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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.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake led to the collapse of thousands of houses in the northern parts of the Indonesian island of Lombok. Adi Weda / AAP

Lombok earthquakes: different building designs could lessen future damage

Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless following the Lombok earthquakes. Much of this suffering need not have happened if houses were constructed to better withstand shaking.
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 better 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.
A worker paints make-up on the faces of sex dolls in a factory in China. ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI/AAP

From stone dildos to sexbots: how technology is changing sex

The use of technology to enhance sexual pleasure is ancient. Now advances in AI have led to more lifelike sex dolls hitting the market – but sex robots aren't the only innovations on the horizon.

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