Category Archives: Physical evidence

Criminal evidence (inc. adhesive tape, rope, soil, trace evidence, fibres, textiles, dyes, poisons, fertilisers) in relation to homicide, suicide, sexual assault, break & enter, hit & run etc.
Includes explosives, IEDs (Improvised explosive devices) oil spills and comparisons, physical evidence examination

Kirra McLoughlin, 27, may have lain up to 12 hours in house after being critically injured in fight

Gold Coast Bulletin Brittany Vonow July 23, 2014

A MOTHER-of-four had to be flown from Gympie to the Gold Coast, bypassing two major Brisbane hospitals, after suffering serious head injuries in a fight.
Kirra McLoughlin, 27, died the next day, with homicide police now assisting Wide Bay Burnett district police in their investigation.

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Australian team to identify MH17 bodies

The Sydney Morning Herald Paul Osborne AAP July 24, 2014

A forensics expert who helped identify Ned Kelly’s body is part of an international team investigating the MH17 crash.
David Ranson is a forensic pathologist and deputy director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM).
The Melbourne scientist will join other forensic experts in the Netherlands at the Corporal Van Oudheusden Barracks in Hilversum.
The town itself is in mourning after the loss of several families in the Malaysia Airlines crash in the Ukraine.
Associate Professor Ranson will be accompanied by VIFM forensic dentists Jeremy Graham and Lyndall Smythe as well as technician Gemma Radford.

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MH17: First victims of Malaysia Airlines crash arrive in the Netherlands

ABC News 24 July 2014

The bodies of the first victims from the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week have arrived at a military base in the Netherlands.
The 40 bodies were flown to the Eindhoven air base from Ukraine in a Dutch Hercules C-130 and a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17.

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Full forensic search needed to ensure all MH17 victims are found: PM

The Australian Phillip Hudson July 23, 2014

TONY Abbott has revealed he is in talks with Australia’s “partners in grief” about a range of options to secure the MH17 crash site, amid fears the remains of some victims of the Malaysia Airlines disaster may never be found.
A grim Prime Minister said it was quite possible many bodies still remained undiscovered and exposed to the European summer following the downing of the flight over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, probably by a surface-to-air missile.

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Body found in fire-destroyed Runaway Bay home

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva July 23, 2014

A man’s body has been found in a Runaway Bay house three days after it was completely destroyed by fire.
Fire urban search crews located the body in the Pebble Beach Drive property around lunchtime on Wednesday.

Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal goes Gold open access

(Royal Society of Chemistry 15 July 2014) The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 — making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 – making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.  From January 2015 onwards, all new content in Chemical Science will be free for anyone to access.

To ease the transition to open access, the Royal Society of Chemistry is waiving all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for two years.

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Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

(University of California – Berkeley 20 July 2014) UC Berkeley researchers have created a plasmon laser detector that can sniff out tiny traces of airborne molecules of explosives. The sensor detected both DNT and ammonium nitrate at concentrations below one part per billion.

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Dispersant from Deepwater Horizon spill found to persist in the environment

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 16 July 2014) A new study has found that the dispersant compound DOSS, which decreases the size of oil droplets and hampers the formation of large oil slicks, remains associated with oil and can persist in the environment for up to four years.

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Identifying bodies from MH17 is a challenge for forensics

The Conversation Kirsty Wright 21 July 2014

Disaster victim identification (DVI) is a difficult task, but will be made even more challenging in this instance given the delays in body recovery and the interference of the crash site that is said to span over a 10km area including within a combat zone.

Writer discusses recovering the bodies, the need to document, protecting the bodies, the explosion, and looking for evidence.

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Arsonists light three fires which damage unit building site at Kuraby

Courier Mail Kate McKenna 22 July 2014

A SERIES of fires that extensively damaged a construction site southeast of Brisbane are being treated as suspicious.

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