Ecolabels alone don’t work

NTNU researchers wanted to see if labelling products and putting up signs in stores would encourage more consumers to buy sustainable seafood. The results showed that customers bought significantly more seafood generally – including options that were not sustainably harvested.

Who in Europe drinks the most?

For the first time, researchers have found a way to compare how much alcohol Europeans drink. And Britain, Ireland and Portugal top off the list.

Pollen may impair pupils’ exam performance

Pollen allergies cause secondary school pupils to do worse on their exams. This can in turn decrease their chances of pursuing their higher education dreams, according to research from NTNU.

Cyborg

I, Cyborg

Researchers at NTNU are developing a robot that will be controlled by living brain cells.

Team building doesn’t really work

Rafting, paintball and go-karting on company outings do not improve interactions at work. Strangely enough, these activities can make things worse.

Unpredictable disasters require new thinking

When the unthinkable happens and the unpredictable takes over, crises cannot be handled by the book. What should the police have actually done during the 2011 attack on the Norwegian island of Utøya?

Do elite sports promote doping?

The pursuit by elite sports of media — and the public’s — attention generates hardcore competition that even highly trained bodies can barely handle. Some athletes find doping to be their only recourse.

Viking ship

Dressed up with bling stolen in Viking raids

We might not consider it bling, but to the Viking-age woman who wore a fitting from a horse’s harness, it was an exotic piece of jewellery. Never mind that it was stolen from the British Isles during a Viking raid.

Test site opens for unmanned vessels

The Trondheim Fjord in Norway will be the world’s first technological playground for pilotless vehicles that move below, on and above the water’s surface.

Why are populists successful?

Populist parties have long had the wind in their sails. And yet researchers know very little about how populists communicate or how populist messages influence voters.

Democracy doesn’t happen automatically

If the powerful players in international politics had known their history, they would have known that attempts to create democracies abroad usually end in disaster.

Trump could be a good president

After the Republican convention in July we will be seeing another side of Donald Trump. The circus will be toned down, and we’ll get to experience a presidential nominee who will speak far more thoughtfully, according to one NTNU professor.

Unemployed have poorer health than they report

People without jobs, with less education or little money have the poorest health, but they don’t complain about their health any more than advantaged populations. On the contrary – maybe disadvantaged groups should be complaining more.