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Deep-sea fish see color in pitch-black darkness

Humans, along with many other mammals, must make do with four different light-sensitive proteins in the rods and cones of our retinas. However, fish species living in the deep sea can have up to 40 different proteins aiding their vision. This means that they most likely see some sort of color where humans would only see pitch-black darkness.

Fahri Saatcioglu er professor ved Institutt for biovitenskap

Promising new treatment for prostate cancer

Professor Fahri Saatcioglu at the University of Oslo leads a research group that has discovered a new treatment with very strong effect against the growth of prostate cancer cells, both in animal experiments and in cell cultures.

Dagens islandshester nedstammer antakelig fra hestene som ble gravlagt sammen med vikinger på Island.

Powerful Icelandic Vikings were buried with stallions

Ancient DNA from 19 horses found in Viking graves on Iceland have been examined, and the researchers found that all the horses, except one, were male. This implies that the virile and somewhat aggressive male horses were slaughtered in a ritual that was intented to demonstrate power and status.

Den belgiske kunstneren og bokbinderen Pierart dout Tielts fremstilling av innbyggerne i Tornai som begraver de som er døde av pest.

Fur trade may have spread the plague through Europe

A new ancient DNA study shows that 14th century plague outbreaks might have resulted from repeated introductions of Yersinia pestis to Europe. Commercial trade routes, including the fur trade routes, would have contributed to the rapid spread of plague in whole Europe during the Middle Ages.

Cassandra Trier slipper løs en bactrianus-spurv i Kasakhstan

How the house sparrows came to be

House sparrows are closely associated with humans and are found in most parts of the world. By investigating the DNA of several species of sparrows, researchers at CEES have shown that the house sparrow diverged from a sparrow in the Middle East – and started to digest starch-rich foods – when humans developed agriculture some 11 000 years ago.

Luc Girod

Old images give new insight on climate changes

How can we use aerial photos of glaciers from the 1930s to obtain new and exact information about the Earth's changing climate?  That is one of the main questions Luc Girod looked into in his doctoral thesis.