Good news to all French speaking egyptology fans out there: Amandine Marshall, egyptologist and author of numerous books on the subject, has decided to start her own Youtube channel called “Toutankatube“! If you want to know more about the lost civilisation of the pharaohs – but without all the conspiracy theories you inevitably end up seeing online, I would strongly recommend checking her channel out. The first video, published two weeks ago, tells you the scientific facts on how and why mummies can explode. Now if that isn’t enough to make you wish for more, then I don’t know what is.

Meet the first forensic jeweller

Maria Maclennan

In the event of a plane crash, natural disaster or homicide, it happens that there isn’t much evidence left for the forensics to analyse. This is when Maria Maclennan, pioneer in forensic jewellery, comes in.

Originated from Scotland, Dr Maclennan first studied jewellery design before she started helping the Scottish police on local cases. Her knowledge of jewellery (metallurgy, marks and engravings, serial numbers…) prove itself invaluable and quite out of the ordinary compared to the regular forensic. Her expertise has been so helpful to the local forces that she now collaborates with the UK police, Interpol and private investigators alike.

Jewels are very resistent to extreme conditions and can carry skin cells and DNA, which makes them useful to find clues on the victims and possible culprits. With forensic jewellery, Maclennan has pioneered a brand new field of research and proved that if your dream job doesn’t exist, you can just create it.

(image : © Claire Maxwell for the FT)