Francis Galton pioneered scientific advances in many fields – but also founded the racist pseudoscience of eugenics

Smart people can have really bad ideas – like selectively breeding human beings to improve the species. Put into practice, Galton's concept proved discriminatory, damaging, even deadly.

Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

Spotting liars is hard – but our new method is effective and ethical

It turns out liars and truth-tellers behave very differently when questioned.

Cody Porter, Senior Teaching Fellow in Psychology and Offending Behaviour, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Forensic breakthrough helps explain how innocent people's clothing fibres could end up at crime scenes

New research shows fibres can transfer between people without any contact.

Matteo Gallidabino, Senior lecturer in Forensic Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~5 min

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
July 4, 2020 ~9 min

Overloaded morgues, mass graves and infectious remains: How forensic pathologists handle the coronavirus dead

An expert on forensic science explains the critical role of coroners and pathologists in the COVID-19 crisis, as many cities struggle to manage the soaring number of dead bodies.

Ahmad Samarji, Associate Professor of Forensic Science Education & STEM Education and the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Phoenicia University • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~10 min