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Symposium Seeks Improved Quality in Forensics

For decades, research programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made significant contributions to forensic science, strengthening its scientific underpinnings and ensuring the credibility necessary for effective use in criminal justice proceedings, both in the United States and around the world. NIST also champions the sharing of information, research findings and best practices among the members of the global forensic community. As part of that mission, NIST is hosting the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management on July 20-24, 2015.

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An Open Source iOS Backup Examination Tool

Last year, a team from the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group / Lab introduced at the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law conference an open source iOS backup forensics examination tool.

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Link Between Genes, Face Variation

In a new final technical report recently made available by the NIJ, author Mark Shriver describes how genes can affect facial features.

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New HeatSealers are Small, Reliable, Flexible

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By launching the new HeatSealer Family Eppendorf offers now two new devices for reliable sealing of different plate formats. To match various requirements, there is a choice between a small and extremely user-friendly device, HeatSealer S100, and a slightly bigger version, HeatSealer S200, with flexible programmable sealing parameters. Both models allow for easy, reproducible and effective sealing of plates, thereby efficiently preventing evaporation and contamination.

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A Broader Volume Range for Eppendorf Tubes

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With the introduction of the two screw cap tubes 15 mL and 50 mL, Eppendorf Tubes® now cover the entire volume range from 0.5 mL to 50 mL.

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Video: Randox Toxicology

-Sponsored- Randox Toxicology innovative Biochip Array Technology offers multiplex, multi matrice testing which has created a number of advancements in the Forensic Toxicology Field. With our unique tests for New Psychoactive Substances Randox Toxicology have became the market leader due to our pioneering research and development programme.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.

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