We’re back….!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

After several fraught months, The Forensic Group‘s new website is now up and running!  Initial problems with our site were caused by two hacking attempts, after which we decided a radical change was required. We chose our designers/new hosts, Avatar. co.nz, but then they were shaken pretty much to pieces by the magnitude 7.1 Canterbury (read more)

CSI infographic – be amazed! (or amused – your choice)

Monday, August 2nd, 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

Monday, August 2nd, 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

Wednesday, July 28th, 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….

Monday, July 26th, 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)

Taser fuss

Monday, July 19th, 2010

NZ Police have recently issued a press release to assure the population that there is nothing wrong with the tasers they are using and that a few unsuccessful discharges are to be expected. In fact, the taser trial involved a 12.5% failure rate (2/16) compared with a 13.3% failure rate in the field (4/30) – (read more)

SciCon 2010 – well worth it….

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I have just returned on a bumpy flight from Nelson following my stint at SciCon 2010, the the biennial conference of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE). The theme of SciCon 2010 is ‘Journey to Discovery’ and there are plenty of interesting speakers and workshops (it runs until this Wednesday, 7 July). Having (read more)

SciCon 2010 – well worth it

Monday, July 5th, 2010

I have just returned on a bumpy flight from Nelson following my stint at SciCon 2010, the the biennial conference of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE). The theme of SciCon 2010 is ‘Journey to Discovery’ and there are plenty of interesting speakers and workshops (it runs until this Wednesday, 7 July). Having (read more)

Last Chance to See…book review

Friday, June 25th, 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)

Who planted the bomb? Ask Fido 'technology'

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are what we might call home-made bombs.  In this age of terrorism, IEDS are more of a risk to a wider range of countries than used to be the case.  Given that terrorism is affecting more westernised countries than before, the perceived need to deal with and catch the perpetrators seems (read more)

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