UK forensic science and technology is lurching from crisis to crisis. A fundamental reform of governance and policy making is needed.
Which way does neurobiological evidence tip the scales in sentencing?
How do jurors use different kinds of information about mental illness when making sentencing decisions? An experiment finds that neurobiological evidence could harm or help defendants.
Scientific evidence is clear: Vaccination is good for people and society. Online discussions are increasingly reflecting that reality.
Social media activity suggests that pro-vaccine evidence may be starting to outweigh anti-vaxxer disinformation.
If it’s fake, it’s not news.
Science is not the absolute truth. Scientific findings are the beginning, not the end, of the quest for truth.
George Pell’s lawyer, Robert Richter, said he will appeal the guilty verdict.
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George Pell's conviction has opened a rift in Australian society, with many people questioning the guilty verdict. Pell's lawyer has said he will appeal. On what grounds could he do that?
When people know it’s a full moon, they tend to use it to explain all sorts of human behaviour.
The 'illumination hypothesis' – suggests that criminals like enough light to ply their trade, but not so much as to increase their chance of apprehension.
Cases of measles are on the rise as a cohort of unvaccinated children grows up.
‘He definitely had a Devon accent … or was it Midlands?’
Research reveals the flaws in earwitness testimony – and why better guidelines are needed.
If you’re convinced Nessie’s real, would science unconvince you?
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If you're committed to a belief, it's hard to let go. Psychology and philosophy provide different ways to think about how skeptics respond to counterevidence.
From human 'gills' to reproducing rock, evidence hasn't always pointed scientists in the right direction.
From understanding climate change to defining what a bird is, people prefer evidence that is diverse.
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To give the best chance for science to have an impact, we need to present our arguments to the public in the most convincing ways we have available. Applied psychology can help.
False beliefs about language and speech underlie legal precedents that allow jurors to be “assisted” by unreliable transcripts of forensic audio.
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Not all false beliefs arise from malicious misinformation. Some legal precedents rest on the status of everyday 'common knowledge', since shown to be false, but embedded in our law nonetheless.
The quest for scientific evidence can trace its roots back to the classic masters of rhetoric.
What we regard today as scientific evidence can trace its roots back to the ancient art of persuasion.
There’s been an accident - but witness accounts will stray and lose accuracy over time.
Memories of events are notoriously unreliable - especially after some time has passed. Experts and police have developed an app to help the general public record evidence when it's fresh.
Evidence isn’t always as straightforward as it might first seem.
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Brain-zapping, the curious case of the n-rays and other stories of evidence.
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You've had an x-ray before but have you had an n-ray? Of course not, because they're not real. But people used to think they were. Today, on Trust Me, I'm an Expert, we're bringing you stories on the theme of evidence.
Judges and juries may not appreciate the nuances of messages from online dating services used as evidence in trials.
Coal stockpile at Valley Power Plant, Milwaukee, Wis.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a Trump administration proposal to reward coal and nuclear power plants for storing fuel on-site, as a way to make the power system more reliable.
Dr. Karen Lindfors, a professor of radiology and chief of breast imaging at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, examines the mammogram of a patient.
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The majority of research suggests the benefits of mammography screening greatly outweigh the harms for women over age 40.
While compelling, personal anecdotes of what helped people quit smoking suffer from self-selection bias. We don’t hear from people who didn’t succeed.
Personal stories about what helped people quit smoking can be misleading, and aren't strong evidence.
Dozens of studies and numerous reviews have demonstrated the safety of vaccines.
In an era when opinion often trumps evidence in public health issues, it's time to support and invest in evidence-based medicine to protect the public from dangerous, poorly informed beliefs.