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"There needs to be higher rewards for working"

Society should be doing more to motivate young people to work. The future economy of Norway depends on this. Mandatory activities for persons on welfare could be instrumental, thinks a University of Oslo professor.

Why this entrepreneur chose clean energy instead of oil

When Ole-Erik Vestøl Endrerud started his PhD, he didn't anticipate that his research would result in a lucrative business.

Communication is key to understanding female circumcision

Lack of communication hampers the prevention of female genital mutilation, according to anthropologist Rachel Issa Djesa. She has observed encounters between Norwegian authorities, health personnel and Somali women in Norway.

Children with Down syndrome are often underestimated

Many children with Down syndrome understand a lot but aren’t able to express it. This can lead to fewer friends and long-term language deficits.

Kids might get ADHD if their mothers have taken a lot of paracetamol

Heavy use of the common pain and fever reliever paracetamol during pregnancy could have an effect on the development of ADHD. Norwegian researchers found genetic changes among the offspring of women who took paracetamol at least 20 days of their pregnancies.

Why you should train your sense of smell

Mette Bratt researches the strengthening of the sense of smell. She is now working with test persons who have normal senses of smell. You might consider this ― you might not be capable of judging your own sensitivity to odours.

Traditional gender roles are still prevalent in early kindergartens

Staff in kindergartens expect boys to be physical and active when playing, while the girls must be quieter and calmer, says a study.

How to get young adults into jobs

Paying wage subsidies to employers is the best way of getting unemployed young people into jobs. Job-training initiatives and close follow-ups of young people are other ways.

Can we really limit global warming to “well below” two degrees centigrade?

Yes, but only in a model. We have essentially emitted too much carbon dioxide already, and the most feasible pathways to stay “well below” two degrees all require removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at an unprecedented scale.

Wildlife in highway ditches needs detoxing

When rain pours down on roads, slops of dust and contaminants drain into the road trenches. How does this affect wildlife living by the road?