BCI devices that read minds and act on intentions can change lives for the better. But they could also be put to nefarious use in the not-too-distant future. Now's the time to think about risks.
A lot of money is spent by food producers and retailers to try and influence the type of food we buy and eat. But what can be done to encourage healthier choices?
When given leaked information journalists should check the information, consider alternative explanations, consider the political context and allow the people implicated a proper chance to respond.
Paying people for their organs can be viewed as coercive and exploitative, but there is a middle ground.
A new law makes it mandatory for children in Italy to have 12 vaccines.
Simply updating and patching an organisation's computer software may not be enough to fend off another cyber attack. You could engage an ethical hacker to help out.
Many shoppers choose free-range eggs because they think they are tastier and healthier, rather than being motivated purely by concerns for hens' welfare, a new study has found.
Yes, Big Brother is almost definitely watching. Here, five tips for researchers on keeping you and your sources safe.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day this week amid growing discontent over misrule by President Zuma and the ANC. This has led to increased calls for ethical and caring leaders.
There is a history of mistreatment of animals in the name of art. But isn’t it about time artists made their point about human domination without themselves asserting dominance over beasts?
To not screen, and then deliver cosmetic procedures to people who may have body dysmorphic disorder, goes against the medical dictum "first do no harm".
People are right to be skeptical when it comes to many slippery slope arguments used by those against euthanasia. But some of them are valid and shouldn't be dismissed as 'bullshit'.
Ethical codes on animal experimentation lay down strict rules about the treatment of lab animals. Animals headed to the slaughter house are not so lucky.
The court found that parents have a strong interest in a "genetic affinity" with their children, one that can merit compensation if subverted.
Ethical dilemmas arise not because someone did not know the ethical rules. Instead, they arise when individuals are unable to identify the relevant ethical principle at the time of crisis.
A new code of conduct for researchers has been developed by the San peoples of southern Africa.
Humans need greater autonomy than Isaac Asimov's neat science fiction idea permits.
Today's robots and artificial intelligence look very different from the androids conceived by Isaac Asimov.
Channel Nine has apologised to Gina Rinehart over its mini-series House of Hancock. What implications does this have for screenwriters telling stories about powerful figures?
Studies have shown that shame can motivate people to be both helpful but also vengeful, so the verdict is still out on whether it curbs bad behaviour.