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Brain-controlled prosthetic arm connected to nerves

A just-published study in Science Translational Medicine describes the success of a new kind of prosthesis, used by a Swedish truck driver for more than a year. The researchers say the device moves us one step closer to more natural control of artificial limbs.

Tracking the Earth’s magnetic field in Northern Lights

Physicists are keen on solving the mysteries of the Earth’s magnetic field. Their curiosity has a practical side – when solar storms that create the aurora are bent by the magnetic field, it can affect technologies that modern civilization depends on.

Hip belt goes off when old people fall

If scientists get their way, we will soon be able to measure grandma’s acceleration. If she has a fall, that is.

Norwegian ban on buying sex affects immigrant women

The police are very hard on some groups, while they tolerate others. This means that prostitution politics in practice are selective, they primarily affect immigrant women. Do the police actually fight prostitution as such?

Cutting the liver piece by piece

New surgical methods give hope to patients with cancer that has spread from the intestine to the liver. The disease can be changed from terminal to chronic by cutting the liver piece by piece using keyhole surgery.

Jealous and fretful women are more prone to developing Alzheimer’s

Jealousy, anxiety and an unstable temperament have been linked in a Swedish study to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Improving migraine treatment with an app

Migraine patients can toss away their headache diaries and pull out their smartphones to start tracking headaches. The app may become an important tool in prescribing the correct medications.

Worrying about sleep will keep you awake

If you are afraid of not being able to sleep, insomnia may become more severe.

Young smokers are being bullied

It's no longer cool to be a teenage smoker in Norway.

Zebras attracted to lethal anthrax grass

Grazing zebras in Namibia fall for a deadly temptation. Grass and vegetation grows better at spots where anthrax infections have caused animals to fall down, die and decompose.