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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?

Probiotics do little for weight loss

Oral supplements of viable strains of bacteria (probiotics) seem to have a minimal effect on overweightness or obesity, according to a Norwegian review of scientific trials.

Retiring the prototype kilogram

The kilogram is the last international measurement standard that relies on a precisely crafted physical object. This standard-bearer will soon be replaced by space-age measurements based on physical constants.

Tanks put an end to boring training

Games are fun. Exercise can be boring. But what if you could play and train at the same time?

Statistics yield better results from climate models

Nordic researchers are creating more realistic forecasts of Earth’s future climate by collaborating with statisticians. Now they’re encouraging other climate researchers to do the same.

Can farm animals stomach new types of feed?

Scientists aim to feed fish and farm animals using new ingredients produced from trees and macro algae. But how will this affect their health?