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Neutrality of government communications challenged by political PR-spin

Media have too big an influence on politics, according to Norwegian ministry communication advisers who feel that their neutrality is challenged.

Gene variants for brain size discovered

Researchers have discovered several new gene variants that influence brain volume. We are yet another step closer to finding the causes of a number of psychological disorders.

Body can regain the ability to produce insulin

Researchers have discovered that patients with type 1 diabetes can regain the ability to produce insulin, by showing that insulin-producing cells can recover outside the body.

Old DNA reveals Viking impacts on flora and fauna

Vikings’ navigational skills and travels led to more than plundering and cultural exchanges. It also spread Scandinavian plants and animals to places abroad – and likewise brought foreign flora and fauna to the Nordic countries.

Power companies unprepared for hacking attacks

Norwegian power distribution companies should carry out more regular contingency exercises to prepare themselves for hacking attacks. If they don't, they won't be equipped to identify and deal with crisis situations.

Super salmon training starts early

Healthier, stronger, bigger: this is a goal for Norwegian farm-raised salmon—and Harald Takle is their personal trainer.

We are much too ready to blame

Do we really deserve to be blamed for actions that we have no direct control over? No, says philosopher Andreas Brekke Carlsson.

Gays forced to openness in the media

Gays and lesbians are forced to share their private lives as a lever in order to gain media attention.

Legalization of medical marijuana reduces crime

Illegal drugs are pushed out of the market when a country legalizes marijuana. Much crime disappears. This is the finding in a new study on legalization of medical marijuana in the United States.

Worsted wool was once Norway’s ersatz silk

There was a time when the King forbade Norwegian commoners from wearing silk clothing. The result caused British worsted wool to become all the fashion in Norway.

Scientists construct climate model for the core of the Earth

For the last year, three satellites have been collecting data about the Earth's magnetism. According to the scientists the enormous quantities of data are extremely detailed and can help them build models to better understand the Earth's magnetic field.