Ethics

  • 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...

    Ethics March 12, 2021
  • Video

    Cosmos Briefing: Science v law

    Experts discuss whether scientific evidence is properly considered in our courts.

    Australia’s legal system should reconsider how seriously it regards scientific evidence, according to today’s Cosmos ...

    Ethics March 9, 2021
  • Wangarĩ Maathai grows a movement

    Kenyan scientist and Nobel Prize winner fought for a better environment for African women.

    In 1977, more than 40 years before United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York unveiled the Gre...

    Agriculture March 8, 2021
  • Focus

    Cosmos Q&A: How far with genome editing?

    Maybe we should let the people decide.

    An international group of 25 researchers last week called for national and global “citizen assemblies” to be created ...

    Ethics September 22, 2020
  • Weeding out the political astroturf

    AI uses content alone to detect co-ordinated campaigns.

    Social media, in case you hadn’t noticed, is a great boon to activists of all forms. Got a message that you want to s...

    Ethics July 23, 2020
  • Conversation

    Who owns the bones?

    Exploring the issues around human fossils.

    All humans alive today can claim a common ancestral link to some hominin. Hominins include modern humans, extinct hum...

    Ethics June 11, 2020
  • Conversation

    How should we treat a social robot?

    Abusing it won’t hurt it, but it could make you a crueller person

    Set in a dystopian 2019, the sci-fi classic Blade Runner explores how artificial humans could impact our humanity. Ha...

    Ethics November 10, 2019
  • Animals, science, behaviour and ethics

    Exploring an important emerging topic for society.

    The moral status of animals has a long and fraught history in the West, much of it reflecting poorly on our ethical u...

    Ethics September 22, 2019
  • Conversation

    Can we be immortal digitally?

    The idea of ‘Virternity’ may be in the future.

    Immortality has been a topic of discussion since the legend of the Holy Grail. Some people have gone as far as cryog...

    Ethics August 26, 2019
  • Conversation

    A Hippocratic Oath for data science?

    A little more data literacy might be enough.

    Hippocratic Oath: I swear by the Hypatia, by Lovelace, by Turing, by Fisher (and/or Bayes), and by all the statistici...

    Ethics August 25, 2019
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