Studies suggest that some people may be at increased risk of criminal behavior due to their genes. Such research holds potential for helping judges and juries with some of the difficult decisions they must make, but it also brings a substantial risk of misinterpretation and misuse within the legal system. Addressing these issues will be of critical importance for upholding … [Read more...] about Courts face Challenges when linking Genetics to Criminal Behavior
University of Adelaide research may help in the fight against terrorism with the creation of a sensor that can detect tiny quantities of explosives with the use of light and special glass fibres. Published in the journal "Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical", the researchers describe a novel optical fibre sensor which can detect explosives in concentrations as low as 6.3 ppm … [Read more...] about Detecting trace amounts of Explosives with Light
Human beings are highly efficient at recognising familiar faces, even from very poor quality images. New research led by a psychologist at the University of York is using advances in the level of detail available in digital photography to harness this human ability for use in forensics. As the most commonly photographed objects are faces, there is potential in mining detailed … [Read more...] about Researchers point to Digital Gains in Human Recognition
History is replete with entire groups of people, organizations, and nations, engaging in horrific, immoral behavior, ranging from genocide, to riots and killings, to massive greed and corruption. Often, these are not the actions of individuals, but of collective groups led by a toxic leader. All too often, we point the finger at the leader as the cause of the bad behavior, but … [Read more...] about The Science of why Good People do Bad Things
Violence, of course, is all around us in reality, and perhaps we like to talk and read about it to make it understandable to us. How is it possible that someone could cut off someone’s head? we wonder reading the news or even watching the beheading by a masked man who speaks our language, English, to us on a video. Where does such evil come from? And why does it continue to … [Read more...] about Why are we so fascinated by Violence?