Daily Archives: December 17, 2010

Crime Investigation: Catching criminals- one cell at a time

Jerusalem Post ISRAEL
A new breakthrough in DNA forensic crime scene techniques is set to enable detectives to identify the presence of a specific suspect at a crime scene even if the individual’s DNA is mixed up with that of other people who were present – a capacity that has, up to now, eluded police.

Bones found on island may belong to Amelia Earhart

Yahoo News
WELLINGTON (AFP) – US aircraft history buffs are hopeful that tiny bones along with artefacts from the 1930s found on a remote Pacific island may reveal the fate of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart.

Is Megan Waterman, Missing Maine Mother, Among Victims Near L.I. Beach? Mother Submits DNA to Police

CBS News
BABYLON, N.Y. (CBS/AP) The mother of a missing Maine woman has provided a DNA sample Wednesday to New York investigators trying to determine the identities of four women whose bodies were found dumped on a remote beach highway on Long Island.

Tiny Time Machines Revisit Ancient Life

Science Magazine.org
For hundreds of years, humans studying ancient life had to rely on stones and bones for hard evidence about what extinct creatures looked like. In the past decade, powerful new x-ray scans and three-dimensional computer models have transformed the analysis of bones, teeth, and shells. But something even more revolutionary has been afoot: a new kind of analysis capable of revealing anatomical adaptations that skeletal evidence can’t provide, such as the color of a dinosaur’s feathers or how woolly mammoths withstood the cold.

STL Signs MoU with Netherlands Forensic Institute

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), STL’s press office announced in a communiqué Thursday.
The purpose of the agreement is to establish a framework for the provision of forensic science services by the NFI to the STL, according to the communiqué.

Exhumation of Operation Bljesak victims begins

The Serbian government Committee for Missing Persons stated that the relevant Croatian organs began exhuming the remains of Serbian nationals today, killed in the Croatian Army’s Operation Bljesak in western Slavonija.

Foot washes ashore in Tacoma

The Province
The bizarre floating-foot phenomena is back on the B.C.-Washington coast, as a small right foot has washed ashore in the city of Tacoma.
Where the foot came from, and who it belonged to, is a complete mystery, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said Wednesday.

Nassau Appoints Interim Crime Lab Chief

Long Island Post
Nassau County officials named an expert from the medical examiner’s office as the new, temporary director of the troubled police crime lab and formed an oversight committee to ensure the facility meets a national accreditation agency’s requirements to be taken off of probation.