Imaging System Detects Hidden Threats

By adapting superconducting technology used in advanced telescope cameras, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a prototype video imaging system for detecting hidden weapons and other threats at distances up to 28 meters away.

Laser Scanner Evidence Admitted in Federal Court

As laser scanners find their way into more crime-scene and accident reconstruction toolkits, this news from New Mexico will be a point of interest for many: A U.S. federal court recently issued a ruling affirming the scientific validity of Leica ScanStation evidence.

Video: World's Most Sensitive Explosive Detector

A new American Chemical Society (ACS) video focuses on the world’s most sensitive explosive detector to date. Known as FIDO, the handheld detector has been used to detect roadside bombs in Iraq, as well as in homeland security operations and airport security.

LGBT Teens at Higher Risk of Being Victims

A new study on teen dating violence has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts. Transgender teens are especially vulnerable.

When Victims Report from Another Jurisdiction

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) has prepared a training bulletin, "Responding to Victims Reporting from Another Jurisdiction".

Face Annotation

A new report, "Face Annotation at the Macro-scale and the Micro-scale: Tools, Techniques, and Applications in Forensic Identification", is now available from the NIJ through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

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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: