Investigators say humanity’s oldest sculptures may be linked to climate change, diet — ScienceDaily

One of world’s earliest examples of art, the enigmatic `Venus’ figurines carved some 30,000 years ago, have intrigued and puzzled scientists for nearly two centuries. Now a researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus believes he’s gathered enough evidence to solve the mystery behind these curious totems.

The hand-held depictions of obese or pregnant women, which appear in most art history books, were long seen as symbols of fertility or beauty. But according to Richard Johnson, MD, lead author of the study published today in the journal, Obesity, the key to understanding the statues lays in climate change and diet.

“Some of the earliest art in the world are these mysterious figurines of overweight women from the time of hunter gatherers in Ice Age Europe where you would not expect to see obesity at all,” said Johnson, a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

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DNA Technology Could Help Investigators In Prince George’s County Reopen Cold Cases : NPR

Prince George’s County will reopen cold cases with the help of DNA technology.

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A $470,000 grant to use new DNA technology could be the answer to solving cold cases in Prince George’s County.

The county was one of 10 in the nation to receive the three-year-long grant from the Department of Justice. The grant will allow the county to reopen cases, some going as far back as 1979, using forensic genetic genealogy — an investigative tool comparing and analyzing DNA samples from crime scenes and popular genealogy websites like 23andMe and Family Tree. The county’s State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy’s office was the recipient of the grant.

“This is a process that holds great promise for achieving justice and bringing closure for victims of cold case crimes and their loved ones,” Braveboy said in a statement. “It’s important for the community

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Employee fraud: can technology tip the balance in favour of investigators?

People have always committed fraud and always will – and some could be your employees. However, the tools have changed, particularly in the past decade, and technology has multiplied the opportunities, resulting in an expo­nential increase in cyber-crime.

On the flip side, fraud investigators have many more sophisticated IT tools to prevent and detect this. So who will win the ongoing fight against fraud?

Why recruitment processes can’t eliminate employee fraud

Any robust fraud prevention strategy must encompass both the human and technical sides of fraud. Studies suggest that people fall into three equal groups when it comes to committing fraud. A third are completely honest and will not perpe­trate fraud whatever the circumstances. Another third will be open to committing fraud depending on the circumstances. The final third comprise the “rotten apples” who will always seek to defraud their employer.

Sifting out the rotten apples

Organisations should always seek

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