Lerryn (lerryn) wrote in scietech,

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Science, Law, and Politics

jenk put up an interesting article here from the Wall Street Journal, pointing out how often law, politics, and procedure fall behind the realities of scientific research. The specific examples I remember are how current police lineup procedure yields false IDs too often despite a proven better procedure existing, and how estimates of fish population were consistently ignored by regulators, resulting in vastly depleted fisheries in Nova Scotia. So, is there anything scientists can do to increase public awareness of their findings, or that policymakers can do to make sure that their policies are based on accurate data?
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