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Study Examines Evidential Value of Very Small Particle Profiles

A project funded by the National Institute of Justice measured the evidential value of very small particle (VSP) profiles found on four types of physical evidence: handguns, cell phones, drug packaging, and ski masks.

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DEA Conducts NFLIS Medical Examiner/Coroner Office Survey

In preparation for the planned expansion of its National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) — a program that collects drug chemistry analysis results and other information from cases analyzed by local, state, and federal forensic laboratories — the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is conducting a survey of medical examiner and coroners offices across the United States.

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Webinars: Applying Forensic Techniques to Humanitarian Projects

In case you missed it... An archived version of a webinar series from the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences is now available online. Hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, the series includes webinars on detection of nerve agents in human bone; the analysis and conservation of remains in Cambodia; stable isotope forensics and unknown persons; and a review of forensic anthropology in Mexico.

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State Forensic Science Commissions Final Report

A report recently released by NIJ provides an overview of considerations in planning for and developing a state-level forensic science commission, taking into account the substantial differences among states regarding governance, culture, statutes, and crime laboratory systems.

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Digital Comparison of Torn Duct Tape

A new technical report has been made available by the NIJ, through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: "Quantitative Algorithm for the Digital Comparison of Torn Duct Tape". The report, written by William Ristenpart, Frederic Tulleners, and Alicia Alfter, is based on research intended to "minimize human contextual bias in decisions about whether torn duct tape found at a crime scene matches a duct-tape roll found in a suspect’s possession by combining digital image analysis and an objective, quantitative algorithm in assessing the likelihood of a match."

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3D Optical Topography Podcast

Episode Three of Just Science, funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, features Dr. Ryan Lilien, from Cadre Forensics, and Todd Weller, from the Oakland Police Department talking about their groundbreaking research in optical topography and firearms identification.

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.

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