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  • Machine Learning Can Help Maggots Solve Crimes

    09/11/2020 5:03:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Massive Science ^ | 8/27/20 | Asher Jones
    Machine learning can help maggots solve crimes Trained algorithms can identify maggots and read clues like time of deathMaggots don’t have fingers, but they do produce chemical “fingerprints” — a blend of chemicals unique to their species. Different maggot species feed on corpses at particular stages of decay. Forensics teams actually use this information to estimate a person’s time of death. The problem is that maggots, which are immature flies, are tricky to identify and rearing them to flyhood is time-consuming and expensive. University of Albany researchers developed a machine learning technique to rapidly distinguish maggot species by their chemical...
  • HISC testimony: Crowdstrike CEO “We did not have concrete evidence that the data was exfiltrated from the DNC”

    05/07/2020 7:34:51 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 15 replies
    Interesting admission in Crowdstrike CEO Shaun Henry's testimony. Henry is asked when "the Russians" exfiltrated the data from DNC. Henry: "We did not have concrete evidence that the data was exfiltrated from the DNC, but we have indicators that it was exfiltrated." More from Crowdstrike's Shaun Henry: "There are times when we can see data exfiltrated, and we can say conclusively. But in this case it appears it was set up to be exfiltrated, but we just don’t have the evidence that says it actually left." This takes me back to the qualified, ambiguous Mueller language I highlighted in my...
  • Longtime Criminalist Uses ‘Old-School’ Technique to ID Victim in 50-Year-Old Murder

    04/08/2020 11:40:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Forensic Magazie ^ | Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | Michelle Taylor
    Longtime Criminalist Uses ‘Old-School’ Technique to ID Victim in 50-Year-Old Murder Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Michelle Taylor Editor-in-Chief Share Email Longtime Criminalist Uses ‘Old-School’ Technique to ID Victim in 50-Year-Old Murder Want to know the key to fingerprinting and identifying human remains buried 51 years ago? Perseverance, Ivory dish soap and old-school techniques. Luckily, criminalist and fingerprinting expert Timothy Jackson at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab had all of that when he identified the body of Winston “Skip” Morris by manually plotting the victim’s minutiae to generate a more defined fingerprint that finally lead to a hit. The...
  • VANITY: Daily flights to Dominican Republic from Europe/Russia - any ill or dead Euros/Ruskies?

    06/10/2019 2:58:03 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 12 replies
    self ^ | 6/10/19 | Self
    Lately we've been hearing on the news about the many Americans falling ill and/or dying in the Dominican Republic, namely in resort hotels. I've seen that there are daily flights to Punta Cana from Europe & Russia -- three a week from Dusseldorf, three a week from Moscow, daily direct flights from Heathrow and Gatwick in England, a few direct from Toronto and Montréal in Canada -- the list goes on and on. Question: Have there been any reports of ill or dead Europeans or foreigners in the Dominican Republic? Very suspect that the only victims are Americans. Conspiracy theory:...

    04/27/2019 5:18:02 AM PDT · by righttackle44 · 72 replies
    Kill Zone ^ | April 22, 2019 | Sue Coletta
    I invited my dear friend Garry Rodgers — retired homicide detective with a second career as a forensic coroner — to share a fascinating post about the real cause of Elvis Presley’s death. Prepare to be wowed. Welcome to TKZ, Garry! Elvis Presley suddenly dropped in the bathroom of his Graceland mansion on the afternoon of August 16, 1977. Elvis was rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was pronounced dead, then shipped to the morgue and autopsied the same afternoon. Three days later, the Memphis County coroner issued Elvis Presley’s death certificate stating the cause as...
  • FEMA denies Puerto Rico request for help processing backlog of bodies

    02/28/2019 7:13:03 PM PST · by blueplum · 21 replies
    CBS News via msn ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Camilo Montoya-Galvez
    Washington — Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Puerto Rico's request to dispatch forensic units to Puerto Rico to help process a mounting backlog of bodies, the island's government has received a much-need reprieve. The fiscal board which controls spending in the U.S. territory will allow Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to use $1.5 million in funding to curtail the backlog in the island's morgue. …(snip) ...he FEMA official said these issues could be not be "attributed" to the natural disasters that struck the island, which triggered the first DMORT deployment. "These and the other courses of action ... address systemic...
  • Shroud of Turin Bloodstains Likely Fake, Not of Jesus Christ: Forensic Experts

    07/17/2018 7:55:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bloodstains found on the shroud of Turin burial cloth, believed by many to have once wrapped the body of Jesus Christ, are likely fake, according to new research reported in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. In June 2017, researchers at the Institute of Crystallography found traces of blood on the 14-foot-long relic, with initial analysis of the particles discovering "a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral cloth." The nanoparticles uncovered were found to not be typical of the blood of a healthy person. The Journal of Forensic Sciences report on July 10 revealed that...
  • IT’S A FAKE! Analyst Says Judge Roy Moore Signature

    11/14/2017 10:41:48 AM PST · by scooby321 · 137 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/14/2017 | Joshua Caplan
    Known for his insightful take on politics, journalist and author Thomas Wictor believes Judge Roy Moore’s signature in Gloria Allred accuser Beverly Young Nelson’s yearbook is a forgery. The sevens in 1977 to the right of “Christmas,” are very different from the sevens in the date (12-22-77) above “Old Hickory House.” “Look at the two versions of the number “7,” tweeted Wictor. “”12-22-77” and “Olde Hickory House” were written by a different person,” he added. Next, Wictor points out “the “R” and “y” in “Roy,”” are not written the same way.
  • The Crisis in America's Crime Labs

    07/12/2017 4:49:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | July 12, 2017 | Michelle Malkin
    Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty. There is a crisis in America's government-run crime labs -- and it's not just the result of a few rogue operators. The problem is long-festering and systemic. In April, Massachusetts state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan made national headlines after investigations and lawsuits over her misconduct prompted the state's Supreme Judicial Court to order the largest dismissal of criminal convictions in U.S. history. Prosecutors were forced to dismiss a stunning 21,000-plus drug cases after Dookhan admitted to forging signatures,...
  • Study: Brain Scan Sees Lies More Clearly than Polygraph

    11/07/2016 6:37:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Forensic Magazinbe ^ | 11/07/2016 | Michelle Taylor
    When it comes to lying, the brain may be our Achilles’ heel, rather than physiological indices like blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity. A new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania suggests functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is significantly more effective at spotting lies than a traditional polygraph test. In the study, neuroscience experts with no experience in lie detection were 24 percent more likely to spot falsehoods than professional polygraph examiners reviewing polygraph recordings. An fMRI is a functional neuroimaging procedure using MRI technology that measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow. The...
  • A trail of microbes (could bacteria constantly dropping off our bodies allow tracking of us?)

    03/16/2016 1:08:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 3/11/16 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    The unique mix of bacteria you leave behind wherever you go might be used to identify you. Touching a phone, or just walking through a room, will leave behind hundreds of microbial species, sometimes including Staphylococcus aureus (inset).PHOTOS: (LEFT TO RIGHT) SCIENCE SOURCE; MATTHEW RAKOLA One morning last summer, evolutionary biologist Jose Lopez was having coffee on the back porch of his house in Hollywood, Florida, when two burglars climbed in through a front window and did what home invaders usually do: They rifled through drawers, disconnected the TV to carry it off, and even opened the fridge to...
  • Forensic analysis confirms Planned Parenthood undercover videos were not manipulated

    09/29/2015 1:13:58 PM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 12 replies
    Coalfire Systems, a highly accredited forensic analysis and cybersecurity company that does work for Fortune 500 companies, issued a report Monday which found that 10 full-footage videos the Center for Medical Progress recorded while undercover at Planned Parenthood facilities and related locations “are authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing.” “This conclusion is supported by the consistency of the video file date and time stamps, the video timecode, as well as the folder and file naming scheme,” the report states. “The uniformity between the footage from Investigator 1’s camera and Investigator 2’s camera also support the evidence that...
  • Researchers can trace dust samples using fungal DNA

    04/15/2015 10:22:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies ^ | 4/15/15
    Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed a statistical model that allows them to tell where a dust sample came from within the continental United States based on the DNA of fungi found in the sample. The primary goal of the research was to develop a new forensic biology tool for law enforcement or archaeologists. "But it may also give us a greater understanding of the invisible ecosystems of microbial life that we know are all around us, but that we don't fully comprehend," says Neal Grantham, a Ph.D. student in statistics at...
  • Could students' art solve mystery of unidentified bodies?

    02/09/2015 7:27:16 PM PST · by wtd · 5 replies
    Fox5 NY ^ | Sharon Crowley
    Could students' art solve mystery of unidentified bodies?NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Students at the New York Academy of Art are combining art and science in hopes of solving mysteries. They are trying to help police identify people who died in New York but were never identified. If you walk down Franklin Street in Tribeca and look into the window of the New York Academy of Art you will see faces staring right back at you. These sculptures are not just works of art each head represents a real person, on display here to try to solve a mystery. New...
  • Before He Died, Richard III Lived Large

    08/24/2014 10:48:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-19-14 | Rachel Nuwer
    Bone chemistry sheds light on the monarch's shifting diet throughout his brief life Richard III was only 32 years old when he was struck down at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. But according to new research, the King of England at least enjoyed some good eating throughout his life—especially in the few years leading up to his death. Scientists from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester analyzed Richard III's teeth, his femur and his ribs to see what they could reveal about the monarch's diet, reports. They used isotope analysis to identify chemical signatures...
  • The Strange Case of the 'Time Travel' Murder

    05/01/2014 11:49:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/27
    A woman's body is found in London. DNA turns up a hit, yet the suspect apparently died weeks before the alleged victim. Here, forensic scientist Dr Mike Silverman tells the story of one of the strangest cases of his career. It was a real-life mystery that could have come straight from the pages of a modern-day detective novel. During the late 1970s... the idea of being able to identify someone from a few tiny drops of blood seemed like something out of science fiction” A woman had been brutally murdered in London and biological material had been found under...
  • 100 serial rapists identified after rape kits from Detroit Crime Lab are finally processed

    03/13/2014 8:20:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    WXYZ ^ | Kim Craig
    "I was in shock. I was outraged and I just assumed kits were being tested," said actress Mariska Hargitay about the thousands of rape kits in Detroit and across the country that have been left sitting in storage without being processed, allowing rapists to remain free to attack again. And they often do. Hargitay joined Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to announce legislation that will soon be introduced to state lawmakers that is aimed at setting guidelines and deadlines for rape kits tests to be processed. "Testing rape kits is vital for keeping rapists off the street," said Hargitay during...
  • Juarez's "Dr. Frankenstein" Is Breathing New Life Into Unsolved Murders

    02/26/2014 7:15:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    KFOX 14 ^ | Tuesday, February 25 2014 | Stephanie Guadian
    Juarez's 'Dr. Frankenstein' is breathing new life into unsolved murders Just outside of Juarez a group of mothers frustrated by local law enforcement and desperate to find their missing loved ones --- decides to search the outskirts of their neighborhood themselves. They are looking for unmarked graves. And it doesn't take long before fears are realized. The wave of violence that at one time made Juarez the most dangerous city in the world is washing away. But, there are painful reminders: unidentified bodies, unsolved murders and reports of people who have simply disappeared. Marta Rincon’s daughter disappeared five years ago....
  • All in the eyes: corneal reflections in photos can help solve crimes

    01/01/2014 7:20:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | Dec 31, 2013
    All in the eyes: corneal reflections in photos can help solve crimes Tuesday 31 December 2013 - 8am PST The eyes are not just the mirror of the soul, they also mirror the world around us. Now, a UK team has found that today's high-resolution digital images are now so detailed, they can enlarge the eyes in people's photos and retrieve images of out-of-shot bystanders reflected on their corneas. Combine this with the fact human beings are very efficient at recognizing faces, even from poor quality images, and you have the makings of a rich forensic resource for solving crimes....
  • Fingerprints Help Convict Lightning Cable Thieves

    10/27/2013 3:54:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, October 27, 2013 | Eman Al Baik
    Dubai court sentences three copper cable thieves to one year in jailThree Bangladeshi labourers were sentenced to one year in jail for stealing lightning protection cables made of copper from the roof a building. Police found fingerprints of the culprits in a building in the Russian cluster of International City in Dubai where the theft had taken place. “We rushed to the location and could lift some finger prints and so we could reach MA, 25,” testified a police officer. After his arrest, MA admitted to the theft and lead police to his accomplices NM, 26, and FH, 22. Police...