The vice president – coup leader on the government payroll
Nov 28, 2013
In many countries in Latin America, the vice president is the only one to benefit from the resignation of the president. This could be the source of the political instability in these countries.
Vitamins in a box: Can damage the body’s own defences
Nov 26, 2013
Each year, we spend billion of dollars on dietary supplements. New research indicates that vitamin pills may upset the fragile balance in our cells and thus cause more harm than good.
Working towards a personalized cancer treatment
Nov 12, 2013
Extensive statistical analyses of the mutation distribution in several thousand cancerous tumours make it possible to find cures for types of cancer that cannot be treated today.
Norwegian Vikings purchased silk from Persia
Nov 4, 2013
The Vikings did not only go West to pillage and plunder. Most of the silk found in the Oseberg ship may have been purchased by honest means from Persia.
Classic microscopy reveals borrelia bacteria
Jun 4, 2013
A simple method has been found that tells people who have become seriously ill after a tick bite once and for all whether they have bacteria in their blood.
Tracing the wisdom of the world
Jun 4, 2013
To be able to communicate the content of the philosophy of Aristotle, the mathematics of Euclid and the message of the Bible, translators have created a wealth of new words and concepts that previously did not exist. A database of historically important texts and their translations – developed at the University of Oslo – is now being used by researchers all over the world.
Windmills at sea can break like matches
Feb 26, 2013
Medium-sized waves can destroy wind turbines at sea, causing them to break like matches. Mathematicians are trying to explain why.
"Mix uranium from Russian nuclear weapons with Norwegian rock!"
Feb 12, 2013
The USA uses uranium from Russian nuclear weapons as fuel in its civilian nuclear power plants. If the weapon-grade uranium is mixed with the Norwegian element thorium, the waste becomes 95 per cent less radioactive.
New method halves wrongful cancer prognoses
Feb 6, 2013
The number of incorrect cancer prognoses can be halved with computerised image analysis. In three years time, the method can be used on patients with bowel cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.
New cancer detection method right around the corner
Feb 4, 2013
It will now be possible to detect cancer by measuring the elasticity of tumours. The method is cheap, safe and radiation-free.
Apollon is the award winning magazine from the University of Oslo, published 4 times each year. (In Norwegian.)