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Emotions in politics make us rational

Letting your emotions rule your political decisions isn’t normally a good thing. But new research shows that emotions are among the factors that turn us into rational, well-informed members of a democracy.

Protestantism has left us utterly confused

Protestant Christianity takes the blame for many people's doubts about who they are. This is the conclusion of a new dissertation, which examines the existential consequences of the Protestant tradition.

Was everything better in the past?

Were the olden days really the golden days? Is everything getting worse in society and on the planet?

Analogue text still the best learning tool

Old fashioned printed text on paper gave best results in a new study of learning tools, but multimedia tools also proved effective. Schools need to know more about the different learning tools, says researcher.

Danes killed to get killed

Eighteenth century suicide candidates were afraid to take their own lives because the church said doing so would send them straight to hell. So they had to find another way out.

Immigrant children succeed when they're employed

Although second-generation immigrants in Norway are less likely to get a job, they do not seem to face disadvantages once they’ve been employed.

Mediation doesn't solve domestic violence problems

When parents decide to split up, mediation sometimes conceals problems rather than solving them.

Stone Age cartoons

More than 1,000 rock carvings abound on Kanozero Island in Northern Russia. One of them beats The Flintstones by several millennia.

Terror victims will get research protection

Norwegian authorities want to minimise future trauma for victims of the massacre on 22 July last year by coordinating all research on the terrorist attacks through a national body.

What drives a prostitute

In a survey of prostitution, the majority of prostitutes say their own sexuality, sexual curiosity and money are the main reasons they chose their line of work.

Treasures in farm mounds

In North Norwegian farm mounds archaeologists unearth layer upon layer, revealing activities going back to the days of the Vikings. These are now threatened by construction and a warmer climate.

Legacy of a dexterous northerner

Tromsø University Museum has a rocking chair of unknown origin, which demonstrates the handicraft of ordinary people.