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Helping refugee children to read — with a computer game

Syrian refugee children often do not learn to read in their native Arabic. But two new games are set to change that.

Air could be the world’s next battery

Storing compressed air in sealed tunnels and mines could be a way of storing energy in the future – if an EU project in which Norway is a partner is successful.

Gender-equality ideals make Muslim women more religious

When gender equality is portrayed as a uniquely Western value, immigrant Muslim women choose to embrace religion as a result, according to a Norwegian researcher.

Entrepreneurs must save the countryside

Norwegian and Czech scientists are collaborating to get more people to stay in the countryside. That's why they organized courses for entrepreneurship. "It's all about 'forcing' people to see new opportunities," says one of the researchers.

The least wealthy of Norwegian pensioners are worth millions

Even the humblest 20 percent of households of older Norwegians are good for about NOK 2 million each.

How Norwegians made sure criminals went to Hell

During the Middle Ages, people were deeply concerned about the fate of bad criminals: Not only was it necessary to punish them on Earth, but every effort had to be made to make certain they went to Hell.

Diabetics who can’t detect their own low blood sugar

Some people with diabetes do not notice when their blood sugar level is getting dangerously low. NTNU researchers are trying to understand why.

Machines will be able to diagnose cancer

Norwegian researchers are working on the automation of the work being done by medical specialists today.

Pregnant women who eat fewer eggs and meat can have kids with late brain development

Norwegian researchers have found that five-year-olds who received little vitamin B12 as infants tend to have greater problems solving various language and numerical problems as well as understanding other children's emotions.

Norwegian study links flu vaccine to narcolepsy risk

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has found an elevated risk of narcolepsy among children and young adults who were vaccinated against the swine flu seven years ago. Some who did not take the vaccine against the pandemic of 2009 also developed this severe sleeping disorder.