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NIST Grants to Fund Research in Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is offering to fund research projects that address specific challenges in the fields of advanced manufacturing, climate change and clean energy, cybersecurity, health care and bioscience.

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Applying “Just War” Tradition to Secret Intelligence

Recent classified information leaks have shone a spotlight on current challenges with digital intelligence gathering processes and legal frameworks; yet, digital intelligence has proved invaluable in confronting modern day threats. A new paper issued by the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) proposes that six principles of the “just war” tradition underlying international humanitarian law could serve as a necessary framework for new norms to govern secret intelligence activities.

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First Scientific Area Committee Meetings, February 2015

The first set of public meetings of NIST's Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) was held last week in Orlando, Fla. The meetings included presentations and discussion of priorities for developing forensic science standards and guidelines for each forensic science discipline.

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There's an App for Crisis Events

Two new apps developed at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi use social media to help police officers, news stations, and the public navigate the many incidents and minor emergencies that may occur on a daily basis.

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Digital Evidence Subcommittee Members Announced

NIST announced the initial members of the Forensic Science Digital Evidence Subcommittee of OSAC.

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New Digital Evidence Unit for DFS

The Digital Evidence Unit of the District of Columbia's Department of Forensic Sciences is up and running, DFS Director Max Houck announced in late December.

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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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