Six eyewitnesses misidentified a murderer – here's what went wrong in the lineup

Eyewitness testimony can hold a lot of weight with jurors. But eyewitnesses aren't always right, and poor investigative practices can make matters worse.

Laura Smalarz, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: experimental-psychology forensic-science police eyewitness-evidence suspects police-lineup identification-witness eyewitnesses eyewitness wrongful-conviction eyewitness-testimony eyewitness-misidentification

E-scooters could disrupt travel as we know it – expect the car industry to fight back

E-scooters and e-bikes are coming to Britain's streets, but it may be a bumpy ride.

Marc Hudson, Research Associate in Social Movements, Keele University • conversation
July 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: car-industry green-transport technology-backlash e-scooters e-bikes

Hundreds of elephants are mysteriously dying in Botswana – a conservationist explains what we know

The death toll stands at nearly 400 elephants of both sexes and all ages.

Vicky Boult, Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Biology, University of Reading • conversation
July 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wildlife-conservation poaching botswana elephants okavango-delta elephant-poaching

How the brain builds a sense of self from the people around us – new research

How does the brain distinguish between the "self" and the "other"? A new study gives a clue.

Sam Ereira, Postdoctoral researcher of Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL • conversation
July 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience social-psychology fmri cognitive-psychology self human-brain

A leading infectious disease expert explains how to be as safe as possible on this very different Fourth

This is the first Fourth of July in which Americans must deal with the coronavirus pandemic. One of the nation's premier infectious disease experts explains why it's important to take special care.

William Schaffner, Professor of preventive medicine, health policy, infectious diseses, Vanderbilt University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  coronavirus-2020  fourth-of-july

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.

Carolee Bull, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 insects soil plants fungi viruses integrated-pest-management gardening nematodes weeds land-grant-universities plant-health victory-garden

Blindsight: a strange neurological condition that could help explain consciousness

Some blind people seem to be able to see without being conscious of it.

Henry Taylor, Birmingham Fellow in Philosophy, University of Birmingham • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: brain neuroscience perception consicousness

Climate change: why farmers are among our best guides for making sense of topsy-turvy weather

Farmer interviews offer a rich and detailed perspective on extreme weather and climate change.

Paul Merchant, Oral Historian and Researcher, British Library • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture farming drought extreme-weather farmers oral-history

Do dogs really see in just black and white?

Your faithful friend's view of the world is different than yours, but maybe not in the way you imagine.

Nancy Dreschel, Associate Teaching Professor of Small Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dogs pets animals vision fox wolf curious-kids curious-kids-us senses cats colors wolves foxes dog sensory-perception photoreceptors

Group testing for coronavirus – called pooled testing – could be the fastest and cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Screening multiple samples with a single test gets more people diagnosed using fewer supplies. Two health policy researchers explain how it works and how it could help the U.S.

Erin Trish, Associate Director, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics, University of Southern California • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus sars-cov-2 testing diagnostic-tests rt-pcr swab-test red-cross

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