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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Plastic littering the countryside could soon be a thing of the past. Researchers have come up with an additive that enables plastic bags to be quickly decomposed by sun and rain.

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Super net keeps Pharaohs in place

Several of the world’s best known cultural treasures are located in areas prone to earthquakes. A new metal alloy will secure their existence.

One herring, two herring

Counting fish is difficult. But in the future laser technology may make the task fast and efficient.

Making food from water

Invisible but invaluable: raised in steel tanks, a tiny marine creature is capable of producing Omega-3 fat, a product in great demand.

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Better skiwax

With a little help from SINTEF, the ski-wax manufacturer Swix has developed a wax that has proved to be a winner with professional skiers. The secret? Nanoparticles.

Inventor of the GSM system

The Swedes and the Finns earn big money on mobile telephony. But the system they use is Norwegian.

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Your daily dose

The days of the scalpel may soon be numbered – at least when it comes to examining areas in the upper layers of the skin.

Stargazing

They are working on one of the European Space Agency’s challenges: to collect the light from six telescopes in an optical fibre measuring just 1/50 mm. The goal is to find signs of life in distant space.

The last cowboys of the sea

While security on Statoil’s oil rigs gets top marks, there were Wild West conditions on board the boats in the company’s service.

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Six feet under – The ice

Wintertime may give young salmon a break from swift currents and keen fly fishermen, but other challenges abound.

Tough little electric car

The first thing that the scientists did was to build a mobile phone battery that runs on metal plates and air. Now a somewhat larger version is on the way – for electric cars!

Quality cork for a noble product

Norwegian researchers are developing a tool to check the quality of cork. This will prevent bark from unnecessarily being peeled from oak trees and give the owners more control over their product.

Do you remember?

Is it easy for you to remember the names of people you meet? Can you remember which direction you came from when you leave a shopping centre? Do you get high scores on trivia tests? Then you likely have a highly developed hippocampus.

Cold war against hydrates

Researchers are on the brink of a breakthrough. They want to prove that oil can be transported from the bottom of the ocean in bare steel pipes – without insulation or warming devices. This smells of money.

Putting a face on hydrogen

Scandinavian-designed hydrogen filling stations will soon be in use in Iceland. The pump is designed to tell consumers they’re purchasing an environmentally friendly product.

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Shifting sculptures

An unusual marriage between robotics and engineering sciences has given birth to a new kind of art: interactive sculpture that moves and changes the way it looks in response to people and its surroundings.

Underground in New York

Norwegian scientists are key figures in the first major expansion of New York’s subway system since 1930.

A dollar a week

They have given us nerves, anxiety, paranoia, psychosis, depression, phobia and various derangements. The list of miseries is long, from birth trauma via bed-wetting and many mid-life crises to potency problems and Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, psychologists have come up with findings on something nice – happiness.

Do you see the pattern?

How does pattern recognition make sure that the bottle bank pays out the correct refund, that the farmer sprays only the weeds in his fields, and that Hydro Aluminium saves money?

Looking through you

This is how doctors are looking inside your body in the operating theatre. The technique enables doctors to use keyhole surgery for cancer operations that would otherwise require major surgery.