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Secrets of the High North

The Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard offers scientists the chance to investigate some of the most intriguing – and perplexing – puzzles facing the high north.

A “light switch” in the brain illuminates neural networks

Researchers from NTNU’s Kavli Institute of Systems Neuroscience are now able to see which cells communicate with each other in the brain by flipping a neural light switch. The results of their efforts are presented in an article in the 5 April 2013issue of Science magazine.

Choking on their own growth

The population of the world’s cities is growing by 60 million people a year. What can urban planners do?

Order out of chaos

“With automated construction, you can just go in and change one parameter, and suddenly the whole design adapts to the change.”

Ghana puts its hope in oil

Norway is helping Africa’s youngest oil nation with a prescription for prosperity – and is finding out that learning goes both ways.

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Smart gels

Hydrogels are water-based gels that can be tailored to swell […]

Driller thriller

Drilling an oil well is not what it used to be. The job needs its own special tools, the dexterity of a pilot, and bundles of experience.

Stress alarm for smoke-divers

Smoke-divers are exposed to high temperatures, physical exhaustion and stress. A new sensor system lets them know when the body has had enough.