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Iceland's crowd-sourced constitution: hope for disillusioned voters everywhere

OPINION: In a time where trust in politics is at an all time low, Iceland takes a proactive approach that might serve as a lesson to the rest of the world.

Is Iceland's Katla volcano crying wolf?

OPINION: The Icelandic volcano's rumblings do not necessarily mean that airspace chaos is imminent

Guide to the classics: the Icelandic saga

Opinion: There has been a surge in interest of Icelandic literature, including the sagas. But how much do you really know about these literary classics?

How volcanos collapse

A unique set of data collected during the largest European volcanic eruption in over 200 years captured the inner workings of a rare event--the collapse of a volcanic crater.

Pumping CO2 into volcanic rock transforms it into limestone in record time

The greenhouse gas was pumped into basalt rock and turned into limestone in just two years.

Can cortisol indicate dementia?

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol could indicate memory problems in the elderly, but scientists do not know why.

New study finds proof that creativity and mental illness are genetically linked

Being able to think out of the box puts you at a higher risk of developing certain psychiatric disorders.

Stem cells strengthen the heart

Transplanted stem cells make the hearts of mice more resistant to heart attacks.

When ammonia becomes toxic

Ammonia is very toxic to the brain and new research shows why: the glial cells ability to remove potassium is disturbed.

Icelandic men sing for country, camaraderie and self-therapy

Male voice choirs hold a special place in Icelandic culture. Singing is a vital part of everyday life and is about national identity, being with other men, and dealing with life's ups and downs.