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Saunas are just as healthy as light workouts

Don’t feel like working out in a gym? Finnish researchers have a good suggestion for keeping in shape in the New Year. They assert say a half hour in a sauna is as good for the heart as a workout in a gym.

Jobs and paid-for schooling can keep Tanzanian girls from early marriages

Women living in the poorest parts of any city need policies that create employment opportunities and offer girls an alternative choice to marriage.

Northern European peatland birds down more than one third since 1981

But urgent conservation actions could reverse this trend.

Cold region ‘tipping point’ now inevitable in northern Europe

Profound changes can be expected in high-latitude environments regardless of climate change mitigation policies.

This is what drinking does to the brain

Finnish researchers were surprised to find more changes in men’s brains than in women’s.

How scientists made this 95 million-year-old octopus look good

The magnificently preserved fossil was not immediately so distinct. See how a fossil can be prepared for display.

Older men are not just attracted to young women

A 50-year-old man might be delighted by the thought of going to bed with a young woman. But a Finnish study shows he tends to be just as interested in women his age.

Licorice can be harmful to the developing foetus

A new study raises concerns about the long-term effects of licorice on the development of the foetus.

Religious and superstitious people understand the physical world less than atheists

Religious people have a lower understanding and interest in physics and maths than non-religious people, and often ascribe emotions to inanimate objects, shows new research.

Animal teeth record how species live and die

New technique uses animals’ teeth to see how their environment changed throughout their lives.