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The truth is in the sediments

OPINION: The seafloor has different patterns on top than underneath the surface. Researchers at Nord University suggest that new seafloor research in the Lofoten-Vesterålen region contributes to future marine management.

Humans have always caused plant and animal extinctions

Our warming planet is pushing some plant and animals species towards extinction. But there’s actually no such thing as untouched nature — humans have always altered their environment. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our best to protect what’s here now.

Bacteria: The new superheroes

How ambitious researchers use computers to push bacteria beyond their limits.

Two-year-olds benefit from playing games on tablets

The use of electronic media by young children has an undeserved bad reputation, a new study suggests. Mothers are better at interacting with their two-year-olds when playing online games than when they are watching TV together or engaged in regular play.

These are the workers who drink the most

Researchers surveyed more than 3,500 workers in Norway about their alcohol habits and problems. "Workers who drink too much don’t get enough attention or help," says the head of the research project.

Should colon cancer screening start at age 45 or 55?

In May of this year, the American Cancer Society updated its screening guidelines for colorectal cancer, recommending that testing begin at age 45, which is five years earlier than currently is the practice. Two Norwegian doctors think this is a bad idea.

Norwegians won’t stop flying, even though they know it’s bad for the planet

Flying is one of the last things that Norwegians want to give up. Should we require people to cut their air travel by one flight a year? One researcher says that won’t work, and that the only solution is electric airplanes.

Is it possible to treat men who beat their partners?

Many men drop out when they seek therapeutic help for their violent tendencies. One researcher wanted to know why.

Is ultra-processed food making us fat and sick?

A number of researchers argue that extremely processed foods are the reason behind rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other metabolic diseases. But others aren’t so certain.

Why is so little plastic actually recycled?

A group of Danish and Swedish researchers have now tackled this exact question. Their answer? Money.

Danish Viking fortresses were designed to fend off other Vikings

After four years, the excavation of the famous Viking fortress, Borgring, is coming to a close and archaeologists can now describe the fortress in a broader perspective: An anti-Viking defence that allowed the Danish King to forge a new, mobile army.