Tagged: forensics

The power of pollen - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 27, 2015

By Katherine Holt Anna Sandiford has written before about how she uses pollen in her forensic science work after watching an episode of ‘Bones’. Pollen also offers a world of other exciting opportunities – from searching for oil or preventing ‘honey fraud’, to tracking goods or fighting the war on drugs. As a palynologist (pollen scientist) I started my career reconstructing … Read More

Lessons from the courtroom for scientists - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 03, 2013

What do jury members ultimately base their decisions on when the evidence is laid out in court? Charlotte Shipman That depends on how compellingly the evidence has been presented says Charlotte Shipman, a Wellington-based 3 News reporter who covered the murder of Scott Guy and the subsequent trial of accused Ewen Macdonald, who in July was found not … Read More

Forensic Parody - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Nov 03, 2011

The ridiculously high tech forensic equipment shown on programmes such as CSI always amuses me, with enhancement technologies and their mass spectrometers, gas chromatographs etc which spit out conclusive results within about five minutes. Here is a wonderful parody that makes fun of these exaggerations of the capabilities of forensic analysis. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WYKrjcwQXQ&feature=grec_index … Read More

Isoscapes – a Tool for Forensics - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 29, 2011

As chemists throughout the world have studied the occurrence of different elemental isotopes and developed new techniques to measure the proportions of isotopes present in different parts of the world, this knowledge has developed into a useful tool for forensic scientists. Referred to as isoscapes, a merging of “isotope” with “landscape” this field allows the geographical origin of a sample … Read More

Sciblogs featured in the Taranaki Daily News - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 30, 2010

Today’s Taranaki Daily News carries a piece by Helen Harvey in its feature section looking at Sciblogs and some of its contributors. The feature isn’t online, but you can read it in full below… view full screen for larger text size. [slideshare id=3027093&doc=tdnpiece-100129210305-phpapp01&type=d] … Read More