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Testicular cancer not affected by the mother’s sex hormones

Testicular cancer probably originates from hormonal disturbances at the embryonic stage, but is independent of the mother’s genes.

Omega-3 supplements give no MS relief

Norwegian scientists hoped to confirm an alleviating effect of omega-3 supplements on multiple sclerosis patients. They found no connection whatsoever.

Coverage of Norwegian terrorist trial can be fatiguing

Anders Behring Breivik’s trial is receiving massive media coverage. Journalistic ethics could be put to test by pressure for a constant stream of breaking news.

Ferryboats as mobile lab assistants

By attaching sampling devices to ferries and ships on regular routes around the globe, researchers can detect the smallest amounts of environmental contaminants.

Critical of the fashion industry

Nordic fashion researchers are concerned about more than materials, styles and techniques. They are also critical of the industry, according to a new book on fashion research.

Space eyes on ocean traffic

Not spaceships, but ships monitored from space. Norwegian hardware on the International Space Station monitors traffic on the seven seas. A new Norwegian satellite is soon on its way to help police the oceans.

Secret pay to clergy during WWII

A secret underground system was established during WWII to channel money to pastors who wouldn't work for the Nazis.

The epidemic that was wiped out

Smallpox is one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity, but also a great success story of modern medicine.

Carrot but no stick for a healthy child

Obesity among children has long been a rising problem in large parts of the world. Strict rules can make them less healthy.

The horrific disease that won’t die

The agonising history of leprosy in Norway has been relocated to a museum in Bergen. The misery was so overwhelming that it inspired pioneering initiatives. It resulted in the world’s first patient registry and the discovery of leprosy bacilli.