Syndicate content

Norway

Working in banks for free

Bank employees in Norway, Sweden and Ireland don’t make use of all their accrued comp time.

Moose are the new cows

The Eurasian elk, or moose, is filling in for cows as a forest browser. While Bessie is in the barn or an enclosed pasture, this big herbivore ensures continuity in the overall amount of browsing in outlying land in Norway.

Mums are main key to healthy kids

Fresh figures show that mothers mean more for young Norwegians’ health choices than fathers do, and that parents’ level of education is a crucial factor regarding healthy consumption.

The brain’s zoom button

Everybody knows how to zoom in and out on an online map, to get the level of resolution you need to get you where you want to go. Now researchers have discovered a key mechanism that can act like a zoom button in the brain, by controlling the resolution of the brain’s internal maps.

Sleeping as well in the summer as the winter

In Norway the incidence of insomnia and sleeping problems is stable, regardless of large seasonal changes in hours of daylight. This undermines the diagnosis of “winter depression”.

Unmarried couples are no worse off psychologically

The mental health of Norwegian cohabitants is equal to that of married couples. This contrasts with US research that indicates that such partners tend to be more depressed.

Factoring sheep into climate calculations?

Tree rings in many regions could be more affected by hungry herbivores than by temperatures. This should be taken into account in calculations of historic climate.

Can wild animals become overweight?

Under our care dogs and horses can get fat just like human beings. But can animals in nature get too fat?

Hole in the mesh

The welfare state’s safety net doesn’t catch everyone. Parents’ economic status is still a factor determining who falls right through.

Height as an infliction

Several hundred Norwegian girls were treated with oestrogen in their childhood to keep them from growing too tall. Nobody has studied what happened to them as adults.