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Chickens cause serious infections in humans

Intestinal bacteria from poultry can infect humans and cause urinary tract infections. A new study looks into disease transmission from animals to humans in a world of increasing antibiotic resistance.

Barley gene could help feed the world

Researchers from Carlsberg have identified the gene that makes mutant barley bloom faster than regular barley. The discovery could lead to extra food for the world’s poorest nations.

Leg pain weakens sense of balance

New study could explain why so many elderly people either die or get seriously injured from fall accidents.

Trust creates a welfare state – not vice versa

The Scandinavian welfare model cannot be exported to other countries because the fundamental trust required for such a system to function is unique to the Nordic countries.

Hormone-impairing substances make daughters fat

Pregnant women with high levels of hormone-impairing substances in their blood have a three times higher risk than other women of giving birth to daughters who will be overweight at the age of 20.

Defects found in infertile women’s eggs

For the first time ever researchers have developed a method for studying women’s immature eggs. The new findings could pave the way for customised fertility treatment.

Urban design makes birds hit the high C

Birds raise their pitch to drown out traffic noise and to make themselves understood in the urban landscape.

Poor classroom acoustics drive teachers away

Classroom acoustics play an important part in determining a school teacher’s job satisfaction. Poor acoustics can make them consider leaving their job.

Serial criminals could be punished less harshly

It can be logically argued that repeat offenders should be punished less harshly than today because society hinders the criminal in living a normal life, say philosophers in a new anthology which turns the punishment debate on its head.

Multi-resistant bacteria fear avocados

Substances in avocado plants can fight off multi-resistant bacteria. The newly-discovered extracts can complement existing antibiotics.

Norwegian elite support immigration

The social elite in Norway are more supportive of immigration than the rest of the country’s population. The elite are also very supportive of the welfare state, but not everyone with lots of money is thrilled with the redistribution of wealth.