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Got Evidence? How to Improve Forensic Science

On the third anniversary of the partnership between NIST and the Department of Justice to create the National Commission on Forensic Science and the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (February 18), NIST Fellow and Special Assistant to the Director for Forensic Science John Butler wrote in the NIST Taking Measure blog about efforts to improve the foundation of forensic science.

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Modified Laser Cutter Prints 3-D Objects from Powder

Rice University bioengineering researchers have modified a commercial-grade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS, an open-source, selective laser sintering platform that can print intricate 3-D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials. The system costs at least 40 times less than its commercial counterparts and allows researchers to work with their own specialized powdered materials.

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Service Animals to Receive Free Eye Screenings

Last year, 16-year-old Katie Krampitz and her father brought her one-year-old black lab, Rue, to her veterinary ophthalmologist’s office for a check-up. But Rue’s visit was no ordinary exam, because Rue is no ordinary dog. For Katie, who has suffered from Type 1 Diabetes since she was a toddler, Rue is a literal lifesaver. Trained as a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD) by Warren Retrievers, Rue’s primary job is to monitor Katie’s blood sugar level and alert her when it is too high or too low.

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Are Commercial 3D Cameras and Camcorders Capable of Face Collections at 50 meters?

A report released recently by the National Institute of Justice's National Criminal Justice Reference Service describes the market survey and findings for 3D cameras and camcorders capable of face collections at 50 meters or greater, and an assessment of 2D camera background removal algorithms and techniques.

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NIJ Launches Funding Webinar Series

The National Institute of Justice will be hosting six educational webinars about solicitations that are new this year, or contain key changes. The webinars are free and will help interested stakeholders learn more about the research goals, technical and submission requirements, and program objectives.

 

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Property and Evidence Rooms in the News

From items gone missing to cash unexpectedly found, police department's property and evidence rooms frequent the headlines. Here's just a few from the last month.

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Image Clarification Workflow

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I received a call from Ocean Systems asking if I would like to beta test their newest software—ClearID v2.0 Image Clarification Workflow. The new progam has filters that were designed for use with Adobe’s Photoshop graphics-editing program.

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