• 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
  • Stem cell research guidelines changed

    New international guidelines relax “14-day rule”.

    For the first time in five years, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has updated its guidelines...

    Health May 27, 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
  • 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 ...

    Cosmos Briefing March 9, 2021
  • Genetic tests, assured

    Is Australia doing enough to guard against genomic discrimination?

    The Australian insurance industry’s self-regulated moratorium restricting the use of genetic test results in life ins...

    News February 8, 2021
  • CRISPR scientists take away a Nobel

    Chemistry prize won for revolutionary genetic scissors.

    The scientists who gave us the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier and US bioc...

    News October 8, 2020
  • 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
  • Partner Content

    No return to closed working after COVID-19

    Closed science doesn’t reach everyone who needs it.

    In the few months since the first case of COVID-19 was identified, the underlying cause has been isolated, its sympto...

    ASC Edits April 24, 2020
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