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Job hunt: Middle aged and older – get cold shoulder

The chances of being considered for a job seem to drop significantly when applicants are in their 40s, even if they otherwise have identical qualifications as younger persons, according to a Swedish study.

Choice of bread is a class issue

What kind of bread do you eat? This could depend on your educational level and what you were served at home as a child.

Parents can prevent kids’ criminality

Parents can keep their teenagers away from criminal circles and help prevent them from breaking the law. This is a conclusion of research in Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö.

Birdsong is genetically coded

Nature or nurture? Until now, ornithologists assumed that birds passed on their unique songs predominantly via social learning. But a new Swedish study shows that genetics may be a bigger factor.

Races are the latest housewife holidays

Some women literally run away from their families. At least for a day or two.

Breaking through brain’s defence to let in meds

The mystical blood-brain barrier protects the brain like a sentry, making it difficult to get through with vital life-saving medications. Uppsala Professor Christer Betsholtz is trying to find the key needed to enter.

Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years?

Are showers of asteroids to blame for regular extinction events? If so, we might be able to predict and even prevent asteroids causing mass extinctions in the future.

How writers handle rejections

Some burn the rejection slips; others see this as an opportunity to try something utterly new.

Electric bikes score well in head injury test

Swedish researchers have used crash-test dummies to determine whether head injuries from accidents vary according to bicycles types.

What happens to girls and boys in gender-neutral preschools?

In some Swedish preschool programs, the children are addressed with a recently coined gender-neutral pronoun rather than as she or he. Researchers have now investigated whether this practice makes the children more untraditional.