New technology makes it possible to recreate the lives led by our ancestors 100,000 years ago
Blombos Cave near Cape Town in South Africa has provided the world with sensational findings about our ancestors. Researchers are now working on producing realistic 3D photographic models of the Blombos excavations and everything that is found there.
He played here as a child. Then he became an archaeologist and found a now famous cave that answers questions of our past.
The archaeologists who found the World's oldest man-made drawing are back in Blombos Cave in South Africa, in search of new discoveries. Professor Henshilwood welcomes us to the cave to show us his team at work as they dig for clues that can tell us how early humans lived.
Collagen extracted from fish – better for the climate, suitable for vegetarians
Researchers from Nofima are able to extract high-quality collagen – a favoured supplement by many – from fish like cod, herring and mackerel. The huge piles of fish skin left over after fillet production can once again become a commodity.
Indian authorities may have exaggerated claims of rising tiger numbers
The Indian government has claimed that the national tiger population more than doubled since 2006. Independent scientists however, claim it is almost impossible for the tiger population to grow with such speed in such an inexplicable manner. Following this criticism, Indian authorities now admit to flaws in their tiger counts.
A shared national patient medication list will soon be tested in Norway
The shared medication list is a new electronic overview that health professionals in Norway will be testing out in 2020. What do the authorities want with the new system? What does research say about the usefulness of such medication lists?
A hole in the can may provide better canned food
Canning is a sustainable way of storing food, but the method requires a lot of energy and water and can affect food quality. A newly developed can with a different shape may be the solution that makes canned food of the future more attractive.
Gaming their way to sustainable development
Researchers wanted to involve local people living around Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti-Mara parks in developing a sustainable future for them and the parks. They developed a board game to get people talking to the researchers — and to each other. That game has now won an international award.
Svalbard reindeer populations rebounding from centuries of hunting
As reindeer go, the animals living on the Norwegian arctic archipelago of Svalbard might not be Santa’s first choice. They’re a smaller subspecies of their common mainland relatives, and to save energy they basically never run. But because they were nearly exterminated from Svalbard around 1900 — and were then protected in 1925 — the animals provide unique insights into how conservation can help species thrive.
Medical practices and culture: what works in Norway may not work in India. Or France for that matter.
Research on how to reduce antibiotic resistance does not produce universal facts. What works in one country, region or city may not work in another. The WHO has now asked Norwegian researchers to write a report on how culture influences medical practices.
Criminal Law: Work that never ends
As a student, Jørn Jacobsen encountered Norwegian criminal law – and he never got over it, or past it. The recruitment scholarship from the Trond Mohn Foundation gave him the opportunity to delve more deeply into issues involving power, criminal offences, freedom and penology.
Scandinavians’ little linguistic hat trick
Moving a word to the beginning of a sentence is a useful trick to draw attention to the most important topic you want to relay. The researchers of a new study have found that the Scandinavian languages are unique in their use of this technique.
Norwegian and international students need more meeting places
International students in Norway find it far easier getting to know other international students than Norwegian students, a new report by Diku shows. It recommends that Norwegian universities do more to endorse exchanges between international and domestic students to advance intercultural learning for their student population as a whole.
Should climate activists stop scaring their audiences?
VIDEOPODCAST: 16-year old Greta Thunberg is in despair over how hard it is to create awareness and action on the climate crisis. So how should a speaker convince his or her audience to change actions and attitudes in the climate question?
Turning waste heat into hydrogen fuel
Hydrogen as an energy carrier can help us move away from fossil fuels, but only if it is created efficiently. One way to improve efficiency is to use waste heat that’s left over from other industrial processes.
Super-strong magnetic supercrystals can assemble themselves
Materials scientists who work with nano-sized components have developed ways of working with their vanishingly small materials. But what if you could get your components to assemble themselves into different structures without actually handling them at all?
Norwegian oils from sea and land generate more omega-3
Scientists at Nofima have found that a mixture of a Norwegian plant oil and fish oil from the North-Atlantic can stimulate animals and humans to form healthy omega-3 fatty acid EPA and DHA themselves.
Under winter's spell: how trees slumber until spring
In temperate and boreal regions, trees depend on a period of dormancy to survive the cold depths of winter. Scientists have now cracked the code as to how trees know when to sleep, and when to wake up again.