The third annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) ranks Finland 3rd among 110 countries. Covering 90% of the global population, the DQL study is conducted by the cybersecurity company Surfshark and evaluates countries based on a set of five fundamental digital wellbeing pillars. Finland excels in four, specifically internet affordability (4th), e-infrastructure (7th), e-government (4th), and e-security (7th), but displays a comparatively lower result in internet quality (27th).

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The reusable cloth masks people have been using for the past year or more may look a little worse for the wear. But new research from the University of Colorado Boulder finds that washing and drying them doesn't reduce their ability to filter out viral particles.

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Findings of a recent study suggest that humans should be able to safely travel to and from Mars, provided that the spacecraft has sufficient shielding and the round trip is shorter than approximately four years.

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has studied how new apartments have changed in 15 years. Now the buildings are safer, healthier and more energy-efficient. Growing focus on small apartments has responded to the demand, but due to the smaller floor area homes have become more difficult to adapt to different needs.

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The findings of a new Cornell University research suggested that female mice exhibit a strong drive to socialize with other females following periods of acute isolation, significantly increasing their production of social calls that are akin to human emotional vocalizations.

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Junco on a stump in spring. The songbird is among the species experiencing changes caused by climate conditions.

Research has revealed some "warm-blooded" animals are shapeshifting and getting larger beaks, legs, and ears to better regulate their body temperatures as the planet gets hotter.

The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Trends in Ecology and Evolution'.

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Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR concept car.

Automobile giant Mercedes-Benz, recently at the IAA Mobility 2021 show in Munich, Germany, displayed the next iteration of its Vision AVTR concept car, first shown at CES 2020.

According to Mashable, Mercedes-Benz has stated that the car now has tech that lets you perform certain tasks just by thinking about them.

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A recent study reported individuals with pre-existing health conditions, such as cancer, were more likely to report depressive symptoms during the pandemic.

Data shows that during the pandemic, almost half (42 percent) of participants in the study published in the journal, Lancet Regional Health-Americas, reported at least mild psychological distress and 10 percent of participants reported moderate to severe psychological distress.

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Essential for both our mental and physical health, exercise has now been revealed as a key factor to fight against many diseases such as diabetes and obesity, both of which could make us more vulnerable to infectious diseases such as the ongoing Covid-19. 

An American study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggested the lack of physical activity could more than double the risk of dying from Covid-19.

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COVID-19 infection does not appear to affect the lung function of young adults, according to a recent study by clinical researchers.

These findings were recently presented at the virtual European Respiratory Society International Congress.

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Young people feel that they do not get enough support for learning how to use digital services. Being a digital native does not guarantee the ability to act in a digital world; instead, skills must be actively taught to young people. This is reflected in the survey published by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency on 30 August 2021 titled 'The Digital Support for Young People'. The publication of the survey will launch the Digital Support Week, which focuses on the development of everyday digital skills from 30 August to 3 September 2021.

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