The challenge in making AI machines appear more human.
If we can make artificial intelligent machines that act more human it raises the question of what sort of emotions we'd like them to express.
Amid jeers of hypocrisy and cheers of climate leadership, what can we really say about this policy move in one of New South Wales' historic coal towns?
Medical research can be complex and difficult to understand, but cinematic representations of mad scientists who speak gobbledygook add to the confusion. An annual event separates fact from fiction.
Our new research shows the culture of sexualisation not only affects how young girls see themselves, but also how they are treated and viewed by adults.
The information paradox is one of the great mysteries in our understanding of black holes. But has the famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking found the solution?
The international executive director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, explains why he believes the big global challenges cannot be tackled in isolation.
While some are being given new platforms to express their views, the decline of paid journalism is shutting others out.
One of the Australian government's new research priorities is "environmental change". But can be hard to know how to tackle such huge and interlinked issues as climate change and species extinctions.
Online petitions send a certain signal to politicians and other leaders: we care, but maybe not enough to get off our seats.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
There's an ad on TV that starts: "If you were me, what would you do next?" If I were Tony Abbott, I'd scheme to get a new treasurer without the existing one blowing me up.
In sport, there seems no reasonable justification for drawing a line in the sand that places drug use on one side and the other performance enhancers on the other.
Hockey's call to cut personal income taxes to improve economic growth sounds reasonable - but this is too simplistic.
Jarryd Hayne is wowing crowds and commentators with his play on the American football field in the US. His years in Australian rugby league may have a lot to do with his star performance.
Researchers have suggested a new theory for why neurotic unhappiness and creativity are often found in the same person. But is the assumption that creative people are more neurotic actually true?
Rentboy.com is the oldest and most popular website for male sex workers, who pay a monthly fee to advertise to and connect with potential clients. Its fall this week will leave a void in the market.
Greece's 'accidental economist' speaks to the UK's leading minds on Syriza, the troika, and whether he’s just a little over-exposed.
New research suggests mass shootings are not just due to gun ownership, but gun culture.
ANU economists argue that Australian universities should have “skin in the game” on Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts.
What does your vision of a sustainable future look like? Some people imagine a world where technology solves the world's most pressing environmental problems.
Australia's transport infrastructure needs urgent upgrades. But with governments willing to fund only one or two major projects, how do we decide which infrastructure project to prioritise?