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Beyond fingerprints: FBI enlists biometrics to solve crimes

Palm prints, iris images, and mug shots are joining fingerprints in the FBI's database, which now relies on many biometric elements in investigations.

Predictive Analytics Might Not have Predicted the Aurora Shooter

Could aggressive data mining by law enforcement prevent heinous crimes, such as the recent mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, by catching killers before they can act?

Mobile Apps Are Handy in a Vacation Crisis

My family vacation in Florida last week was heaven, but the travel was hell.

Why e-Textbooks Could Cost Students

Will Apple's recent attempt to break into the textbook market, and other rapidly evolving e-book distribution models, help to moderate soaring textbook prices? From what I've seen so far, it could do just the opposite.