014
- Oxygen Forensic® Passware® Analyst Acquires Protected Mobile Devices Data
Oxygen Forensics announces the release of Oxygen Forensic® Passware® Analyst, a new mobile forensic tool integrating Oxygen’s award-winning acquisition and analytic tools with Passware’s password recovery and data extraction.
PRWeb - August 19, 2014
- Feds aim to fund forensic science center
A federal agency within the Commerce Department is looking to give $20 million to fund a new forensic science research center.
The Hill - By Julian Hattem - August 18, 2014
- Cyber forensics: taking tips from a detective’s playbook
For any detective, the first steps at a crime scene include a scan of the area -- what is out of place, initial observations about how the incident occurred -- quickly followed by securing the scene, establishing boundaries with tape and limiting entry and exit points. The same holds true in cybercrime forensics.
gsnmagazine.com - By: Jayne Friedland Holland - August 17, 2014
- 3M Cogent to present new latent searching and fingerprint marking AFIS features at IAI Conference
3M Cogent is set to present the newest features of its automated fingerprint and palmprint identification system client application at the International Association for Identification’s Annual Education Conference, set to take place August 10-16, 2014 in Minneapolis.
biometricupdate.com - By Adam Vrankulj - August 1, 2014
- UNT Forensic Chemist Develops System to Identify Counterfeit Documents for the U.S. Department of Justice
An associate professor of Chemistry at the University of North Texas developed a system that is able to identify fraudulent documents through the analysis of ink, paint, paper and other counterfeit materials.
Bio News Texas - July 31, 2014
- Bullet 'fingerprints' to help solve crimes
Criminals don't just need to worry about their own fingerprints...they should also be concerned about their bullets' unique 'fingerprints'.
PHYS.ORG - by David Stacey - July 30, 2014
- Solving Digital Crimes in the Cloud Faces Numerous Challenges
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has identified 65 forensic science challenges in the cloud, and is working to build a roadmap to overcoming them.
govtech.com - by Jessica Hughes - July 30, 2014
- The CSI spray British bobbies will soon use that collars culprits by 'lighting up' different bodily fluids left at the scene of a crime
When officers arrive at a crime scene, they will be able to quickly and easily find out whether the perpetrator has left behind saliva, sweat or other bodily fluids with the help of a fluorescent spray.
Mail Online - July 28, 2014
- New DNA crime fighting tool in the District
The District of Columbia is about to become the first city in the nation to use a revolutionary new crime fighting tool. It is a lab device that can analyze DNA in just over an hour and gives investigators the answers they need in just a fraction of the time it takes now.
myfoxdc.com - By Paul Wagner - July 25, 2014
- Dead body feeding larvae useful in forensic investigations
Non-biting blow fly Chrysomya megacephala is commonly found in dead bodies and is used in forensic investigations to determine the time of death, referred to as the post mortem interval...
PHYS.ORG - July 23, 2014
- Taking a fingerprints now reveals a criminal's sex and even how much coffee they've drunk: Revolutionary nanopowder captures trace chemicals sitting on skin
A revolutionary powder claims to be able to discover what a person has eaten, what medication they’re on and even their sex, all from a single fingerprint.
Mail Online - By Victoria Woollaston - July 18, 2014
- UK, the world’s most surveilled state, begins using automated face recognition to catch criminals
Police in the UK have become one of the first major police forces to deploy automated facial recognition technology to catch criminals.
ExtremeTech.com - By Sebastian Anthony - July 17, 2014
- Hair elements distinguish ethnicity and gender
A new forensic tool, being developed by scientists in Canada, uses a combination of spectroscopy and statistical analysis to determine a person’s gender and ethnicity from a thread of head hair.
chemistryworld - By Rebecca Brodie - May 14, 2014
- NetClean forensic tool gives police way of analysing growing volume of image evidence
Image forensics firm NetClean Technologies has come up with a way to use its world-renowned child porn image-fingerprinting technology to help police document and investigate images and videos connected to a much wider range of crimes.
TechWorld - By John E Dunn - May 12, 2014
- How the police can trace photos back to your camera
Forensic experts have long been able to match a series of prints to the hand that left them, or a bullet to the gun that fired it. Now, the same thing is being done with the photos taken by digital cameras, and is ushering in a new era of digital crime fighting.
ITProPortal - by Paul Cooper - May 7, 2014
- Method Developed to Determine Fingerprint Comparison Difficulty
Fingerprint examination, though in use for more than 100 years, has until recently undergone surprisingly little scientific scrutiny.
biosciencetechnology.com - May 7, 2014
- Preserving Crime Scene Evidence when Treating Patients at an MCI
To prevent the loss of crime scene integrity, crime scene consultant Dick Warrington says the first-arriving responder, be it police or medical provider, can play an essential role in the investigation of any crime: “That officer can make or break your case, depending on the actions he takes—or fails to take—when he arrives at the scene.”
JEMS.com - by Thomas C. Grubbs - May 5, 2014
- Pioneering forensics research into body fluids in sexual assaults
Research student Kimberley Bexon's passion for DNA analysis means she is playing a key role in a project at the University of Huddersfield that should be a major aid in the investigation of sex offences.
PHYS.ORG - May 1, 2014
- New fingerprint method to catch thieves faster
Tracing snatchers and thieves can soon become much easier as researchers have now developed a more reliable fingerprinting method using sweat pores.
business-standard.com - May 1, 2014
- CyanLine Introduces Forensic Imager On a Thumb Drive
CyanLine is now offering MiniDAS, a compact forensic imaging software, which collects metadata that can change the outcome of criminal investigations.
PRWeb - April 22, 2014
- Oxygen Forensic Suite 2014: Data Acquisition from My Windows Phone
The addition of data acquisition from My Windows Phone Cloud expands the list of available data sources in Oxygen Forensic Suite 2014.
PRWeb - April 22, 2014
- Red-handed: can we make fingerprints better at catching criminals?
From determining sex to solving crimes underwater, inside the quest to redefine forensic fingerprinting.
The Verge - By Arielle Duhaime-Ross - April 9, 2014
- Software helps police manage lawful access to forensics info
Forensic lab managers can now enforce policies for extracting data based on user profiles or department policies.
gcn.com - April 7, 2014
- LifeWings Helps University Develop Mobile App to Improve Crime Scene Investigations
Like airline flights and operating rooms, crime scene investigations can be chaotic, high-pressure situations involving many people with different agendas who have one chance to do the job correctly.
PRWeb - April 2, 2014
- Chemists Develop “Fingerprint” for Identifying Crime Scene Ammunition, Targets Wider Range of Trace Evidence than Current Methodologies
The novel approach combining tape lifting and attenuated total reflectance (ATR) Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic imaging complements their previous research in determining the kind of ammunition shot from a gun based on gunshot residue (GSR) left behind.
labmanager.com - By University at Albany - April 1, 2014
- Wis. college creates body farm for forensic research
A body farm is an outdoor research facility where forensic scientists place animal carcasses and donated human cadavers in various settings...
USA Today - Duke Behnke - March 30, 2014
- Fingerprints give police new clues for solving crime
Back in their laboratory, the team uses an analytical technique called mass spectroscopy to find traces of substances, no matter how small, on or within the ridges of the print.
BBC News - By Rebecca Morelle - March 27, 2014
- E-Investigations Releases 5 Best Practices for Digital Evidence Collection and Preservation in a Forensic Investigation
E-Investigations, a leader in digital forensic investigations, provides the following 5 Best Practices for Digital Evidence Collection and Preservation to help ensure the integrity of digital evidence...
PRWeb - March 26, 2014
- Feature: scientists try to bring nuclear, forensic science together
The basis for a cross-border approach to fight nuclear terrorism lies in the field of nuclear forensics...
ShanghaiDaily.com - by Jesse Wieten - March 26, 2014
- Real-Time Data Acquisition with Oxygen Forensic Extractor
Oxygen Forensics releases Oxygen Forensic Extractor enabling data acquisition from several thousand mobile devices. The new toolkit enables OEM manufacturers to build real-time data acquisition systems for law enforcement and forensic customers.
PRWeb - March 25, 2014
- DNA could help draw offender's face
A first step towards genetic mugshots...has been taken by US researchers linking specific DNA markers with face shape.
The Austrailian - March 21, 2014
- How To Identify Where Someone's Been — Without A Fingerprint Or Human DNA
Wiping fingerprints and cleaning up stray hairs may not be enough to remove evidence that you've been at a crime scene.
Business Insider - March 20, 2014
- New MTSU-developed Smartphone App Gives Officers a Crime-Scene Checklist
“Checklist App for Scene Examination,” aims to serve as a "systematic guide for the new officer who first arrives at a scene,"
wmot.org - March 19, 2014
- Blood spatter analysis – how it works
The shape, size, pattern and location of blood stains can reveal a lot about a crime scene. Here's your handy guide to analysing blood spatter from a gunshot.
health24.com - March 10, 2014
- Busting crime innovatively
Forensic science students of Delhi University’s SGTB Khalsa College have developed some techniques that can prove to be useful in solving tough crime cases.
Hindustan Times - by Gauri Kohli - February 26, 2014
- Detecting fingerprints on non-porous material and in wet or humid conditions
A NEW technique being developed by West Australian chemists could provide crime investigators with a safer, simpler and more versatile method for extracting good quality fingermarks, even from non-porous surfaces and in wet or humid conditions.
PHYS.ORG - by Kerry Faulkner - February 25, 2014
- Voom Technologies’ Shadow 3 said to provide a quick way to investigate computers without compromising evidence
To access a suspect’s computer, traditional procedure involves removing the hard drive, creating a forensic image (a duplicate copy) and then analyzing that copy using sophisticated industry-specific software.
Government Security News - February 24, 2014
- DataWorks Plus’ RAPID-ID a success during its first night’s use in Brookhaven
The Brookhaven Police Department’s new DataWorks Plus’ RAPID- ID mobile fingerprint scanners identifies a fugitive wanted...
The Brookhaven Post - February 22, 2014
- Forensic Science Study Reveals a Better Rat Trap in M-Vac
Solving more sexual assault cases with improved DNA collection technology
PRWeb - February 21, 2014
- Oxygen Forensic Suite 2014 Breaks Into BlackBerry 10 Backups
The addition of BlackBerry 10 backups to the list of supported data sources enables forensic experts analyze information stored in last-generation BlackBerry devices.
PRWeb - February 20, 2014
- FoxFury Unveils Portable, Powerful 5W Blue Forensic Laser System
FoxFury Lighting Solutions unveiled the first truly portable 5W blue forensic laser system...
PRWeb - February 20, 2014
- 6 critical crime scene laser scanning mistakes to avoid
While the scanner has made a quantum leap in accuracy and comprehensiveness, the integrity of the scene and the scan data ultimately depends upon investigators carefully following well-established protocols and procedures as well as forging new guidelines as technology advances.
PoliceOne.com - February 18, 2014
- DNA Technology: 150 Years of Research and Development
The use of DNA identification methodologies has revolutionised crime scene investigation, but its use has often been the subject of controversy, and the use of forensic science in the courtroom has given rise to changes in the law and the interpretation of law.
Labmate Online - February 11, 2014
- Researchers describe tool that manipulates RAM, misleads cybercrime investigators
Jacob Williams and Alissa Torres described a concept tool that would allow cybercriminals to cover their tracks by altering the contents of a computer's memory.
TechRepublic.com - By Michael Kassner - January 27, 2014
- Biomarkers leave gender clues at crime scene
Scientists in the US have unveiled details of a colorimetric assay1 that could provide an initial indication of a suspect’s gender during the on-scene stages of a forensic investigation
chemistryworld - by Kirsty Muirhead - January 15, 2014
- New research project to genetically discriminate "identical" monozygotic twins
A multidisciplinary Eurofins team in the Eurofins flagship Genomics laboratory in Ebersberg, Germany, has successfully completed a research project to genetically discriminate "identical" monozygotic twins.
NewsMedical.net - December 10, 2013
- Study raises questions about longstanding forensic identification technique
Forensic experts have long used the shape of a person’s skull to make positive identifications of human remains. But those findings may now be called into question...
R&D Magazine - December 10, 2013
- UCD researchers develop low-cost crime scene evidence gatherer
Lero researchers at University College Dublin have developed a low cost device that can help police forces in developing countries or with limited budgets to capture digital and computer data at crime scenes.
phys.org - November 20, 2013
- Belkasoft Evidence Center 6.0 Carves Android and Windows Registry Items, Supports Visual Timeline and Drops Prices
Belkasoft announces a major update to its flagship forensic product, Belkasoft Evidence Center 2014.
PRWeb - November 20, 2013
- TruNarc analyzer device to speed drug cases in Etowah County
The backlog for the Department of Forensic Sciences' drug labs is causing major problems for everyone involved...
The Gadsen Times - By John Davidson - November 19, 2013
- DNA crime fighting gets faster and easier
DNA evidence used to be used for just high-profile crimes...
fox8live.com - by: Nicondra Norwood - November 18, 2013
- Nanotechnology on the crime scene
Scientists are working at nanotechnology applications that may steer the power of forensics, but the challenge is bringing them from lab to court
The Guardian - by Michele Catanzaro - November 17, 2013
- Virtual CSI: Microsoft Launches Cybercrime Center
The installation is meant to be a best-of-breed “center of excellence” for advancing the global fight against cybercrime...
infosecurity-magazine.com - November 14, 2013
- Top Computer Forensics Company Offers Exclusive Software at No Charge to Law Enforcement Agencies that Captures Forensic Images & Previously Unidentifiable Data
CyanLine is now offering MiniDAS, forensic imaging software that collects never-before-known metadata, exclusively to law enforcement agencies worldwide, at no cost.
PRWeb - November 14, 2013
- Oxygen Forensic Suite v5.4 Extracts Data From Passcode-Locked iOS Devices, Enables Acquisition of iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPad 3/4/Air and iPad mini with Retina Display
...enables acquisition of passcode-protected devices that were previously considered unbreakable...
itbusinessnet.com - November 13, 2013
- Garland’s panoramic camera gives investigations a new look
The camera, the first of its kind in Texas, gives investigators a fuller perspective on a crime scene — and the chance to take another look at it long after the cleanup crews have wiped away the area.
dallasnews.com - By TRISTAN HALLMAN - November 6, 2013
- Forensic Nurses Collecting Domestic Violence Evidence
Thursday marks the end of national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but Cone Health MedCenter now is promoting the beginning of a new, potentially life-saving procedure--domestic violence evidence collection.
digtriad.com - by Meghann Mollerus - October 31, 2013
- New forensic technique for identifying cloth fibers
In the new method, he and his colleagues used a well-known technique called X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) – but with a twist.
Science Codex - October 29, 2013
- Traces of DNA exposed by twisted light
Structures that put a spin on light reveal tiny amounts of DNA with 50 times better sensitivity than the best current methods...
phys.org - October 28, 2013
- The blood detectives: Scientific breakthrough in reading stains may help solve crimes
A camera that can detect and date blood traces is set to revolutionise the science of crime scene investigation.
The Independent - by Jonathan Brown - October 27, 2013
- Preparing for the Digital Future With Forensics Education
The growing threat of cyber attacks and the increased need for mobile security has led to a boom in the cyber security and digital forensic industries.
Huffington Post - by Jonathan Rajewski - October 25, 2013
- Novel Technique to Detect Fingerprints
An innovative product that uses fluorescence to detect fingerprints has been developed by a team...
ScienceDaily.com - October 24, 2013
- ChemImage Presents its Hyperspectral Imaging Technology for Forensic Applications at the 22nd Congress of Criminology in Brazil
The presentation...centered on the company's hyperspectral imaging analysis technology and its ability to assist forensic scientists in applications such as questioned documents, ink discrimination, blood spatter and serology.
PR Newswire - October 23, 2013
- Gathering crime scene evidence, with eTwist
The concept behind the technology is simple: police responding to a crime scene are equipped with mobile hand-held devices, PDAs, if you will, that allow them to record and enter evidence data information at the crime scene.
bizjournals.com - by James Bafaro - October 22, 2013
- DCSO first in state to get laser system for collecting evidence
Looking for trace evidence at a crime scene can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack...
Douglas County Sentinel - by Ron Daniel - October 14, 2013
- CSI: Davis standardizing how investigators process clues
...how that evidence is collected, measured, processed, tested and stored requires hours of training. And now, a national movement is pushing to certify crime scene investigators...
Standard-Examiner - By Loretta Park - October 12, 2013
- Life Technologies' GlobalFiler Express Kit approved for use in National DNA Index System
Life Technologies Corp. announced on October 11 that its Global Filer Express Kit has been approved by the FBI for use by laboratories generating DNA profiles for inclusion in the National DNA Index System (NDIS) CODIS Database.
gsnmagazine.com - October 11, 2013
- National Computer Forensics Institute: Demystifying cybercrime
Knowing how to handle digital evidence and discovery correctly prevents costly mistakes. A federal facility in Birmingham, Alabama is working hard to improve that situation.
TechRepublic/US - By Michael Kassner - October 7, 2013
- Bode Technology to Distribute DNA-VIEW Software
The Bode Technology Group, Inc. (Bode), a leading provider of forensic solutions announced today their partnership with Dr. Charles Brenner to distribute DNA-VIEW software worldwide
broadwayworld.com - October 1, 2013
- The Center for Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis Launches Next Gen Forensic DNA Technology Service at ISHI 2013
The QuantumSNP Forensic Informatics System was developed to provide point-to-point comparison of SNP array data, providing an automated, robust process for comparing DNA samples including complex mixtures.
PRWeb - October 1, 2013
- Device reveals latent fingerprints on thermal paper
Engineers in Wiltshire have helped to develop and commercialise a device that reveals latent fingerprints from thermal paper in minutes.
http://www.theengineer.co.uk - By Jason Ford - September 30, 2013
- Students delve into forensics
Nearly 400 forensic scientists descended on Northrop on Wednesday morning, investigating the Case of the Missing Fizz.
Sentinel Online - by Kylie Saari - September 26, 2013
- Tiny Camera Records Crime Scene Details
To capture all the details of a crime scene, you might take many photos at close range...
pddnet.com - By The Optical Society - September 25, 2013
- CSI: A 'Microbial Clock' May Help Determine Time Of Death
A new study finds that a 'microbial clock' may help forensic scientists who are attempting to determine the time of death in cases involving human corpses.
Science 2.0 - September 24, 2013
- Computer forensics on a small department budget
These days everyone has access to computers, including criminals. This means that it’s rare for a complex case not to involve some kind of digital media, whether it’s a desktop computer, a laptop, a smartphone, or a flash drive.
Policeone.com - by Tim Dees - September 17, 2013
- New crime lab to offer internships, opportunities for collaboration
Construction for the $11.9 million Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab will begin October on campus at the corner of North College Drive and Leroy Avenue.
bgnews.com - by Dominic Binkley - September 16, 2013
- Forensics tool makes sure investigators don't come up empty
Law enforcement teams collecting digital evidence can sometimes spend hours copying hard drives and other disks only to return to their lab and find that they’ve come up empty.
GCN.com - By Kevin McCaney - September 13, 2013
- Pima Co. unveils state of the art, 3D scanner
If you've ever been in a traffic accident or victimized in a crime, you've probably seen investigators who come out and take measurements and photographs.
Tucson News Now - By Som Lisaius - September 11, 2013
- New forensic platform for data recovery promises high portability, strong analytics
This human palm size device built on the newest NUC hardware platform will continue to allow our law enforcement, military, federal and corporate security customers to deploy SV3 Mobile Forensics with high portability, strong analytics and added security.
securityinfowatch.com - September 11, 2013
- NIST Revising Mobile Forensics Guide
When NIST published Guidelines on Cell Phone Forensics in May 2007, about a dozen tools existed to help forensic experts recover and investigate data on cell phones
govinfosecurity.com - By Eric Chabrow - September 9, 2013
- A biochemical eyewitness
Blood found at a crime scene could give police an indication of a criminal suspect’s ethnicity there and then thanks to a new bioassay.
Royal Society of Chemistry - by Jason Woolford - September 5, 2013
- L.A.’s first new coroner in decades faces tough tasks
It’s a grisly job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Los Angeles Daily News - By Christina Villacorte - September 4, 2013
- Fingerprint Technology
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is now using the most advanced fingerprint technology in the world.
NBC News - September 4, 2013
- Forensic pathologist is 'lucky' to have such an interesting job
“There are five manners of death — natural, homicide when somebody kills you, suicide when you kill yourself, accidental like if you’re walking along and get hit by a car, or undetermined,” Manion said.
South Jersey Times - By Kelly Roncace - August 29, 2013
- CSI: Saint Mary's, going behind the scenes of a crime
For many of us, the only experience we have behind the scenes of a crime is what we see on television.
CTV News - August 23, 2013
- LB police, firefighters tap into technology
From underwater sonar gear to 3D crime scene scanners, Long Beach's firefighters, police officers and city officials are finding new technology to fight crime, improve response times and keep the public safe.
Orange County Register - by KELLY PUENTE - August 21, 2013
- Minnesota's top forensic scientists study blood spatter
We know that DNA evidence has changed criminal investigations, led to arrests, convictions, exonerations. The same is true for another type of forensic science.
kare11.com - by Trisha Volpe - August 16, 2013
- How one CSI learned to cope with trauma
If you want to be a CSI, you have to deal with disturbing scenes — and get your hands very, very dirty
PoliceOne.com - with Leischen Stelter - August 15, 2013
- Baltimore County police show off latest crime fighting technology
A 360-degree crime scene room scanner, a device that can match bullet casings like fingerprints and a high definition impression analyzer may sound like crime-fighting tools found in popular science fiction...
abc2news.com - August 14, 2013
- New Forensic Crime Lab In Weld County About To Open Its Doors
A new forensic crime lab in Weld County is about to open its doors and that’s great news for law enforcement across Northern Colorado.
CBS Denver - August 10, 2013
- New forensic technique for analysing lipstick traces
A study by forensic scientists at the University of Kent has established a new way of identifying which brand of lipstick someone was wearing at a crime scene without removing the evidence from its bag, thereby avoiding possible contamination.
phys.org - August 8, 2013
- MorphoTrak announces new software for police database access
New software supplied by MorphoTrak of the United States will provide law enforcement personnel greater access to suspect identification databases.
United Press International, Inc. - August 6, 2013
- Fast Shadow Copy Access with Forensic Explorer
“Volume Shadow Copies are a potential gold mine for the forensic investigator”
prweb.com - August 5, 2013
- Shadows and light: Dartmouth researchers develop new software to detect forged photos
Dartmouth and UC Berkeley researchers have developed new software to detect faked photos, using a geometric algorithm to locate inconsistent shadows that are not obvious to the naked eye.
sciencecodex.com - Source: Dartmouth College - August 5, 2013
- Tests show every cellphone emits a traceable digital fingerprint
Engineers in Germany say the radio signal from every cellphone is a unique, unalterable digital fingerprint that could allow police to track a handset.
upi.com - August 1, 2013
- New Wireless Sensory Technology Assist Crime Fighters
A year long, public-private partnership among the Palm Bay Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, FBI CAST (Cellular Analysis Survey Team) and Melbourne, Florida based Gladiator Forensics has yielded a new investigative tool that can help solve crimes using wireless sensory technology.
Space Coast Daily - July 27, 2013
- Police introduce forensic coding
Seeking to enhance law enforcement’s ability to identify and capture criminals and identify the outlets that purchase stolen property...
South Florida Times - July 17, 2013
- Technology uncovers invisible evidence
Police are using modified cameras capable of finding hidden forensic evidence such as bloodstains and gunpowder.
stuff.co.nz - by NICOLE PRYOR - July 16, 2013
- GBI says it has reduced crime lab backlog by more than half
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab has reduced its backlog of forensic cases by more than 55 percent over the course of eight months, according to a report released this week.
The Augusta Chronicle - By Wesley Brown - July 12, 2013
- 3D Crime-Solving Tool Gets Results In Westerville
A device normally used to help solve traffic crashes is now being used to solve crimes.
10tv.com - July 11, 2013
- New Ontario forensics facility brings crime under a world-class spotlight
...a team of dedicated forensic scientists, pathologists, police and other staff who will soon work together there to solve complex crimes and sudden deaths.
thestar.com - By: Jennifer Pagliaro - July 11, 2013
- Fingerprint scanners helping join the dots
They're light, rugged and portable ... and one of the most comprehensive crime fighting tools employed by police.
Western Advocate - By JACINTA CARROLL - July 11, 2013
- Research leads to portable DNA device
More than 10 years of research and development have led to the introduction of a portable DNA analysis device that relies on technology developed by University of Virginia professor James P. Landers and a team of University researchers in collaboration with Lockheed Martin.
Phys.org - by Lorenzo Perez - July 9, 2013
- ATC-sponsored camp teaches teens basic DNA testing
A group of Aiken County students got to explore the real thing at Aiken Technical College recently – learning how to correctly perform such testing in a lab setting.
Aiken Standard - By Rob Novit - July 5, 2013
- Computer programs improve fingerprint grading
Subjectivity is problematic when evaluating fingerprints, and quality is in the eye of the examiner.
Penn State - by Akhlesh Lakhtakia - July 3, 2013
- Fluorescent fingerprint tag aims to increase IDs from 'hidden' prints on bullets and knives
A new way of detecting and visualizing fingerprints from crime scenes using colour-changing fluorescent films could lead to higher confidence identifications...
eurekalert.org - July 2, 2013
- OKC police hire civilians to work crime scenes
It’s a first for the Oklahoma City police department; a new program will allow civilians to investigate crime scenes.
KFOR - by Jesse Wells - June 25, 2013
- Catching criminals with forensic artistry goes high tech
Local sketch artist draws uncanny resemblances
Issaquah Press Inc. - by Sarah Gerdes - June 25, 2013
- Research into how dogs track a scent could have life-and-death ramifications.
While we live, we all have a distinct scent, an olfactory profile we share with no one else. But when we die, we ultimately all smell the same.
The Sydney Morning Herald - By Wendy Frew - June 20, 2013
- Once key in some cases, bite-mark evidence now derided as unreliable
At least 24 men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks on the flesh of victims have been exonerated since 2000, many after spending more than a decade in prison.
The Associated Press - By Amanda Lee Myers - June 17, 2013
- Pennsylvania ATF leader uses surges, social media in busts
The network is a system that can analyze the tiny markings on shell casings and match them to casings found at other crime scenes and sometimes to the guns that fired them.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - By Rich Lord - June 17, 2013
- Mobile fingerprint scanner paying off for Richmond County police
A hand-held piece of technology adopted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office last year has dropped the identification of suspects to minutes, according to authorities.
The Augusta Chronicle - By Bianca Cain Johnson - June 16, 2013
- JUNIOR CSI ACADEMY
Growing up, April Smith loved to play the role of police officer – collaring the “bad guy” in living-room and neighborhood standoffs.
Manteca Bulletin - By James Burns - June 12, 2013
- DNA decision ripples in local law enforcement
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the collection of DNA upon charging an individual with a serious crime may give the state Senate the impetus it needs to pass similar legislation, state and local officials said.
citizensvoice.com - By Joseph Kohut - June 10, 2013
- ShotSpotter gets Milwaukee cops to crime scenes quickly
...she and her partner were riding in a Milwaukee police SUV, a laptop between them. Suddenly, the laptop emitted a jarring burst of sound, an electronic bleat from the ShotSpotter system.
Journal Sentinel - By Don Walker - June 10, 2013
- New expert-level cyber forensics certification
(ISC)2 has developed a new certification, the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), as the first global standard for assessing experienced digital forensics professionals' mastery and professionalism.
Help Net Security - June 10, 2013
- Colorado Forensic Lab Under Fire For Alleged Mismanagement, Lab Bias And 'Cover Up'
Colorado’s legal-defense community is raising questions about “what appears to be a cover-up” of systemic problems at the state lab that tests evidence in criminal cases.
The Colorado Independent - By Susan Greene - June 10, 2013
- AACC First College In Nation To Receive National Digital Forensics Designation
Anne Arundel Community College was recently designated a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).
Eye on Annapolis - June 9, 2013
- Canton-Stark County Crime Lab at a crossroads
The Canton-Stark County Crime Lab has stopped testing crime-scene evidence for DNA and likely will hand over the DNA profiles of 1,500 local criminals to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
cantonrep.com - By Matthew Rink - June 9, 2013
- Falcon makes Digital Forensics fly
...Forensic Falcon, that is able to copy hard disk images at up to 20GB/min...
Image and Data Manager - June 4, 2013
- St. Tammany coroner's office seeks new executive director
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office is seeking a new executive director to run the daily operations of the agency, which is currently under investigation by both federal authorities and the state Legislative Auditor.
The Times-Picayune - By Kim Chatelain - June 3, 2013
- Justices Allow DNA Collection After an Arrest
The police may take DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-to-4 decision.
The New York Times - By ADAM LIPTAK - June 3, 2013
- Becoming a computer forensic examiner
Since the advent of affordable personal computers, digital devices, and later the Internet, these technologies have been used for both legal and illegal purposes...
net-security.org - By Zeljka Zorz - May 31, 2013
- Real-life CSI: Forensic students brought to Miami murder scene
A group of forensic students on a field trip from Nebraska , who don’t get to see much bloodshed back home to pursue their morbid studies, got a taste of real-life CSI Miami on Wednesday.
The Miami Herald - BY FERNANDO PEINADO - May 29, 2013
- Odessa police prepare to deploy new Mobile Crime Lab
The unit brings the OPD’s crime scene fleet to two, allowing investigators to gather sensitive and sometimes fleeting evidence from multiple crime scenes at once.
oaoa.com - BY COREY PAUL - May 29, 2013
- Securing Crime Scene Best Way For Authorities To Find The Truth
The handling of a crime scene for first responders is a huge challenge.
WBNSTV - May 28, 2013
- How police can find your deleted text messages
Think that a secure password and erasing your phone's memory will protect sensitive information on your smartphone? Think again.
CNN.COM - By David Goldman - May 22, 2013
- Daetech develops technology for next-generation police car
It has created a new mini version of its flagship product MIDAS – Mobile Image and Data Acquisition System. The gadget is used by investigators to gather evidence at a crime scene.
Manchester Evening News - By Shelina Begum - May 20, 2013
- After the crime: content-based forensic triage in practice
The digitisation of all aspects of business and growing volumes of digital storage are causing the global digital forensics industry to expand rapidly.
scmagazineuk.com - By James Kent - May 20, 2013
- Loss of RCMP firearm labs will hurt police, critics say
Critics fear that police could lose timely access to a key technology used to investigate shootings as the RCMP shutters several regional forensic laboratories.
Updated News - May 15, 2013
- AccessData Forensic Suite
There are three products in AccessData's forensic suite that every digital forensic investigator needs...
SC Magazine - By Peter Stephenson - May 15, 2013
- Amateur crime scene sleuths earn their way to national competition
A group of high school seniors eager to become crime scene investigators have a shot at becoming the best in the nation at gathering evidence, but the students are going to need some help to make that happen
Komonews.com - By Elisa Jaffe - May 14, 2013
- Cyber forensics meets data analytics
When it comes to fraud detection, combining cyber forensics and data analytics proves a good strategy
ITWeb - By Joanne Carew - May 9, 2013
- Insects time-stamp bodies for forensics
ANALYSING insects within a waterlogged corpse might seem an odd way to gather clues but...
ScienceNetwork WA - May 9, 2013
- Artist recreates peoples' faces from DNA in hair, gum
No, she does not appear to be working for the government. But yes, she might just make a portrait of you based on DNA from your hair —or the chewing gum you left at the park.
GMA News - May 8, 2013
- Putting Mobile Device Evidence To Work
Do you think mobile forensics is only about getting the incriminating text messages, images or emails from the device? Think again.
officer.com - by Christa M. Miller - May 8, 2013
- Device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes
Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.
phys.org - May 6, 2013
- Troubled St. Paul crime lab's new leader faces big challenge
The city of St. Paul has hired a criminalist with nearly two decades of experience to run the struggling police crime lab.
Minnesota Public Radio - by Madeleine Baran - May 3, 2013
- Fast digital forensics sniff out accomplices
Software that rapidly analyses digital devices and builds a list of a suspect's known associates could be a powerful tool for solving crimes
NewScientict.com - by Paul Marks - May 2, 2013
- Broward Sheriff’s Office Using New Tool To Solve Crimes
Inside an unused Oakland Park golf course evidence markers flapped in the breeze and a tape measure roped off a 20 x 20 stretch of land.
CBS Miami - By Carey Codd - May 1, 2013
- Bright young minds spend holidays solving crime
A GROUP of budding young sleuths connected a suspected murder with arsenic, to a robbery at an Armidale bank.
Fairfax Media - April 26, 2013
- Call to accredit forensic nurses
Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) is appealing to the SA Nursing Council (SANC) to recognise forensic nurses and register them.
Bizcommunity.com - April 26, 2013
- Palm Bay CSI Unit Embraces Fine Art Of Forensics
The Technical Services Unit of the Palm Bay Police Department consists of a highly trained team of civilian and law enforcement forensic professionals that is skilled in the field of...
Space Coast Daily - By John M. Egan - April 25, 2013
- ‘Virtopsy’: the virtual autopsy
Non-invasive imaging process reveals details standard practice would have missed and allows for future reviewing of cases
Gulf News - By Mark Honigsbaum - April 25, 2013
- Novato police schedule four-day youth camp
The Novato Police Department will host a four-day youth camp for kids in sixth through ninth grades, an opportunity for Novato youth to learn more about the jobs of both civilian and sworn personnel of the Novato Police Department.
Marin Independent Journal - April 23, 2013
- Nigeria: Presidency Decries Lack of Modern Forensic, DNA Labs for Police
The absence of these facilities, he said, had hampered crime investigations by the police and relevant agencies across the country...
allafrica.com - By Dele Ogbodo and Yemi Akinsuyi - April 23, 2013
- DNA Bill heads to Parliament
The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill - also known as the DNA Bill - is on its way to Parliament after being delayed for five years.
Independent Online - By Alison Decker - April 22, 2013
- Engineer Working to Put More Science Behind Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Daniel Attinger paused before handing over a photo of a crime scene. “Are you bothered by the sight of blood?”...
newswise.com - April 18, 2013
- Tyneside jewellery heist could lead to DNA sharing
A jewellery heist on Tyneside has sparked a review of DNA sharing across Europe that could force police to hand over criminal records to foreign counterparts.
ChronicalLive - By Dan Warburton - April 2013
- Video, pictures help re-create a crime scene
With cameras everywhere, police turn to citizens for images that may hold the clues that lead to a killer.
The Washington Post - By PETER FINN, GREG MILLER and DAVID A. FAHRENTHOLD - April 18, 2013
- Kids get hands-on education in forensics at Arlington Library
The Arlington Library offered children and teens the opportunity to spend their spring break learning the sorts of skills they normally only see on primetime TV crime dramas...
Arlington Times - By KIRK BOXLEITNER - April 17, 2013
- Police hail new hi-tech mobile fingerprint scanners
Instruments linked to national database and instantly alert officers if the scanned prints belong to criminal
BirminghamMail - By Nick McCarthy - April 14, 2013
- Colorado wants DNA from people who commit misdemeanors
Colorado lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would require that people who’ve committed small-time crimes submit their DNA...
Daily Caller News Foundation - By Greg Campbell - April 12, 2013
- Dundee forensic scientists in fingerprint first
FORENSIC scientists at Dundee’s Abertay University have successfully recovered latent fingerprints from food for the first time...
scotsman.com - By FRANK URQUHART - April 12, 2013
- Unsolved murders could be solved thanks to new technology
SIX hundred cold cases of murder, rape and robbery in Derbyshire could be cracked thanks to advances in fingerprint technology.
Derby Telegraph - By ALY WALSH - April 11, 2013
- APCO installs DNA technology to trap robbers
APCO has turned to a hi-tech DNA security system to protect its Bendigo service stations from armed robbers.
Bendigo Advertiser - By BLAIR THOMSON - April 11, 2013
- A new chapter in helping victims of sexual violence
Becca Eilert and Daphne Hauser were the guest speakers at the April 2 monthly meeting of the Domestic Violence Prevention Organization (DVPO) held in the Dare County Administration Building...
Outer Banks Sentinel - BY NEEL KELLER - April 11, 2013
- Guard MPs train to conduct investigations
The elite investigators of military felonies comprise the Criminal Investigations Division of the Army’s Military Police branch.
dvidshub.net - Story by Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Griego - April 10, 2013
- The "CSI Effect": TV Crime Dramas' Impact on Real Life Cases
These kinds of series exaggerate police investigations, and in turn, distort the public's perception of the criminal justice system.
WSAW.COM - By: Madeline Anderson - April 10, 2013
- Misdemeanor convictions in Colorado could call for DNA swab
Whether it's an assault or a relatively minor offense like destroying a library book, Coloradans convicted of a misdemeanor would have to open wide and say "aaagh," should lawmakers pass a requirement that the state collect from them an oral DNA sample.
Denver Post - By Kurtis Lee - April 10, 2013
- E-Discovery Europe...Announces the Start of Preparations for Its 2013 Event
...which is planned to be the largest congress on electronic evidence, forensic investigations, and legal technology to be held in Central and Eastern Europe this year.
PRWEB - April 8, 2013
- Massachusetts crime lab scandal explodes
More than 300 convicted inmates have been released from Massachusetts state prisons in the US as a result of the...
Royal Society of Chemistry - By Rebecca Trager - April 4, 2013
- Director wanted for police forensic lab
Vacancies have been advertised to fill the post of director and 13 other positions in the Guyana Police Force’s Forensic Science Laboratory.
Stabroek News - March 29, 2013
- OPP forensic identification lab using state-of-the-art technology
The new facility on Park Avenue beside the OPP headquarters is a multi-million dollar building equipped with state-of-the-art technology to examine evidence and solve crimes.
Chatham Daily News - By Vicki Gough - March 27, 2013
- Law enforcement, NIST making fingerprint files easier to search
Law enforcement agencies could soon have a quicker way to compare and match fingerprints, now that a working group of local, state and federal agencies has developed a standard set of features for fingerprint identification, and...
1105 Media, Inc. - By William Jackson - March 25, 2013
- Mathematics in Forensic Science
Today, mathematics lies behind expert conclusions on a hundred forensic matters from fingerprints to DNA.
TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. - By: Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez - March 25, 2013
- Regional crime lab get permanent director
...an experienced scientist with advanced laboratory management experience is needed to not only oversee the operations of the regional forensic laboratory, but to further assist in the ongoing set-up and development of all the forensic disciplines and through the laboratory accreditation process.
ABCnewspapers.com - By Peter Bodley - March 25, 2013
- New DNA testing could take hours, not weeks
Law enforcement officers can now run 90-minute DNA tests that once required weeks or months to complete, thanks to a new testing tool that could immediately point to suspects or help those who had nothing to do with a crime.
Deseretnews.com - By Ben Lockhart - March 25, 2013
- CSI Lansing: Photo gallery inside Michigan State Police forensics lab
Inside the Michigan State Police forensics lab, scientists are analyzing materials for DNA samples and toxicology levels. And they have a lot to do: there is a backlog of more than 12,000 items of evidence in the state to process.
Michigan Live LLC - by Fritz Klug - March 14, 2013
- 100 Jobs Could Go At Culham Forensic lab
A forensic lab in Oxfordshire has told Heart they're looking at losing up a 100 jobs because of cuts to police budgets.
heart.co.uk - March 11, 2013
- Laurentian to receive its own forensic DNA lab
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) has provided $245,500 to support the development of the lab.
NorthernLife.ca - By: Heidi Ulrichsen - March 11, 2013
- Supreme Court case highlights differences in state DNA collection laws
What’s left behind at a crime scene can sometimes double as a genetic calling card that not only opens up a person’s criminal history but can lead to future convictions.
lehighvalleylive.com - By Kathryn Brenzel - March 10, 2013
- State-of-the-art forensic labs on the cards
PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is planning to establish state-of-the-art forensic labs in six regions across the province that will provide affective investigation and prosecution facilities to the police.
The Express Tribune - By Noorwali Shah - March 10, 2013
- York Co. forensic lab, real life crime scene investigations
“The tools that they have here are not generally available to, and in many cases, not even known by the department that makes the request,”
Tribune Broadcasting Company - by Melissa Nardo - March 8, 2013
- Bill seeks collection of DNA from convicted
Nearly all people going through Colorado's criminal court system will have to submit DNA samples under a bill introduced at the statehouse.
The Denver Post - March 6, 2013
- Illinois State Police unveil high tech crime scene services command van
Tinley Park – Illinois State Police (ISP) Crime Scene Services Command (CSSC) officials yesterday unveiled the agency’s latest crime fighting tool to assist crime scene investigators (CSI) with every aspect of evidence collection at the scene of a major crime incident.
Newsbug - March 1, 2013
- D.C.’s new forensics lab not living up to expectations
Five months after the District opened a $220 million, state-of-the-art forensics laboratory hailed as an experimental transition to independent forensics testing, the crime-scene investigation unit has unraveled as a result of dysfunction and bureaucratic gridlock, according to the Fraternal Order of Police and veteran officers who process crime scenes.
- By Jeffrey Anderson - February 26, 2013
- When Sexual Assault Is Reported, Long Beach's Forensic Nurses Keep Things SANE
Bruised and broken, with trembling hands and a tear-stained face, calling 911 after a rape can be a difficult decision to make. But in Long Beach, there are compassionate and highly trained nurses here to help victims...
Long Beach Post - By Annie Merkley - February 25, 2013
- Justice proposes forensic science governing body
The Justice Department will create a committee to develop guidance and policy recommendations for forensic science and its use in court.
FierceGovernment - By Geoff Whiting - February 25, 2013
- New Commission To Set Standards For Troubled Forensic Sciences
After years of reports of troubled crime labs, the U.S. Department of Justice is putting together a commission that will set standards, a professional code and education requirements for forensic scientists.
Popular Science - By Francie Diep - February 21, 2013
- Forensic noise analysis helps to identify tampered photos
All digital cameras leave some trace of noise or imperfections on a photo when it is created. For most photographers, this noise is not a desirable feature. However, a new method of forensic analysis, developed by a team at the University of Albany, turns noise into something quite amazing.
CNET - By Lexy Savvides - February 21, 2013
- Touch DNA solving crime
SPRINGFIELD- The use of new technology, termed by some as "magical," is helping police and prosecutors solve a growing number of criminal cases. It stems from evidence left behind by criminals when they touch something at crime scenes.
Dayton Daily News - By Jim Otte - February 14, 2013
- CSI: Tennessee—Enter the World of Nuclear Forensics
Scientists are busy tracking the sources of stolen uranium in the hopes of deterring crime—and prevent the weapons getting into the wrong hands.
Smithsonian Media - by Joseph Stromberg - January, 2013
- Houston ahead of curve in forensic science
A look at the rest of the country on the intersection of law enforcement and science shows that while most police and prosecution agencies generally resist science as it applies to what they do, Houston has taken some rare steps forward.
Houston Chronical - by David A. Harris - January 18, 2013
- Digital pens speed CSI for Northern Ireland's police service
More than 4,000 police officers and detectives in Northern Ireland are now using Anoto digital pens to take witness statements and record information at crime scene investigations, which saves lots of time getting the data online.
CBS Interactive - by Jack Schofield - January 15, 2013
- St. Paul cops seek scientist to oversee troubled lab
The requirements could indicate a move toward lab accreditation.
Star Tribune - by CHAO XIONG - January 14, 2013
- Forensic tool reconstructs eye colour
London: Scientists have developed a new method which they believe can determine hair and eye colour of human ancestors using ancient remains.
Zee News - January 14, 2013
- President Obama signs Schiff legislation on DNA databases
President Obama on Thursday signed into law legislation sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that would help fund a DNA database of people arrested on suspicion of committing violent felonies.
Glendale News-Press - by Daniel Siegal and Mark Kellam - January 10, 2013
- Maltese scientist makes forensic breakthrough
The fight against crime has taken another step forward thanks to a Maltese forensic scientist in Scotland.
timesofmalta.com - by Patrick Cooke, Stephanie Fsadni - January 10, 2013
- First Cost-Benefit Analysis of DNA Profiling Vindicates 'CSI' Fans
The first rigorous analysis of the crime-fighting power of DNA profiling finds substantial evidence of its effectiveness.
Science Daily - - January 10, 2013
- Piecing Together Digital Evidence-The Computer Analysis Response Team
In a case involving the round-up of dozens of suspects indicted on public corruption and other charges, investigators were faced with processing large numbers of seized cell phones, desktop computers, and laptops belonging to the suspects
Federal Bureau of Investigation - January 8, 2013