Prison doesn’t work, according to a new study

Not if you want to reform criminals, at least.

Weather and crime: is there a connection?

When temperature peaks, so does crime.

Chicago tree map reveals intriguing pattern: trees seem to reduce crime rate

The benefits that trees provide — both in terms of the environment and our health — should not be understated.

Immigration doesn’t cause crime — it may actually reduce it, study shows

Taking the ‘grate’ out of ‘immigrate’.

Watching too much television linked with a distorted view of the justice system

When too much TV can be a crime.

Machine learning used to predict crimes before they happen – Minority Report style

The word on every tech executive’s mouth today is data. Curse or blessing, there’s so much data lying around – with about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data added each day – that it’s become increasingly difficult to make sense of it in a meaningful way. There’s a solution to the big data problem, though: machine learning algorithms that get fed countless variables and spot patterns otherwise oblivious to humans. Researchers have already made use of machine learning to solve challenges in medicine, cosmology and, most recently, crime. Tech giant Hitachi, for instance, developed a machine learning interface reminiscent of Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report which can predict when, where and possibly who might commit a crime before it happens.

Members of a previously uncontacted Amazonian tribe become infected with influenza

A few months ago, I reported how Google is using its drones and Google Earth technology to monitor an uncontacted Amazonian tribe. Now, there’s convincing evidence that the same tribe has come in contact with non-indigenous locals, then with western researchers in the most unfortunate of circumstances. One, the contact was initiated by¬†criminals operating illegal narcotrafficking whose routes apparently pass