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Researcher Zone

Articles written by researchers from universities and research institutions across the Nordics.

Researcher Zone articles are brought to you by ScienceNordic and our sister site, ForskerZonen (meaning Researcher Zone in Danish), part of Videnskab.dk.

Here, scientists write about their own research or research fields, in their own words.

In doing so they bring their expertise and knowledge out from the lab and into the open, where they can inform and help shape the public debate.

If you are a scientist based in the Nordic countries and would like to write for us, you can contact us here.

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Can Greenlandic mud help feed the world?

Can nutrient-rich mud from Greenland transform poor tropical soils to produce more and higher quality food? This is what a new research project will study.

Climate Change draws invasive species to the Arctic

Warmer temperatures and declining sea ice pulls foreign animals and plants to the Arctic, with drastic consequences for these sensitive ecosystems.

Climate change boosts algae growth in the Arctic

Microscopic algae living underneath sea ice are an essential source of food in the Arctic ocean. But do we really know how little light they need to survive?

Incontinence affects more than 200 million people worldwide, so why isn't more being done to find a cure?

We need to start talking about incontinence. We cannot be shy about a condition that is likely to affect many of us at some point in our lives.

Genetic test identifies “high risk” lymphatic cancer patients

Patients with mantle cell lymphoma are more likely to relapse if they carry mutations in the cancer gene, TP53. The results could help provide more targeted treatments for this “high risk” group.

Gravity: it is all in your head

We take it for granted that gravity pulls things towards the Earth. But in reality this is just one of many explanations. And they are all equally made up.

Bird senses can improve drone navigation

South American oilbirds combine echolocation and extremely sensitive vision to find their way through dark caves. Decoding how they do this could help develop autonomous drones.

Cancer tumours could help unravel the mystery of the Cambrian explosion

Around 543 million years ago, the fossil record goes from showing no animal fossils to suddenly showing tracks and body fossils all over the globe. But what caused this explosion of complex life?

Red, white, and hot telephones: on hotlines and international diplomacy

The US and the Soviet Union had one. North and South Korea have just reopened theirs. Here’s a look at how hotlines have been used in modern diplomacy.

Can developing countries leapfrog the West to a new food security reality?

Yes, but it will take a digital revolution.

Danish Viking fortresses were designed to fend off other Vikings

After four years, the excavation of the famous Viking fortress, Borgring, is coming to a close and archaeologists can now describe the fortress in a broader perspective: An anti-Viking defence that allowed the Danish King to forge a new, mobile army.