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Faith is a private matter for young Norwegian Muslims

Many young Muslims in Norway take a more relaxed approach to practicing their religion, such as how often they pray each day or attend mosque.

For high-ability students it can be lonely at the top

Gifted children feel separate them from their peers. At worst, they develop social problems and drop out of school, and they rarely receive help.

Chinese are more right wing than Americans

Twenty per cent of adults in China describe themselves as libertarians and believe that the government should not redistribute income, according to a new survey. This is higher than the US, often thought to be a more libertarian country.

Working class parents feel marginalised by child welfare services

Some parents react more negatively to child welfare services than others. The language used by child welfare staff may be part of the reason, say researchers.

Thousands of medieval trinkets discovered underneath Scandinavian churches

More than 100,000 coins and hairpins have been found under the floorboards of medieval churches throughout Scandinavia, revealing insights into religious life in the Middle Ages.

Making academics compete for funding does not lead to better science

New study challenges accepted science policy that more competitive funding and powerful top-down university management is the best way to boost the quality of science produced.

Historic building activity in Europe mirrors plague outbreaks and food prices

A new study shows that the dramatic upheaval and population decline known as the Late Medieval Crisis began much earlier than previously thought. Thanks to the use of felling dates from old construction timber a new picture emerges of past demographic changes in Europe.

Companies win when they understand the future

OPINION: Industry benefits from taking a long-term macroperspective, but research in this field is under-prioritised and often forgotten.

Archaeologists celebrate spectacular discovery of Iron Age treasure

Evidence suggests that a recently uncovered treasure trove of Iron Age gold in Denmark, was a rich man’s gift to the Gods. And there turned out to be much more where that came from.

Historic debate moved Argentina closer to the legalisation of abortion

On 8. August, a proposal to legalise elective abortion was debated and rejected in Argentina’s highest legislative body. Despite the decision, Argentina has shown itself as a democracy with room for female voices, according to researcher Camila Gianella.

Conflict between alternative medicine and medical sciences stretches back to the 19th century

Unorthodox healers recommended ‘morally correct’ remedies such as less sex or eliminating certain foods from the diet, while the medical establishment prescribed mercury and narcotics.

What the world can learn about equality from the Nordic model

OPINION: Given that the five Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – are some of the world’s most equal on a number of measures, it makes sense to look to them for lessons in how to build a more equal society.

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