Scientists are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in Africa
Due to the shortage of clean water and soap, weak healthcare systems and great poverty, many African countries are poorly equipped to deal with the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the continent.
The viking ship at Gjellestad comes to life online
A Viking ship and old settlements which were discovered at Gjellestad outside Halden in 2018 have now been brought to life by researchers from Østfold University College. The digital grave site is based on archaeological findings and historical research.
The world with viruses: Economics professor suggests temporary basic income for all citizens
“Once the pandemic has passed, we are likely to be facing a discussion about our approach to the international markets, and if our income should be linked so closely to the businesses we work for”, says economics professor Kalle Moene.
Monitoring of water pollution across Bosnia and Herzegovina contributes to binding the country together
The pollutant status of two of the longest rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina is updated. The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) performed the water monitoring in cooperation with local universities across the two entities, aiming to contribute to the country’s obligations on persistent organic pollutants.
Place names describe Scandinavia in the Iron and Viking Ages
Every now and then, researchers are lucky enough to experience a Eureka moment — when a series of facts suddenly crystallize into a an entirely new pattern. That’s exactly what happened to Birgit Maixner from the NTNU University Museum when she began looking at artefacts and place names.
Digital brains are key in understanding how the human brain works, and how it can be fixed when broken
Scientists simulate models of the human brain to understand how cell and system levels in the brain interact. In this way, they hope that we will understand brain disease better.
The world with viruses: Reminding us how little control we have
"The coronavirus is a window, enabling us to see alternative ways of organising society", says Thomas Hylland Eriksen. The Professor in Social Anthropology has been conducting research on crises in an overheated world.
Norway’s Nobel laureates take up the fight against Alzheimer’s
Developing an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is the long-term goal of a new national research centre in Norway. Nobel laureates Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser will lead the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer’s Disease, aimed at determining how Alzheimer’s disease arises in the brain and its early stages of development.
Planning war: Researchers are creating a digital war game to replace todays physical maps, tables and pencils
The war room scenes you see in WWII films are not far from the reality of today. Military leaders still use pencils, crayons and physical maps. The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment have developed a prototype of a new program that moves this war planning to a digital cloud.
The Norwegian government is a smarter investor than many people think
From the press coverage, you might expect only wasted time and projects that exceed their budgets when the government invests in roads, buildings and other large undertakings. But the government — in Norway, anyway — doesn’t do a bad job after all.
More people and not enough fish: 70 per cent of the world’s population do not get the omega-3 they need
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential components of healthy diets for both humans and fish. The dramatic increase in fish farming worldwide has boosted the demand for omega-3 fatty acids so much that today’s supply can’t meet demand. Reducing waste and finding new sources can help.
Older marmot-mothers produce more successful daughters
WORLD WILDLIFE DAY: Researcher Dr. Svenja B. Kroeger at NIBIO has a passion for marmots and other furry creatures. She has studied how yellow-bellied marmots age and reproduce in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Bird species disappear much faster than previously thought, but conservation helps
During five previous global mass extinctions, between 50 and 90 percent of the world's species disappeared. Researchers now fear that we are starting a new mass extinction, because bird species are disappearing five times faster than previously assumed and 1000 times faster than in a natural state.
A shift from cropland to forests made Western Europe cooler
As nations prepare to mitigate climate change, decision makers need to understand how land use fits into the climate equation. A new study looked at land use changes over two decades and found a major shift from cropland to forests. That change made western Europe cooler.
Existing drugs may offer a first-line treatment for coronavirus outbreak
There’s no effective treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus-disease, which was first detected in Wuhan, China. Developing new drugs and vaccines can take years. Existing drugs offer a possible quick response to the potential pandemic.
The Norwegian government ordered massive slaughterings of reindeer. Indigenous sami reindeer herders disagreed but were not heard.
Not all reindeer herders and researchers agree that there are too many reindeer, and that overgrazing is happening. These critical voices are not heard by the Norwegian government or the media, according to new research.
Experimenting with fire to learn more about how humans lived 100 000 years ago
The archaeologists who found the World's oldest man-made drawing are back in the South African fields in search of new discoveries. This time it’s all about burning stuff – scales, ratbones and prehistoric eggshells – to look for clues of life around the fire a long, long time ago.
Fitness calculator can reveal a lot about your health
NTNU’s Fitness Calculator was developed in 2013. It was able to reveal your body’s real age and how long you could expect to live. Now it turns out that it can tell you much more about your health.
Children need to regulate their thoughts and behaviour in order to learn - especially in mathematics
According to a new study, there is a strong link between self-regulation and mathematical skills in Norwegian children. “Children need self-regulation in order to take advantage of existing learning opportunities”, says researcher.
Vikings in Greenland traded exclusive walrus tusks to all of Europe – until there were no walrus left
Archaeological fragments of walrus skulls provide evidence of a widespread trade in ivory tusks across Europe during the Middle Ages. British and Norwegian researchers have now uncovered novel details about the impact of this intense trade: It may have driven the serial depletion of walruses in the High Arctic and led to the collapse of Norse Greenland.