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Biochar reduces heavy metal uptake in plants

New study reveals that biochar has the ability to reduce plants’ uptake of heavy metals, especially from highly contaminated soil.

New insect species discovered in the Seychelles

Keeping in mind that it is so small that it can barely be seen by the naked eye, the discovery is a great accomplishment.

Love matters more than genes for children with same-sex parents

Water just may be as thick as blood for children growing up with parents of the same sex. In a study of 25, they all reported a childhood that resembles any other childhood – where close family ties are established through mutual love and understanding.

Norwegian students prefer English-speaking countries

Great Britain and the US are on top of the list for most Norwegians who want to study abroad. While expert urges them go places where they can learn German or French.

New DNA test for escaped salmon

Scientists have developed a new DNA test for escaped salmon that makes it easy to track down the responsible fish farm.

Risky young drivers are highly emotional

When the emotional centre in a young person's brain overrides the part that's responsible for rational decisions – you‘ve got yourself a risky driver.

Social media is a challenge for the child welfare service

Facebook and Instagram may put children's need for protection at risk. Researchers believe the child welfare service must work on making them safe to use.

Norwegian to the rescue for Mediterranean oranges

Unpleasant fungus that could infect European citrus fruits is causing headaches in the EU. Now a Norwegian scientist has been brought in to help.

The key to success for entrepreneur companies

Funding from both local and international capitalists result in long-lasting success and makes it more likely to become a listed company. Particularly in developing countries.

Failed campaigns against female genital mutilation

International organisations that campaign against female genital mutilation are being met with scepticism. Changes must come from within, says researcher.
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Get a better life: say no

Say NO. Focus on the negative aspects. Repress your emotions. That kind of advice probably does not sound right to a lot of people, but it’s a better idea than following fanatically positive, self-help books, concludes a professor of psychology.