Daily Archives: March 25, 2011

Solving child abuse, half a globe away

Mercury News California
Every morning in Zambia’s capital, raped and molested children from Lusaka and neighboring villages climb into the bed of a police truck to ride to a special clinic dedicated to treating underage sex crime victims.

Researchers study if life on Earth descended from Mars

The Hindu
…The MIT researchers’ device, which could be carried on future missions to Mars, would take samples of Martian soil and isolate any living microbes that might be present or microbial remnants, which can be preserved for about up to a million years and still contain viable DNA…

Texas dig solidifies evidence of settlers

WASHINGTON — The discovery of 56 stone tools four feet underground in the Texas Hill Country makes certain what most archeologists have suspected for a while — that human beings were in the Americas making stone tools 15,000 years ago.

Forensic service to beef up staff, modernize facility

KBS World Korea
The National Forensic Service says that it will add 26 more agents to its staff this year.
The new members will be experts on DNA and image analysis, autopsies and appraisals of minute evidences.

Amanda Knox DNA Evidence Is Too Minute to Test, Say Scientists

Seattle Weekly
It was a lynchpin in the case that convicted Seattle native Amanda Knox of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. DNA evidence found on the knife that prosecutors say was used to brutally stab Kercher to death was linked back to Knox. But now, deep into her all-important appeal, forensic scientists in Rome have concluded that there is too little DNA on the knife to even test it.