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Residues in fingerprints hold clues to their age  SCIENCE DAILY · 12 hours
Police have long relied on the unique whorls, loops or arches encoded in fingerprints to identify suspects. However, they have no way to tell how long ago those prints were left behind... more
Study provides insight into 'rapport-building' during victim interviews  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
A University of Liverpool research paper, published in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, provides details of the approaches needed to help build rapport with victims of crime during interviews. more
Residues in fingerprints hold clues to their age  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Police have long relied on the unique whorls, loops or arches encoded in fingerprints to identify suspects. However, they have no way to tell how long ago those prints were left behind—information... more
Federal government backs Ohio on Down syndrome abortion law  ABC NEWS · 14 hours
The federal government is taking Ohio's side in a lawsuit over the state law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome more
Police shootings linked to inaccurate dispatch information  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A new University of Colorado Denver study examined how information provided in a dispatched call for service influences a police officer's decision to use deadly force. more
New Jersey law bans sale of flavored vaping products  ABC NEWS · 2 days
New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored vaping products more
New exhaust gas measurement registers ultrafine pollutant particles for the first time  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A few days ago, the European Commission presented its Green Deal, which aims to make the EU climate neutral by 2050 in order to... more
Collaborative project to address the local opioid epidemic  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
The University of Arizona is partnering with the Tucson Police Department, CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, and Pima County as part of a three-year, $1.47 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services... more
A cautionary tale about measuring racial bias in policing  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Racial bias and policing made headlines last year after a study examining records of fatal police shootings claimed white officers were no more likely to shoot racial minorities than nonwhite... more
Teachers union suing district over asbestos in schools  ABC NEWS · 3 days
The union representing public school teachers in Philadelphia has announced a lawsuit against the city's school district over its handling of asbestos contamination in schools more
Campus attacks by nationalists and police alarm India’s scientific community  Science Magazine · 3 days
Scientific establishment, traditionally apolitical, is increasingly speaking out against the Modi government more
Attack by nationalist hoodlums and police brutality shake India’s academic community  Science Magazine · 3 days
Scientific establishment, traditionally apolitical, is increasingly speaking out against the Modi government more
What Role does X-Ray Diffraction have in Drug Analysis?  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
X-ray techniques have been used for decades by authorities to prevent crime and keep people safe. Perhaps their most well-known use is for the detection of dangerous and banned items... more
Prosecutors' race, class bias may not drive criminal justice disparities  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
America's prison populations are disproportionately filled with people of color, but prosecutors' biases toward defendants' race and class may not be the primary cause for those disparities, new... more
Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules  ABC NEWS · 5 days
The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women more
A secreted signature of aging cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Senescent cells undergo an irreversible and permanent arrest of cell division and are hallmarks of both the aging process and multiple chronic diseases. Senescent cells -- and more importantly the factors they secrete, known collectively as... more
Attentiveness and trust are especially effective in combating juvenile crime  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Although coming from a disadvantaged background, experiencing violence within the family, having a negative school environment or consuming violent media such as films and computer games have little... more
Organized cybercrime—not your average mafia  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Does the common stereotype for "organized crime" hold up for organizations of hackers? Research from Michigan State University is one of the first to identify common attributes of cybercrime networks, revealing how these groups function and work together... more
Police platform patrols create 'phantom effect' that cuts crime in London Underground  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A massive experiment that deployed regular police patrols on platforms in the London Underground has shown that four 15-minute patrols a day in some... more
Brain-inspired computing for a post-Moore's Law era  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Since the invention of the transistor in 1947, computing development has seen a consistent doubling of the number of transistors that can fit on a chip. But that trend, known as Moore's Law, may... more
Global warming to increase violent crime in the United States  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
People in the United States could see tens of thousands of extra violent crimes every year—because of climate change alone. more
Reinventing the computer: Brain-inspired computing for a post-Moore's Law era  nanowerk · 1 week
As Moore's Law comes to an end with a limit to the number of transistors that fit on a chip, a paradigm of brain-inspired neuromorphic computing paves the... more
Artifacts Shipped from Sri Lanka to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Raise Eyebrows  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A massive trove of potentially stolen "artifacts" has been shipped from Sri Lanka, a country recovering from a civil war, to Ripley's... more
Who's liable? The AV or the human driver?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have developed a joint fault-based liability rule that can be used to regulate both self-driving car manufacturers and human drivers. They propose a game-theoretic model that describes the strategic interactions among... more
A guide to the good, low-carbon life  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
For about the last 10 years, environmental law professor Karl Coplan has been trying to winnow down his direct carbon-dioxide emissions with the goal of reaching four tons per year—about 40 percent of the... more
Amid doc's murder case, lawsuits reflect battle over blame  ABC NEWS · 1 week
This week marks a year since an Ohio hospital system announced a doctor ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died more
Loopholes limit new California law to guard against lofty air ambulance bills  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Kathleen Hoechlin lost control as she crested a small jump on her final ski run of the day at California's Mammoth Mountain two years... more
Trial opens in suit over Border Patrol detention conditions  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The trial in a lawsuit alleging unsafe and inhuman detention conditions in several of the Border Patrol’s Arizona stations has begun in Tucson more
FDA and NIH let clinical trial sponsors keep results secret and break the law  Science Magazine · 1 week
Science investigation of ClinicalTrials.gov reveals that federal promises to enforce trial transparency have fizzled more
How police surveillance technologies act as tools of white supremacy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A 2019 surge of gang-related shootings in Toronto motivated the Ontario government to commit $3 million to double the number of Toronto Police surveillance cameras in the city.... more
Opioid-dependent kids' guardians seek to form class in suit  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Attorneys representing guardians of children born dependent on opioids are asking a federal judge in Cleveland to include them as a group in a class action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical... more
Guardians of opioid-addicted kids seek to form class in suit  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Attorneys representing guardians of children born addicted to opioids are asking a federal judge in Cleveland to include them as a group in a class action lawsuit against... more
University of Kentucky receives $3 million for opioid-related research in criminal justice setting  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The University of Kentucky recently received $3 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on General Medical Sciences... more
Trump announces sweeping changes to key environmental law  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
US President Donald Trump's administration announced Thursday sweeping changes to an environmental law that would speed up the construction of highways, airports and pipelines. more
Automobile law in Japan has improved air quality  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A law passed in Japan in 1992 aimed to improve urban air quality by banning vehicles that violated certain emission standards from being registered in designated areas. A new study published in... more
Japan’s automobile law improves air quality, reduces asthma-related deaths  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A law passed in Japan in 1992 aimed to improve urban air quality by banning vehicles that violated certain emission standards from being registered in designated areas. more
Four held for lion body part trafficking in S.Africa  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
South African police have arrested four people for allegedly trying to sell lion paws, just days after eight mutilated lion carcasses were discovered at a private game farm. more
1,400 Ancient Cuneiform Tablets Identified from Lost City of Irisagrig in Iraq. Were They Stolen?  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
About 1,400 cuneiform tablets that were possibly stolen from Irisagrig, a 4,000-year-old lost city in Iraq, have just... more
Treat nonviolent drug offenses as public health issue, paper recommends  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Drug use among people arrested for nonviolent drug offenses should be treated primarily as a public health issue, according to drug policy experts at Rice University's Baker Institute... more
Police seek person who released bedbugs in Walmart store  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating what appears to be a deliberate attempt to release bedbugs in a Walmart store more
Police seek person who released bed bugs in Walmart store  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating what appears to be a deliberate attempt to release bedbugs in a Walmart store more
Eggs from endangered sea turtle stolen from Thai beach  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A community in southern Thailand has offered a reward for catching whoever stole dozens of unhatched eggs of an endangered turtle species. more
Indonesian arrested selling Sumatran tiger skin  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An Indonesian caught trying to sell the skin of a critically endangered Sumatran tiger has been arrested, police said Monday, highlighting the problem of animal trafficking in the Southeast Asian country. more
Illegal hunting and bushmeat trade threatens biodiversity and wildlife of Angola  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Hunting wild animals has been practised by humans for millions of years; however, the extraction of wildlife for subsistence and commercialisation has become a major biodiversity... more
Democratic states appeal Obamacare ruling to Supreme Court  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Democratic-led states are asking the Supreme Court for a fast-track review of a recent appeals court decision that declared a key part of the Obama-era health law unconstitutional and cast a legal... more
Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Illinois' governor has granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions, one day before the state's new law permitting broad use and sale of cannabis takes effect more
Lawsuit: Asbestos, mold, fumes make fire station hazardous  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A firefighter says asbestos, mold and toxic fumes inside a fire station in Alabama's largest city have sickened him and other firefighters. more
Groundbreaking law to prohibit sales of animal-tested cosmetics goes into effect on January 1st  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
A groundbreaking law, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which passed in 2018, will ban all sales of cosmetics that have... more
New US law requires probe of Marshall Islands nuclear dump threatened by rising seas  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Congress is demanding that the Department of Energy investigate an aging, cracking U.S. nuclear waste dump threatened by climate change... more
Police, victims warn against firing guns on New Year's Eve  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Police are cautioning people not to fire guns into the air to bring in the new year more
Age limit now 21 across US for cigarettes, tobacco products  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Anyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco product in the U.S. A new law enacted last week by Congress also applies... more
Eliminating nonmedical exemptions increases childhood vaccination rates  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 month
The first rigorously controlled study of a 2016 California law that aimed to increase childhood vaccination rates by eliminating nonmedical exemptions has found the law worked as intended, although the researchers noted a small... more
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