In choosing not to ban the live export trade even in the hottest northern months, the federal government is allowing animals to be put in conditions where they cannot possibly escape suffering.
Recent controversies associated with the impact, privacy and security of new technologies signal that we need better governance. The government alone can’t fix this. This is a job for everyone.
While codes of conduct in banking may help, the tsunami of financial regulation over the past few decades has swept aside much of the sense of personal accountability.
Unfortunately, there is no net benefit-ometer for breast cancer screening.
The FDA recently issued a draft guidance for testing drugs in pregnant women. Here's why it's a good thing.
Do you want to live forever? If so, you might want to think again.
'Mini brains' can be grown in the lab, and brains of decapitated pigs were recently 'kept alive' for a day and a half. But what makes a conscious brain?
Protesters have urged a boycott of Sydney's current Real Bodies exhibition, over claims that it could display remains of executed Chinese political prisoners.
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Art has always depicted the crimes of our times throughout centuries of wars and humanitarian crises. Can we really expect it to truly make a difference in the real world?
Humans are already imposing our barely understood sexual ethic upon machines.
Ethical review is often seen as a barrier to research and innovation within universities, but it can be constructive. More attention should be paid to the potential benefits of the process.
Where does responsibility lie if a person acts under the influence of their brain implant? As neurotechnologies advance, a neuroethicist and a legal expert write that now's the time to hash it out.
Academia is not immune to gender bias. One way to see this in action is to observe who asks questions during conferences -- and men appear to ask more than women.
Humans have long been trying differentiate themselves from the rest of the biological world. Is it because we're superior, or just insecure?
Most Americans identify as animal lovers and support either full or partial legal rights for animals.
Governments are using Big Data to design improvements and upgrades of cities. But ethical questions need to be considered, lest we end up jeopardising citizens' privacy or deepen social inequalities.
We are not yet "post-truth", but truth-telling remains vital in sustaining open and democratic societies.
Canada has a clear choice. Either it embraces the potential of being a leader in responsible AI, or it risks legitimating a race to the bottom where ethics, inequity and justice are absent.
Imagine a collaboratively-designed smartphone app that could provide cues to an autistic individual -- about the emotional state of people they are communicating with.
This vote should be about the morality of letting women suffer.