Big changes for 2016:
Evidence Technology Magazine
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ON THE COVER: The authors share knowledge gained through assisting local law enforcement in South Africa with management of wildlife crime scenes, particularly the collection of evidence in cases of rhinoceros poaching, and the utilization of toolmarks in such cases. See full article here.

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Disruptive Tech: The Rise of Augmented Reality Apps

In partnership with Nintendo, Niantic Labs created an augmented reality (AR) app, Pokemon Go, that is responsible for raising Nintendo’s stock and adding $7.5 billion to the company. Just two days after it was released on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, the app surpassed Tinder in downloads and Twitter in daily active users.

Getting Involved in Open Source Projects

Android. Linux. Mozilla Firefox. All three started out as open source projects, which offer a unique opportunity for programmers to hone their skills and gain experience collaborating with others on software development. But for beginning programmers, open source projects can seem daunting. That’s why we’ve put together a guide that shows you how to find open source projects and start contributing to them.

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

A new issue of Forensic Scholars Today (Volume 2, Issue 1) — an electronic publication by Concordia University-Saint Paul—features articles to help criminal justice and mental health professionals better understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Forensic Scholars Today Editor-in-Chief Jerrod Brown shares some thoughts on the focus of this issue.

Ultraviolet & Infrared Photography

Photography is the driving force behind any crime scene investigation. It is the best means of recording the scene of a crime. Photography produces courtroom displays that bring the jury to the crime scene. Everyone looks at and understands what a photograph is and what it represents. Looking at a photograph and seeing the evidence that is usually invisible is a new concept. Finally, with little preparation, a few filters, and remarkable upgrades in equipment, we can see the invisible—the hidden evidence.

Blow It Up

The importance of understanding image resolution, resizing, and on-screen viewing of latent impressions

ALPR: Taking License Plate Recognition to a New Level

For several years, Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology has expanded identification capabilities for everything from law enforcement to government use and private business. With dramatic increases through computing power, wireless technology, and analytics, the ability to identify vehicles and cross reference that information with other data is expanding at an impressive rate.

Editorial: So Much More

We are now three issues deep into our switch to a full-digital publication. We have heard from a few of you who miss the print edition (so do we), but there are so many advantages to this format—not the least of which is the amount of information we are able to pack into each issue.

Tool Kit: Microscopy

Here are some new products for the field of microscopy.

The Forensic Examination of Skillfully Simulated Signatures

Signatures have long been utilized as a non-invasive biometric identifier. However, signatures have also long been the target for simulation or imitation. A person’s “John Hancock”—real or simulated—may appear on fiduciary documents worth many millions of dollars. In cases where it becomes necessary to verify the authenticity of a signature, the forensic examiner can look for a number of indicators of a skillfully simulated signature.

Management of Wildlife Crime Scenes & the Collection of Toolmarks in Rhinoceros Horns and Skulls
At the rate that African rhinoceroses are currently being poached (illegally hunted), they may be extinct in the wild by the year 2026. Due to the remote locations where wildlife crime scenes often occur and the limited personnel resources of most anti-poaching units, the proper management and processing of wildlife crime scenes can be a daunting task. Rhino carcasses are often only discovered 24 hours or later after the actual shooting incident occurred, and the natural elements of weather and scavengers have usually already disturbed the scene. There are instances where relatively fresh remains have been discovered and the crime scene can be more thoroughly processed for forensic evidence.

Recovering Latent Fingerprints from Cadavers

IN A HOMICIDE CASE, the recovery of latent impressions from a body is just one more step that should be taken in the process of completing a thorough search. This article is directed at crime-scene technicians and the supervisors who support and direct evidence-recovery operations both in the field and in the controlled settings of the medical examiner’s office or the morgue under the coroner’s direction.