The famous cognitive psychologist and best-selling popular science author Steven Pinker has described the period after World War II as "The Long Peace". But statiticians Nils Lid Hjort and Céline Cunen at the University of Oslo crunched all the numbers about interstate wars and found that "The Long Peace" in fact started later – during the Vietnam War. When Pinker read about their research, he was impressed.
The world's smallest fish lives like a larvae throughout its whole life. It thrives in peat swamp forest waters that are as acidic as Coke, with the same colour as tea. But the really strange discovery is that the "baby carp" has a genome lacking a lot of important bits.
Living spruce and fossilized bits of wood from Viking burial sites hide a number of secrets. They can be crucial in research on climate change.
The Ethiopian Bale monkey looks like the recipe for an endangered animal species: They prefer to eat only one kind of bamboo, their forest habitats are shrinking, and local farmers kill monkeys trying to find food on cultivated fields. But the monkeys could still be saved, says Addisu Mekonnen.
Apple and Steve Jobs had an enormous success with the Iphone, launched in 2007. But being the innovator isn’t always smart.
Anything we can do, bacteria can (maybe) do better.
What can craters tell us about our own planet and the history of the solar system? Nils Charles Prieur armed himself with a magnifying glass and got started on the detective work.
There is little of personal and career development for PhD students and young researchers in academia. A unique mentoring scheme aims to do something about it.
So Norway won more medals at the Winter Olympics than any country ever. But is it equally impressive if we consider the rising number of events, participating countries etc.? We let a statistician take a look at it!
Airline pilots have a difficult task when landing airplanes that can weigh over 60 tonnes, with landing speeds exceeding 270 km/h, on icy runways in winter. To make the landings safer, 16 Norwegian airports have installed information systems that allow the pilots to distribute the braking power between the plane's three available systems in the safest way possible.