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This simple experiment shows how easy it is for society to become segregated

OPINION: It seems obvious: if we are tolerant of people who are different from us, then our friends should come from all sections of society, our neighbourhoods should include people from all different races and our workplaces should have a good balance of men and women.

Young women long for children after they lose a parent

We still follow our parents lead when it comes to how many children we have and when we have them. But the loss of a parent can push us to start sooner.

These dolls can teach autistic children better speech

Children with autism often have language problems. New research shows that hearing various language sounds while watching a little puppet or doll might help them improve.

Children who snore can develop learning problems

Extended snoring problems can, worst case, delay the development and growth of a child and lead to learning difficulties, according to a new Swedish study.

Smartphone app can reveal eye disease

Smartphones and tablets can be equipped with an app that can help detect potentially blinding deteriorations of the eye. This can even be much more effective than traditional vision tests, according to a Swedish study.

Electrons can jump between trees

A new study shows that electrons can jump long distances through wood, which means that timber can transfer a small amount of electric charge.

Why bears can be obese and healthy

Bears put on huge amounts of fat, but don't suffer from heart problems and diabetes. Researchers think that the animals’ gut microbes might provide an explanation.

Top four ocean threats according to marine scientists

Overfishing, global warming, waste and contamination, and ocean acidification are at the forefront of scientists concerns.

Lo and Behold! Doctors dig Dylan

Medical researchers seem disposed to borrowing from Bob Dylan’s copious output of lyrics. This has resulted in papers with titles like “Knockin’ on pollen’s door”.

Sweden’s promise of a permanent home becomes migrant magnet

Asylum seekers have gone through the trauma of leaving their homes and families. The potential for a new stable life weighs strongly in their choices of where to seek safety.