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Greenland's sled dog population is decreasing rapidly

Greenland risks losing its unique sled dog culture as the number of dogs has been decreased by 50 per cent over the past 20 years.

3,500-year-old gemstones cast light on a forgotten civilisation

On a small island in Kuwait, archaeologists have discovered a jewellery workshop containing 3,500 year old semiprecious stones.

Uncovered First World War documents reveal widespread state censorship

BASIC RESEARCH: The Danish government practised heavy surveillance and censorship of telecommunications during the Great War.

The Danish concept of 'hygge'--and why it's their latest successful export

Hygge is an integral part of Danish culture and it is now taking the world by storm. But do you really know what it is, and can you even pronounce it?

DNA confirms Australian Aboriginals are the oldest civilisation still around on Earth

The first large genetic study of Australian Aboriginals gives new insights into one of the planets oldest living civilisations.

The geologist who wanted to understand the Sami

While his scientific contemporaries were exhuming skulls from Sami graves to measure them, the Finnish geologist and amateur anthropologist Väinö Tanner tried to see the Skolt Sami through their own eyes.

Norwegian girls left religious culture for the freedom of New York

Women from southern Norway who immigrated to the United States after World War II swapped the religious culture they came from for modern clothes, high heels, makeup and dance.

Piano – the best suited instrument for the female body

Straddling the legs around a cello was considered immoral; sitting by the piano was more becoming for a lady. Thus, women became important for the development of piano composition and play.

Will our cultural heritage stand up to freak rains?

Using an old 19th century apartment block in Oslo as a case study, researchers are looking for conservation measures for heritage buildings. How can we make them watertight, insulated and protected against future climate change?

It takes decades to restore a river

No quick-fix can return a river to its natural state after human intervention. It takes at least 25 years for plants to reconquer the banks of a river or stream.