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Common parasite linked to suicide

The risk of committing suicide is higher for women who have toxoplasmosis, concludes a study of Danish women.

Not more conflicts where rivers draw the line

Having a river as the border between two countries might seem like a recipe for conflict, with quarrels over water resources and territory. But border rivers are not troubled waters, according to new research.

Legendary Viking town unearthed

The hidden centre of power for the first Danish kings may well have popped up from the soil in Northern Germany. Archaeologists have surprisingly found some 200 houses and piles of weapons.

Why do vegan cats need white canes?

“People who want to give their pets vegetarian food should have rabbits,” says an expert in animal behaviour.

New method gets staff to discuss workplace bullying

It is difficult to research bullying between work colleagues because they simply will not talk about it. But researchers have now found a new and promising method that gets staff to discuss the problem.

Let's use porn to change sexual behaviour

Research has shown a correlation between use of pornographic material and in-bed behaviour. By working together with the porn industry it might be possible to influence people in a good, health-promoting way, says Norwegian researcher.

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.