Forensic Scientist

Wobbling into the road after a night at the pub….

Anna Sandiford Jul 26, 2010

Once again, alcohol-related stories are all over the media (Drunk driver haunted by night of shame; Joyce to review drink-driving loophole; ‘Humiliated’ barrister to plead guilty to drink-driving; Car death: ‘Any other kid, you’d be in jail’).  All of these cases, and most of the alcohol-related cases that are reported in the media, contain stories [...] … Read More

SciCon 2010 — well worth it….

Anna Sandiford Jul 06, 2010

I have just returned on a bumpy flight from Nelson following my stint at SciCon 2010, the the biennial conference of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE). The theme of SciCon 2010 is ‘Journey to Discovery’ and there are plenty of interesting speakers and workshops (it runs until this Wednesday, 7 July). Having [...] … Read More

SciCon 2010 — well worth it

Anna Sandiford Jul 05, 2010

I have just returned on a bumpy flight from Nelson following my stint at SciCon 2010, the the biennial conference of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE). The theme of SciCon 2010 is ‘Journey to Discovery’ and there are plenty of interesting speakers and workshops (it runs until this Wednesday, 7 July). Having [...] … Read More

Last Chance to See…book review

Anna Sandiford Jun 25, 2010

Douglas Adams is one of my favourite authors.  I didn’t know he was also one of English actor/writer/comedian Stephen Fry‘s best friends (and I also didn’t know that Mr Fry has been an avid Apple Mac techno-chap for over 20 years). Douglas Adams (for those who may not somehow know) wrote the inordinately fabulous Hitch [...] … Read More

Who planted the bomb? Ask Fido ‘technology’

Anna Sandiford Jun 16, 2010

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are what we might call home-made bombs.  In this age of terrorism, IEDS are more of a risk to a wider range of countries than used to be the case.  Given that terrorism is affecting more westernised countries than before, the perceived need to deal with and catch the perpetrators seems [...] … Read More

Who planted the bomb? Ask Fido ‘technology’

Anna Sandiford Jun 16, 2010

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are what we might call home-made bombs.  In this age of terrorism, IEDS are more of a risk to a wider range of countries than used to be the case.  Given that terrorism is affecting more westernised countries than before, the perceived need to deal with and catch the perpetrators seems [...] … Read More

Pollen from snot (not for reading at dinnertime…)

Anna Sandiford Jun 11, 2010

A big hand to TechNZ because their funding allowed Auckland-based Dr Anna Sandiford of Forensic Science & Research Ltd and Dr Mark Horrocks of Microfossil Research Ltd to work on a joint research project with some world-class forensic scientists and pathologists at Manlove Forensics in the UK.  The project was to develop a new method [...] … Read More

Symbolic questions

Anna Sandiford Jun 11, 2010

I was watching Top Gear the other day and James May was driving the woman who was responsible for designing all of the British roadsigns back in the 1950s.  Practically all of the signs are still used today and, as a testament to how well they were designed, they haven’t dated.  The big thing about [...] … Read More