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Whale bones found in highway were not from mystery whale

The remnants of a whale found in Sweden in 2009 are 13,000 years old and experts initially thought they were from a legendary whale species. But a DNA analysis punctured that hope.

Neurotic and anxious students do better in school

Students who are motivated by a fear of failure need help – even when their grades are excellent. This kind of motivation will lead to stress and poorer mental health.

Plumbers and hairdressers share asthma threat

Plumbers, hairdressers and painters risk developing asthma from the chemicals they encounter, despite regulations for protective gear and other safeguards.

Spending a king’s ransom on outdoor recreation

The old anoraks and worn-out boots are gone. We spend a lot of money on outdoor activities that used to be free because we think special equipment is needed ‒ or makes us look cool.

Gender equality for crash test dummies, too

Crash test dummies are always male. That means today's cars don't protect women as well as men. Swedish researchers think the solution is a female crash test dummy -- and they have made one.

Cutting diabetics’ amputations by half

Relatively simple interventions to treat diabetic foot sores can reduce amputations significantly, according to Swedish orthopaedists.

Treating stomach pains with hypnosis

Hypnosis can provide lasting relief against irritable bowel syndrome, shows Swedish research.

Time to reboot our image of gamers

Who plays computer games? The typical gamer plays to socialise and prefers to play with friends and family, rather than strangers.

Snus doesn’t prevent cavities

People who use oral snuff tobacco, best known by its Scandinavian name snus, get roughly as many cavities as everyone else. And if you are concerned about dental health, stay clear of the new non-tobacco, nicotine-free variety.

Mum’s pollen exposure links to baby’s asthma

Heavy pollen exposure in late pregnancy raises the risk of asthma early in life for the baby. If a mother smokes, however, pollen in the air during a baby’s first three months is less likely to trigger asthma.

What will our climate look like in 2050?

Knowing that we have the power to influence global climate is enormously important when trying to imagine what our climate might look like in 2050. To a large degree, it will depend on actions our leaders take now and in the immediate future.