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Libraries changing, but not in crisis

Public library use is down, but researchers are finding that libraries are now being used more as meeting places than lending institutions.

Queues move faster if the last person is served first

Serving the last person to arrive in the queue could surprisingly cut waiting times, shows new research.

Hunting for traditional food in social media

Carnivorous plants of Borneo areon the menu of local tribes who steam sticky rice snacks inside.

The hotel industry - a job trap for non-native speakers

Applicants with immigrant backgrounds can easily get a job at a hotel. But the industry needs to develop better inter-departmental strategies to support career development.

Norwegian fiddle music traditions in the USA die and evolve

Around 360 musicians emigrated from the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle districts to the United States. Nowadays interest extends beyond Norwegian descendants.

Female directors - from artists to amateurs

Norway was once the land of female directors. Then they vanished. New research shows how female Norwegian directors were sidelined by a small French word.

Legacy more important than the enterprise

Titles such as "Sir" or "Dame" are so alluring for CEOs that they willingly sacrifice corporate profits.

Climate change is destroying Greenland’s earliest history

Rising temperatures and heat producing bacteria threaten the remains of three major Greenlandic cultures preserved in the permafrost.

Bringing Einstein and Kafka to the stage

History professor is creating theatre from scholarship in a new stage play entitled “Transcendence”, which shows new sides of Einstein’s theory of relativity

Swedes in Oslo are tired of negative stereotypes

Young Swedes in Oslo laugh at Swedish jokes in the beginning. But it's not so funny after a few years.

How can you avoid regaining those lost kilos?

New scientific results from a small clinical study shows that people maintain weight loss when they adhere to their own systematic set of rules for eating, rather than following any particular diet, or eating for pleasure or hunger.