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Norway

Intelligent ear plug protects hearing

Recently 80 workers on the oil drilling platforms in the North Sea started their shifts by putting an intelligent plug in their ears.

Improved seasonal climate forecasts

Arctic sea ice is rapidly retreating. Within a few decades the North Pole could be completely ice-free in summer. How will that affect our weather?

Mobile taggers

Somebody is tagging. Not with spray-paint, mind you, but with microchips. Cell phones are learning to listen, talk and pay at a short distance.

Why do men grow bald?

Why do men - and not women - lose their hair?. Scientists have the answers and some advice too.

Teens are major yellow staph carriers

Seven out of ten 15- and 16-year-olds in two municipalities in Northern Norway are long-term carriers of yellow staphylococci in their throats and about half carry the bacteria in their nasal passages.

Geriatric gaming

Old people are saying “Yes Wii can” and have fun staying in shape with video games. Scientists now want to give them an array of suitable games.

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.

Chronicles for the comatose

Norwegian nurses keep diaries for their patients who are in comas. When patients wake up these special journals can help them cope with traumas.

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.

What’s the deal with morning breath?

While you sleep the bacteria in your mouth are forced onto a low-carb diet. They protest by gassing your breath with sulphur.