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Rhino, Tiger and Snow Leopard DNA Found in Chinese Medicines

More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading University of Adelaide pathologist.

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Clashes with Cops More Injurious Than Civilian-Only Skirmishes

People hospitalized due to an encounter with a law enforcement officer are more likely to have a mental illness, have longer hospitalizations, more injuries to the back and spine, and greater need for extended care than those hospitalized due to altercations with other civilians. The findings, based on 10 years of Illinois hospitalization data, are published in the journal Injury Epidemiology.

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Study Finds Human Trafficking Is Judged Unevenly by Law, Public

The severity of the criminal penalty for human trafficking in the U.S. has no effect on the number of suspects who are arrested and prosecuted for the crime, according to a wide-ranging new study by Northeastern criminologist Amy Farrell and her research partners.

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A group of nuclear detectives at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory takes on tough challenges, from detecting illicit uranium using isotopic “fingerprints” to investigating Presidential assassination conspiracies.

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Media: Following #SCOTUS case Mathis v. United States? Try @CBHessick of @sjquinney @uutah for commentary on significance.

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Survey Finds the Percentage of Undergraduate Women at 9 Colleges Who Were Sexually Assaulted During 2014-2015 Academic Year Varied Considerably

In a survey of students at nine U.S. colleges and universities, the percentage of undergraduate women who experienced a sexual assault, defined as sexual battery or rape, during 2014-2015 academic year varied considerably—rates varied among the 9 schools, ranging from 4 percent to 20 percent.

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Wrongful Convictions Like That of Steven Avery in Making a Murderer Are More Common Than You Think, Expert Says

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New FAU Report Shows 45 Percent Increase in Death by Law Enforcement From 1999 to 2013

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Between 1999 and 2013, there were 5,511 deaths by legal intervention or law enforcement in the U.S., and in 2013, an estimated 11.3 million arrests resulted in approximately 480 deaths from law enforcement.

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Overwhelming Evidence? It’s Probably a Bad Thing

The old adage that says “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” has finally been put to the test – mathematically – in research led by the University of Adelaide.

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Landmark Research Shows Bite-Mark Analysis Can Lead to False Convictions

Forensic science is a vital crime-fighting tool in today’s criminal justice system. But it can also lead to false convictions, according to Canisius College Physics Professor H. David Sheets, PhD. Study proves that bite-mark analysis is “far from an exact science.”

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Mexico’s Murder Rate Led to Decrease in Men’s Average Life Expectancy in First Decade of 21st Century

New research shows how Mexico's staggering murder rate led to a decrease in men's average life expectancy, and slowed the increase in women's life expectancy, in the first decade of the 21st century.

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Media: Following #MakingAMurderer? Criminal Law Professor @ShimaBaradaran of @Uutah Available to Talk About the Case. #StevenAvery

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Expert in Flawed Investigations Shares Thoughts Surrounding Steven Avery Case

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Forensic Seismology Tested on 2006 Munitions Depot ‘Cook-Off’ in Baghdad

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Curious seismologists who looked at the recordings made by a seismic station four miles away from the "cook-off" of an ammunition holding area in Iraq in 2006 found they could distinguish, mortars, rockets, improvised explosive devices, helicopters and drones. Seismology is increasingly being used for investigative purposes, they said, not just to detect earthquakes.

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Confidence Counts: Accuracy of Eyewitness IDs Increases with Degree of Certainty

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Field study of police lineups suggests courts must pay attention to initial witness confidence ratings and police departments should continue using traditional, simultaneous procedure.

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Men More Likely to Go Missing on Night Out in the UK in December Than Any Other Time of Year

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Men are more likely to go missing – with a fatal outcome – during a night out in the UK in December than at any other time of year, a new study led by an expert from London’s Kingston University has revealed

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Police Shootings of Black Males: A Public Health Problem

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Saint Louis University public health research study calls for immediate, low-cost steps to address issue.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Vertebrate Decomposition Study Provides Potential New Tool for Forensic Science

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and University of Colorado Boulder have discovered that unique and changing microbial communities present during decomposition of human cadavers may provide a reliable “clock” for forensic scientists. The method could be used to estimate time of death in different seasons, as well determine the original location of moved corpses and help locate buried corpses.