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2006-10-26 09:13:45

MEXICO CITY -- A trail of 13 fossilized footprints running through a valley in a desert in northern Mexico could be among the oldest in the Americas, Mexican archeologists said. The footprints were made by hunter gatherers who are believed to have lived thousands of years ago in the Coahuila valley of Cuatro Cienegas, 190 miles (306 kms) south of Eagle Pass, Texas, said archaeologist Yuri de la Rosa Gutierrez of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. "We believe (the...

2006-09-04 10:35:00

NORWICH -- Catching criminals could become quicker thanks to a new fingerprint technique developed by British scientists. Researchers at the University of Sheffield in England have developed a technique to compress fingerprints lifted from a crime scene so they can be transmitted to a fingerprint bureau in a fraction of the normal four to 20 minutes. "Now we can transmit a lift within 30-60 seconds," Professor Nigel Alinson told a news conference on Monday at the British Association Festival...

2006-05-17 01:50:00

TOKYO -- Foreigners arriving in Japan will be photographed and fingerprinted on arrival as part of measures to prevent terrorism, under a measure approved by Japan's parliament on Wednesday. Civic groups and lawyers have said the legislation, approved by parliament's upper house, risks breaching human rights and invading individuals' privacy. The new legislation, which had previously passed the lower house and now becomes law, exempts children under 16, diplomats and "special permanent...

2006-03-07 01:40:00

TOKYO -- Japan's government on Tuesday endorsed legislation requiring foreigners to be photographed and fingerprinted on arrival as part of measures to prevent terrorism. The cabinet approved a revised immigration bill, defying opposition from a lawyers' group and human rights activists who argue that such steps would risk breaching human rights and invading privacy. The bill, due to be submitted to parliament soon, exempts children under 16, diplomats and "special permanent residents"...

2006-01-11 02:55:00

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO -- Japan's plans to fingerprint foreigners at immigration checkpoints, aimed to prevent terrorism, risk breaching human rights and invading individuals' privacy, a lawyers' group said on Wednesday. Stricter checks at immigration, including the compulsory photographing and fingerprinting of foreigners on arrival, are laid down in a revised immigration bill the Justice Ministry will present to parliament in the next few months, Isao Negishi of the ministry's Immigration...

2005-12-21 22:24:15

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hundreds of human footprints dating back 20,000 years to the Ice Age have been discovered in a dry lake bed in Australia, scientists said on Thursday. University of Melbourne archaeologist Matthew Cupper told Australian radio they were the earliest footprint fossils found in the country. "It's really quite a remarkable find. It's a little snapshot in time. The possibilities are endless in terms of getting a window into past aboriginal society."...

2005-11-30 14:10:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists cast doubt on Wednesday on the age of footprints discovered in Mexico which suggested humans had arrived in the Americas 30,000 years earlier than previously thought. The fossilised footprints discovered two years ago in volcanic ash near Puebla, Mexico were thought to be 40,000 years old, but researchers in the United States and Mexico who visited the site and collected samples came to a different conclusion. "You're really only left with two possibilities,"...

2005-09-13 11:51:24

While forensic scientists have long claimed fingerprint evidence is infallible, the widely publicized error that landed an innocent American behind bars as a suspect in the Madrid train bombing alerted the nation to the potential flaws in the system. Now, UC Irvine criminologist Simon Cole has shown that not only do errors occur, but as many as a thousand incorrect fingerprint "matches" could be made each year in the U.S. This is in spite of safeguards intended to prevent errors. Cole's study...

2005-07-27 13:21:33

LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly all types of paper, plastic and packaging have unique microscopic imperfections or fingerprints on their surface that could be used as a cheaper way to prevent fraud, scientists said Wednesday. The identity code is virtually impossible to change and can be easily read with a portable laser scanner to combat the forgery of passports, ID cards and other documents. "Our findings open up the way to a new and much simpler approach to authentication and tracking," said...

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2005-03-29 07:34:07

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) -- Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are using a new technique to see fingerprints on surfaces that typically make them invisible. The method uses a technology called mini-X-ray fluorescence to detect chemical elements in fingerprints without altering them, said Christopher Worley, a scientist on the project. "The conventional methods are meant to bring out fingerprint patterns with regular light - and they have to treat those with powder, which alters them,"...


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