Ethical frameworks, rules, laws: all try to have their say.
CRISPR technology could have momentous effects if it's used to edit genes that will be inherited by future generations. Researchers and ethicists continue to weigh appropriate guidelines.
Mark Zuckerberg has been asked before to fix how Facebook is used by others for no good, now he wants others to help find solutions.
The Facebook boss's calls for outside help to draft new rules on what is acceptable behaviour online should be welcomed. So what's his next step?
What’s the best way to put the brakes on current research?
Scientists and ethicists have called for a five-year moratorium on editing human genes that will pass on to future generations. Yes, society needs to figure out how to proceed – but is this the best way?
Brexiters are arguing for Theresa May to abandon her Chequers deal and push for a Canada-style trade agreement with the EU.
Environmental regulations generally improve communities’ preparedness and resilience during disasters.
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The damage to coal ash sites from Hurricane Florence demonstrates how a community's vulnerability to natural disasters is closely linked to how stringent environmental regulations are.
The porn industry has long placed an emphasis on young girls.
A little-noticed court ruling represents the biggest setback for opponents of child porn in decades.
And Brexit could make things even more challenging.
Solar lowers prices and shifts when daily peak demand hours are.
Large-scale solar and wind tend to push energy prices down, which sounds great as a consumer. But that makes keeping the grid in constant balance harder.
Cutting red tape is a high priority, but the execution hasn’t always led to results.
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A review of Trump's stated war on regulations doesn't find many successful repeals. But it is hurting regulatory enforcement in quieter ways.
As the online trade of pets becoming normalised, regulation is now needed to protect animals.
Should robots and artificial intelligence face additional restrictions?
Artificial intelligence has so much beneficial potential that fears about it shouldn't prompt new regulations. Existing rules already govern human and machine behavior.
A Bitcoin (virtual currency) souvenir coin. But cryptocurrencies like this can be debt and equity as well.
Despite its name, cryptocurrency isn't just money. It could also be debt or equity and so it should be regulated and taxed in the same way as other finance.
If carbon regulations restrict how much a company can pollute where it’s located, it could move operations (and jobs) to another country – with no reduction in emissions.
Two environmental policy experts offer a more politically palatable way to lower carbon emissions – based on consumption, not conventional regulation.
Politicians want to regulate the software that decides if we get a loan or a job, but existing laws can already protect us – if we know how to use them.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 13, 2013.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sued the federal government repeatedly. If he becomes head of EPA and tries to weaken environmental laws, opponents are likely to do the same to him.
Health Insurers should be offering insurance that covers primary care, Paolucci argues.
Business Briefing: treat the cause not the symptoms of problems with private health insurance
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If customers are questioning the value of private health insurance its because of the way the system is distorted by government incentives.
Meter taxi companies want to level the playing fields between themselves and Uber.
E-hailing services have vowed to revolutionise the transportation industry. But they've also left city officials scratching their heads about regulations and traditional metered taxi drivers fuming.
A landmark trade deal between the US and Europe has been left floundering. So what has killed progress?