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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.

Sailing by solar winds

A new type of solar wind sail can take us to the asteroids. Tests in space are scheduled next year when a Finnish satellite is launched.

Antarctic meteorology

Just as the world economy, the climate is a system where everything ties in with everything else. Changes happening in the Antarctic can be felt on the other side of the planet, says Finnish scientist.

Cholesterol can be controlled

New research promises greater control over fats, or lipids, occurring in the human body.

Mobile phones as a social means of education

Mobile phones can be used in education just as computers can. They can for instance serve as social tools that pupils use to develop one another’s projects. Mobile phone games can also enhance learning.

Oxidised LDL is bad news for unfit overweight young men

Young men should be alerted to the dangers of excess waist fat and declining physical fitness, which despite their young age increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fighting hospital bacteria with viruses

Bacteria can quickly pass on their antibiotic resistance on to other bacteria and so create super bacteria. But a promising new method may help solve this problem.