Archive for the ‘forensics’ Category

skeletonThe Anatomage Table is the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education and is being adopted by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions. Jack Choi lectures on the development of the table and some of the remarkable features it displays. St Mary’s Hospital in London has become the first hospital in Europe to purchase a digital anatomy table. It is changing the way surgeons teach anatomy, and even how they plan real operations.

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GlasgowGlasgow City of Science is a partnership of over 50 organisations including Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, universities, Glasgow School of Art, colleges, research pools and local industry. Their mission, “To inspire the curious, stimulate the creative, empower the wise and connect those with passion”, determines that their site has something for everyone with an interest in any aspect of science. Whether you want to keep up to date with current developments, or sign up for one of their Science Walks, the site has something for you.

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Frustrated at reading crime novels which are littered with scientific inaccuracies? The BBC reports that the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) has come up with a plan to solve all that. WAS has established a seal of approval for books with the correct scientific facts.

“WAS President Jim Cole says many people encounter science through fiction and TV shows such as CSI, which can give the impression that technology can solve any crime.

“Science as it’s generally perceived by the public is not necessarily correct science,” he says.

“With self-publishing on the internet, I think this is going to be a huge issue in the future – about what’s real and what’s not real.””

Will a scientific seal of approval help solve the problem? And will scientists be able to agree on what is “correct” science?

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There is an informative article in the current edition of the Public Service Review: European Science and Technology on attempts at applying uniform rules across Europe regarding various aspects of forensic work. Following a Polish forensic initiative the aim is to create by 2020 a European Forensic Science Area, where the forensic processes for the collection, processing, use and delivery of forensic data are based on equivalent minimum forensic science standards.

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Interesting article from the BBC about the history of children’s chemistry sets.

“The first chemistry sets for children included dangerous substances like uranium dust and sodium cyanide, but all that has changed.

Talk to people of a certain age about chemistry sets and a nostalgic glaze comes over their eyes.

Stories of creating explosions in garden sheds and burning holes in tables are told and childhood is remembered as a mischievous adventure.”

Check out the Radio 4 documentary with Dr Kat Arney on Wednesday 1st Aug at 9pm, or listen to it later on iPlayer. Dr Arney looks at the declining popularity of chemistry sets in recent years and the parallel decline in practical chemistry experiments in the classroom. Has this made chemistry less appealing to pupils as a subject?

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A report by Dame Janet Finch argues that there is a powerful “moral” case for publicly funded research to be freely available. BBC reporter Pallab Ghosh provides a good summary of where we are at the moment, and the cases for and against the expansion of free full-text access to publicly funded research.

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Learn.Genetics delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience and health topics. They are designed to be used by students, teachers and members of the public. The materials meet selected US education standards for science and health. Learn.Genetics website is one of the most widely-disseminated education sites in the world. It is an activity-rich approach to science.

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