A team of Norwegian and Estonian scientists has identified effective combination drug treatments for Covid-19. Their screening identified six existing drugs that had some effect, and several combinations of drugs that acted synergistically.
Carbon dioxide emissions are harmful for the environment as well as for animals such as polar bears whose habitats i.e. sea ice is being melted away by the release of this dangerous gas. A dedicated group of polar bear researchers have calculated and revealed how much summer sea ice is melted per metric tonne of CO2 emissions discharged into the atmosphere.
When accidents happen, the difference between life and death may come down to the materials of the car, boat or building that you find yourself in. The best possible protection requires understanding as much as possible about how different materials behave under stress. Norwegian scientists examine this issue at the nano level.
Up to 30 % of the food we eat is directly or indirectly dependent on pollination by bees. But due to pesticides and other toxins, climate change and habitat loss, we are seeing a decline in the number and diversity of bees in the world. What if we could create artificial bees that helped us with food production? The Norwegian scientist Ola Gjønnes Grendal cooks up the materials needed to do just this.
Can weightlessness stop cancer from growing? One of the nine research projects that has been given the go-ahead for the new China Space Station scheduled for 2022 is designed to answer this exact question.
Inspecting ship tanks and storage spaces underwater is a challenging task for humans. A start-up company that originated at Norway's NTNU is manufacturing autonomous drones that can do the job reliably and more cheaply.
Phytoplankton form the base of the marine food chain but are difficult for scientists to account for. An independent underwater vehicle designed by NTNU has accomplished this task and could thus provide insights into the declining populations of seabirds.
After many decades of salmon farming, recent years have seen an increasing interest in studies into fish welfare. In particular, the fish farming sector is looking for better approaches to delousing. Researchers have now developed an electronic “sensor” fish that can be used to measure the external factors that affect fish during processes such as delousing.