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Is our sense of community weakened by increased immigration?

Does increased immigration make us less willing to contribute to the common good? And if so, can personal contact and friendship remedy this reluctance? To find the answer, economists have studied room mates in the military.

Thrifty medieval bailiffs accidentally saved Old Norse texts

Norwegian archivists have found hidden treasures in medieval accounting records, including a slightly different version of the saga of Olav the Holy. Now you can see them online.

Terror and Trump have transformed Norwegian travel habits

Over half of Norway’s 5.5 million inhabitants plan to travel abroad sometime this winter. Fewer Norwegians want to travel to the USA. The UK is the strongest attraction.

Pupils from elite schools still rule

The “Old Boys” club still controls the UK.

Design may alter gender stereotypes

Subconscious attitudes towards women and men affect design. According to researcher Nina Lysbakken, designers need to be aware of their own power to shape ideas about gender.

Why do starlings dance in the sky?

Flocks of several hundred thousand starlings can fly swiftly in coordinated and mesmerising formations, even when trying to evade predator birds. Why do they do it, and more significantly, how?

Norwegians tend to like their jobs

A common complaint in Norway is that the climate at the workplace has grown harsher. A new study, however, indicates that most Norwegians enjoy their jobs more than the average European.

Fly hunter has discovered 30 new species

A researcher has recently published a description of eight new non-biting midge species, but has found many more.

Helping refugees integrate through work

Norwegian authorities are pouring money into teaching Norwegian to asylum seekers, but many immigrants fail to learn the language. A new report says less time in the classroom may be the answer.

Caged blue mussels can be used to monitor the environment

Wild blue mussels can reveal the amounts of pollutants in the water. But can farmed mussels do the same job?