Humour in the 13th century: Laughter and ridicule
Feb 26, 2015
We tend to think of the Middle Ages as grotesque and dreary. However, 13th century elites made use of laughter quite deliberately – and it resounded most loudly when it was at someone else’s expense.
Bacterial DNA from the Black Death found in teeth
Feb 8, 2015
Remnants of the genetic makeup of plague bacteria have been found in thousands of victims of the Black Death and the major plague epidemics at the end of the Iron Age. The DNA analyses may predict the next plague outbreak.
Mathematics to reveal the secrets of the brain
Feb 4, 2015
Top researchers will now be using mathematical modelling and heavy computations to understand how the brain can both remember and learn.
Supercomputing reveals the genetic code of cancer
Feb 2, 2015
Cancer researchers are now using one of the world's fastest computers to detect which parts of the genetic code may cause bowel and prostate cancer.
The nanomedicines of the future will build on quantum chemistry
Jan 29, 2015
Quantum chemical calculations have been used to solve big mysteries in space. Soon the same calculations may be used to produce tomorrow’s cancer drugs.
Medical radiation may be reduced to one-sixth
Jan 26, 2015
One of this century’s most significant mathematical discoveries may reduce the number of measuring points to one-sixth of the present level. This means reduced exposure to radiation and faster medical imaging diagnostics.
Sacred sites in Southern Lebanon are losing their value
Dec 2, 2014
Several sacred sites in Southern Lebanon have been lost as a result of the country’s many conflicts. This has created sharper dividing lines between the various religious groups in the region.
Recreating clothes from the Iron Age
Nov 26, 2014
A few years ago, the oldest known piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway, a tunic dating from the Iron Age, was found on a glacier in Breheimen. Now about to be reconstructed using Iron Age textile techniques, it is hoped the tunic will inspire Norwegian fashion designers.
Using 3D printers to print out self-learning robots
Nov 12, 2014
When the robots of the future are set to extract minerals from other planets, they need to be both self-learning and self-repairing. Researchers at Oslo University have already succeeded in producing self-instructing robots on 3D printers.
Music will never be the same
Nov 10, 2014
Thanks to the smartphone and your own body movements, the music you hear can be different each time you listen to it.
Apollon is the award winning magazine from the University of Oslo, published 4 times each year. (In Norwegian.)