Forensic Scientist

The effect of the Foo Fighters on the human body and seismic activity

Anna Sandiford Dec 17, 2011

How does a rock concert affect the human body and how much seismic activity does such a concert produce? Not technically forensic science this one but interesting nonetheless for those of the population who attend rock gigs and are interested in seismology and medical issues. In terms of seismic activity, the answer is that a (read more) … Read More

Death. Destruction. Science. It’s a winner!

Anna Sandiford Nov 20, 2011

I am feeling very proud of myself because I have apparently just won ScienceTeller 2011′s Best Science Story Competition! I am very excited. I have never won anything before. Entry was open to submissions with a science, wildlife, natural history, health, travel or culture focus, the entries must have been completed on or after 1 (read more) … Read More

Why it pays to check the work of the other side: the freeing of Amanda Knox

Anna Sandiford Oct 04, 2011

In one of the world’s most high-profile cases, Amanda Knox was today acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher. I don’t have personal knowledge of the case but if the media reports are to be believed, inappropriate collection techniques and poor laboratory standards were contributory to the DNA results being deemed unreliable.  An extract from the BBC says: “Prosecutors said … Read More

Is there room for emotion in science?

Anna Sandiford Sep 30, 2011

Last night, I looked at Auckland city from a new perspective: the top floor of Auckland Museum.  Fantastic views of the 360-degree variety.  Aside from that, I was there for the Auckland SCANZ panel discussion. All the speakers were excellent but, being a geologist by training (and secretly still am, in my head), I was particularly interested in the … Read More