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Your DNA loves horror movies

When we watch a scary movie, we’re training our ability to cope with critical situations. This explains our natural attraction to horror, says researcher.

Why work more for less?

OPINION: Business leaders demand motivation on the one hand, but act in a demotivating way on the other. This is a paradox where there is a far greater need for responsibility – among business managers.

Artistic ambition, migrant background

Choosing an artistic career is challenging – particularly with immigrant parents who often see this as a step backwards, research shows.

For Norwegian drug addicts, pregnancy might lead to incarceration

A unique law gives social workers in Norway the right to lock up pregnant drug addicts to protect the health of unborn children. A new study looks at how the pregnant users react to being incarcerated.

Music therapy in child welfare

Playing in bands and organising concerts improves life in child welfare institutions.

Women and children aren’t saved first

It’s a myth that seamen give women and children priority when ships are sinking. Women have much less chance of surviving and children are even worse off.

New techniques can beautify concrete buildings

Unattractive concrete tenement blocks in suburbs have given concrete a poor reputation. But new techniques mean that concrete can be used for exciting construction projects and for building robust housing in places with difficult access.

What Vikings really looked like

Were Vikings really dirty savages who wore horned helmets, or did they look like we do today? Here’s what the experts say.

Prostitution in old Oslo

Prostitution was illegal in Norway at the end of the 1800s but allowed in Oslo as long as the women submitted themselves to mandatory medical scrutiny. A new exhibition documents the lives of these women.

Denmark’s past viewed from above

There’s a lot to learn about the past by studying the land from high above. See a series of stunning aerial archaeology photos here.

Drug users in prison want treatment

Drug users are massively overrepresented in Norwegian prisons, but there are few drug treatment programmes.

Why some countries are richer than others

Economists face huge challenges when trying to find the exact reasons for wealth and growth. A new thesis argues that the Roman Catholic order of Cistercians formed the basis for prosperity in the West.

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