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Justifying gender equality through Islam

Young Norwegian Muslims are more liberal than their parents’ generation when it comes to equality and homosexuality, but both groups find support for their view in Islam, according to a new study.

Hope is green and Chinese

Heavy air pollution has led to increased environmental consciousness in China. A growing number of apps now allow people to check local air quality. Apps also serve as tools for political activism.

Why do some consider public breastfeeding as inappropriate?

Norwegian researchers warn against increasing puritanism and less rights for mothers.

Can teacher students be nudged in the right direction?

Hundreds of teacher training education applicants fail to turn up for the start of their study programmes. Behavioural economists have experimented on them to check whether some nudging might help.

Some migraine sufferers quit painkillers when pregnant

Even if they have severe headaches and it is safe to use their prescribed drugs.

Making the building blocks for artificial life

Irep Gözen has a singular goal — to make an artificial cell from the bottom up.

Eureka moment with a eukaryote

Certain unicellular organisms have fabulous abilities to create intricate skeletons. How do they do it? The single-cell radiolarian on this grainy photo has provided scientists with an answer to a question that has baffled biologists for over 150 years.

Easing the transition from kindergarten to primary school

Most children successfully make the leap from kindergarten to primary school. But not every six-year-old is looking forward to this change. Researchers say there is much that can and should be done to make the transition smoother.

Norwegian researchers make strides toward diabetes cure

Researchers in Bergen have transformed skin cells from diabetes patients into insulin producing cells. The goal is to transplant them under the skin of persons with the disease.

Is life in Norway as happy as it’s cracked up to be?

OPINION: As an Australian who worked in Oslo for three years, I found that while freedom, tolerance and happiness are indeed important values there, you can expect to enjoy them only if you’re Norwegian.