Tuesday, September 08, 2009

In the news

Some years back The New Yorker ran a story about the unreliablity of fingerprint evidence that was one of the inspirations for "Public Safety" (particularly a major theme we might call "Let's not be too smug.") Now they've published a similar article about the total lack of evidential base for most arson investigation techniques -- and how those techniques led to the execution of an almost certainly innocent man. Jason Kottke points you to the article here, along with responses from one of the article's subjects and its author.

Meanwhile, The Globe and Mail has an update on the status of Hans Island, seen in "The Coldest War," (it's real!) here.

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