Dr Sarah Mothulatshipi and Topo Mpho Çhengeta in Gweta, Botswana exchanging knowledge with the local community about long term environmental change and stone age archaeology in the area.
Scientists join their profession with the hope their research will benefit humanity. But many still inadvertently exploit local collaborators or communities as cheap labour.
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Nature’s recent efforts to redefine the ethical responsibilities of scientists leave a lot to be desired.
Trump doesn’t just ignore science, he attacks it. Australia’s experts have an obligation to speak out on crises such as the coronavirus pandemic, even if it means picking a side in our politics.
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.
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?
As AI is deployed in society, there is an impact that can be positive or negative. The future is in our hands.
The Montréal Declaration calls for the responsible development of artificial intelligence. A world expert explains why scientists must choose how their expertise will benefit society.
China’s military may bear the brunt of hits to the country’s scientific reputation.
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In an era of big scientific collaborations, China’s renegade actions have hurt its reputation. As international researchers back away, it may be the country’s military that ultimately suffers.
Researchers funded by VW, Daimler and BMW are accused of testing diesel fumes on monkeys and humans.
Killing insects, as the Big Wasp Survey asked people to do, contributed to many vital advances in science.
Just because we can edit genes in human embryos, should we?
A world first study shows CRISPR can remove a target gene from early stage human embryos. But with the advance in science come weighty ethical dilemmas.