Technology

Mind-reading technology should not be used to solve crime - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 26, 2017

By Paul McGorrery, Deakin University There is growing interest in the potential for a technology known as brain fingerprinting to be used in the fight against crime and terrorism, but it’s far from reliable. Its use without consent violates human rights. And importantly, the technology (as it currently exists) can be tricked. Brain fingerprinting seeks to … Read More

The once and future farmer - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 16, 2017

In our own cultural memory New Zealand used to have the best farming system in the world. No more, according to some. Two recent articles about the Netherlands illustrate how we are falling behind in some ways, and can provide a stimulus for how we can do better. National Geographic highlights the Netherland’s sustainable agricultural system in … Read More

Cassini plunges into Saturn tonight – a grand finale - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 15, 2017

After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration. Watch live coverage of Cassini’s end of mission on … Read More

Explorers probe hidden continent of Zealandia - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 13, 2017

By Rupert Sutherland, Victoria University of Wellington Zealandia made global headlines earlier this year when scientists announced that it counts as a new continent. Now it is coming under closer scientific scrutiny. We are currently halfway through an expedition to drill into this vast underwater plateau of continental crust, and we can already reveal that Zealandia’s geography … Read More

Drones and wildlife – working to co-exist - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 12, 2017

By Pip Wallace, University of Waikato; Iain White, University of Waikato, and Ross Martin, University of Waikato The drone market is booming and it is changing the way we use airspace, with some unforeseen consequences. The uptake of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) has been swift. But despite their obvious benefits, concerns are growing about … Read More

Prenatal genetic screening risks information overload for parents - News

John Kerr Sep 11, 2017

A new report from New Zealand bioethicists warns that prenatal screening technology is developing exponentially – and we need to think hard about how we use it. The Judging Genes & Choosing Children report, funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation, digs into the ethical, legal and social issues posed by a new era of genomic testing for … Read More

Massive sunspots and huge solar flares mean unexpected space weather for Earth - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 08, 2017

By Alexa Halford, Dartmouth College; Brett Carter, RMIT University, and Julie Currie, RMIT University If you still have your solar viewing glasses from the eclipse, now is a good time to slap them on and look up at the sun. You’ll see two big dark areas visible on our star. These massive sunspots are … Read More

At last! The world’s first ethical guidelines for driverless cars - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 04, 2017

By David Tuffley, Griffith University Humans before animals and property. No discrimination as to who should survive. Safeguards against malicious hacking. These are just some of the world-first ethical rules being implemented in Germany regarding how autonomous vehicles are to be programmed. The federal transport minister Alexander Dobrindt presented a report on automated driving to Germany’s cabinet … Read More