Vultures use hearing, not just vision, when looking for food
Vultures and other avian scavengers characteristically circle the skies, scanning the ground for carcasses. New research has revealed that these birds can, in addition to sight, respond to auditory cues indicative of potential foraging opportunities.
Seaweed could be a substitute for soya and oil based products
A unanimous group of research scientists are convinced that kelp may share many of the applications of soya and oil, and that they can also be used to capture CO2. Seaweeds can contribute towards climate-friendly solutions in all sorts of contexts. New know-how about seaweed farming is currently accelerating industrialisation of the sector.
Testing larger households can reduce coronavirus infections in Norway
Testing families of four or more people would be an effective way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus infection, according to a data simulation model developed at NTNU. The model has initially been used to determine the best testing strategy for Oslo.
Mystery of the blunt-tipped beetle penis
It took seven years, countless beetle penis field investigations, and hours upon hours on hands and knees in coastal wetlands. This is the story of all the research that has to happen before a new species can finally get its official name.
Improved method to regulate how much your shampoo contaminates the environment
The environmental contaminants known as siloxanes are in your shampoo, your lotions and your deodorant. Siloxanes are odourless, invisible, and they can be toxic to aquatic animals. They are also heavily restricted in wash-off hygiene products, and further regulations are under consideration. But, how can we know that the regulations work?
Abrupt warming caused ice collapse and sea level rise
Near the end of the last ice age, the global sea level rose 12–14 meters in less than 350 years. Most of the meltwater has been thought to have come from North America and Antarctica. A new study shows that the ice over coastal Norway and the Barents Sea may have contributed almost as much.
A daily 10-minute training session using an app could reduce migraine attacks
With body sensors feeding the app information during the training sessions combined with a headache diary, researchers hope the new migraine app will be able to predict and prevent migraine attacks.
Physical activity in kindergartens crucial to motor skills later on, but boys are more active than girls
A lot and fairly intensive physical activity during preschool years can provide better motor skill development several years later, according to a new and extensive study. But not all children are active enough – and girls are often less active than boys.
Researcher believes people should be allowed to travel abroad this summer
If people in Norway and other European countries are asked not to travel abroad this summer, we risk risk inflicting far greater damage than the pandemic itself, according to Stefan Gössling, Research Coordinator in tourism at Western Norway Research Institute.
Working hard to find therapy approaches designed to fit your cancer
Norwegian researchers are targeting specific genetic mutations in patients with Acute Meloid Leukemia, and believe this approach will improve survival rates. “We have probably reached a limit in terms of what can be achieved using conventional chemotherapy”, says Dr Yngvar Fløisand.
The green transition may lead to a more peaceful world
The green transition will undoubtedly affect geopolitics. But how? NUPI researchers have taken a systematic look at 204 publications in the first meta-review on the field of renewable energy and geopolitics.
Cement factories can put the brakes on global plastic pollution
Researchers believe that plastic refuse can be used as fuel in cement factories in Asia. If this works, it may provide a solution to two of the planet’s biggest environmental problems – plastic in the oceans and high levels of coal consumption.
NTNU establishes a factory to produce coronavirus tests
NTNU researchers recently figured out a whole new method for testing people for the coronavirus. The university is now producing tests on a continuous basis, under the auspices of the Norwegian Directorate of Health. Currently 100 000 tests a day are being manufactured, with production soon likely to be scaled up dramatically.
Reading your electronic health record can put you in control
Patients communicated better with health professionals, were more prepared before seeing the doctor and increased their engagement in their treatment. This is what people answered in a Norwegian survey on patient-accessible electronic health records.
Corona scholarships to international students in Norway
"Many international students from low-income countries do not benefit from financial crisis packages and many have great difficulties. We are now announcing ten scholarships that specifically target this group", says Eivind Engebretsen from the University of Oslo.
Everyone loving their jazz was not enough, the Harlem Renaissance wanted to change the perception of black people
A new wave of African American writers and artists entered the scene during the 1920s in the USA. The Harlem Renaissance’s political project aimed to elevate the status of black culture.
Norway to start broad-based testing by month’s end using NTNU test kits
Norway’s Ministry of Health and Care Services confirmed Friday that it will roll out coronavirus test kits developed by researchers from NTNU and St Olavs Hospital by the last week of April/early May. The kits will more than triple Norway’s testing capacity during the rollout.
3D printing team improves personal protection equipment for hospitals
NTNU in Gjøvik has developed a better design for face shields, which are part of the personal protection equipment used by medical professionals in the corona pandemic. Major production of the new shields – up to 250 per day – is taking place on the university’s 3D printers.
Robo-turtles in fish farms reduce fish stress
Preventing escape is one benefit that could come out of experiments with robotic turtles used for salmon farm surveillance. The “turtle robots” are showing the way for a technology that improves the monitoring of sea cages.
The world with viruses: The coronavirus crisis is increasing the risk of political instability
“I believe that there are many leaders around the world who are currently at risk of putting a foot wrong,” says Tore Wig. As a political scientist he has been conducting research on the reasons for the collapse of regimes.
Seafood full of poison in the Stone Age, because of climate change
Large amounts of toxic heavy metals such as cadmium and lead made cod and Greenland seals into harmful food in Northern Norway during the Younger Stone Age. Constantly rising sea temperatures and sea-level rise due to climate change can cause seafood to become equally unhealthy in the future.
The coronavirus leads to the biggest internal migration in India since 1947
1.3 billion Indians have been ordered to stay home, and public transport stopped running overnight. Millions of Indians have to walk hundreds of kilometres to get to their own homes. Researchers now fear that the country is also facing a famine.
New method can make injured knees like new again
A new method enables the detection and repair of previously undetected knee injuries. One in six people who sustain a meniscus injury also have this newly identified damage, which has led to everything from permanent pain to a need for prosthetics.
Global supply chains: Where should carbon emissions be counted — and taxed?
The coronavirus outbreak raised everyone’s awareness of the significance of global supply chains to modern economies. But global supply chains also play an important role in greenhouse gas emissions. How they are managed can either increase or decrease carbon emissions, new research shows.
The world with viruses: "The corona crisis shows that rapid change is possible"
"We may find that systems that seem natural are really just unnecessary constructs," says Karen O'Brien, professor of human geography, who has researched what it takes for people to make changes in their lives.
Citizen science postponed: There will be no snow collecting campaign this Easter
PODCAST: Small bags can be filled with traces of winter storms. Skiers help Harald Sodemann find out where the Norwegian snow comes from. His project planned for this Easter will, however, be postponed till next year.
Doing laundry during the coronavirus outbreak
Most of us are concerned with practising good hygiene and keeping the places we live and spend time clean. But does our vigilance extend to what we wear? Here are some things you can do to avoid spreading the virus through your clothes.