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Since California passed the first medical marijuana law in 1996, 30 US states and the District of Columbia have legalised medical marijuana. from www.shutterstock.com

Legalising medical marijuana shows no effect on crime rates in US states

People opposing medical marijuana are often concerned about increased crime rates, but analysis of city-level data across the US found medical marijuana laws have little effect on crime.
New Zealand’s emission reduction target for 2030 is to bring emissions to 30% below 2005 levels, and to be carbon neutral by 2050. from www.shutterstock.com

Why NZ’s emissions trading scheme should have an auction reserve price

With consultation underway to improve the New Zealand emissions trading scheme, experts argue that a reserve price on emissions units could help rebuild confidence in low-emission investment.
The industry selling honey and bee products is booming. from www.shutterstock.com

How better tests and legal deterrence could clean up the sticky mess left behind by fake honey row

The bee product industry is booming and in unregulated markets, there is a strong economic incentive to cheat. Self regulation combined with legal deterrence could help clean up the sticky mess.
Converting existing larger homes into smaller units could provide options for older people wanting to stay in their neighbourhood. from www.shutterstock.com

Flatting in retirement: how to provide suitable and affordable housing for ageing people

As the number of older people is expected to double by 2050 in most countries, architects are exploring how existing housing stocks could be turned into affordable shared retirement homes.
To grow tall enough to reach the canopy, a species of screw pine unique to Lord Howe Island has evolved its own rainwater harvesting system. Matthew Biddick, CC BY-SA

The Lord Howe screw pine is a self-watering island giant

How a species of screw pine unique to Lord Howe Island has evolved its own rainwater harvesting system that allows it to grow tall.
Food can serve many functions in crime fiction, from being used directly as a weapon to expressing cultural belonging, gender or class. from www.shutterstock.com

Friday essay: the meaning of food in crime fiction

Food is an increasingly popular ingredient in crime fiction, serving up insights into the character of the detective hero and adding spice to the mystery.
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.
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.
Warga menaruh lilin untuk mengingat korban ledakan bom bunuh diri di Jawa Timur bulan lalu. Menurut para peneliti ada beragam motif yang mendorong keterlibatan perempuan dalam kelompok teroris. AAP

Bagaimana propaganda teroris meradikalisasi perempuan

Indonesia telah bekerja keras menekan terorisme lokal, tapi pelibatan anak-anak sebagai pelaku serangan bom bunuh diri memicu kekhawatiran bahwa program deradikalisasi tidak efektif.
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.
Small aircraft carry scientists high above the Southern Alps to survey glacier changes. Hamish McCormick/NIWA

A bird’s eye view of New Zealand’s changing glaciers

Forty years of continuous end-of-summer snowline monitoring of New Zealand's glaciers brings the issue of human-induced climate change into tight focus.
New research shows that parenthood penalises all women, particularly those who are on high incomes, and sets them on a trajectory of lower lifetime earnings relative to their male peers. from www.shutterstock.com

How parenthood continues to cost women more than men

New research shows that parenthood contributes to the gender pay gap and penalises all women, particularly those who were on high incomes before having children.
Contemporary surfing culture and iconography have been deeply influenced by the legacy of Big Wednesday. from www.shutterstock.com

Big Wednesday: four decades between surfing and myth making

Contemporary surfing culture and iconography have been deeply influenced by the legacy of John Milius' 1978 cult film Big Wednesday.
International powers with conflicting interests have helped the Bashar al-Asad government to consolidate its power. from www.shutterstock.com

Competing foreign interests trump Syrian aspirations for political change

To understand how Syria has become the theatre for proxy wars between international forces, one has to return to the Arab uprisings and Syria's role as an outlier.

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