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Lifesaving sensor for full bladders

A small pressure sensor can make the difference between life and death. The first tests on humans will be carried out in April on patients with spinal injuries at Sunnaas Hospital in Norway.

Water-mist prevents rain of sparks

Fire researchers have shown that sparks from a burning house can be prevented from spreading if the loft is fitted with an extinguishing system based on water-mist, i.e. tiny water droplets that turn into steam.

Urgent need to recycle rare metals

Rare earth metals are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and eco-cars. But the scarcity of these metals is worrying the EU.

Focus on local sushi ingredients

Sushi is more popular than ever. However, many of the ingredients are imported from Asia. But Norwegian researchers are now cultivating an alternative to the popular Wakame seaweed salad that doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles.

The beauty of the battlefield

Battlefield tourists are on the hunt for the beautiful in the ugly. Meaning in the meaningless. And sometime timeless in the past.

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.

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.

Lobster baby boom

Researchers have recently succeeded in doubling survival rates among lobster larvae. This could boost populations of a species threatened in the wild.

The jacket that talks to Facebook

Collision. Fire. Accidents. Chaos. In a rescue operation, it’s no use trying to communicate via a small mobile phone display. But a jacket – now you’re talking!

Polar perils

Activity in the Arctic is on the increase, but how safe is it to operate there?

Overlooked by aid

Millions of people suffer permanent disabilities simply because they are poor. Norwegian experts say they are overlooked in the fight against poverty.

The internet of things

Monday morning and you’re in a hurry. On your way out, you check your pockets. Money. Mobile phone. Where are the car keys? A quick text message, and the keys let you know that they are under the papers on the dining table.

Robots in the classroom

The next generation of industrial robots is just around the corner. They will be able to see, remember and make their own decisions.

Low wages = poor working conditions

Price pressure leads to “cowboy” contracts and poor working conditions in service jobs in the construction and cleaning industries.

Tears? Forget them!

The first steps have been taken towards rainwear which repairs itself.