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.
Jan. 15, 2021 • ~9 min
It turns out liars and truth-tellers behave very differently when questioned.
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.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~5 min
Eyewitness testimony can hold a lot of weight with jurors. But eyewitnesses aren't always right, and poor investigative practices can make matters worse.
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.
April 8, 2020 • ~10 min