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Aggressive adolescents consuming more alcohol

Adolescents who behave aggressively are likely to drink more alcohol than their peers – while those suffering from depression or anxiety drink less.

Tiny microplastics a marine headache

Food packaging. Drink bottles. Electronics. Children’s toys. Plastics make modern life possible, but they have a dark side. Plastics in the ocean break down into microscopic fragments that zooplankton not only eat, but pass up the food chain, a Finnish research team has shown.

Wolves became domesticated dogs much earlier than thought

Finnish researchers have discovered that wolves were domesticated by European hunter-gatherers between 19,000 and 32,000 years ago. The analysis cannot, however, be used to determine the origin of the dog, argues Danish DNA scientist.

Finnish school abandons books for tablets

Some first-graders in Finland are being educated without printed books.

The warming waters lure perch to extend its range northwards

Due to global warming, perch, ruffe, roach and ide are found further north than before.

Old migraine theory crumpling

The cause of migraine headaches seems to be in the neural system of the brain, not in dilated blood vessels.

Butterfly hangs on for dear life

A century of strong winds on a tiny island in the Baltic Sea has created butterflies that are especially adapted to keep from blowing away.

Big differences in Finnish and Norwegian teacher education

Finnish schools are frequently ranked as the best in the world, well ahead of their Nordic neighbors, despite cultural similarities. But Finland's secret and Norway's scourge may lie in each country's educational policy making.

Alcohol behind Finland's high homicide rate

There are twice as many murders in Finland as in Sweden, and most of the Finnish perpetrators were drunk. But there are fewer victims of organised crime in Finland than in Sweden and the Netherlands.

New stem cell discovery has great therapeutic potential

The discovery of a new blood-vessel-generating cell offers new treatment opportunities for cardiovascular diseases, cancer and several other diseases.