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Class size does matter, but only for some

Reducing the size of a class helps hard-working girls and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, but has no effect on other student groups.

Dyslexics' main problem is phonetics

A youngster’s recognition of the sounds of letters and words is closely related to how well the child can read.

Understanding today’s rude teens

When some teenagers are being ill-mannered, violent or degrading, it’s not due to a clash with authorities. It’s because other people are without relevance in their world.

The mysterious stone Madonna of the North

Saved from mould and darkness, she’s a source of mysteries – Norway’s one and only painted stone Madonna from the Middle Ages.

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.

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Danish Viking fortresses were designed to fend off other Vikings

After four years, the excavation of the famous Viking fortress, Borgring, is coming to a close and archaeologists can now describe the fortress in a broader perspective: An anti-Viking defence that allowed the Danish King to forge a new, mobile army.