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Our misconceived picture of racists

We typically associate racism with loners, men or the economically marginalized. However, this is not necessarily the case, according to Kathleen M. Blee.

2014 was a record year for conflicts

Last year was probably the most violent one since the end of the Cold War.

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.

Democracies built from top to bottom

Contrary to what many have believed, public participation in forming constitutional laws does not contribute toward more democracy in conflict-ridden countries. Functioning democracies are more likely to be created from above, by the political elite.

Personality goes beyond being introvert or extravert

The media's simplistic categorisation of our personalities as either introverted or extraverted can overshadow other important personality traits.

Young Somali girls want modern circumcision

Attitudes toward traditional circumcision are changing in Somalia, but new forms may be replacing the old.

Out on a limb after forced marriage

They have fled from forced marriages and “honour” related violence. After receiving shelter and help for half a year, many find themselves left to cope single-handedly.

Super-rich rarely start from scratch

The most prosperous business tycoons in Norway have usually had well-heeled parents. Bulging pockets tend to be a bigger initial asset than visionary talent.

Open day care centres fill vital role

The number of open day care centres in Norway is dropping, despite the help they give to troubled families.

Age strengthens our social skills

New research shows that some of our skills actually improve as we age.