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The return of the flatworm

Where does the acoel flatworm belong in the tree of life? Biologists have discussed this question for the last 20 years. Now Norwegian researchers believe they have found the answer.

Gamers gain points in English

It might seem like a lot of bang-bang nonsense to parents, but Swedish and Norwegian teens drawn to action and role-play computer games have been found to progress in English.

A wristband and an app for a better back

Are you doing your back exercises correctly? Are you following the plan that your doctor or physiotherapist set up for you? New technology could help you follow up on their advice and adapt the exercises to your needs.

Health by dark chocolate?

You’ve heard the claims — chocolate reduces stress, makes you smarter, prevents cardiovascular disease—and one expert even counts it as a vegetable. What’s the real skinny behind those assertions?

Norwegian law protects those who pollute the Russian coast

Norway does not take responsibility for oil spills that are transported with the ocean currents and hit the northern coast of Russia. Ecosystems may be destroyed as a result.

The plant that went to sea

A long, long time ago one of the planet’s flowering plants did the equivalent of a 180 degree about-face, heading back to sea. Now it will never return to land.

The dress challenges the suit as the ultimate power outfit

Well-respected female leaders in Norway dress in a traditionally feminine way. This may change the way we perceive feminine signs and symbols, according to researchers.

Drones help find lost sheep

Looking for sheep can be done a lot more effectively than today. A drone may be a farmer’s next tool in finding their lost lambs.

Skaters – mind the ice!

Recent winters almost free of snow have encouraged Norwegians to get their skates on and venture out onto the frozen lakes. But what happens to your body if you fall through the ice, and what should you do if an accident occurs?

Glaciers on Svalbard behave differently

Many glaciers on Svalbard behave very differently. They advance massively for some years and then quickly retreat – and then remain quiescent for fifty to a hundred years – before they once again start to advance.