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Changing the world by changing social norms

Political initiatives have failed to solve the big global problems such as biodiversity depletion, growing resistance to antibiotics and climate change. However, politics may be able to turn vicious circles into virtuous ones, by helping to effect changes to social norms.

Ultrasound detects high cranial pressure

An anatomical discovery, combined with Norwegian ultrasound technology, is about to save lives and prevent brain damage.

Show your fingers to a neuroscientist

By comparing your index and ring fingers, a neuroscientist can tell if you are likely to be anxious, or if you are likely to be a good athlete.

Farmed salmon with lice prefer the deep

At night, salmon with heavy lice infestations swim deeper than the rest of the shoal. For the first time, this shows that salmon might have a natural behaviour that prevents new sea lice infestations.

Why white working class voters might choose Trump

Shame has sent white male working class voters into the arms of Donald Trump, says researcher.

We do not like the thought of eating animals

We like eating meat more than the thought of eating animals. Scientists conclude that we choose not to really think about what we eat, because if we do we lose our appetite.

How authorities can help children of drug addicts

New research emphasizes that these children need far more attention in their early years to avoid developing behavioral problems.

Smoking fathers increase asthma-risk in future kids

A Norwegian study shows that asthma is three times more common in those who had a father who smoked in adolescence than offspring who didn’t.

Norwegian eight-year-olds ‘dig’ their teacher

Norwegian children are more satisfied with their teacher than their peers in other countries are.

How attentive are children in traffic?

The answer is “not very” if we’re to believe the results of research trials carried out last year involving 59 children.
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