Tagged: opinion

CSI infographic — be amazed! (or amused — your choice) - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Aug 02, 2010

Here is an interesting CSI graphic from ForensicScience.net. It does a nice job of demonstrating the internationally-recognised phenomenon “the CSI Effect”, on which I have blogged and presented and generally griped for some time (see Part 3: CSI effect/forensic science jobs, The CSI Effect – it’s real and CSI effect: the speed and appliance of [...] … Read More

Drugs, driving and saliva - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Aug 02, 2010

After a brief airing on RadioLive this morning to talk about a recent press release regarding drug/drink driving statistics, I thought it pertinent to add a little something to clarify what I was saying (three minutes is not a long time to say what you need to say on an issue as big as this!). [...] … Read More

To reduce or not reduce — that is the blood alcohol question - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jul 28, 2010

Several posts have got involved in the blood alcohol debate (examples being Blood alcohol, Categories of drunk and Wobbling into the road after a night at the pub….). Should NZ reduce the blood alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle from 80 mg alc/100 ml blood to 50? The UK still has 80 in blood [...] … Read More

Wobbling into the road after a night at the pub…. - Forensic Scientist

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

[Open] Science Sunday — 18.07.10 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Jul 19, 2010

Thursday saw a meeting on ‘Data Matters: Making the Most of Publicly-Funded Research Data ‘ organised by the Ministry of Research Science and Technology. The event was tweeted under the #ResearchDataMatters hash-tag on twitter, and I wrote my notes on my FriendFeed page. The day consisted of a number of topical talks (great all of [...] … Read More

Last Chance to See…book review - Forensic Scientist

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

Symbolic questions - Forensic Scientist

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

DNA v child trafficking - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 30, 2010

2.5 million = number of people at any one time in forced labour and sexual exploitation as a result of human trafficking (International Labor Organisation/UN.GIFT).  An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year.  95% of victims experience sexual or physical violence. How to help combat this enormous problem?  DNA analysis. As the result of an initiative [...] … Read More