Biometrics is no longer only the realm of forensic technicians and science fiction. Advancing technology, including phones that permit users to lock and unlock their media devices using a fingerprint, has made biometrics increasingly more mainstream.
Beyond media devices, biometrics allows governments and corporations to enhance and extend security measures, and is even being utilized in targeted marketing. The increasing utility of biometrics as technology catches up to practices that were previously the domain of thought experiments has meant an expansion in job opportunities in the field of criminal justice and beyond. (more…)
Speculation abounds regarding the death of thousands of red-winged blackbirds in the town of Beebe, Arkansas, with some blaming lightning, hail, tornadoes and even fireworks set off by New Year’s Eve revelers.
Now, concerns are growing as some hundred thousand dead fish were discovered in the Arkansas River following the initial New Year’s Eve occurrence. Although the incidents were not similarly located and do not appear to be linked, superstition has met suspicion in the small Arkansas town and beyond.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) is officially heading up the investigation, and the most recent lab reports from the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission have determined that the birds died of massive trauma found in the breast tissue, along with clotting and internal bleeding. (more…)