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Breakthrough in physics may lead to new view of magnetism

Physicists have forced a special gas into a brand-new state which has not previously been observed in nature. The discovery could lead to a breakthrough in our understanding of magnetism.

Stars in globular clusters form communities

The stars in a globular cluster rarely communicate on a one-to-one basis. Instead, they follow the rules of communities.

Oslo-experiment may explain massive star explosions

New insight into the behaviour of atomic nuclei may explain how gigantic star explosions, or supernovas, have formed the elements that are crucial to mankind.

Neutrinos’ mass found with help of galaxies

The mass of the neutrino, the lightest particle in the universe, has now been computed more precisely than before.

3D radar study of northern lights

The atmosphere is electric high above us. Now scientists want to see the stream of particles that make up the Aurora Borealis – in 3D.

The Earth has lost a quarter of its water

In its early history, the Earth's oceans contained significantly more water than they do today. A new study indicates that hydrogen from split water molecules has escaped into space.

Neutron star riddle solved

New theoretical calculations show how quickly rotating neutron stars – millisecond pulsars – slow down when they no longer attract matter from their companion stars.

The physics of cross-country skiing

You don’t need a science degree to grasp the physics of Nordic skiing. And even physics nerds need more glide when kicking forward on cross-country skis.

Growing bones from seaweed

Artificial hips would not be quite so artificial, if researchers succeed in developing living bone mass.

See early physics instruments

Scientific instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries are now on exhibition in Norway. See photos here.