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Morning light relieves anxiety

The right light in the morning can reduce anxiety responses in healthy people, new study shows.

Implanted muscular electrodes improve prosthetic flexibility

By implanting electrodes into the muscles, scientists hope they can make it easier for amputees to control their prosthetic limbs.

Colonoscopies should be less painful

A new type of software that measures the doctor’s pace and caution during a colonoscopy is currently being tested in several Danish hospitals. Researchers hope this will make future colonoscopies less stressful for patients.

Animal origin theory challenged: Early animals needed almost no oxygen

The first animals on Earth could get by with much less oxygen than previously thought, new study reveals.

Vitamin D-fortified food helps us through dark winters

Milk and bread fortified with vitamin D increases vitamin D levels in an average Danish family. This may help the ten percent of Danes who suffer from vitamin D deficiency in winter, say researchers.

Untested chemicals damage children’s brains

The number of industrial chemicals with a proven neurotoxicity effect on children’s brains has doubled since 2006. Meanwhile, the number of children with developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD is on a rise. Scientists are raising the alarm.

Schizophrenics more likely to get autoimmune diseases

Schizophrenic people have a greater risk of developing diseases such as psoriasis, diabetes and MS than the general population. Infections appear to play a central role in the explanation, new study suggests.

DIY kit makes building robots easy

A new do-it-yourself kit makes it much easier to build robots. The kit will help researchers develop and refine human-like walking robots, say the inventors.

Why do headless chickens run?

The brain does not control all body movements. Some movements are to a great extent controlled by neural networks in the spinal cord. This is why a chicken can run away after you chop its head off. A new study takes a closer look at this strange phenomenon.

Marius the giraffe: He died so that others could live

The Copenhagen Zoo sparked public outrage when they put to death the healthy 18-month-old giraffe Marius. Here is why they killed him.