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Limits to brain scanning technology – Prof Donna Rose Addis

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 13th, 2016.

A proposal to test how reliable brain scans could be in detecting whether suspects knew anything about a crime goes beyond the limits of the technology, says Professor Donna Rose Addis. Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Auckland psychologist Prof Addis responded to an article published on June 29 describing the work of ‘The […]

Q&A with forensic scientist Keith Bedford – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on April 26th, 2016.

As Prime’s new documentary series Forensics NZ goes to air, the New Zealand Herald quizzes Dr Keith Bedford from ESR about the realities of forensic science. An excerpt (read in full here): Twelve questions with Keith Bedford ESR Forensics boss Dr Keith Bedford has had oversight of the forensic evidence in virtually every high-profile court […]

Looking at Lincoln’s genes

Laura Goodall posted in on October 6th, 2014.

Kim Knight at the Sunday Star Times chats to Kiwi scientist Ann Horsburgh about her role in National Geographic’s US documentary Lincoln’s Secret Killer, which screens on Sky’s History Channel on October 29. Excerpt (full article not available online): When pressed, Dr K. Ann Horsburgh will show you photographs of her Darwin cookies. Perfectly round, and […]

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Drink driving limits – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 5th, 2013.

The Government plans to lower the legal blood alcohol limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood for drivers aged over 20. The new legislation is to be put before parliament before the end of the year. The new regime will impose civil infringements on drivers with between 50 and […]

ESR’s future crime scene technology on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on April 13th, 2012.

For Morning Report, Radio New Zealand science reporter Will Hine talked with experts from Crown Research Institute ESR about the futuristic technologies are using for analysing and recording evidence at crime scenes. ESR was just one of the Crown Research Institutes highlighting their research at the Science in the City event at the Cloud in […]

NZ Herald: Anthony Doesburg – Crime sleuths separate forensics

Peter Griffin posted in on July 5th, 2010.

Anthony Doesburg writes in the New Zealand Herald about the differences between real-world and television-based forensics. Local forensic scientist Anna Sandiford says that while such shows have opened up science for more people, they are often absolutely unrealistic, particularly in terms of the process of forensic science. An excerpt: (read in full here) “That doesn’t […]

The Press: Innovative new DNA test

Peter Griffin posted in on February 18th, 2010.

Ian Steward reports in The Press on a new forensic technique to be introduced to New Zealand in the near future. The test, which will allow forensic scientists to see which bodily tissue a DNA sample came from, is being developed by ESR for use by the middle of the year. An excerpt: (read in […]

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TVNZ/NZPA: CSI no relevance to real DNA profiling

Peter Griffin posted in on February 17th, 2010.

Programmes such as CSI have actually been unhelpful to the field of forensics, as they’ve given the public an inaccurate view of what can be done.  This can be problematic when having to present evidence in court, says Dr Peter Gill, an expert visiting from the UK. Dr Gill, who was the first to demonstrate […]

NZ Herald: Global DNA search a step closer, says expert

Peter Griffin posted in on February 17th, 2010.

With the visit of international expert Dr Peter Gill, Eloise Gibson of the New Zealand Herald reports on the growing use of DNA profiling in forensics, and a future where DNA profiles can be searched through internationally using Google-like methods. She also writes about DNA profiling specifically in New Zealand, the unhelpfulness of the ‘CSI-effect’, […]

Forensics pioneer on the science of DNA profiling

Peter Griffin posted in on February 16th, 2010.

It is 20 years since DNA evidence was first presented in a New Zealand court, a development that resulted in the conviction of Michael James Pengelly for the murder of an elderly Auckland woman. Long-used in helping solve serious crimes, DNA samples in the mid nineties were increasingly used as evidence in criminal cases when […]

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