Tagged: opinion

The science or the people who are dodgy? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 14, 2010

Is there something wrong with forensic science or is there something wrong with some of the people doing the work?  Much is being made of fundamental issues with certain areas of forensic science (such as validation and incompetence, assessing DNA databases), so much so that some judges in the USA have said that science should [...] … Read More

Categories of ’drunk’ - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 13, 2010

There has been much comment in the media and on Sciblogs about the effects (or not) of a lowering in drink driving “accidents” (although the Road traffic Police in England refer to them as ‘avoidable incidents’, because they are; there’s nothing accidental about them) as the result of a reduction in the NZ blood alcohol [...] … Read More

Get your ACT(A) together - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Apr 12, 2010

The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international treaty that is being negotiated by a handful of nations, in a very secretive way. The text of the ACTA has not been officially released, but some of the issues under negotiation can be found through several leaked documents. However, public officials are unable to comment [...] … Read More

Shaky forensic ground in Oz - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 11, 2010

Australia is now joining the fray regarding the adequacy of some areas of science that are applied in the legal (forensic) arena: Forensic science in the dock, State puts DNA and forensics under microscope. Once again, the finger is being pointed at DNA, but I suspect people like to pick on DNA because it’s something we [...] … Read More

How we behave when we’re drunk - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 09, 2010

Talking about lowering the blood alcohol limit in New Zealand to 50 milligrams alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood is today’s big story. I’ve been asked by lots of people over the years about how much alcohol drivers have to consume in order to be over the legal limit. Quite rightly, the [...] … Read More

Drinking, driving and Maltese(rs) - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 09, 2010

Lowering the NZ drink drive limit to 50 milligrams alcohol/100 ml blood is big news this week. Will the government do it? Is that low enough? Should we do as the Maltese do (according to Google anyway) and have a zero blood alcohol level for driving? I’ve written reports for a couple of [...] … Read More

Thoughts on Hunter’s statement on Science, Climate Change and Integrity - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Apr 09, 2010

Professor Keith A Hunter has published a statment on ‘Science, Climate Change and Integrity‘ in the Royal Society of New Zealand website. His position with respect to the controversies surrounding climate change issues are made clear, as is his call for a re-examination of attitudes on both sides of the argument. The controversies surrounding the [...] … Read More

On the perils of becoming a dinosaur - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Apr 05, 2010

[Crossposted from Talking Teaching] As a student I always complained about the ‘dinosaur teachers’: those that had lost touch with the students and with the teaching material. Those whose attitude seemed to scream: ‘I cannot be bothered any more’. Patricia Cranton says, in the context of why someone teaches: “Another person may have defined himself [...] … Read More

Lawrence Krauss — Science, Non-Science and Nonsense — From Government to the Classroom - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Mar 23, 2010

Lawrence Krauss has been making his rounds through New Zealand, giving two talks in Dunedin (wonderfully covered by David Winter on the atavism), and last night one in Auckland, which I managed to attend. Krauss provided the audience with an entertaining and thought-provoking lecture on science communication and the role of science in society. I [...] … Read More