Articles by Maja Sojtaric

  • Methane from the Arctic ocean stays put

    Methane gas released from the seabed during the summer months leads to an increased methane concentration in the ocean. Surprisingly, very little of the methane gas rising up through the sea appears to reach the atmosphere in the summer.
  • Increased Russian tanker traffic raises oil spill risk

    The risk of oil spills along the Norwegian coast may increase by as much as five times by 2025. This is because Russia plans to increase the export of crude oil through the Barents Sea to 100 million tonnes annually.
  • When size matters

    It’s generally thought that women are inferior to men when it comes to spatial awareness. But only one psychological test has shown this. And new research casts doubt on its merits.
  • Surviving hypothermia

    If you’re found cold, lifeless, and without a detectable pulse, you’re more likely to end up in a morgue than a hospital. However, with proper first aid treatment, humans can survive many hours of cardiac arrest.
  • Rudolph's eyes turn blue for Christmas

    Everyone talks about Rudolph the reindeer’s red nose. But the most remarkable thing about reindeer is that their eyes change colour in the winter from gold to blue.
  • What is unacceptable speech?

    The public debate in Norway after the terror attacks in 2011 has focused on what kinds of speech and offensive remarks we must allow and tolerate.
  • Alien reindeer thrive in the Antarctic

    Almost 100 years ago, Norwegian whalers were the first to introduce reindeer to Antarctica; now it is impossible to get rid of them.
  • Controversy over mass graves in the North

    In 1915, ninety-four Sami skeletons were dug up in a town in northern Norway and sent to Oslo. The decision to repatriate and rebury the skeletons has been controversial.
  • Secrets in the cemetery

    A grave is like a time capsule. Archaeologists literally burrow into them to get insights into past beliefs and religious conceptions.
  • Should we blame the Sun?

    Is climate change man-made or is global warming due to solar insolation? Norwegian researchers have looked into a hypothesis that claims the Sun is to blame.

Maja Sojtaric

Maja writes for Labyrint, a magazine from the University of Tromsø.

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