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People who love their jobs get different things out of it - and there’s a difference between women and men when it comes to job satisfaction. from www.shutterstock.com

Gender differences at work: relishing competence or seeking a challenge?

New research reveals gender differences in what we most enjoy in a job: women enjoy being competent while men are more likely to seek a challenge.
Statelessness in Thailand is a complex issue: the stateless population includes members of northern hill tribes, children of migrants who were born in Thailand and refugees for bordering countries. from www.shutterstock.com

Blood, soil and paper: Thailand’s mission to reduce statelessness

Last month's epic cave rescue has drawn attention to the issue of statelessness in Thailand - a crisis the country is trying to resolve urgently, especially for stateless children.
Single-use biodegradable plastics include claims that they break down quickly into benign end products, but the reality is more complex. from www.shutterstock.com

Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment

New types of biodegradable or compostable plastic products seem to offer an alternative to conventional plastics. But they may be no better for the environment.
Tāne Mahuta is New Zealand’s most sacred tree, but its days will be numbered if it is infected with kauri dieback disease. from www.shutterstock.com

Lord of the forest: New Zealand’s most sacred tree is under threat from disease, but response is slow

A pathogen is killing kauri trees in New Zealand and now threatens an ancient, sacred giant. The response to the biosecurity incursion pales in comparison to recent threats to agricultural crops.
Author Tim Edwards’ dog Tui is part of a team of canines being trained to detect lung cancer in breath and saliva samples. University of Waikato

Dogs’ sensitive noses may be the key to early detection of lung cancer

Researchers are training dogs to detect lung cancer in breath and saliva samples, with the aim of developing early-detection screening and a functional “electronic nose” for diagnosing lung cancer.
A four-day week trial showed that if workers have more control over their job, they feel and perform better. from www.shutterstock.com

Working four-day weeks for five days’ pay? Research shows it pays off

A trial of a four-day working week shows that employees felt better about their job, were more engaged, and reported greater work-life balance and less stress.
New Zealand is considering whether or not agricultural greenhouse gases should be considered as part of the country’s transition to a low-emission economy. from www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand’s zero carbon bill: much ado about methane

New Zealand could become the first country to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
As part of its commitment under the Paris Agreement, New Zealand’s government has committed to planting one billion trees within a decade. from www.shutterstock.com

Coldplay conundrum: how to reduce the risk of failure for environmental projects

Planting more native forests could help mitigate the causes of climate change, but unless funding is closely tied to successful outcomes, such projects face the risk of failure.
With the help of environmental DNA, scientists are compiling a census of life in Loch Ness, which should establish if there is any scientific basis to the centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness monster. Supplied

Monster hunt: using environmental DNA to survey life in Loch Ness

Scientists are using environmental DNA to compile a census of life in Loch Ness and to establish if there is any scientific basis for the centuries-old monster legend.
The image of Indonesia as home of moderate Muslims has come into question following terrorist attacks last month during which members of three pro-ISIS families tried to carry out separate but coordinated suicide bombings. AAP

Female suicide bombers: how terrorist propaganda radicalises Indonesian women

Indonesia has worked hard to block homegrown terrorist cells, but the involvement of children as suicide bombers in recent attacks has raised concerns that de-radicalisation programmes aren't working.
New research suggests that spray painters and panel beaters could be at higher risk of health effects through solvent exposure. from www.shutterstock.com

Why solvents can affect brain health even at low levels of exposure

A new study shows that workers exposed to solvents in the vehicle collision repair industry are at greater risk of adverse health effects than other blue-collar workers.

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