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No dogmas: the new Nordic Christianity

A new version of Christianity is emerging in Nordic countries, replacing church authority and dogma with individual reflection and beliefs.

Mystical marks in virgin forest explained

The mysterious scars on ancient pine trees in northern Norway have been explained. The pines were once used as a food supplement.

The church changed the perception of rape

In the Middle Ages the Danish church changed the perception of rape from vandalism against a man’s property to a crime against the raped women.

Quantity outpaces quality in Norwegian research

Norwegian researchers publish increasingly more articles but their work is declining in quality and the country’s system for financing it deserves much of the blame, claims Norwegian professor.

Medieval texts colour our knowledge about Odin

Researchers disagree on the Viking Age conceptions of the god Odin. The source material is ambiguous and difficult to interpret.

Oslo Cathedral was a likely focal point for grief

Oslo Cathedral quickly became a national site for expressing bereavement after the terror attack in Norway last year. People return to religion when faced with death and chaos, says researcher.

Bronze Age people with a mine of their own

Copper mining has a long history in Norway, with mines being established from late 15th century onwards. But the industry might be a lot older - stretching all the way back to the Bronze Age.

Game-based sex education

New method that utilises how our brain processes memories forms the basis of a new game-based learning system.

Political views affected 22 July commemoration

Despite vows to put politics aside after the Norwegian terror attacks 22 July 2011, people's political views did influence their participation in commemorating the victims.

To women, designer bags are packed with sex appeal

The Gucci bag oozes sex – at least to women, who use the bags to exude femininity and sensuality. These subtle sexual undertones are, however, lost on their male admirers.

Convenience food – easy to eat and hard to swallow

Time-squeezed Norwegians gobble up ready-to-eat meals like crazy. But not without guilt pangs.

Dope leads to dungeon and the dole

Cannabis smoking can give you a heart attack and it increases the odds that you’ll be spending more time behind bars or queuing up in welfare lines. Researchers are less certain about other harmful effects.