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Published Nov. 27, 2012 11:28 AM

Contrary to popular belief, the British did not 'borrow' words and concepts from the Norwegian and Danish Vikings and their descendants. What we call English is actually a form of Scandinavian.

Published Nov. 19, 2012 7:09 AM

Statistical analyses show that the world will be more peaceful in the future. In about 40 years only half as many countries will be in conflict. The decrease will be greatest in the Middle East.

Published Nov. 15, 2012 8:29 AM

Enzyme hunters at UiO have discovered the function of an enzyme that is important in the spreading of cancer. Cancer researchers now hope to inhibit the enzyme.

Published Aug. 30, 2012 1:13 PM

Nearly one thousand wonders of the world - created by people or by nature - have been given status as World Heritage. New research shows that most people do not understand the concept of World Heritage or do not know why places are awarded this status.

Published Aug. 27, 2012 9:47 AM

The likelihood of becoming seriously ill from cholera depends on your blood group. It is possible to find a new remedy for the feared illness by studying the molecular structure in the toxin in the cholera bacteria.

Published Aug. 23, 2012 12:23 PM

It is now possible to identify aggressive breast cancers by interpreting the mathematical patterns in the cancer genome.  

Published Aug. 22, 2012 9:46 AM

Particle physicists have developed a new medical technology that combines PET and MRI in one. Benefit: Improved image quality and less radiation.

Published May 14, 2012 12:47 PM

The northern lights interfere with radio communications, GPS navigation and satellite communications. Researchers are now going to launch 20 satellites containing world class instruments from the University of Oslo to find out why.  

Published May 8, 2012 8:00 AM

New insight into the behaviour of atomic nuclei may explain how gigantic star explosions, or supernovas, have formed the elements that are crucial to mankind.

Published Apr. 25, 2012 5:15 PM

Mankind's remotest relative is a very rare micro-organism from south-Norway. The discovery may provide an insight into what life looked like on earth almost one thousand million years ago.

Published Mar. 20, 2012 2:37 PM

Some of the most important papyri on magic in the world are housed at the University of Oslo. Papyri show that though we tend to associate Antiquity with rationality and science, it was also characterised by several alien and obscure practices.

Published Feb. 7, 2012 12:52 PM
The vaccines of the future against infections, influenza and cancer can be administered using an electrical pulse and a specially-produced DNA code from the University of Oslo. The DNA code programs the body’s own cells to produce a super-fast missile defence against the disease.
Published Feb. 7, 2012 12:52 PM
A professor at the University of Oslo has developed a cancer vaccine that can prolong the life expectancy of patients with pancreatic cancer. Now he is testing a new vaccine that hopefully is able to kill all types of cancer cells.
Published Feb. 7, 2012 12:52 PM
Immune cells from healthy individuals can be the new immune cure for cancer. This treatment can kill cancer cells without destroying neighbouring cells. The hope is to eradicate cancer for ever.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:55 AM
A new archaeological find in Botswana shows that our ancestors in Africa engaged in ritual practice 70,000 years ago — 30,000 years earlier than the oldest finds in Europe. This sensational discovery strengthens Africa’s position as the cradle of modern man.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:54 AM
Researchers at the University of Oslo, Norway, have discovered a completely new group of organisms that includes some of mankind’s most distant relatives. When the entire genome of this microscopic organism has been mapped, we will know even more about evolutionary events that took place one billion years ago.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:50 AM
Each year in the United States, one thousand infants die after being shaken. An equal number of cases result in brain damage. Many people who are guilty of this type of abuse go free due to a lack of evidence; others are wrongly suspected of a crime that they did not commit. Researchers in forensic medicine at the University of Oslo are learning more about these brain injuries by shaking a very advanced doll.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:50 AM
Norwegian and Swiss biologists have made a startling discovery about the relationships among organisms that most people have never heard of. The Tree of Life must be re-drawn, textbooks need to be changed, and the discovery may also have significant impact on the development of medicines.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:49 AM
Deposit landslides move much faster in water than in air. Even in places where the sea bed is as flat as a pancake, the underwater landslides can accumulate a speed of over 100 kilometres an hour.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:49 AM
The Ethiopian legal system has accused several thousands of brutal war crimes. Now the war crimes tribunal has itself violated fundamental human rights.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:47 AM
Airplanes that fly over the northern polar region can risk losing radio contact for several hours when the northern lights are at their most active in the skies. In the near future a professor from the University of Oslo will launch a Norwegian rocket to find the explanation for this. The aim is to set up reliable warning routines.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:47 AM
Information scientists at the University of Oslo have refused to become disheartened by illiteracy and the lack of power supply in rural Africa. They have produced a health information system that enables the authorities and the World Health Organization to improve health services in a number of African countries. Price tag: 35 million Euro.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:47 AM
Asma Elsony took her doctoral degree at the University of Oslo on the implementation of tuberculosis control in Sudan at the same time as she saved 100,000 people from dying of tuberculosis in Sudan. Now Dr Elsony and Professor Gunnar Bjune are searching for a simple tuberculosis test.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:47 AM
Exactly 120 years ago, the first Norwegian doctoral dissertation in neuroscience was defended. It presented a revolutionary idea: that the brain consists of individual, separate nerve cells. The candidate’s name was Fridtjof Nansen.
Published Feb. 1, 2012 11:47 AM
To prevent brain cells from damage following a stroke, the cells have an ingenious mechanism that can restore their electrochemical balance. Researchers are currently investigating how to strengthen this emergency brake.