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Society scorns fat people says sociologist

We often speak of a worldwide obesity epidemic. A Swedish researcher calls it a stigmatization of fat people.

No, we are not swimming in psychopaths

Swedish researcher Karolina Sörman thinks some of us display a morbid curiosity about psychopaths.

Young jobless males might expect poorer health in adulthood

A link between lack of work and health has been seen in Swedish men, even among those who later find employment.

Evolutionary biology can help us understand how language works

We can now apply all the modern tools of computational evolutionary biology to answer linguistic questions, such as: how languages change and why they are distributed in the way that they are.

Somalia conflict and famine: the causes are bad governance, not climate change

Famine and drought can either be prevented, or the impact minimised, if institutions and mechanisms of good governance are in place.

Devious bacteria can cause multiple cavities

Some people are prone to getting cavities no matter how much care they take in brushing their teeth. A particularly harmful caries bacteria can be their problem, according to a Swedish study.

Humanoid robot takes over as teacher

Studies show that robots need to look and act like people if they’re to replace teachers. Then kids are fine with having a robot teach them.

How hurricanes such as Irma and Maria can devastate the Caribbean marine environment

Ineffective marine protection rules leave the environment unable to recover when disaster strikes.

Fungi found 740 metres deep in Swedish bedrock

Deep continental bedrocks contain no oxygen and few nutrients, but there are still signs of life.

Should teens’ school day start later?

A longer morning in bed can make teens more attentive in school. "We should shift the start of the morning for them," says one Swedish sleep researcher.