test tubes Doctors and police struggle with false positive test resultsLast month, the drinking water in a Colorado town was declared unsafe, because it had been contaminated by an ingredient from cannabis. It took two days to discover that this was not the case – a water test had turned up a false positive result. In fact, false positives are widespread in our everyday lives, and we seem to have an innate inability to get to grips with them…

Read the rest of this article at New Scientist – the home of Brain Scanner, my weekly column.  Image: Petr Kratochvil

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