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'Super Grass' to Reduce Methane Emissions From Belching Cows

Researchers say they're able to genetically modify the grass for easier digestion

(Newser) - The grass is about to get greener thanks to DNA technology out of Denmark. Researchers say they've genetically modified a "super grass" that is easier on cow's stomachs, thereby helping them digest the grass more easily and thus belch out less methane gas, reports the BBC . (No,... More »

It's Better to Be a Girl in Algeria Than the US

The makeup of Congress doesn't help

(Newser) - Norway, Slovenia, Israel, Algeria, and Kazakhstan are among 31 countries where it's better to be a girl than the United States of America, according to the "Opportunity Index" in a new Save the Children report on the welfare of girls worldwide. Denmark was in first place and Niger... More »

5 Countries May Make Seniors Go Back to School

To keep their skills current and the Nordic region a major player in global arena

(Newser) - A recently published 36-page report outlining proposals to improve working life in the five Nordic countries—Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, and Norway—has a proposal that Quartz says contains a "startling" word: "mandatory." Poul Nielson, a Danish politician given the task last year of preparing a labor... More »

10 Countries With the Highest Quality of Life

Finland bests the rest

(Newser) - The US is in the top 20 countries with the highest standard of living—but don't let that go to your head. The Social Progress Index says that at No. 19, America is a "disappointment" given its huge economy, per Business Insider . The ranking is based on three... More »

10 Most Peaceful Countries on Earth

Iceland, Denmark, Austria are on top

(Newser) - Congratulations, America: You sit 103rd on a list that ranks countries by their peacefulness, in a report compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace . The ranking is based on 23 factors including involvement in conflicts at home and abroad, crime, terrorist activity, political stability, levels of militarization, and relations... More »

Being Transgender Will Soon No Longer Be a 'Disorder' in Denmark

The change goes into effect January 1

(Newser) - Having "run out of patience" with the World Health Organization, Denmark on Jan. 1, 2017, will become the first country to no longer define being transgender as a mental illness, the Independent reports. Currently, the WHO classifies being transgender as a mental or behavioral disorder. And, although the organization... More »

This Tiny Viking Pendant Could Rewrite History

It suggests Danes became Christians earlier than thought

(Newser) - Denmark's Dennis Fabricius Holm got off work early on March 11 and decided to go for a stroll with his metal detector near the town of Aunslev. "Suddenly I hit upon something," he tells national broadcaster DR , per the Local . "Ever since I turned over the... More »

Supermarket That Sells Only Expired Food Now Open

Copenhagen's WeFood hopes to cut down on staggering food waste

(Newser) - "Is that milk past its 'sell-by' date? Drink it anyway." So proclaimed the headline of a recent op-ed for the Los Angles Times on the topic of whether "expired" food is OK to eat. Most Americans don't seem to think so: A 2013 study co-authored... More »

Girl, 17, Faces Punishment for Fending Off Attacker

Pepper spray is illegal in Danish city

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl who was attacked in Denmark may end up facing punishment herself. The teen says a man pushed her to the ground and started trying to undress her on Wednesday night in central Sønderborg when she used pepper spray on him and got away, the Local reports,... More »

Denmark OKs Law to Seize Migrant Assets

Anything worth over $1.5K will help pay for asylum seekers' housing, expenses

(Newser) - Those seeking asylum in Denmark with more than $1,500 in assets can now expect to part with anything above that amount thanks to a new law. Advancing what the country's PM has deemed "the most misunderstood bill in Denmark's history," Danish lawmakers voted 81-27 Tuesday... More »

Lifeguard Didn't Know He Was Saving Heir to Throne

Nick Malcolm rescued Denmark's Prince Christian, 10, from perilous Aussie riptide

(Newser) - A lifeguard on Australia's Gold Coast saved a 10-year-old boy from rough waters Thursday, except it wasn't just any 10-year-old boy: It was Denmark's Prince Christian, on vacation with his family, 7 News Australia reports. The young heir to the throne was caught in a riptide at... More »

Frosty Denmark May Seize Syrian Refugees' Assets

Proposal would allow authorities to seize cash, valuables

(Newser) - Denmark is looking to get tough with Syrian refugees via a controversial proposal being considered that would allow the Danish government "to search clothes and luggage of asylum seekers—and other migrants without a permit to stay in Denmark—with a view to finding assets which may cover the... More »

Inside the Sperm 'Factory' That's Supplying the World

27K babies have been born with sperm from Cryos International

(Newser) - Ole Schou is the man in charge of "a kind of factory" where "volume and quality is important" and exports make up 96% of the business. But unlike most factories, his doesn't fabricate anything. At Cryos International, some 1,000 donors are paid $15 to $76 for... More »

Zoo Has Decided to Dissect Lion in Public

Denmark's Odense Zoo says kids especially love this type of 'authentic' experience

(Newser) - Denmark's Odense Zoo decided it had one too many lions, so it put down one of the big cats and stored the remains in a freezer—and it plans to hold a live dissection of the animal on Thursday to "show how fantastic a lion is," RT.... More »

New NSFW Ad Has Tip for Becoming a Grandmother

Denmark does it again

(Newser) - “Send your child on an active holiday and get a grandchild within nine months." That's the message in a new ad from Danish travel agency and sexy commercial-maker Spies Travel. Time reports Danes average 1.73 children per couple, and the country as a whole is trying... More »

Famed Nazi Hunter Goes After SS Guard, 90

He wants Denmark to investigate Helmuth Leif Rasmussen

(Newser) - A leading Nazi hunter has asked Denmark to investigate a 90-year-old Dane suspected of being involved in the mass murder of Jews in Belarus during World War II. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center filed the request yesterday with the Copenhagen police after the Justice Ministry last year turned... More »

One Nation Produces 140% of Electricity With Wind

Windy day helps Denmark amass huge energy supply

(Newser) - Denmark raised eyebrows on Thursday by producing 140% of its electricity needs with only its wind farms. Granted, it was "an unusually windy day," the Independent reports, but the Danes had enough left over to share surplus power with Germany, Norway, and Sweden. "It shows that a... More »

The 10 Happiest Countries

Once again, Panama leads the pack

(Newser) - US citizens who want a happier life may want to leave the country. The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index has issued its second annual list of country rankings, looking at 145 countries and how their residents fare in various "well-being elements." Those elements: a sense of purpose, social relationships,... More »

Radio DJ Kills Bunny With Bicycle Pump Live on Air

To provoke debate about 'hypocrisy' of animal welfare debate

(Newser) - A Danish radio DJ chose a controversial way of drawing attention to what he sees as the flawed debate over animal welfare: He hit a 9-week-old rabbit named Allan three times with an iron bicycle pump while on the air Monday, then wrung its neck. Later, Asger Juhl of Radio24syv... More »

Bronze Age Priestess Found in 1921 Traveled Far

The teen, found in Denmark, likely came from southern Germany

(Newser) - The remains of a Bronze Age cultic priestess found in Egtved, Denmark, in 1921 belong to a teenager who'd likely traveled all the way from southern Germany—a great distance for the year 1370BC, researchers report in a press release . They now know this is because her oak coffin... More »

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