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October 10, 2015

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October 10, 2015

Search Engine for More Accurate, Fast Recognition of Metabolites

Oct. 1, 2015 — Metabolites are small molecules, such as sugars, fatty acids and amino acids that, among other things, serve as sources of energy in the cells and as building materials for cell walls. For ... read more

Ballistics Imaging Systems Effective With Good Management

Oct. 1, 2015 — During a homicide epidemic in Trinidad and Tobago driven mainly by guns, the developing country had forensic ballistics imaging technology, but faced problems effectively using it to solve crimes, ... read more

Divorcing Drugs and Violence Is Key to Saving U.S. Drug Policy, Research Shows

Oct. 1, 2015 — New research is being used in public policy discussions surrounding changes to mandatory minimum sentences involving nonviolent drug offenders through the Smarter Sentencing ... read more

New Research Into Completers, Non-Completers of Offending Behaviour Programs Could Have Implications for Practice

Sep. 28, 2015 — A new study has highlighted the importance of ensuring high-risk and impulsive offenders complete rehabilitation programs and that some offenders require extra support to engage with the ... read more

Immigrants Come to Resemble Native-Born Americans Over Time, but Integration Not Always Link

Sep. 21, 2015 — As immigrants and their descendants become integrated into US society, many aspects of their lives improve, including measurable outcomes such as educational attainment, occupational distribution, ... read more

Public Health Must Be Top Priority If Cannabis Is Legalized in Canada

Sep. 21, 2015 — If Canada's new government decides to legalize cannabis, public health must be the top priority to prevent commercialization and promotion by 'Big Cannabis' and subsequent possible ... read more

Link Between the Economy, Crime Rates Has Broken Down, New Research Finds

Sep. 21, 2015 — The assumption that rising unemployment, leads to rising crime in the UK, is being challenged by new research. The study has found that the relationship between the economy and crime rates has varied ... read more

Criminals Acquire Guns Through Social Connections, Study Shows

Sep. 16, 2015 — Criminals are far more likely to acquire guns from family and acquaintances than by theft, according to new research. The findings suggest that targeting by law enforcement of the intermediaries in ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — The first study to test the skills of FBI agents and other law enforcers who have been trained in facial recognition has found they perform better than the average person or even computers on this ... read more

Police Professionals Are Better Observers Than Ordinary Civilians

Aug. 26, 2015 — Dutch research shows that trained detectives of specialized observation teams are much better at registering details of a drug deal than ordinary civilians. Previous legal-psychological research ... read more

Criminologist Tackles Perception of NFL Players

Aug. 25, 2015 — A 24-hour news cycle, viral videos and tweets about football players' run-ins with the law can make it seem like criminal activity is an epidemic in the National Football League. But a new study ... read more

Accuracy of Sexual Assault Testimonies Not Affected by Alcohol Intoxication, Study Finds

Aug. 18, 2015 — Intoxicated victims of sexual assault could accurately retain information from events, conclude researchers after a study. Findings are being applied to develop National Guidelines in England for how ... read more

Male Doctors Are More Likely to Have Legal Action Taken Against Them

Aug. 12, 2015 — Male doctors have nearly two and half times increased odds of having medico-legal action taken against them than their female counterparts, according to research. A better understanding of why this ... read more

A New CSI Tool Could Pinpoint When Fingerprints Were Left Behind

Aug. 12, 2015 — The crime scene investigators on TV's popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series seem able to solve any mystery thanks to a little science and a lot of artistic license. But now there is a ... read more

Behaviors Linked to Adult Crime Differ Between Abused Boys and Girls, Study Finds

Aug. 11, 2015 — Troubling behaviors exhibited by abused children can predict later criminal activity, and those indicators differ between boys and girls, new research shows. Elementary-aged boys who show ... read more

Statistical Model Helps Police Identify Crime Series; Speeds Apprehension of Perpetrators

Aug. 11, 2015 — A statistical model -- now an easy-to-use software tool -- local police can use to identify a series of related crimes and nab a suspect has been unveiled. Crime linkage is the investigative process ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — A newly released study offers hope of conservation to the world’s low-profile and more unloved members of the animal kingdom. The study demonstrates that a “Wisdom of Crowds” method can ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — Small cities and rural areas lag behind in environmental protection policymaking because they often lack the financial or technical resources needed. According to newly published research, places ... read more

Cybersecurity Experts to Discuss Tricky Balance Between Data Sharing and Privacy

Aug. 4, 2015 — In its efforts to curb criminal activity, should the government be allowed to see confidential consumer data collected by businesses? Or does the right to privacy trump such intrusions? The conflict ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — Comprehensive results of 13 years of one of the longest continuously running studies of commercial hunting activity have been published. The researchers recorded more than 197,000 animal carcasses ... read more

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