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New research tells us you may not want to have slow motion videos played at trial if you are the defense attorney. However, if you are the prosecutor—push hard for that video! It’s really a simple lesson: when jurors see slowed down footage of an event, they are more likely to think the person on […]

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derogatory tweets by state

Last week we published a new post on terrific visual evidence from the political arena that quickly and visually described complex (and huge) data sets. This week (and no, this will not be a regular weekly feature) we mine another (and perhaps unexpected) data source: Twitter. While you may have seen Jimmy Kimmel having movie […]

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FALSE! Alas, even though Microsoft has popularized this notion of a shrinking attention span—it is simply not true. Or at least, there is no proof it is true. And the study the falsehood was based on was not even looking at attention span—it was looking at multi-tasking while browsing the web. To add insult to […]

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We are big fans of how visual evidence can take very complicated ideas and make them easy to grasp by allowing those who are puzzled to “see” the complex big picture. Recently, we saw two really good examples of how to take complex issues and make them simple enough for the layperson to grasp. Both […]

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Pew on human enhancements

Earlier this year, we wrote about the patent squabble over CRISPR and how that new tech/old laws fight (between researchers at two major research institutions) is playing out in the sadly outdated patent law system. This month, Pew Research took to the phone lines to see just how Americans feel about CRISPR (aka gene editing) […]

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