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Could computer games help farmers adapt to climate change?

Researchers from Sweden and Finland have developed the interactive web-based Maladaptation Game, which can be used to better understand how Nordic farmers make decisions regarding environmental changes and how they negotiate the negative impacts of potentially damaging decisions.


Finnish Social Democrats and nationalist Finns Party nearly tied in election

Tipped to win, the opposition Social Democrats scored 17.7 percent, while their eurosceptic Finns Party rivals were at 17.5 percent, according to nearly complete results published by the justice ministry. With 99.5 percent of votes counted, the co-ruling Centre Party of Prime Minister Juha Sipila and the center-right National Coalition stood at 13.8 percent and 17.0 percent, respectively. "For the first time since 1999 we are the largest party in Finland ... SDP is the prime minister's party,"...
Tags: Science, Finland, Rinne, Social Democrats, Juha Sipila, National Coalition, Centre party, Finns Party


Finnish Social Democrats on top in partial election result

The center-right National Coalition of outgoing Finance Minister Petteri Orpo came in second, with 16.7 percent of the advance votes, after 47 percent of ballots were counted. The Centre Party of Prime Minister Juha Sipila scored third, with 15.5 percent. If final results confirm the outcome, Social Democrat leader Antti Rinne could become Finland's first leftist prime minister in two decades.
Tags: Science, Finland, Juha Sipila, Petteri Orpo, Antti Rinne


Finland: Early count gives left-wing party slight lead

HELSINKI (AP) — Early returns in Finland's parliamentary election on Sunday have the center-left Social Democratic Party in first place and the conservative National Coalition Party not far behind with most of the ballots that were cast in advance already counted.
Tags: Science, Ap, Finland, Helsinki, Social Democratic Party, National Coalition Party


The Latest: Finns Party wants "moderate" climate actions

HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on Finland's parliamentary election (all times local):
Tags: Science, Ap, Finland, Helsinki, Finns Party


Russia’s Neighbor Finland Mounts Defenses Against Election Meddling

Finland has always had a love-hate relationship with its much bigger neighbor. A history of tension and bloody confrontations has given way to a strong trading partnership, and the country’s diplomatic role as a bridge between Russia and the West is one reason why its capital was picked for last year’s summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Social media influence campaigns or direct cyber attacks are already thought to have impacted key votes such as the U.S. election in 2016 and the ...
Tags: Science, Vladimir Putin, Russia, West, Finland, Donald Trump


Finland tops world's happiest countries list again: U.N. report

Finland topped the ranking of the world's happiest countries for the second year in a row, with the Nordic countries taking the leading spots, an annual survey issued on Wednesday showed. South Sudan came last in the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network's 2019 World Happiness Report. It ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.
Tags: Science, Finland, South Sudan, U N Sustainable Development Solutions Network


Pompeo seen attending Finland Arctic talks amid China concerns

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to attend the May 6-7 Arctic Council meeting in Finland in a show of Washington's commitment to the region amid growing U.S. concern about China's interests there, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States are members of the Council, which coordinates Arctic policy and is gaining clout as sea ice thaws to open up new trade routes and intensify competition for its oil, gas...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, United States, Arctic, Finland, Council, Trump, State, Rovaniemi Finland, Arctic Council, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Exclusive: Safety problem found at Areva's Finnish reactor before start-up - regulator

Part of the pressuriser, a primary circuit component of the reactor, is vibrating at levels that exceed safety limits, said Pekka Valikangas, the regulator's section head for nuclear reactor regulation, ahead of an important assessment which is due to be published on Monday. "The test results show that these vibrations are not approved," Valikangas said in an interview. The safety assessment by STUK, Finland's radiation and nuclear safety authority, is a key report that will influence the gove...
Tags: Science, Finland, Areva, Olkiluoto, Pekka Valikangas, Valikangas


Antibody therapy training phagocytes to destroy tumors now tested on patients

Developed by researchers at the University of Turku in Finland, an immunotherapeutic antibody therapy re-educates macrophages to activate passivated cytotoxic T cells to kill cancer. The antibody therapy prevented the growth of tumours in several mouse models. The development of the therapy has now progressed to patient testing in a phase I/II clinical trial.
Tags: Science, Finland, University of Turku


Combination treatment, diabetes drug and immunotherapy, may help to fight breast cancer

Researchers in Finland have discovered a drug combination that collaborates with the cancer cells' own MYC oncoprotein, which in large quantities causes self-destruction of the cancer cells. When this combination is enhanced with immune system-boosting anti-PD-1 therapy, a more effective and long-lasting therapeutic effect can be seen in mice. These findings pave the way for new treatment combination strategies to harness the body's natural defenses to fight cancer.
Tags: Science, Finland, Myc


As the climate warms, there may be a slight increase in male newborns

Scientists have long theorized that temperature has some effect on the sex ratios of populations.Recent research shows links between rising temperatures and increases in the ratio of male newborns.Nobody can say exactly whether temperature causes changes in sex ratio, however it's likely that climate change will force humans to adapt in ways we can't yet anticipate. None The United Nations' top climate science panel warned, in October, of the disastrous consequences around the world if temperat...
Tags: Gender, Japan, Science, Climate Change, Cnn, Innovation, United Nations, Finland, Natural Disaster, University Of California Berkeley, University of Turku, Helle, Samuli Helle, Section of Ecology Department of Biology, Ray Catalano


Wooden clothes?

A university in Finland has invented a process to turn waste wood into material for clothing.
Tags: Science, Finland


Old mines cast a long shadow on their surroundings

Local stakeholders need more information than is currently available to them on the impacts of former mining activities on ground water and surface water, potential soil contamination, and the safety of natural products, a new study from Finland shows.
Tags: Science, Finland


Boys with good motor skills excel at problem-solving, too

Boys with good motor skills are better problem-solvers than their less skillful peers, a new study from Finland shows. In contrast to previous studies, the researchers found no association between aerobic fitness or overweight and obesity with cognitive function in boys. The results are based on the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland, and they were published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Tags: Science, Finland, University of Eastern Finland


Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off 'insect apocalypse'

Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. UN-led research in 2016 found that more than 40 percent of invertebrate pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, are facing extinction. The study also found that 16.5 percent of vertebrate pollinators, such as birds and bats, are under threat.
Tags: Science, Finland, Un


Sex in a world of fear: Scared rodents produce more offspring

Rodent mothers produce more offspring after smelling odors produced by frightened males. This is reported by a team of biologists from Finland and the Netherlands and bring new information the proximate and ultimate explanations of small mammal behavioral responses.
Tags: Science, Netherlands, Finland


The tech that could make water use sustainable

Scientists in Finland and the UK have built a computer model that visualises groundwater levels in real time.
Tags: UK, Science, Finland


Finns Mock President Trump by Posting 'Forest Raking' Photos Online

President Donald Trump stood near the charred remains of Paradise, California on Saturday (he called it “Pleasure”) and said that Finland doesn’t have problems with destructive wildfires because that country “rakes” the forest. No one, including the president of Finland, had any idea what Trump was talking about. But…Read more...
Tags: Science, Finland, Donald Trump, Trump, Paradise California, President Trump, Our Garbage President, Raking, Camp Fire


Finland's President Denies Having Conversation About 'Raking' With Trump

While visiting California this weekend, President Donald Trump said Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told him that “raking” was part of the country’s forest management before insinuating that it’s something the United States should be doing to mitigate wildfires. The remark was bizarre, to be sure. But now, Niinisto…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, United States, Wildfires, Finland, Donald Trump, Trump, Sauli Niinisto, California wildfires, Raking, Camp Fire


Gut hormone and brown fat interact to tell the brain it's time to stop eating

Researchers from Germany and Finland have shown that so-called 'brown fat' interacts with the gut hormone secretin in mice to relay nutritional signals about fullness to the brain during a meal. The study, appearing Nov. 15 in the journal Cell, bolsters our understanding of a long-suspected role of brown adipose tissue (BAT) -- a type of body fat known to generate heat when an animal is cold -- in the control of food intake.
Tags: Science, Germany, Finland


Why autumn and winter babies are far more likely to be elected to parliament 

Honesty, integrity and the desire to make the world a better place should be the qualities which make politicians more electable. But a new study suggests that the month they were born is a major factor in success at the polls for male MPs. Children born at the beginning of the school year, who are the oldest in their class (September babies in Britain) have nearly double the chance of being elected to parliament, according to research that looked at polling results in Finland between 1996 and 2...
Tags: Science, Britain, Finland, Liam Fox, Lse, Afp, London School of Economics LSE, Janne Tukiainen, Department of Government, Tukiainen


Fish-rich diets may boost babies' brain development

Women could enhance the development of their unborn child's eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy. This is the suggestion from a small-scale study led by Kirsi Laitinen of the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital in Finland, in the Springer Nature-branded journal Pediatric Research. The research supports previous findings that show how important a prospective mother's diet and lifestyle choices are for the development of her baby.
Tags: Science, Finland, University of Turku, Pediatric Research, Kirsi Laitinen, Turku University Hospital


Viral RNA sensing

Even tiny amounts of viruses can have disastrous consequences. RNA identification can reveal the type of virus present. A fast and sensitive technique based on optical detection has now been outlined in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Scientists from Germany and Finland have demonstrated the binding of an RNA target to a probe made of gold nanorods and a DNA origami structure. Chirality switches triggered by binding can be measured by circular dichroism spectroscopy.
Tags: Science, Germany, Finland, Angewandte Chemie Scientists


New genetic compound marker could help early diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer

A research team at the University of Turku in Finland discovered a link between the interplay of certain simultaneously occurring genetic changes in the HOXB13 and CIP2A genes, aggressiveness of prostate cancer, high risk of developing the disease, and poorer survival rates of patients. Prostate cancer is a major challenge in health care with over one million new cases and 300,000 deaths from it each year worldwide.
Tags: Science, Finland, University of Turku


Powerful tools from VTT to solve challenges in bio- and circular economy

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an efficient synthetic biology toolbox for industry and research organizations. This toolbox enables, in an unprecedented way, engineering of a diverse range of yeasts and fungi.
Tags: Science, Finland, VTT Technical Research Centre, Vtt


A big fake Moon is slowly making its way around the Earth

You probably don't spare much thought for the Moon. I mean it's there in the night sky, being all bright and cool and whatnot, but unless you have a telescope you can't enjoy all the intricate detail from your vantage point here on Earth. Artist Luke Jerram's Moon is a whole lot smaller than the one that shows up in the sky every night, but it's much easier to appreciate, and it might be coming to a location near you. The massive exhibit, called Museum of the Moon, has been s...
Tags: Europe, Science, Australia, US, Nasa, Earth, Canada, Moon, Finland, UK Germany France, Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon, Scienceworks, Muttart Conservatory


Nordic countries' 'happy' reputation masks sadness of young, says report

Exclusive: Significant minority of young people in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland ‘struggling or suffering’The Nordic countries top the polls as the happiest in the world, but the assumption that life in Scandinavia is all bicycles and big smiles disguises the sadness of a significant minority of young people, it has emerged.Among those in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland who do not say that life is good, some of the largest numbers are among the young – and particularl...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Sweden, Life and style, Society, World news, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Scandinavia, Happiness indices, Denmark Finland Norway Sweden


Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about last night's peak

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which was at its peak overnight – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor showe...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, England, Science, Greece, Scotland, Nasa, Earth, Britain, Comet, Finland, Orion, Glasgow, Scarborough, Mars


Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about tonight's peak

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower o...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, England, Science, Greece, Scotland, Nasa, Earth, Britain, Comet, Finland, Orion, Glasgow, Scarborough, Mars



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