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Workshop on GC/IR for use in Forensic Drug Analysis

A workshop at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists, Sept. 26, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida, will help attendees learn about the usefulness of GC/IR as a complementary technique to resolve issues of specific identification in new or novel designer drugs such as synthetic cannabinoids, cathinone derivatives, N-BOMe drugs, and more.

 

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Report Explores Automated Dye Molecule Extraction

A new technical report, "Microfluidic System for Automated Dye Molecule Extraction and Detection for Forensic Fiber Identification," has been made available by NIJ through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

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Doors Open to New State-of-the-Art Laboratory

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Dan Ragsdale, and Virginia Congressman Rep. Gerry Connolly unveiled on July 20, 2016 a major renovation of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forensic Laboratory in Tysons Corner, Virginia, to support the growing mission and capabilities of the one-of-a-kind lab.

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Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Webinar Series Archived

A 17-webinar series from the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has been archived online for on-demand viewing. The "Impression Pattern & Trace Evidence Webinar Series" is specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern and trace evidence, law enforcement and legal communities.

 

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Forensic Science Group Calls for More Funding & Support

The American Congress of Forensic Science Laboratories (ACFSL), a multidisiplinary assembly of professionals employed in United States forensic science laboratories, recently published a position statement, "How Can America Fix Its Crime Labs?"

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Video Privacy Software Lets Users Select What Others See

Camera-equipped smartphones, laptops and other devices make it possible to share ideas and images with anyone, anywhere, often in real-time. But in our cameras-everywhere culture, the risk of accidentally leaking sensitive information is growing. Computer scientists at Duke University have developed software that helps prevent inadvertent disclosure of trade secrets and other restricted information within a camera’s field of view by letting users specify what others can see.

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Recovering Latent Fingerprints from Cadavers

IN A HOMICIDE CASE, the recovery of latent impressions from a body is just one more step that should be taken in the process of completing a thorough search. This article is directed at crime-scene technicians and the supervisors who support and direct evidence-recovery operations both in the field and in the controlled settings of the medical examiner’s office or the morgue under the coroner’s direction.

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