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When it comes to faces, most of us are typical-recognisers, with just a small percentage classed as super-recognisers. Shutterstock

Facial recognition: research reveals new abilities of ‘super-recognisers

"Super-recognisers" who can identify a range of ethnicities could help increase fraud detection rates at passport control and decrease false conviction rates  that have relied on CCTV.
New research shows that Canadians who live in rural areas hold more punitive attitudes about crime and how to control it than their urban counterparts. (Pixabay)

Crime and punishment: Rural people are more punitive than city-dwellers

Those living in rural areas have more punitive attitudes toward crime and how to control it than city-dwellers, and it's a major component of the growing urban-rural divide in Canada.
Homicide has gradually declined over three decades. simon jhuan/Shutterstock.com

Homicide is declining around the world – but why?

Since 1990, the homicide rate has declined by 20%. Researchers are still figuring out what's behind the trend: increased incarceration, improvements in the economy or even aging populations.
Mourners in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 4, 2019 after a mass shooting there killed at least nine people. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?

More than 40 percent of U.S. adults have a gun in their household, making it hard to get guns off the streets – even if new gun restrictions are passed.
The youth justice system should consider alternative community-based models that better recognise the ability for young people to abandon crime. Dean Lewins/AAP

Young crime is often a phase, and locking kids up is counterproductive

Australia should look to the New Zealand model, which has a strong focus on community, and recognises that the majority of young people grow-out of participating in crime.
A memorial display with a drawing of Antwon Rose II sits in front of the Allegheny County courthouse. Police officer Michael Rosfeld shot Rose three times as he fled a car after a traffic stop. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Our database of police officers who shoot citizens reveals who shot citizens

A new project looks at the race of on-duty police officers and civilians involved in 917 fatal shootings in 2015.

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