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Big-brained birds less likely to die in traffic

Collisions with cars kill millions of birds every year. Mostly the ones with small brains.

Older women want their wine

You can forget about arsenic and old lace. Menthol drops and butter toffees too. In the near future the favoured transgressions of old ladies will be along the line of merlots and pinot blancs. A new generation of elderly tipplers is slogging its way toward assisted living facilities.

The stereotypical picture of intimate partner violence revised

A higher socio-economic status than one's partner increases the chance of psychological violence and abuse. This applies to both men and women.

Big stores enhance small ones

Lower prices and more jobs. The openings of giant retail establishments, or “big-box” stores as they are often called, have a surprisingly positive effect on a local economy.

Mergers mean less power to the trade unions

International mergers reduce the influence of trade unions and lead to lower pay for employees, according to research.

HIV-preventive drugs for breastfed infants

Drugs may reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV during breastfeeding.

Giant hospitals neither cheaper nor better

Mergers in the hospital sector are based on a desire for better and cheaper hospitals. So far, few such effects have been seen, resercher believes.

Farmed salmon are as fertile as wild salmon

The sperm from farmed male salmon are just as likely as the sperm of wild salmon to succeed in fertilising wild salmon eggs, experiments have shown. Researchers recommend that farmed salmon be made sterile.

Print shops search for a survival scheme

As printed news media lose their readers, printing plants need to find alternative sources of income. Technology places strong limits on their options.

Islam researcher wins the Holberg Prize

The British historian Michael Cook has been awarded the Holberg Prize 2014 for his contributions to the understanding of Islam’s early stages and expansion, as well as the religion’s ethical and political thinking.

Get a better life: say no

Say NO. Focus on the negative aspects. Repress your emotions. That kind of advice probably does not sound right to a lot of people, but it’s a better idea than following fanatically positive, self-help books, concludes a professor of psychology.