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When alcohol ruins the holidays — and beyond

Nine adults told researchers in detail how parental drinking affected their childhood years, especially during the holidays. The problem was swept under the rug to maintain a façade of a normal, happy family, while the kids felt betrayed by other adults around them.

A 2,500-year-old city found in Greece

Five hours north of Athens is the town of Vlochós. Archaeologists have now discovered that this spot has not always been such a backwater as it is today. A thriving city was located here in antiquity.

You can get wealthier with one sibling

Having one brother or sister can contribute to a higher income in adulthood. On average if your parents get divorced it has no economic consequence for your future income.

Bull fat, bats blood, and lizard poop were the drugs of choice in ancient Egypt

It took six months to describe and catalogue this A4 sized 3,500-year-old medical papyrus. See what Egyptologists have learnt so far.

Same-sex marriages are on the rise in Norway

Most of the same-sex marriages in Norway are between women. But lesbian marriages are more likely to end up in divorce than ones between men or between men and women.

It pays to create better working conditions

Workplace stress is to blame for a lot of absenteeism. Repetitive tasks are the biggest problem, according to employees. But the job is less of a factor than they claim.

What makes a hunter pull the trigger—or refrain?

It’s more than the size of the antlers that makes Norwegian red deer hunters decide to shoot, researchers have found.

The masculine avant-garde that fostered feminism

The artistic and social movement known as Futurism practically cleared the way for feminism, according to a Norwegian researcher.

Countries should put a universal basic income in place before robots take our jobs

Half of all jobs could be replaced by technology in the next 20 years, according to some predictions. One solution for workers displaced by automation is to pay everyone a universal basic income. In Finland and elsewhere in Europe, that idea will be put to the test in 2017.

Brazil: A country without a language

OPINION: Brazilians speak Portuguese. But do they really?

Female researchers caution others against a career in science

A majority of young female researchers would not recommend others to choose a career in research. Their male colleagues have fewer doubts.

Help scientists map the bacterial jungle in your shower

Shower-heads are a haven of bacterial life and now scientists want us to help them map the slime that pours over us every time we wash.

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