We need to ban offensive autonomous weapons - or 'killer robots' - before a new arms race to produce them begins.
Using fluorescent dye, researchers figured out how to turn cells into lasers -- with applications for cell tagging and tracking as well as medical diagnoses and therapies.
Varying animal standards across the globe is leading to unnecessary suffering as well as conflicting research results.
It's a problem when much of what winds up in scientific journals isn't replicable, for various reasons. The research community is taking baby steps toward addressing the "reproducibility crisis."
After Windows 8 flopped, Microsoft is betting big with a free upgrade to Windows 10 and a new strategy to keep the brand alive in a changing technology landscape.
Video games aren't only for kids. A new report shows that older Australians are embracing games, for a variety of reasons.
Why the new exoplanet said to resemble out Earth might just as well resemble Venus or Neptune.
A new exoplanet has been discovered that is a lot like Earth.
Given Earth is our sole example of life in the universe, it's hard to know what we're looking for elsewhere in the cosmos.
Palaeontologists say it's rare to find a rich fossil site in an urban area. That's why they're worried such a site near Melbourne could be threatened by proposed development.
The recent claim that we might enter a mini ice age in 15 years is not only bad science, but it represents a failure of communication by both scientists and journalists.
Epigenetics is increasingly used as a buzzword to sell pseudoscientific products, but the truth of epigenetics is even more interesting – and complex – than the quacks claim.
Imagine if you could build a home on the moon out of moon dust. That just one of the possibilities being explored for 3D printing.
Simple mathematics suggests that if there are aliens out there, they should have reached us by now. So is it really worthwhile trying to communicate with them?
The $100m project to search for aliens will help save observatories from closure and could lead to new astrophysical discoveries.
I sometimes forget that people can feel embarrassed listening to me talk about my research on sperm. But often those same people can also be a source of amazement and inspiration.
Astronomers have been looking for signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe for centuries. But the search has so far found nothing. So what makes this latest hunt so different?
The Parkes radio telescope is part of the US$100 million search for life elsewhere in the universe, but the investment will also benefit other space research at The Dish.
Today's world is drenched in data, and we need the best tools to help us understand and use it.