ABC News Andie Noonan 20 August 2016
Led by the University of Melbourne, a team of experts has reconstructed the relic with the help of CT scanning, a 3D-printed skull, forensic science and art. The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine was able to scan the mummified remains.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-20/ancient-egyptian-mummified-head-brought-to-life-in-melbourne/7769368
Australian Computer Society | 5 August 2016
The Australian Federal Police has finally moved into a new $106 million forensics facility in Canberra that will aid in everything from cybercrime to organised crime and terrorism investigations.
Over 200 experts in digital forensics, weapons intelligence, fingerprint and facial identification, and biological and chemical criminalistics come together in the new forensics facility at Majura.
It replaces a similar but outdated Weston Forensic Centre, which was overcrowded and unsuitable for newer forensics techniques, forcing police in some cases to ship work to New Zealand instead.
Read more: https://ia.acs.org.au/news/australia-gets-world-class-forensics-facility-432630
The Conversation | Ahmad Samarji 3 August 2016
One of the basic principles of forensic science is Locard’s Exchange Principle which says: “Every contact leaves a trace.” It was formulated in the early 20th century, by French criminologist Edmond Locard, and still informs forensic inquiries today.
But the term “trace” is no longer explicit to physical and biological traces. It also includes digital ones where cyber or virtual contacts (emailing, Skyping, surfing the net, and so on) leave digital imprints such as an IP address or the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of a mobile phone.
The work of forensic scientists has so far been overwhelmed with identifying, collecting and analysing such traces to see if they map to a suspect in a specific investigation.
Read more: https://theconversation.com/let-forensic-science-help-prevent-a-crime-or-a-disaster-62167
E&T Louise Murray Volume 11 Issue 7; 12 July 2016
A quiet revolution is happening in Switzerland, where visionary forensic scientists have joined forces with engineers, radiologists, computer scientists and roboticists to integrate the latest developments in 3D imagery and radiological medical scanning – CT and MRI – and apply them to the understanding of death and its causes. This is the Virtopsy project.
Read more: http://eandt.theiet.org/magazine/2016/07/virtopsy-forensics.cfm
Survey data reveals a high degree of medical consensus that shaking a young child is capable of producing subdural hematoma (a life-threatening pooling of blood outside the brain), severe retinal hemorrhage, coma or death, according to a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Recent media reports and judicial decisions have called into question the general acceptance among physicians of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma. General acceptance of concepts in the medical community is a critical factor for admitting medical expert testimony in courts. In cases of child maltreatment, courts often rely on medical expert testimony to establish the most likely cause of a child’s injuries.
Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/arh-sbs072016.php
[Article abstract is yet to be published online in the Journal of Pediatrics]
ABC News Josh Bavas 4 July 2016
A toddler found dead north of Brisbane last month had suffered trauma injuries about a week earlier, police have revealed. Paramedics found 21-month-old Mason Jet Lee dead at a house in Deanne Court at Caboolture in the early hours of June 11. Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen him in the months prior to his death.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-04/toddler-died-as-a-result-of-horrific-trauma-injuries/7567214
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