This Genealogy Database Helped Solve Dozens Of Crimes. But Its New Privacy Rules Will Restrict Access By Cops.
The arrest in a notorious cold case follows the imprisonment of another man for two decades, and a false DNA lead that briefly implicated a New Orleans filmmaker.
Critics fear we’re on a slippery slope of genetic genealogy being used to investigate less serious crimes. “We’re right here on the precipice, sliding down,” one expert said.
It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of climate change, but how you spend your money can make a difference.
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The Golden State Killer case has triggered a boom in “genetic genealogy” for solving crimes. But how hard is it to find people by sleuthing in their family trees?
One company has already solved more than 30 cold cases through genetic genealogy. Now the biggest forensic DNA firm in the US is getting involved.
The move is sure to raise privacy concerns as law enforcement gains the ability to match DNA from crime scenes to a vast library of possible relatives.
He Denied Sexual Harassment Allegations In An Academic Journal. Now Two Universities Have Found Against Him.
William Jacoby set off a storm of protest last year when he used the journal he edited to rebut allegations of sexual harassment.
The victims were beaten or threatened with deadly weapons. They were taunted with racist or anti-gay abuse. Yet the police decided these weren’t hate crimes.
We don’t know exactly when and where wildfires will strike, but almost two decades of fire history show the areas at highest risk.
“This is a home ignition problem much more than a wildland management problem,” one fire ecologist said.
Homeowners in these areas will need to get used to flooding year after year.
A Star Neuroscientist Allegedly Drugged And Sexually Assaulted A Grad Student At A Scientific Meeting
Vanderbilt University placed David Sweatt on leave in August, after the allegation surfaced on Twitter. Records obtained by BuzzFeed News show that the school was warned he was a “potential safety threat” in 2017.
By impersonating US activists on the left and right, Russia’s online trolls got Americans’ eyeballs on their content. But we still don’t know whether the Kremlin’s meddling changed anyone’s real-world behavior.
Documents Show That Arizona State Investigated A Slew Of Allegations Against Physicist Lawrence Krauss
“It is inconceivable how a faculty member in the course of carrying out his work responsibilities could believe that the conduct would ever be appropriate,” the university’s provost wrote.
Celebrity Physicist Lawrence Krauss Will Retire From Arizona State In Wake Of Harassment Investigation
In February, BuzzFeed News revealed a decadelong history of allegations against the famous physicist.
The Method That Snared The Golden State Killer Suspect Could Find More Than Half Of Americans From Their DNA, Scientists Say
The researchers want genetic testing companies to “sign” the DNA profiles they produce with a secure code — limiting access to databases by cops.
Experts predict potentially life-threatening storm surges — as high as 12 feet — in parts of the Florida Panhandle.