Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Wildlife forensics & the UN: fighting illegal fishing

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The United Nations (UN) is looking to adopt a forensic science approach to assist in managing the problem of illegal fishing. At a UN Food and Agriculture Organization workshop in Rome they discussed what techniques could assist and how: UN turns to forensic science to help combat illegal fishing. “DNA analysis can unveil the species (read more)

Police resources; Mt Eden taxi driver murder

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

A Police Alert today said, “There are now forty investigators and police officers involved in this homicide enquiry. Every available resource at our disposal is being used.” This is to try to catch the killer of an Auckland taxi driver who was stabbed to death whilst he was working last weekend. A UK police force (read more)

Cool science

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Some of us Scibloggers were called ‘cool’ this week by the Taranaki Daily News – Cool science. It is cool indeed to be called a cool scientist.

Meth driving

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

How hard is it for a Police officer to determine whether a driver might be off their trolley because of methamphetamine abuse?  Some might say that if you see it often enough, you recognise the signs. How hard is it for a forensic toxicologist to reconcile different driving behaviours as being attributable to meth use?  (read more)

Catching a wolf serial killer

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Wildlife forensics is an expanding area of forensic science – there is even a separate session in the upcoming Australia & New Zealand Forensic Science Society 20th International Symposium  in Sydney this September. Seeing as this subject is gaining wider acceptance, I thought I’d share the story of the recent arrest of an Italian man (read more)

UK from space – cool

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Not even vaguely related to forensic science but it’s a great photo from this link :

Rubbish criminal – an example

Friday, January 8th, 2010

I don’t normally consider anything written by the UK’s The Sun newspaper as overly credible but this story just begs to be told (assuming that it’s true).  A man placed a webcam in a store changing room so that he could cop a free look at people trying on the new season’s Spring collection: Peeping (read more)

When others are fleeing, UAE embraces DNA database for ALL

Friday, January 8th, 2010

In a world where Western countries are running from the tide of DNA data that is washing over them, the United Arab Emirates seems to be taking a totally different stance.  At the moment, the UAE only collects samples from suspects or convicted criminals.  What they are looking at doing is expanding the DNA database (read more)

Crime DNA databases should be independently examined

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Who has ever analysed the data in national DNA databases?  Courtesy of programs like CSI and the news/media, we all know that DNA can be an extremely powerful tool in crime solution.  When a sample from a crime scene is compared with a sample from an individual it should be the easiest thing to be (read more)

Crime DNA databases should be independently examined

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Who has ever analysed the data in national DNA databases?  Courtesy of programs like CSI and the news/media, we all know that DNA can be an extremely powerful tool in crime solution.  When a sample from a crime scene is compared with a sample from an individual it should be the easiest thing to be (read more)

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