CRIME & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
A PORN STASH AND A FALSE CONFESSION
A pornography stash, a false confession and a shaky witness ID—how to ruin someone’s life in the American justice system.
PSmag.com

HUMAN LIE DETECTORS: THE DEATH OF THE DEAD GIVEAWAY
Amateurs and experts alike overestimate their ability to divine truth and deception. But when criminal investigators do it, it can be very bad news for the accused.
PSmag.com

RED FLAGS: EARLY WARNINGS OF WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

Experts find recurring themes. Some jurisdictions are now creating in-house review units to ensure convictions are righteous, but commonly repeated mistakes continue to mar cases.
PSmag.com

WHY CAN’T LAW ENFORCEMENT ADMIT THEY BLOW IT SOMETIMES?
Law enforcement and forensic scientists are only human. So it’s all-too natural if they’re sometimes reluctant to admit to—or even to see—some of their mistakes.
PSmag.com

ARSON CONVICTIONS, FIRE INVESTIGATIONS FEEL THE HEAT
As decades of flawed and unscientific fire investigation techniques call arson convictions into question, new recipes emerge for a system-wide overhaul.
Miller-McCune.com (now PSmag.com)

COPS UNDER FIRE
Aggression towards law enforcement is only one challenge cops face. We take a look inside their secret world.
American Legion magazine (abbreviated version)

DISASTER MASTERS

Since 9/11, thousands of emergency responders have flocked to Disaster City, the curious mock town in Texas, to train for terrorist attacks and natural disasters alike.
American Legion magazine (abbreviated version)

 

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FORENSICS, SCIENCE & FIRE

WHY FINGERPRINTS AREN’T THE PROOF WE THOUGHT THEY WERE WERE
Fingerprint matching is a vital investigative tool. But courtroom claims of fingerprints’ uniqueness are slowly receding.
PSmag.com

BIAS AND THE BIG FINGERPRINT DUST-UP
Cognitive neuroscientist Itiel Dror found that the analysis of fingerprint data by human examiners can be ruined by unintentional bias.
Miller-McCune.com (now PSmag.com)

EXPERTS LIVE AND DIE WITH MENTAL SHORTCUTS
Understanding human thought processes puts a different spin on everything from global financial meltdowns to fighter pilot errors. It can also help make technology more brain-friendly.
Miller-McCune.com (now PSmag.com)

SMELLY SOCKS’ ALLURE FOR MOSQUITOES MAY HELP SWAT MALARIA

Improbable sounding ‘sock science’ could be important.
healthymagination.com


THE FIRES DOWN BELOW: “LOOK-DOWN” TECHNOLOGY
Far above the rough terrain where wildfires thrive, satellite and aerial technology is being used to give firefighters on the ground the big picture. (Part 1 of a 5-part series for Miller-McCune.com.)
Miller-McCune.com (now PSmag.com)

CATCHING ARSONISTS RED-HANDED
Catching a fire-starter involves a specialized kind of detective work. While many wildfires are started accidentally by humans, a small but significant number are intentionally set by repeat offenders.
Miller-McCune.com (now PSmag.com)

SMOKEY BEAR NOW STUDIES COMPUTER SCIENCE
Research scientists’ efforts to better understand fire spread and to create accurate predictive computer programs may hold the keys to a whole new range of breakthroughs in fighting wildfires.
Miller-McCune.com (now PSmag.com)

 

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ON THE LAW

ANIMAL RESEARCH’S CHANGING EQUATION
Gavels and courtrooms are replacing placards and bullhorns, says the biomedical research community, as determined legal eagles work to increase animals’ rights.
PSmag.com

SHOULD ANIMALS BE CONSIDERED PEOPLE?
A controversial core of philosophers and attorneys are trying to develop laws to declare animals “legal persons.”
PSmag.com


LITIGATING LINEUPS
The single biggest cause of wrongful convictions: mistaken eyewitness identification. Better ways.
PSmag.com


SEEKING SECOND CHANCES WITHOUT DNA
In the vast majority of criminal cases, there is no DNA to test. What can the legal system offer those inmates whose convictions are flawed?
PSmag.com

THE RIGHT AND PRIVILEGE OF POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING
Almost half the DNA tests conducted at prisoners’ request confirm their guilt. However, many support widely accessible post-conviction testing, especially for Death Row inmates.
PSmag.com

 

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SUE’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE STORIES ON SALON.COM

SOCIAL ISSUES

WHEN EXTREME ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ATTACK
Lawmakers, researchers, and peaceful activists all say they deplore violence committed in the name of animal rights. But laws that may label some protesters as “domestic terrorists” are upsetting activists.
PSmag.com

HOW SOCIAL NETWORK CONNECTIONS CAN AFFECT HEALTH

Peer influence can change thoughts and feelings and can impact health, from flu spread to obesity.
healthymagination.com

“I WAS IN A VIOLENT GIRL GANG, NOW I’M HELPING OTHERS GET OUT”
The former leader of a brutal New York girl gang, Isis Sapp-Grant earned a master’s degree in clinical social work and set about paying her debt to society.
The Independent, UK

MORE OF A MONSTER THAN HOLLYWOOD COULD PICTURE

The film “Monster” transformed Aileen Wuornos into a victim who began killing to fend off a rapist. But one problem: It didn’t quite happen that way.
Washington Post


WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING ON U.S. FIRELINES?
Some California firefighting agencies may have fancy new technology but in places like South Carolina, some firefighters still ride atop bulldozers older than they are.
Miller-McCune.com (now PSmag.com)

 

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HEALTH, FITNESS & MEDICINE

HOW SOCIAL NETWORK CONNECTIONS CAN AFFECT HEALTH
Research into people’s social network connections has revealed that peer influence can change thoughts and feelings and impact health, from flu spread to obesity. Now, identifying a network’s top “influencers” is set to have a big pay-off for the field of healthcare.
healthymagination.com

 

TAMING IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
As many as one in six American women suffer from this embarrassing and unpleasant ailment.
healthymagination.com


PUTTING OUT THE FIRE
Perhaps it’s not just heartburn? Longterm treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (aka GERD).
healthymagination.com


VIEWPOINTS: THE HEART/GUM HEALTH LINK
Dr. Bradley Bale and Pamela McClain, DDS, share their takes.
healthymagination.com


WHY ARE CHILDREN’S FOOD ALLERGIES ON THE RISE?
Research is underway to try to stop the alarming food allergy increase in its tracks.
healthymagination.com


GOOD NEWS ABOUT FIGHTING FLU
Influenza is on everyone’s radar. It hits between five and 20 percent of Americans annually.
healthymagination.com


BIOFEEDBACK: A HIGH-TECH WEAPON AGAINST MIGRAINES
What helped NASA astronauts cope with space sickness may help those with migraines and tension headaches.
healthymagination.com

COULD THE “NOCEBO EFFECT” BE MAKING YOU SICK?
Thanks to the “nocebo effect,” the evil twin of the “placebo effect,” negative thinking can become a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine published a version of this story.

YOGA: PRETZEL LOGIC
Don’t be put off by the contortionist poses. Even the most basic yoga practice offers concrete health and spiritual benefits.
BeautyWalk, USA

 

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THE RICH & FAMOUS

JAMIE LEE CURTIS
The lady author on her titles…both aristocratic and literary.
Hello! magazine, UK

CYBILL SHEPHERD
Love, fear and surviving cancer.
Hello! magazine, UK

MURDER, SECRETS AND LIES
Two famously wealthy European financiers died under highly mysterious circumstances; one in a bizarre shooting, the other when an arson blaze engulfed his Monaco penthouse.
Asia Tatler magazine

THE SECRET LIFE OF FEASTS
Your next power dinner or soiree may have more in common with a decadent medieval banquet or politically strategic White house dinner than you ever imagined.
Asia Tatler magazine

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BLOG TALKS/PODCASTS

 

Generation Why podcast: Aaron Habel interviews Sue about Aileen Wuornos.

 

Blog Talk Radio. Dan Zupansky interviews Sue about Aileen Wuornos.

 

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