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How China will meet the world

The Chinese are coming – but what do they want? New Danish research shows that China’s future foreign policy will depend very closely on how the Chinese picture themselves.

Flexicurity disfavours disabled people

The flexicurity model allows employers great flexibility in firing employees. But this has a severe impact on the disabled people who end up outside the labour market, shows a new study.

The moral soldier

Peacekeeping forces shoulder responsibility of protecting civilians – but how much of these obligations do the soldiers in the field actually bear?

Surrealism is mind-boggling

Beautiful surrealistic pictures can change our impression of the world, says a researcher. See examples of mind-boggling art here.

Little known about domestic violence against immigrant children

Child welfare authorities lack knowledge on domestic violence against children in immigrant families and this makes them slower to react.

World unlikely to end in 2012, say scientists

The claimed prediction by the ancient Mayas of the end of the world, as popularised in the film '2012', gets a sceptical assessment from the scientific community.

Forget about calories during Christmas

A strong focus on diets and weight has a negative impact on children’s body images, say researchers who work with eating disorders.

Less specific memories after a trauma?

Maybe your strongest memory from childhood is an angry outburst from your mom or dad. Or perhaps your clearest recollection is your first kiss?

What gives a Xmas song the X factor?

White Christmas, Blue Christmas, Last Christmas ... it's the same Christmas songs that you hear endlessly repeated on the radio and in shopping malls every year. But what is it that makes these songs so enduringly popular?

Unmarried couples are no worse off psychologically

The mental health of Norwegian cohabitants is equal to that of married couples. This contrasts with US research that indicates that such partners tend to be more depressed.

Humble therapists get better results

A therapist's personal traits have a strong effect on the treatment. A humble therapist will be more sensitive to the patient.

Children know little about the indigenous Samis

The Norwegian State has taken little initiative toward ensuring that children learn about the Sami people, although it is legally obliged to do so.