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Sick mother was inspiration behind supersmart phone

Using a smartphone is not easy for older people who have problems with fine motor skills or mild disabilities. So a resourceful engineer enlisted the help of some researchers and took things into his own hands. Now a completely different type of phone will soon be on the market.

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Speed warning system saves lives and reduces emissions

Universal adoption of the ISA speed warning system in Norway could reduce both the average speed of vehicles and their emissions, concludes a recent SINTEF report. Lower speeds also lead to fewer fatalities and serious injuries on the roads.

Olga Lehmann examines what silence does to people—and how to use silence in therapy. Photo: Stein Roar Leite

Silence as a superpower

Silence is not an empty space. It has its own purpose, both in psychotherapy and in music. Olga Lehmann is working to build a theory of silence.

Trondheim 08.06.2016 : The leading technical universities in the Nordic countries (Aalto, Chalmers, DTU, KTH and NTNU) celebrate their 10th anniversary of collaboration with a high level summit in Trondheim 8 June 2016. The purpose of the summit is to establish a unique networking arena for key actors in the Nordic innovation eco-systems. Photo: Thor Nielsen
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Five Nordic universities look into the crystal ball

The Nordic Five Tech, an alliance of the leading technical universities in the Nordic countries, celebrated its tenth anniversary this June with a high level summit to plot a strategy for its next decade. There was talk of horses, cars, and swimming robot snakes.

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NTNU builds bridges to Japan

Starting today, Hiroshito Matsumoto will work from a base in Toyko on behalf of NTNU and the University of Bergen to build new research partnerships between Japan and Norway.

Even though electric cars are everywhere in Trondheim (here at St Olavs Hospital) and in Norway, CO2 emissions from transport are a substantial part of Norway's greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: Nancy Bazilchuk, NTNU

Hacking Trondheim to cut greenhouse gas emissions

NTNU and Norway’s technological capital—Trondheim—hosted a Climathon to give the city the tools it needs to make ambitious greenhouse gas cuts. The results might be helpful to other cities around the globe that face the same problem.

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Food waste recycling not always the best idea

With Norway as a case study, a first-ever effort to quantify the benefits of recycling food waste versus preventing it shows prevention is the best policy. But Norway continues to invest significant funds in biogas facilities for food waste recycling.

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Norway’s long tradition of brewing Christmas beer

Norwegian breweries have been producing commercial Christmas beer over the last several centuries. Today’s variety of craft-brewed Christmas beers are among the most important brews a brewery can make, says NTNU beer enthusiast Anders Christensen.

Turkanafolkets tradisjonelle, nomadiske livsstil i Kenya har vært truet av tørke. Landene som har bidratt minst til problemet er samtidig de som rammes hardest av klimaendringene. Foto: Thinkstock, Christopher Furlong

Climate: a challenging type of justice

What makes a fair climate agreement? The fight for justice has been one of the biggest problems in all international climate discussions. The summit in Paris will likely be no exception.

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Awash in trash at the top of the world

Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste blows, falls or flows into the world’s oceans. Earlier this autumn, participants in the annual Svalbard Course plucked up 512 kg of the stuff from just one beach in two hours.

Hvilke klimatiltak er det praktisk mulig å få til? Den truete bonoboen eller dvergsjimpansen i DR Kongo er blant de mange artene som har jungelen som sitt hjem. Foto: Privat

Turning political pledges into action on climate change

Beginning on 30 November, the nations of the world will gather in Paris to discuss a new global agreement on climate change. But what will it take to transform international political will into real action to curb global warming?

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Extreme weather in the Arctic causes problems for people, wildlife

The last week of January 2012 brought wild weather to the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard and its largest town, Longyearbyen. A new cross-disciplinary study provides a comprehensive look at the effects of this extreme weather event on everything from town infrastructure to the natural environment.