Science fiction has already explored the theme of robot rights, such as the film Bicentennial Man.
The European Union is currently debating the legal status of intelligent robots, and whether they ought to be given a new classification of 'electronic persons'.
Some professional players find it difficult to change their routine to adjust to other careers when they retire.
Research shows there are some common struggles among those who retire from being professional athletes but players can be successful in careers after sport.
If ADHD is a neurobiological disorder, a child’s birthdate or gender should have no bearing on their chances of being diagnosed.
New research has found the youngest children in West Australian primary school classes are twice as likely as their oldest classmates to receive medication for ADHD.
There is often more than one factor at play when a student drops out of a university course.
Lower completion rates for rural and remote universities are not necessarily a reflection on the quality of the educational experience they provide, but reflect the demographics of their students.
How will it fit in? Every new development should consider the existing neighbourhood character.
The Melbourne suburb of Richmond is prime inner-city real estate, but the community is paying a price for redevelopment that jars with the existing neighbourhood.
A still image from Orbital Venus.
An Australian virtual reality work premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week takes the viewer on a wild ride through space.
The Commonwealth Ombudsman will investigate Centrelink’s automated debt-recovery system.
Centrelink's debt recovery system is using information in a way that it was not designed to be applied, without properly adjusting for differences between the tax and social security system.
You may have let loose for the silly season, but there are some good reasons to cut back in the new year.
Many of us don’t treat alcohol with the respect the drug demands.
It’s important to look at what businesses are purchasing.
If you're into business and finance there are myriad numbers you can look at. But PMI is one of the better ones if you really want to know where an economy is going.
Cabinet papers released today have given us some insight into how current issues like the gender superannuation gap emerged.
The changes to superannuation discussed in the 1992-93 cabinet papers shaped the system we have today for better and worse.
Our friends may not like when we don’t drink because it reflects their own drinking practices.
If your friends undermine your decision not to drink, don't be offended. They’re probably just dealing with their own insecurity about their drinking.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about antimatter.
One of the great mysteries of the universe is why there is so much more matter than antimatter. Now a new experiment is helping us understand the nature of antimatter better than ever before.
MYEFO leaves Treasurer Scott Morrison with the difficult task of managing Australia through a period of both sluggish GDP growth and a persistent budget deficit.
Next year GDP will grow at the second-slowest rate in 16 years, according to MYEFO. This has big implications for unemployment and the deficit.
People who haven’t experienced drug dependence often don’t know why it’s so difficult to kick the habit.
Regardless of how they are consumed, alcohol and other drugs eventually make their way into the brain via the bloodstream. Once there, they affect how messages are sent through the brain.
You can’t burn fat off a specific area, but you can build different muscles to change the shape of your body.
Once we reach adulthood, our bone structure and proportions are fixed, but we can manipulate our muscles.
Chinese cranes might soon be a common sight through Asia.
As domestic construction slows, Chinese property developers are starting to look overseas. The potential impacts are diverse, from property prices right through to regional diplomacy.
OPEC’s leaders have less power at their fingertips these days.
OPEC's recent decision to cut supply is a classic move from the oil cartel playbook. But in today's era, there are many more players and game-changing technologies on the field.
Landing your feet quietly may help prevent running injuries.
Do you land on your heel or forefoot when running? Listening to your technique might give you a clue and reduce your chances of injury.
The kinds of activities volunteers can do have changed, from long-term activities to more short-term, episodic volunteering.
Volunteers in Australia are essential to the provision of a range of services. Yet Western countries – including Australia – have recently reported a decline in volunteer rates.
A march in Perth on Australia Day this year in support of Indigenous people.
Changing the date of Australia Day celebrations – as the City of Fremantle has done – is a move towards a less racist future. And when it comes to challenging insularity, there are other positive signs in Western Australia.