Personality traits predict performance differently across different jobs

Figure 1. Credit: DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2021.103655 Can your personality affect your job performance? It depends on the job, according to a new study by management and psychology researchers. “Although past studies made statements about the effects of personality traits on job performance in general, the specifics of these relationships really depend on the job,” said Michael… Continue reading Personality traits predict performance differently across different jobs

More than 300,000 New Zealanders owe more than they own. Is this a problem?

Credit: Shutterstock New Zealanders, like many of their developed country counterparts, have built up significant debts in recent decades. There are differing views, however, on whether this constitutes a problem. For some, indebtedness indicates a precarious situation—often described as being “underwater”—in which a person is unable to match their expenses to their income. For others,… Continue reading More than 300,000 New Zealanders owe more than they own. Is this a problem?

New research shows how COVID-19 has made life harder for South African women

by Helene Maisonnave, Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Martin Henseler, Ramos Emmanuel Mabugu, The Conversation Bo-Kaap, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain There is no doubt that the pandemic has had a devastating impact on South Africa and its economy. During economic crises, women often pay a heavy price and COVID-19 is no exception.… Continue reading New research shows how COVID-19 has made life harder for South African women

Forensic science is unlocking the mysteries of fatal lightning strikes

by Patrick Randolph-Quinney, Nicholas Bacci, Tanya Nadine Augustine, The Conversation Lightning storm over Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: Dr Carina Schumann, Johannesburg Lightning Research Lab, University of the Witwatersrand., CC BY-NC Lightning is one of the most powerful sources of energy in the natural environment. As anyone who has spent time in Johannesburg during the South… Continue reading Forensic science is unlocking the mysteries of fatal lightning strikes

Fertility transition powered by women’s access to electricity and modern cooking fuels

1. Johansson, T. B., Patwardhan, A. P., Nakićenović, N. & Gomez-Echeverri, L. Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012). 2. McCollum, D. L. et al. Connecting the Sustainable Development Goals by their energy inter-linkages. Environ. Res. Lett. 13, 033006 (2018). Google Scholar  3. Steinberger, J. K. & Roberts, J. T. From… Continue reading Fertility transition powered by women’s access to electricity and modern cooking fuels

Food system resilience to phosphorus shortages on a telecoupled planet

1. Nesme, T., Metson, G. S. & Bennett, E. M. Global phosphorus flows through agricultural trade. Glob. Environ. Change 50, 133–141 (2018). Article  Google Scholar  2. Kastner, T., Erb, K. H. & Haberl, H. Rapid growth in agricultural trade: effects on global area efficiency and the role of management. Environ. Res. Lett. 9, 034015 (2014).… Continue reading Food system resilience to phosphorus shortages on a telecoupled planet

Characterizing the energy use of disabled people in the European Union towards inclusion in the energy transition

Recent work on sustainable consumption argues for a more nuanced approach to policy, taking into account a range of social differences when planning and delivering interventions1,2,3,4,5,6. Given the substantial differences in consumption levels associated with affluence7, the wide variation of energy use in wealthy nations more generally8,9 and the differential impact of the effects of… Continue reading Characterizing the energy use of disabled people in the European Union towards inclusion in the energy transition

Using Ghana’s 32-m radio telescope to promote astronomy outreach

As mentioned earlier, radio astronomy is a subject that is not well known among the Ghanaian public. This makes the transfer of information to the public very challenging. To bridge this gap, scientists at GRAO, GSSTI and volunteers from PRAGSAC engage with various schools, universities, teacher bodies and clubs to educate them in astronomy. Sometimes,… Continue reading Using Ghana’s 32-m radio telescope to promote astronomy outreach

What Sci-Hub’s latest court battle means for research

Access to Sci-Hub has been blocked in several countries, but the site argues its activities are permitted under India’s copyright law.Credit: Sharaf Maksumov/Shutterstock Sci-Hub, the popular website that offers access to millions of pirated research papers and books, is no stranger to legal action. But, for the first time, the site is defending its operations… Continue reading What Sci-Hub’s latest court battle means for research

gathering dust that’s crossed an ocean

Tourists come here to Ragged Point, at the easternmost part of Barbados, for the view. I climb the 17-metre tower of the University of Miami’s Barbados Atmospheric Chemistry Observatory and collect samples of ash, dust and microorganisms, some of which have come all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. Reddish, iron-rich clouds from Africa reach… Continue reading gathering dust that’s crossed an ocean