Tagged: opinion

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

How not to apply for a job/research position/other future career role - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Oct 18, 2013

We receive a regular flow of email requests from science students around the world enquiring about how they can become forensic scientists.  That’s all good – if you don’t ask, you don’t get. What irritates me immensely is the clearly haphazard and unthinking approach that is so immensely common throughout those from people who are (read more) … Read More

A Criminal Cases Review Commission for NZ? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Oct 17, 2013

On the back of the Lundy case, there has been some discussion in the last week about whether or not New Zealand should consider having an independent organisation to assess potential miscarriages of justice, similar to the English Criminal Cases Review Commission. It’s not the first time the suggestion has been mooted: several other high-profile (read more) … Read More

Predatoromics of science communication - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 04, 2013

The week ends with a series of articles in Science that make you roll your eyes. These articles explore different aspects of the landscape of science communication exposing how broken the system can be at times. The increased pressure to publish scientific results to satisfy some assessors’ need to count beans has not come without […] … Read More

[Open] Science Sunday – 19-5-13 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke May 19, 2013

2012 was a really interesting year for Open Research. The year started with a boycott to Elsevier (The Cost of Knowledge) , soon followed  in May by a petition at We The People in the US,  asking the US government to “Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.”. […] … 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