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Waking plankton from hibernation

They are the motor of the ecosystem in the oceans of the high North. But we don’t know much about where plankton are during the sunless winters or how they waken in spring.

The mysterious Arctic skate

A hundred-kilo barn door with two sharp “penises” glides above the seabed in Norwegian fjords, prowling for a female. Meet the Arctic skate, an ancient and secretive fish.

On the track of the world’s first farmer

The very first farmer may have lived in a barren mountain landscape in Turkey over 10,000 years ago.

Genes reveal animal history

Reindeer living way up north today are immigrants from the south. This is revealed by their genes, which also divulge other secrets of these animals’ shared history with humankind for thousands of years.

The crucial choice to cultivate the land

Agriculture gave us cities and pyramids but it can also lead to poorer health. Why did humans choose to go down this road?

Quota system for preventing whaling

American researchers propose a cap-and-trade system that would enable environmentalists to pay whaling countries for each whale it refrains from killing. Norwegian experts don’t think the idea will float.

Is meat from stressed animals unhealthy?

We love steak and sausages, but does a high level of axiety in animals make them unhealthy to eat?

The future of farming: pig cities

Ambitious research project aims to bring pig production into urban areas.

Moose are the new cows

The Eurasian elk, or moose, is filling in for cows as a forest browser. While Bessie is in the barn or an enclosed pasture, this big herbivore ensures continuity in the overall amount of browsing in outlying land in Norway.

Treadmill for fish is an export success

Danish marine biologist left the world of university bureaucracy and started a niche company developing fish respirometers. His past in the field of research has led the company to international success.

Dreaded fish disease stamped out in Denmark

Researchers have successfully stamped out the fish disease VHS in Denmark. Their methods will now be used in other countries.

Focus on the locus

Large corporations have started producing organic foods, but American consumers are moving their focus on locally produced food. In Norway people might be too well off for such a revolution.

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