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Heavy water mission that failed

In a hazardous initial attempt to sabotage the heavy water plant at Rjukan in Norway, 41 young Allied soldiers died. A soldier who was stricken from the roster for this mission, which was aimed at stalling Nazi Germany’s development of an atomic bomb, tells the inside story.

Enigmatic vertebra

A thousand-year-old human vertebra with a mysterious square puncture was found among 30 skeletons beneath a Norwegian cathedral. Scientists have no explanation for how the hole was made.

What do biological gender differences mean?

According to new research men are more varied physically and mentally than women. Leading gender researchers consider the significance.

Old ship art examined

Curator Anne Tove Austbø welcomes assistance in interpreting a puzzling rudder ornament.

Who gave this ring to her lover?

Archaeologist Brit Solli has been speculating for 20 years what a gold ring from the 13th century has been doing inside a stone wall on a small Norwegian island.

Culture Building for the public

Some municipal culture buildings find it a chore to attract the public. But one cannot expect a culture building to create culture, asserts an urban development researcher.

Cooking pot from afar

After working systematically with several thousand museum objects, Åsa's favourite is still a large bronze pot from the fringe of the Roman Empire found on the west coast of Norway.

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Two-year-olds benefit from playing games on tablets

The use of electronic media by young children has an undeserved bad reputation, a new study suggests. Mothers are better at interacting with their two-year-olds when playing online games than when they are watching TV together or engaged in regular play.