Science AAAS Kelly Servick 3o July 2015
Last week, at the first International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management in Arlington, Virginia, nearly 500 forensic scientists, crime lab managers, and other practitioners confronted the factors that have led to unreliable results in the field. A key problem, many said, is that people who evaluate evidence from crime scenes have access to information about a case that could bias their analysis. That subconscious bias could arise from irrelevant contextual information, such as the nature of the crime or police investigators’ beliefs about a suspect’s guilt, or from the physical evidence itself. As forensics struggles to recover from revelations of serious flaws in its methodology and scientific underpinnings, more labs are considering ways to shield their examiners from potential bias.
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The Courier Mail Peter Michael July 31, 2015
POLICE are awaiting test results on a possible makeshift bomb located at the site of a triple fatal gas explosion in Mount Isa.
Senior officers have refused to speculate on whether two LPG gas bottles had been deliberately rigged to blow in Tuesday’s tragedy.
Crime scene analysts have identified fragments of exploded cylinders in a blackened bomb-like crater outside the family home.
Forensic officers have also sent DNA to Brisbane to confirm it was boilermaker Charlie Hinder, 39, and his two children Nyobi, 7, and River, 4, killed in the blast, with preliminary findings expected next week.
Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/police-test-gas-bomb-theory-after-mount-isa-blast-which-killed-father-and-his-two-children/story-fnn8dlfs-1227463917950?from=public_rss
The Courier Mail AAP and Emma Williams July 31, 2015
A BRISBANE restaurant has been partially blown apart, with cans of pest repellent suspected to be the cause of the explosion.
Firefighters were called to the Sunnybank premises, on the corner of Mains Rd and Mccullough St, around 10pm on Thursday and found the front and back of the restaurant had been partially blown off, after the owners reportedly set off 24 cans of pest repellent.
Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/pest-repellent-cans-blow-up-restaurant/story-fnihsrf2-1227464283705?from=public_rss
Gold Coast Bulletin MEAGAN WYMES July 29, 2015
A MAN who torched his ex-girlfriend’s Coomera home while she and a friend were sleeping has been sentenced to six years in jail.
Kyle Tubb, 23, broke into the home set fire to it on May 12, 2013 after his relationship with Chloe Alty broke down.
She woke to the sound of a smoke alarm and escaped unharmed but the home, which was being rented, was gutted.
Read more: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/young-arsonist-jailed-for-burning-down-ex-girlfriends-home/story-fnje8bkv-1227461800055?from=gold+coast+bulletin_rss
Brisbane Times Tony Moore July 30, 2015
Two turtles and two seabirds have been found covered in oil in the wake of a spill near Townsville, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has confirmed.
GBRMPA general manger operations Mark Read told reporters in Townsville that a large dead flatback turtle and a juvenile flatback turtle, plus two boobies, had been found covered in oil.
However Mr Read said tests by veterinarian experts at James Cook University suggested the adult turtle may have died before the oil spill.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-oil-spill-turtles-seabirds-found-slicked-near-townsville-20150730-gio7qm.html
ABC News 31 July 2015
Advances in laser and 3D technologies are allowing police to reconstruct entire crime scenes and pieces of evidence.
The technology is being used in the inquest into last year’s Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney, and it is hoped that it will help in counter-terrorism activities.
Forensic crime scene officer Domenic Raneri says the days of measuring crime scenes with a piece of string are over.
“The laser sweeps out 270 degrees which means it’s capturing everything except for a very small area immediately below the scanner,” he said.
He said each scan takes about five minutes to complete.
“We can move through the crime scene taking these scans and overlaying them with photography to create a colour photo-realistic rendering of the environment,” he said.
Brisbane Times 29 July 2015
Authorities investigating how a caravan exploded in Mount Isa, killing three people inside, face a huge task in piecing together what happened, a criminologist says.
Charlie Hinder, 39, along with his children Nyobi, 7, and River, 4, died on Tuesday morning when the caravan went up in flames outside a home in Deighton Street in Mornington.
Homicide detectives will join the investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.