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Most food waste from households

Large amounts of food go to waste. Some is disposed of by producers and retailers. But more is tossed out at the consumption stage – by the likes of you and me.

Ambiguous bosses cause recruits to quit

Newly hired employees are often unclear about what is expected of them, according to a new study.

Genetic tests uncover lethal legacy — at a price

It’s become ever easier to test for mutations that increase a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer. But what kind of psychological burden does the test impose on women who take it?

Children’s opinions are overlooked when taken from their parents

In almost 70 per cent of cases concerning children taken into foster care, the children’s voices are more or less absent.

Even greener solar power on the way

Europe wants to reduce its needs for raw materials and raise the level of recycling of resources in the solar power industry. If this project is successful, greenhouse gas emissions from solar panel manufacture will fall by 25 to 30 per cent.

Food waste recycling not always the best idea

A first-ever effort to quantify the benefits of recycling food waste versus preventing it shows prevention is the best policy. But Norway continues to invest significant funds in biogas facilities for food waste recycling.

The spread of toxic mercury contamination is affecting the Arctic

The transport of environmental contaminants to the Arctic via water and air is a threat to nature. In the Arctic, methylmercury moves more effectively through the food chain than in more southerly waters.

Researchers with children – a disadvantage in academia

Both male and female researchers with children struggle to combine career and family. The competition is now coming from researchers who don’t have children or access to welfare benefits such as parental leave.

Guardrails with inbuilt noise-barriers are on the way

A combined solution offers better protection against traffic noise – and can also benefit two-wheeled road-users.

Smart firms detect their problems in advance

Sensors, data and analyses all help to give advance warning of critical situations developing on production lines. This can reduce downtime by 50 per cent.