Mapping reveals 110 genes that increase the risk of MS
Researchers have mapped genetic variations associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) and myasthenia gravis (MG). This may help improve methods of treatment.
Fewer willing to participate in surveys
The percentage of respondents to many important research surveys is dropping sharply. Social science researchers are concerned that survey samples can be skewed, which can compromise the validity of results.
Conception of landscape shaped today’s transport routes
In the 1800s the natural landscape began to be seen as beautiful as opposed to primitive, wild and inaccessible. This changing public perception played a major role in the development of new travel routes in Norway.
Same-sex attracted men neglected in Africa
HIV-related research and programming has excluded same-sex attracted men in Africa for three decades. Their exclusion cannot be accounted for by the assertion that they are unreachable, says researcher.
The greatest risk to marriage is a woman who drinks too much
A high level of alcohol consumption increases the risk of divorce. However, research shows that if both partners are heavy drinkers it may actually protect the marriage.
Towards personalised cancer treatment
An extensive research project will examine the errors occurring in the genes of several thousand Norwegian patients. The objective is to develop treatment that is better adapted to the individual patient.
1814 shaped Norwegian and Danish identity
The year 1814 has played a decisive role in shaping both Norwegian and Danish identity. This was the year Norway broke free from its 400-year union with Denmark and became an autonomous nation.
Making climate taxes more acceptable
A majority of Norwegians would accept increased climate taxes – if the taxes are understood as targeting specific environmental purposes. Earmarking of the revenues could help to gain public acceptance for such taxes.
Mitigating damage from landslides, tsunamis and earthquakes
Where are the risks of landslide greatest? What makes a tsunami dangerous? Why are some people harder hit by earthquakes than others? A research centre for geohazards provides the answers needed to better deal with these types of risks.
Darkened fjord waters mean fewer fish and more jellyfish
The seawater in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and Norway’s coastal waters and fjords is gradually getting darker, which may be caused by overproduction of organic compounds.
Finding the nano-needle in the haystack
Norwegian researchers are among the first in the world to use radioactivity to trace nanoparticles in animals and soil. This makes it easier to identify any negative environmental impact.