Carbon emissions have made the world a greener place, which has a cooling effect – but it’s not enough
The very same carbon emissions responsible for harmful changes to the climate are also fertilizing plant growth, which in turn is somewhat moderating global warming. This affects also remote places, like the High Arctic.
Free trade agreements increasingly important for Norway
The EEA Agreement with the EU is Norway’s most significant free trade agreement by far. However, free trade agreements with other countries are becoming increasingly important, according to NUPI Senior Research Fellow Hege Medin.
Proteins in blood test can reveal and predict disease
An analysis of 5 000 proteins from a blood sample is providing valuable information on a variety of diseases we might get or be at risk for. “Sensational” is the word from Christian Jonasson at the HUNT Research Centre about the US-British-Norwegian study.
Even a completely non-challenging stroll can significantly reduce your risk of premature death
Until now, professionals have said that you need to exert yourself to benefit from exercise. It turns out however that all and almost any activity is important. And the effect of doing something relatively minor is greater than previously thought.
New mechanism allows the immune system to detect and respond to HIV
The UN estimates that 36.9 million people were living with HIV in 2017, 21.7 million of whom take antiretroviral therapy. These drugs have cut AIDS-related deaths by more than half since the 2004 peak, but the disease cannot be cured. A new mechanism uncovered by a Norwegian research group could improve the chances of developing one.
Your plane travel destroys polar bear habitat
A group of polar bear researchers wants you to do more than worry about the fate of these beautiful animals. They’ve calculated how much summer sea ice is melted per metric tonne of CO2 emissions. Then you can decide if the flight you’re planning to take is worth destroying polar bear habitat.
A third of young people aiming for the top in sports and performing arts struggle with negative feelings and stress
The cost of success and perfectionism can be significant for young talents aiming for the top. Around a third of this group active in sport and performing arts struggle with negative feelings, stress and performance anxiety, according to new research.
Increasingly expensive to “make” salmon - both in Norway and competitor countries
Norwegian salmon producers are among the most efficient in the world. But although production costs in Norway are increasing to a lesser extent than in recent years, it is becoming increasingly expensive to farm salmon.
If the world can capture carbon, there’s capacity to store it
Humankind will need to harness carbon capture and storage technologies to help keep global warming to 2 degrees C or less. New research shows that there’s plenty of room to store captured CO2 — in offshore geologic rock formations.
The fish helping scientists to understand the human brain
Scientists use a range of model organisms to understand human biology, from basic single-celled yeast to more complex animals such as flies and mice. Dr Camila Esguerra at the University of Oslo is a major advocate for an alternative model: the zebrafish.
Data ownership is a recipe for better living in the city
Today, both public enterprises and private companies in the major cities collect large quantities of data about the citizens living in those cities. Most people derive little benefit from this. However, if the citizens own and control their own data, life in the city can be much better.
Safer cars and buildings start at the nano level
When accidents happen, the difference between life and death may come down to the materials of the car, boat or building that you find yourself in. The best possible protection requires understanding as much as possible about how different materials behave under stress.
Norwegian teenagers loved trying to make sense of Kafka in Norwegian class
Complex literature is appealing to teens, according to a new study. Young teenagers have a lot to offer when they have to read and understand difficult literature without being aided by the teacher, claims researcher Margrethe Sønneland.
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.