Pike River mine explosion – geologists are here…

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Just a short observation.  Tomorrow, 21 November 2010, the annual Geological Society of New Zealand conference will begin in Auckland:  GeoNZ 2010.  The conference has an overlap day with the NZ Branch of  The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). The deadline for GeoNZ abstracts was extended as a result of the Darfield earthquake (read more)

ForSci job losses – starting to show

Friday, November 12th, 2010

It’s a sad day indeed when 200 staff at a forensic science facility are made redundant. The England & Wales Forensic Science Service was the original English forensic science service provider but just hasn’t stood the test of time or the test of serious competition from private companies. Add to that the fact that forensic (read more)

Blood alcohol 2nd sample – will it be lost?

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Feeling suitably impressed with the facade, I attended at the Beehive yesterday to speak in front of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee.  Apart from seeing a few familiar faces (from the TV, not that I knew in person), it was quite reminiscent of giving evidence in court except that after our statements, it (read more)

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)

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