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How Forensic Research and Development Solves Crimes

Just as research and development in medicine is crucial to advancing public health, R&D in forensic science is crucial to improving public safety and the administration of justice. Since 2009, NIJ has awarded more than 250 grants worth more than $100 million for forensic science research. This portfolio has contributed significant changes to the way forensic scientists work by improving the reliability of forensic markers and measurements, validating processes, and increasing efficiencies through the development of technology or the retirement of weak methods.

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Updated Raman spectrometer provides improved analysis of forensic trace evidence

-Sponsored-  A compact Raman workstation for forensic applications, the Foster + Freeman Foram3 provides examiners with the full analytical power of 785nm Raman spectroscopy in an easy-to-use PC operated system.

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Ergonomic Seating for the Lab

-Sponsored- New MVMT Chair Line From BioFit Wins Awards, Revolutionizes Laboratory Seating Experience

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Improve Your Court Testimony on Latent Prints

In the last five years latent print analysis has been challenged as a forensic science in and outside of the courtroom. While research into the reliability of latent print analysis is ongoing, NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a new online course to better prepare latent print examiners for their court testimony.

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How Reliable is the Analysis of Bloodstain Evidence?

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available a final technical report (this report is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice), “Reliability Assessment of Current Methods in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.”

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Latest NIST Mass Spectral Library: Expanded Coverage, Features

The world’s most widely used and trusted resource for identifying mass spectra, the “fingerprints” of molecules, has undergone a major expansion, according to its managers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST 14, containing the newest edition of the NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectral Library, boasts significantly increased coverage within each of its three components: the NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectral Library of electron ionization (EI) spectra, the NIST Tandem Mass Spectral Library, and the NIST Library of GC Methods and Retention Index Data. These updated libraries were recently released to more than 30 distributors worldwide.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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