Finance Minister Riikka Purra at a plenary session of Parliament in Helsinki on May 22, 2024. LEHTIKUVA

A recent study from the University of Helsinki reveals how female political leaders Marine Le Pen and Riikka Purra utilize the themes of gender and perceived threats to bolster their roles within right-wing populist parties. The research indicates that framing issues like Islam and feminism as threats allows these leaders to advocate for both men's and women's rights, enhancing their appeal across a broad spectrum of supporters.

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79% have increased their cycling after acquiring a benefit bike. Photo: Vapaus

A recent Finnish study reveals that employees using bicycles obtained through workplace benefits log significantly more miles than the average cyclist in Finland. According to Vapaus, a service provider for employee benefit bicycles, these users average 1,217 kilometers annually compared to the national average of 234 kilometers.

The study, "State of the Benefit Bikes in Finland 2024," involved feedback from nearly 4,600 benefit bike users across the country, indicating a robust adoption of cycling boosted by employer support.

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A recent study reveals a curious phenomenon: people perform better on tasks when they believe artificial intelligence (AI) is assisting them, even when informed that the AI could degrade their performance. This "AI placebo effect" persists regardless of the system's purported reliability.

Researchers conducted an experiment involving two groups tasked with matching pairs of letters appearing at varying speeds on a screen.

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Tax office on Hämeentie in Helsinki. LEHTIKUVA

A recent doctoral thesis by Jori Grym sheds light on the moral motivations that drive people to either pay taxes or evade them, highlighting the influence of communal values and emerging financial technologies on these behaviors. Grym's research, which explores the deeper psychological reasons behind tax compliance and evasion, suggests that a person’s sense of community plays a crucial role in their willingness to contribute to public coffers, whereas adherence to rules strongly influences their judgment of tax evasion.

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The marine research vessel Aranda at sea, January 2024. Photo: Ilkka Lastumäki / Finnish Environment Institute

The Baltic Sea is facing unprecedented environmental challenges, with the latest marine research indicating alarmingly high levels of phosphate, a situation that poses a threat to its ecological balance. The annual winter survey conducted by the research vessel Aranda has unveiled that the Baltic Sea, particularly the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea, is experiencing the highest phosphate levels recorded in the last three decades.

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In an age dominated by smartphones, where social interactions and services are increasingly digitized, a study from Aalto University sheds light on why some individuals are opting for more traditional mobile phones or customized devices with limited features, and the significant challenges they face as a result.

Published in the esteemed Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction journal, the research delves into the motivations and consequences for those who, despite the inconvenience and sometimes higher cost, choose to forgo smartphones.

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Beta-amyloid plaques and tau in the brain.

In a pioneering move, researchers at The Florey Institute have developed a novel method utilizing mRNA technology to directly target the tau protein, which plays a critical role in the development of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related conditions. This innovative approach marks the first time mRNA, widely recognized for its role in COVID-19 vaccines, has been applied to Alzheimer's disease, positioning The Florey as a leader in mRNA research.

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A study by Aalto University has put Apple's privacy claims under scrutiny, revealing that essential applications on Apple devices collect data even without user activation, challenging the tech giant's "Privacy. That's Apple" slogan. For the first time, researchers have delved into the privacy settings of Apple's built-in applications, which are nearly impossible to avoid upon setting up a new device, whether it be a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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A recent study conducted by the Child Psychiatry Research Center at the University of Turku has unveiled concerning findings about the vitamin D levels of pregnant immigrant women in Finland. Unlike previous assumptions, early pregnancy vitamin D levels in mothers with immigrant backgrounds, whose children have been diagnosed with disorders in learning, language, or motor skills, do not differ significantly from those of Finnish mothers.

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If both spouses were diagnosed with a neurological disorder, the risk of divorce was already 1.38 times higher.

A recent study from the University of Helsinki has unveiled that neurological disorders significantly elevate the risk of divorce among couples in the Nordic countries, with the highest risk observed in couples where both partners are diagnosed with such conditions. The research, which tracked over 2.8 million married individuals aged 30 to 64 from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, found that 12% of these couples divorced within a ten-year follow-up period.

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Finnish researchers have provided reassuring news that COVID-19 infection does not harm the long-lasting immunological memory brought about by vaccines. This discovery addresses widespread concerns that coronavirus might permanently weaken the immune defense system, similar to the way measles virus can impair immunological memory.

Published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Pathogens and Immunity and Virus Research,

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