Tagged: news

Facebook’s new anti-fake news strategy is not going to work – but something else might - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 28, 2017

By Paul Ralph, University of Auckland Have you seen some “tips to spot fake news” on your Facebook newsfeed recently? Over the past year, the social media company has been scrutinized for influencing the US presidential election by spreading fake news (propoganda). Obviously, the ability to spread completely made-up stories about politicians trafficking … Read More

How to check if you’re in a news echo chamber – and what to do about it - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 14, 2016

By Tom Stafford, University of Sheffield If you were surprised by the result of the Brexit vote in the UK or by the Trump victory in the US, you might live in an echo chamber – a self-reinforcing world of people who share the same opinions as you. Echo chambers are a problem, and not just because it means … Read More

What is a standard alcoholic drink? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Nov 06, 2013

What IS a standard alcoholic drink?  It’s a nightmare, that’s what it is.  As a forensic alcohol toxicologist, the concept of a standard drink is somewhat arbitrary and inconsistent because the people drinking them differ in physical stature and biological processing ability so the alcohol in a standard drink contributes a different amount to people (read more) … Read More

Don’t forget: breath alcohol levels continue to rise after you stop drinking! - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Nov 06, 2013

I have just been watching Campbell Live where the presenters had a two-hour lunch with alcoholic drinks and then tested themselves with a breath alcohol screening device to see how they felt to drive compared with what alcohol they had actually consumed.  This is all as a result of the government’s (good, in my opinion) (read more) … Read More

Robin Bain finger marks - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jun 27, 2013

Many people may have seen 3rd Degree on Wednesday night about the marks on Robin Bain’s thumb and forefinger as recorded in two crime scene photographs. Earlier this year I spent a morning with Police and ESR staff and some of the defence team during the testing of the murder weapon by Robbie Tiffen and (read more) … Read More

Cats Front and Centre in Oakland, CA - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater May 31, 2013

  My neighbour was assaulted and his home invaded this morning. A man dressed as sewage inspector knocked four doors down the street around breakfast time and pulled a pistol when it was opened. But they are a ballsy bunch in Oakland. My neighbour put up a fight. While his wife and children slumbered, assailant and neighbour struggled and together … Read More