Ethics

  • Driverless dynamics and fiddling with fingers

    The promise of robots, and of human-robot societies, seems as elusive as ever. What are the main ...

    Dr Nicole Robinson spends her days working with robots. But not just today’s robots – she is working with the robots ...

    Robotics January 14, 2022
  • The complex ethics of human history

    Researchers collecting and analysing ancient human DNA must navigate a minefield of ethical consi...

    Readers are advised that this article contains images of ancient human remains. At the end of this century’s firs...

    Ethics December 3, 2021
  • How to use drones responsibly in Kakadu

    Indigenous-led guidelines are necessary for conservation technology.

    Drones have transformed conservation and land management over the past decade, making it easier than ever to collect ...

    Ethics December 3, 2021
  • Video

    Let's talk about genetics and disease

    Genomic data promises incredible insights into disease risks, but careful frameworks are needed t...

    Being told you are genetically predisposed to disease is scary - what does it even mean? Genetics and disease are hig...

    Biology November 17, 2021
  • Beware the lure of unethical solar power

    Solar power may combat climate change, but a damning report suggests it’s not always ethical

    Solar energy may be the future. But only if it lets go of the past. International NGO the World Economic Forum...

    Energy October 4, 2021
  • WHO issues new ethics recommendations for human genome editing

    Two new reports on recommended guidelines follow a global consultation.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released two new companion reports that provide the first global recommendati...

    Ethics July 13, 2021
  • How to recognise a super-recogniser

    Researchers update face-matching test to find facial recognition experts.

    Australian psychologists have developed a new test that aims to identify “super-recognisers” – people with an extraor...

    Australia July 12, 2021
  • Conversation

    Police debacle with SafeWA COVID tracking app

    Police attempted to obtain information from a COVID tracking app – is this legal?

    By Tama Leaver. QR code contact-tracing apps are a crucial part of our defence against COVID-19. But their value d...

    Australia June 17, 2021
  • 95% of cell lines used in clinical research of European descent

    Scientists say pre-clinical cellular research needs to be diversified.

    The basis for medical research is the pre-clinical research phase, which almost invariably focuses on cellular work i...

    Ethics May 13, 2021
  • Folbigg 2019 inquiry: guilty finding upheld

    Compelling recent scientific evidence remains unexamined by law.

    The Australian Academy of Science late yesterday released a statement about the NSW Court of Appeal’s decision to dis...

    Ethics March 25, 2021
  • Ethics of making human blastocysts in a lab

    New research means new cause to revise the ethics of research into early human life stages.

    The findings of two papers released today in the journal Nature by two separate research groups – one mainly Australi...

    Ethics March 18, 2021
  • How much do you value privacy?

    Australians, have your say about our security and surveillance regime.

    Who has access to the plethora of information collected from surveillance devices, such as CCTV cameras and facial re...

    Culture March 12, 2021
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