Should your driverless car kill you to save a child's life?
Robots have already taken over the world. It may not seem so because it hasn't happened in the way science fiction author Isaac Asmiov imagined it in his book I, Robot. City streets are not crowded by humanoid ...
Empathy or justice: What makes consumers donate more to charity?
Have you ever received a request for help and wondered how deserving the recipients are of your donation? This way of thinking may seem inconsistent with your moral values, especially if you consider yourself an otherwise ...
Teaching robots right from wrong
Researchers from Tufts University, Brown University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are teaming with the U.S. Navy to explore technology that would pave the way for developing robots capable of making moral decisions.
Parents should try to find middle ground to keep teens safe online
(Medical Xpress)—Parents might take a lesson from Goldilocks and find a balanced approach to guide their teens in making moral, safe online decisions, according to Penn State researchers.
Abusing the internet trolls
Internet trolling is a matter of "moral panic", according to an assessment of this activity by Jonathan Bishop of the Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems in Brussels. Writing in the International ...
Transgender controversies can lead to 'gender panic,' study finds
When New York City moved in 2006 to make it easier for transgender people to revise the gender on their birth certificates, the proposal was widely expected to pass.
Recession's after-effects could lead to cheating and workplace theft suggests new study
We like to think we'd stick to our ethical principles no matter what. But when people feel financially deprived—as many did from losses suffered thanks to the last market and banking meltdown—they are more likely to relax ...
Sharing the risks, costs of biomass crops
Farmers who grow corn and soybeans can take advantage of government price support programs and crop insurance, but similar programs are not available for those who grow biomass crops such as Miscanthus. A Univ ...
Scientists call for religious help to save our wildlife
Leaders of the world's great religions could play a vital role in helping to save the world's dwindling wildlife and wilderness, three eminent ecologists from Sweden and Australia have proposed.
Fees cancel tax advantage of college savings plans
(Phys.org) —Government efforts to make it easier to save for college have unintended consequences, according to a Cornell economist. When you get a tax deduction for contributing to a college savings plan, ...
Silence in the sky—but why?
(Phys.org) —Scientists as eminent as Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan have long believed that humans will one day colonise the universe. But how easy would it be, why would we want to, and why haven't we ...
UW geographer devises a way for China to resolve its 'immigration' dilemma
University of Washington geographer Kam Wing Chan is in China this week, explaining how that country can dismantle its 55-year-old system that limits rural laborers from moving to and settling in cities and ...
Study: Many evangelicals are ambivalent about homosexuality and civil unions for gays
Tolerance toward gays and lesbians is growing within the evangelical community—long a stronghold against homosexuality—with many expressing ambivalent views about the issue, according to a Baylor University study.
British PM ups pressure on Internet firms over child porn
British Prime Minister David Cameron will on Monday demand Internet search engines take action to block queries about child sex abuse, threatening legislation if they fail to comply.