Daily Archives: 6 May 10

Lie-Detection Brain Scan Could Be Used in Court for First Time

A scan of the brain using fMRI

‘A Brooklyn attorney hopes to break new ground this week when he offers a brain scan as evidence that a key witness in a civil trial is telling the truth, Wired.com has learned.

If the fMRI scan is admitted, it would be a legal first in the United States and could have major consequences for the future of neuroscience in court.’ (Wired Science)

Russian president asked to investigate alien claims

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a Russian businessman and ...

‘A Russian MP has asked President Dmitry Medvedev to investigate claims by a regional president that he has met aliens on board a spaceship.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the leader of the southern region of Kalmykia, made his claim in a television interview.

MP Andre Lebedev is not just asking whether Mr Ilyumzhinov is fit to govern.

He is also concerned that, if he was abducted, he may have revealed details about his job and state secrets.’ (BBC News)