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Norway has its share of male couch potatoes

More and more Norwegians are heeding health authorities’ advice to take regular exercise, a new survey has shown. But not all Norwegians are equally physically active. In fact, Norwegian men appear to be less active on average than even their American counterparts.

Libraries changing, but not in crisis

Public library use is down, but researchers are finding that libraries are now being used more as meeting places than lending institutions.

Training a dog you can trust

There are six breeds of dogs that are illegal in Norway. According to a dog training expert, this ban is not supported by the science.

Why whiplash becomes chronic for some

Some patients are more likely to suffer long-term whiplash pain and complications than others.

The riddle of rodents

Last year so many rodents roamed Norwegian forests that residences were overrun, from mountain cabin attics to house basements. This summer in southern Norway, rodent numbers have plummeted to roughly one-hundredth of what they were just a year ago.

Feigning illness to gain attention

Intentional physical injury and unconscious motivation are key elements in people with a factitious disease.

Rodent population swings remain a mystery

They’re small and almost unnoticeable, until their population explodes. Now recent swings in Norway’s small rodent populations have underscored the importance of these creatures for the health of the entire natural community.

Suggesting answers to one of Darwin’s mysteries

Why do we see so little evolution in some fossils?

Cleaning ship emissions with metal sponge cells

By 2020, ports around the world will be implementing strict emission standards for ship exhaust. A small spinning steel sponge may be the solution for the shipbuilding industry.

Researchers have feared and expected continued destruction in Palmyra

Researchers at the University of Bergen have expected more atrocious vandalism of cultural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palmyra by members of the Islamic State, IS. Most of all, they fear that more of their scientific colleagues and friends in areas controlled by IS will be killed.