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What is a standard alcoholic drink? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Nov 06, 2013

What IS a standard alcoholic drink?  It’s a nightmare, that’s what it is.  As a forensic alcohol toxicologist, the concept of a standard drink is somewhat arbitrary and inconsistent because the people drinking them differ in physical stature and biological processing ability so the alcohol in a standard drink contributes a different amount to people (read more) … Read More

Don’t forget: breath alcohol levels continue to rise after you stop drinking! - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Nov 06, 2013

I have just been watching Campbell Live where the presenters had a two-hour lunch with alcoholic drinks and then tested themselves with a breath alcohol screening device to see how they felt to drive compared with what alcohol they had actually consumed.  This is all as a result of the government’s (good, in my opinion) (read more) … Read More

Robin Bain finger marks - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jun 27, 2013

Many people may have seen 3rd Degree on Wednesday night about the marks on Robin Bain’s thumb and forefinger as recorded in two crime scene photographs. Earlier this year I spent a morning with Police and ESR staff and some of the defence team during the testing of the murder weapon by Robbie Tiffen and (read more) … Read More

Cats Front and Centre in Oakland, CA - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater May 31, 2013

  My neighbour was assaulted and his home invaded this morning. A man dressed as sewage inspector knocked four doors down the street around breakfast time and pulled a pistol when it was opened. But they are a ballsy bunch in Oakland. My neighbour put up a fight. While his wife and children slumbered, assailant and neighbour struggled and together … Read More

Are all drownings accidental? Are too many fires arson? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Mar 18, 2013

What if not all drownings are accidental?  An ABC article asks this question and raises some interesting points about how investigators deal with bodies found on land and those found in water. “Bodies found in water are treated very differently from bodies found on land, for example there is not a county in this country (read more) … Read More

Teina Pora case: funding case re-investigations - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Mar 14, 2013

You may or may not have seen 3rd Degree’s programme last night about the case of Teina Pora, a south Auckland boy imprisoned in 1994 for rape and murder, the former that DNA testing shows he did not commit and, after a retrial in 2000, for murder based on confessions. There has been comment about (read more) … Read More

Standards and Codes for forensic scientists - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Feb 26, 2013

A short blog post, this one.  The US Department of Justice is setting up a commission that will establish standards, a professional code and educational requirements for forensic scientists.  Presumably this would mean that a Bachelors degree in forensic science and European film won’t make the muster (a degree which has apparently been offered in (read more) … Read More