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Zebras attracted to lethal anthrax grass

Grazing zebras in Namibia fall for a deadly temptation. Grass and vegetation grows better at spots where anthrax infections have caused animals to fall down, die and decompose.

Surprisingly high levels of radioactivity in Norwegian reindeer and sheep

It has been almost 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster sprayed radioactive fallout across parts of Europe. Nevertheless, Norwegian officials have measured much higher levels of radioactive contamination than usual in grazing animals this autumn.

Norwegians share in Nobel Prize for discovering brain’s GPS

The Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology has been awarded with one half to John O’Keefe of University College London and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, a husband-and-wife team from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Opinion: Is chemistry going backward in Norway?

Governments come and go and, with each government, comes a new science policy in Norway, and a new buzzword. Yet, as I look at my own field – chemistry, a major area of science – there seems to have been scant progress over the last two decades.

Math teachers need to understand how pupils think

In order to improve the teaching of mathematics, it is essential that teachers understand how the pupils think when they solve a problem. Insights from research can help.

Scientists shock cod to gauge pain

Tests on Atlantic cod could lead to a discovery of whether fish simply react to harmful stimuli or actually feel pain much as we do.

How the wild rabbit was domesticated

Wild rabbits and domestic rabbits have more or less the same genes. According to a new study, when tame rabbits escape, natural selection ensures their survival in the wild.

Scientists discover origins of cosmic dust

Danish scientists have solved the mystery of how cosmic dust is formed. The new knowledge could help the study of distant galaxies.

Mice population explodes

The mouse population has spiked in southern Norway this year. Scientists have rarely seen such increases.

Honeybees appear to be Asian

The first global genetic analysis of honeybees reveals new insights into their history.

The lichen that only likes Galdhøpiggen

The lichen species Altissima has never been found anywhere else than the summit of Norway’s highest mountain – Galdhøpiggen.

Fish in drug-tainted water see some benefits

Swedish freshwater perch have been seen to thrive in water contaminated by anti-anxiety medications. Researchers think most studies, which look solely at the negative aspects of pharmaceutical pollution, could be missing some perks for perch.