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September 28, 2020

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'Deepfakes' Ranked as Most Serious AI Crime Threat

Fake audio or video content has been ranked by experts as the most worrying use of artificial intelligence in terms of its potential applications for crime or terrorism, according to a new ...

Helping to Protect the Most Illegally Trafficked Mammals in the World

As China upgrades pangolins to the highest protected status level, an alternative approach to using long standing forensic methods is helping wildlife crime investigators disrupt poachers and animal ...

Human Influence on Global Droughts Goes Back 100 Years, NASA Study Finds

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a new ...

The Last Chance for Madagascar's Biodiversity

Scientists have recommended actions the government of Madagascar's recently elected president, Andry Rajoelina should take to turn around the precipitous decline of biodiversity and help put ...
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Cannabis Farms Are a Modern Slavery 'Blind Spot' for UK Police, Study Suggests

Migrants arrested for tending plants in the flats, houses and attics where cannabis is grown in bulk are often victims of trafficking and 'debt bondage' - yet many are not recognized as ...

As Domestic Violence Spikes, Many Victims and Their Children Have Nowhere to Live

COVID-19 has left many victims of domestic violence facing difficulties feeding their children and accessing services for safe housing, transportation and childcare once they leave shelters, ...

Bringing Burnt Bones Back to 'Life' Using 3D Technology

Forensic scientists have discovered a new way of presenting fragile evidence, by reconstructing a 'jigsaw' of human bone fragments using 3D printing. In the first known study of its kind, ...

AI Sentencing Tools Need to Be Closely Scrutinized

Judges should closely vet the AI tools they use to help them predict whether a defendant is likely to re offend, urges a new ...

Domestic Violence Reports on the Rise as COVID-19 Keeps People at Home, Study Shows

Researchers have found an increase in domestic violence reports in Los Angeles and Indianapolis since the stay-at-home restrictions were implemented in ...

Personal Accounts of Childhood Maltreatment Matter More for Mental Health Than Records

Personal accounts of childhood maltreatment show a stronger association with psychiatric problems compared to legal proof that maltreatment occurred, according to a new ...

Immunity Passports to Vaccination Certificates for COVID-19: Equitable and Legal Challenges

As governments explore the possibility of issuing so-called 'immunity passports,' such action poses significant practical, equitable, and legal issues. In contrast, if and when a vaccine is ...

Sobering New Data on Drinking and Driving: 15% of US Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Fatalities Involve Alcohol Under the Legal Limit

A new study found that motor vehicle crashes involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) below the legal limit of 0.08 percent accounted for 15% of alcohol-involved crash deaths in the ...

More Than 60% of Myanmar's Mangroves Has Been Deforested in the Last 20 Years

New research showed that between 1996 and 2016, substantial mangrove forests have been converted to agricultural use in ...

Federally Protected Lands Reduce Habitat Loss and Protect Endangered Species

Using more than 30 years of earth satellite images, scientists at have discovered that habitat loss for imperiled species in the US over this period was more than twice as great on non-protected ...

How Green Space Can Reduce Violent Crime

Researchers identified patterns that can inform public policy, guide urban design and promote neighborhoods that are safe and low in ...

Desire for Excitement Fuels Young Offenders to Commit Crime, Then Skill Takes Over

Young burglars are driven by a desire for excitement when they initially commit crime, new research has ...

Scientists Call on Government to Increase Ambition to Save Our Ocean

A team of marine scientists from across the UK has called on the Government to increase its ambition to save the oceans by overhauling its approach to marine conservation ...

New Study Offers Clues to Origin of Laws

A new study found that despite living in separate countries and legal codes separated by thousands of years, people have a universal intuition about whether a punishment fits a ...

A Plan to Save Earth's Oceans

At least 26 per cent of our oceans need urgent conservation attention to preserve Earth's marine biodiversity, a new study has found. Experts have said the international community needed to ...

Experimental Fingerprint Test Can Distinguish Between Those Who Have Taken or Handled Cocaine

An experimental fingerprint detection approach can identify traces of cocaine on human skin, even after someone has washed their hands -- and the test is also smart enough to tell whether an ...

Benefits of Conservation Efforts May Not Yet Be Fully Visible

Last year, a UN report on global biodiversity warned one million species are at risk of extinction within decades, putting the world's natural life-support systems in jeopardy. But new work ...

Residues in Fingerprints Hold Clues to Their Age

Police have long relied on the unique whorls, loops or arches encoded in fingerprints to identify suspects. However, they have no way to tell how long ago those prints were left behind -- information ...

Organized Cybercrime -- Not Your Average Mafia

Scientists have identified common attributes of cybercrime networks, revealing how these groups function and work together to cause an estimated $445-600 billion of harm globally per ...

Global Warming to Increase Violent Crime in the United States

A new study predicts millions of additional violent crimes in coming ...

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