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The mother of all birds had black wings

A study has discovered new evidence about the colour of the wings of Archaeopteryx – the primordial bird.

Weird 'plant-animal' baffles scientists

A strange creature that’s neither animal nor plant is causing researchers to rethink traditional ways of classifying living organisms.

Clearing up a Big Bang mystery

Alternative ideas have been put forward to fix what astrophysicists see as a flaw in the standard Big Bang model. But which is the right one? Data from the Planck satellite could provide the answer.

A toe’s tale of monkeys and lemurs

If a fossil has a special second toe, is it an ape or a lemur? A new study has raised doubts about the elongated “toilet claw”, and places Ida – thought to be the earliest and most complete fossil found in our primate group – among the lemurs.

What would we do without the moon?

How would it be on Earth if the Moon had never existed? Would we be in trouble if our celestial satellite were to leave us?

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.

2012: Is Planet X on collision course with Earth?

The end of the world is approaching, according to internet-based groups who believe that Earth will be hit by Planet X, also known as Nibiru, in 2012. But astronomers say there is nothing to indicate that doomsday is just around the corner.

New Year’s rocket science

Here's the full story of what happens after you've lit the fuse of a rocket and run off to a safe distance.

Should dogs be neutered?

It is against the law to neuter dogs in Norway, while in the USA nearly all male dogs are castrated. What is preferable practice for the dogs - and their owners?

How Rudolph keeps his cool

How would you like to go for a run wearing a thick winter fur? Reindeer regulate heat by sticking their tongues out and re-directing their bloodstream.

See early physics instruments

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

Rudolph and relatives have UV vision

The reindeer of the high north can see light that is invisible to our eyes. This is a big advantage in a snow white landscape.

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