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Close-ups: Herring larva

The Herring larvae is used for research on how the environment affects fish.

Emotional connections to products may benefit the environment

The more you like a product, the less likely you are to replace it. If design could generate human affection for products and longer product life spans, it would benefit the environment, according to new research.

Children bear the brunt of open-plan schools

Despite their poor compliance with criteria for good learning, open-plan schools account for many of the school buildings recently built in Norway's largest cities. Researcher calls it a paradox.

Strong women less prone to get diabetes

Women who work out and build muscle regularly are less likely to contract type 2 diabetes.

Primitive worms threaten harvests

They live in the soil, are numerous, and can be microscopic. Yet nematodes can effectively kill off fruit trees and cereals.

Scanning the forest for birds

The data were intended to help foresters appraise timber. But laser scanning from an airplane makes it possible to predict where specific bird species can be found.

Modelling modules lead to higher-quality aluminium

New modelling tools that show the impact of even minute adjustments to the casting process on casthouse products will give the aluminium industry a significant competitive advantage.

Fascist terror stifled immigration debate

In the months following the terrorist attacks of July 2011, Norwegian media curbed their immigration coverage, which stifled political criticism and focus on issues such as immigrant criminality.

More specialisation may reduce dropout rates

More vocational students will complete high school if they get to work with subjects that interest them.

Half of all foster kids in Norway have mental disorders

Researchers think Norwegian legislation and the organization of the country’s child welfare services might be part of the problem.