Personal stories about what helped people quit smoking can be misleading, and aren't strong evidence.
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.
Where's the evidence behind claims Band-Aids speed up wound healing? Here's why we'll never know.
Experts may be dismissed when they express values, offer advice or make mistakes. But these expectations are unreasonable and unhelpful.
Electrical brain stimulation is used to treat a range of conditions, from depression to epilepsy. But how confident can we be that it works?
Forensics has a way to go before it's a mature, academic science. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just terminated an independent commission charged with helping it get there.
In science, the word 'theory' has a very specific meaning that's easy for nonscientists to misunderstand or misconstrue. Here's what a theory must withstand to be accepted by the scientific community.
Our need for unbiased, well-researched information has never been greater.
There are a few red flags to look out for when reading about new scientific discoveries that can help you spot dodgy or unreliable work.
Is forensic science an oxymoron? A new White House report suggests there are major issues with many of the forensic disciplines used to convict defendants of crimes in the U.S.
Modern science can be difficult or complex for one person to understand and verify, especially a non-scientist. So who should we believe when scientific evidence is met with denial?
There's often limited evidence for many common types of surgery. Understanding what makes good evidence is the key to deciding what's best for you.
Body-worn cameras may seem to be a boost for policing and criminal justice, but they raise a host of issues around admissibility, privacy and fairrness.
Pollen is all around us, is extremely durable and can provide clues about where someone's been. A new genetic technique will make it easier to use pollen evidence in criminal investigations.
There's a concern that images posted on social media run the risk of disrupting the accurate identification of people allegedly involved in a crime.
Forensic scientists should be encouraged to help detect patterns of behaviour in the incidents they investigate. This could lead to changes in the way some things are done and potentially save lives.
Without data, people don't know what to believe or whom to trust. Empirical, thorough data collected by academics can help to fill important governance gaps.
When all the evidence points in one direction, people can quite happily go the other. Whether it's Trump, Brexit or climate change.
Researchers and policymakers need to talk to each other. If they don't, important research will merely gather dust and policies might do more harm than good.
Forensic scientists are trained to disprove claims. This sort of thinking is useful when you're trying to make sense of "miracle cures", "wonder drugs" and other fantastic claims.