Norwegian law protects those who pollute the Russian coast
Feb 1, 2016
Norwegian law protects those who pollute: Norway does not take responsibility for oil spills that are transported with the ocean currents and hit the northern coast of Russia. Ecosystems may be destroyed as a result.
Glaciers on Svalbard behave differently
Feb 1, 2016
Many glaciers on Svalbard behave very differently from other glaciers worldwide. They advance massively for some years and then quickly retreat – and then remain quiescent for fifty to a hundred years – before they once again start to advance.
Putting piano music from Schubert’s time under the microscope
May 27, 2015
Nowadays, Schubert’s music sounds differently compared to 200 years ago. To find out why, the body language of pianists is now being analysed.
Better intelligence services based on a new mathematical logic could have averted the attack on Saddam
May 5, 2015
A completely new type of mathematical logic from the University of Oslo has the potential to improve intelligence services worldwide. The US Army has already expressed keen interest.
Looking for alternatives to antibiotics
Mar 2, 2015
Bacteria that talk to one another and organize themselves into biofilms are more resistant to antibiotics. Researchers are now working to develop drugs that prevent bacteria from communicating.
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.
Apollon is the award winning magazine from the University of Oslo, published 4 times each year. (In Norwegian.)