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Finland’s school reforms won’t scrap subjects altogether

OPINION: Despite the reforms, Finnish schools will continue to teach mathematics, history, arts, music and other subjects in the future.

Saunas are good for the heart

Submitting your body to a slow cook can be a smart move. Men who take saunas often run a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases. The healthy factor could be linked to the relaxed body and mind a sauna instils on users.

Why Finland and Norway still shun university tuition fees – even for international students

OPINION: A high level of education is beneficial for all of society, so individual human beings should not have to pay for it, argues Professor Jussi Välimaa.

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.