LABORATORY NEWS
Seeing Through Walls of Unknown Materials

A December 6, 2017 press release from Duke University announced that researchers at Duke University have devised a way to see through walls using a narrow band of microwave frequencies without any advance knowledge of what the walls are made out of. Besides having obvious applications in the realm of security, the approach could lead to inexpensive devices to help construction workers easily locate conduits, pipes and wires.

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Webinar: 3D Microscopy for Firearms Identification

A live webinar in January 2018 — presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence — will focus on 3D microscopy for firearms identification.

 

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System Improves Analyst's Workday

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Forensic labs today face obstacles beyond the routine processing and analysis of casework. Increasing caseloads, backlogs and tightening budgets to name just a few.

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DEA Releases NFLIS Data Tables

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced earlier this month the public release of data tables from the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS). DEA’s “NFLIS-Drug” data collection has involved systematically collecting drug identification results and associated information from drug cases submitted to and analyzed by participating Federal, State, and local forensic laboratories. These laboratories analyze controlled and noncontrolled substances secured in law enforcement operations across the country.

 

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New Research on Differentiating Fibers

A grant report, "The Analysis of Trace Forensic Evidence Using Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry: Differentiating Fibers," written by Douglas J. Beussman, was recently funded and released by the National Institute of Justice.

 

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Registration Open for 2018 R&D Symposium

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced that registration is now open for onsite attendance of the 2018 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium.

 

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Product News

Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: www.spectroline.com

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