Research experiment suggests chimps don't punish third party bad behavior
Footwear forensics: CSI needs to tread carefully
A new computer algorithm can analyze the footwear marks left at a crime scene according to clusters of footwear types, makes and tread patterns even if the imprint recorded by crime scene investigators is distorted or only ...
lobSTR algorithm rolls DNA fingerprinting into 21st century
As any crime show buff can tell you, DNA evidence identifies a victim's remains, fingers the guilty, and sets the innocent free. But in reality, the processing of forensic DNA evidence takes much longer than a 60-minute primetime ...
Portable device detects anthrax in under an hour
A portable device can detect the presence of the anthrax bacterium in about one hour from a sample containing as few as 40 microscopic spores, report Cornell and University of Albany researchers who invented ...
Genomes reveal bacterial lifestyles
Sampling just a few genes can reveal not only the "lifestyle" of marine microbes but of their entire environments, new research suggests.
The 'Breaking Bad' Syndrome? UCLA anthropologist exposes the moral side of violence
Fiske and Rai say that—aside from a small number of psychopaths—people rarely commit violent acts with evil intentions.
One million cockroaches flee China farm: report
At least one million cockroaches have escaped a farm in China where they were being bred for use in traditional medicine, a report said.
How can we protect young people from cyberbullying?
The recent arrest by Canadian police of two young people who allegedly shared a photo of a young woman being sexually assaulted has once again highlighted the danger that social media can pose for teenagers.
Skype makes monsters of us all
When God saw that our egos needed deflating, he invented Skype. Skype is the 21st-century invention that sci-fi movies had been predicting for decades: phonavision. Actually it's "computavision," with a tiny ...
Mutant mosquitoes lose their appetite for humans
(Phys.org) —What draws a mosquito to bite its host has long been studied from the perspective of the victim—uncovering which smells and chemicals lure the insect in. But researchers at Rockefeller's Laboratory ...
Research shines light on the dark side of ethics: Marketers find a blind spot in human judgment
(Phys.org) —When judging the ethics of an action, most people believe themselves to be fair and impartial. Bad is bad, and greater offenses deserve greater punishment. However, according to research conducted at the University ...
Shoeprints recovered from crime scene clothing in forensic science first
(Phys.org)—A set of revolutionary new techniques that make it possible to recover invisible prints left on fabric by the sole of a person's shoe, have been developed by scientists at the University of Abertay ...
Social bullying prevalent in children's television, study finds
Children ages 2-11 view an alarming amount of television shows that contain forms of social bullying or social aggression. Physical aggression in television for children is greatly documented, but this is the first in-depth ...
Study over 145-year period: Murder-suicides occur at home, in close relationships
(PhysOrg.com) -- After examining murder-suicides over a 145-year period, a Ball State research team has found the majority of such acts occur in the home and the perpetrator and victim are in an intimate relationship.