LABORATORY NEWS
Not Just a Pretty Face

Computer recognition of people has focused almost exclusively on faces, but a new study suggests it may be time to take additional information into consideration. A study* published online Sept. 25, 2013 in the journal Psychological Science by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) describes a series of experiments that demonstrates there is potentially more valuable information for biometrics-based identity recognition in images of people than the face alone.

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DNA Evidence in Sexual Assault Investigation

The organization End Violence Against Women International has been posting a series of articles titled "Understanding the Role of DNA Evidence in a Sexual Assault Investigation."

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Accreditation for D.C.'s Forensic Science Lab

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Forensic Science Laboratory of the District’s Department of Forensic Sciences has been approved for accreditation by meeting international standards for forensic operations, DFS Director Max Houck announced.

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NIST Invites Comments on Structure of Forensic Science Guidance Groups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input on the structure of guidance groups that would promote scientific validity and reliability in forensic science. NIST is inviting comments on the structure of the groups through a Notice of Inquiry published Sept. 27, 2013, in the Federal Register.

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Muscles & Meth

An international team of scientists have identified potentially dangerous amounts of methamphetamine analog in the workout supplement Craze, a product widely sold across the U.S. and online. The study, published in Drug Testing and Analysis, was prompted by a spate of failed athletic drug tests. The results reveal the presence of methamphetamine analog N,α-DEPEA, which has not been safely tested for human consumption, in three samples.

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DNA Products Receive Validation/Approval

Two companies announced earlier this month developments in their products' approval and/or validation by nationally recognized organizations.

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Editorial

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES of writing and editing a magazine is telling a story in a relatively small amount of space. Sometimes it seems like there is never enough room to say everything that needs to be said. I find myself making tough decisions about what parts stay and what parts go.

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