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Lifting the lid on lichen

New species are uncovered in an ambitious lichen study which is mapping the extensive range of crustose lichens in Norway.

Mountain plants crowd at the peaks

A warmer climate is enabling hardy lowland vegetation to ascend mountains and thrive at higher altitudes. When they can’t get any higher, they’ll crowd together on peaks.

A northern treasure trove of exotic life

A valley in Norway is a treasure trove of rare species that have left their kin in Asia and Europe for remote Scandinavia.

How smart are animals?

We think that crows are smart but what do we really know? Intelligence takes on diverse meanings for different species and researchers think we are too prone to use human standards.

Astronauts go underground

Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) is sending six astronauts down into a cave to prepare them for life in space.

Biologists often numbed by numbers

Biologists often find their analytical aptitude falls short of the mark when dealing with complicated data. It can mean that their research strays off target too.

New sea snake species rattles scientists

A newly discovered species of sea snake gorges itself with fish eggs in Australia’s coral reefs. The distribution of the species could give new insight into aquatic life..

Warmer climate prolongs mushroom season

The wild mushroom season has grown longer the last 40 years in Norway and elsewhere in Europe. More chanterelles, certainly, but the changes can be challenging.

A living rose museum

The Norwegian Gene Resource Centre is a caretaker of rare and old plants. The goal is to help them thrive in gardens across the country.

Newly discovered planetary system alters our view of planet formation

New data from NASA’s Kepler mission has revealed what was thought to be difficult: a planetary system that orbits around two stars. We need to modify our theories, says Danish astronomer.

Why Svalbard is rising

OPINION: New measurements explain why the uplift of the Svalbard islands is larger than the models predict.

Giant tornadoes fire up the solar atmosphere

How can the outer regions of the Sun’s atmosphere be upwards of 150 times hotter than the surface? One of the oldest problems of astrophysics has now been partially explained.