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Less pain for the physically active

Physically active individuals suffer less from chronic pain and enjoy better mental health. Cancer patients, too, benefit from exercise. Everyone can profit from getting up off the sofa.

Still a difference in opinion on gender equality

Most young people in the Nordic countries support gender equality, but there are still quite a few who believe that the man should be the head of the family.

Quota system for preventing whaling

American researchers propose a cap-and-trade system that would enable environmentalists to pay whaling countries for each whale it refrains from killing. Norwegian experts don’t think the idea will float.

Arctic plants face an uncertain future

A warmer climate will cause a substantial loss of habitat for most Arctic plants. Some species will cope, while others will experience an irrevocable loss of genetic diversity.

From biodiesel by-product to tilapia farming

Large amounts of rapeseed from the production of biodiesel can be used in feed for Nile tilapia, one of the most important fish species in global aquaculture.

Diet outweighs exercise in fighting child obesity

A lower intake of calories is more important than physical exercise when heavy children try to lose weight. Parents also have to be strongly involved.

Bright spots in the environmental gloom

The climate crisis can seem insolvable, but since the 1970s we have actually solved some of our major environmental challenges.

A toe’s tale of monkeys and lemurs

If a fossil has a special second toe, is it an ape or a lemur? A new study has raised doubts about the elongated “toilet claw”, and places Ida – thought to be the earliest and most complete fossil found in our primate group – among the lemurs.

Use your bedroom for sleep and sex only

We have grown more prone to going to bed with technological sleep thieves. But use of mobile phones and PCs at bedtime links to poor sleeping habits.

Where does all the snot come from?

How can humans produce so much phlegm or mucous?

Humans have always caused plant and animal extinctions

Our warming planet is pushing some plant and animals species towards extinction. But there’s actually no such thing as untouched nature — humans have always altered their environment. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our best to protect what’s here now.