Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

World News

Find out what’s happening in Science & Society around the world. Discover changes to science policy and law, new scientific study results, Supreme Court rulings, debates about nature versus nurture, and news about the sharing of genetic information.

Fri, Mar 08

A new study finds a potential risk with self-driving cars: failure to detect dark-skinned pedestrians

The findings speak to a bigger problem in the development of automated systems: algorithmic bias.

Wed, Mar 06

How Will We Pay For Drugs That Cost Millions?

Drugs that cost as much as a house are on the way to treat rare and devastating diseases. The US is scrambling to figure out how to pay for them.

Sat, Mar 02

Is Ethical A.I. Even Possible?

When a news article revealed that Clarifai was working with the Pentagon and some employees questioned the ethics of building artificial intelligence that analyzed video captured by drones, the company said the project would save the lives of civilians and soldiers.

Fri, Feb 22

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

China’s campaign poses a direct challenge to the scientific community and the way it makes cutting-edge knowledge publicly available.

Wed, Feb 20

Ethical Guidelines for DNA Testing in Migrant Family Reunification

In the summer of 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers removed more than 2600 migrant children from their families at the United States–Mexico border

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