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Discovery Channel Canada videographer Mark Foerester films a 20 kg block of ice that is about to be catapulted into a steel beam. Photo: Nancy Bazilchuk

Celebrity ice

Not since the Titanic has a block of ice been quite so famous. In early June, Discovery Channel Canada came to NTNU’s Structural Impact Laboratory (SIMLab) to watch ice researchers from NTNU’s Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology programme use a giant machine to simulate what happens when a ship slams into an iceberg.

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“Virtual human” unlocks key mechanisms of high blood pressure

Scientists regularly use computer models to understand complex problems, from predicting the weather to designing boats and automobiles. Now they are also using this approach to better understand the human body — including the causes behind high blood pressure.

Norwegian companies can benefit from a new RFID data system developed at NTNU. Photo: Nancy Bazilchuk

Putting RFID technology to work

From Finnish hockey players to London double-decker buses to rhino horns, the humble RFID chip is hard at work. New software can help companies harness the power of this tiny technology.

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Jacket works like a mobile phone

A fire is raging in a large building and the fire leader is sending a message to all firefighters at the scene. But they don’t need a mobile phone – they simply check their jacket sleeves and read the message there.

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Building a hybrid fishing boat

It isn’t just car manufacturers that are looking into hybrid energy systems. A Norwegian boat builder is now aiming to become the world’s first supplier of environmentally friendly fishing vessels.

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Lifesaving sensor for full bladders

A small pressure sensor can make the difference between life and death. The first tests on humans will be carried out in April on patients with spinal injuries at Sunnaas Hospital in Norway.

Katja Kim, a PhD candidate working with NTNU's Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology programme (SAMCoT) prepares a metal plate for her ice collision experiments. Photo: Katja Kim

Crash course

As the Arctic Ocean’s summer ice cap melts away, new trans-Arctic shipping routes will open and see a growing amount of shipping traffic. But what’s the best way to protect ships and other ocean structures if they crash into icebergs?

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Learning from algae

By controlling the sex life of algae, scientists can promote the properties they want.

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Secrets of the High North

The Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard offers scientists the chance to investigate some of the most intriguing – and perplexing – puzzles facing the high north.

STRESS EXPOSURE: Smoke-divers often operate under conditions of high temperatures while wearing insulating clothes.
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Stress alarm for smoke-divers

Smoke-divers are exposed to high temperatures, physical exhaustion and stress. A new sensor system lets them know when the body has had enough.

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Beating the winter blues

The lack of sufficient daylight in northern climes makes many tired and depressed. But don’t worry, researchers have come up with ways to counteract the winter blues.



Semiconductors grown on graphene

Researchers at NTNU have patented and are commercializing GaAs nanowires grown on graphene, a hybrid material with competitive properties.

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Better rescue in major disasters

Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Forest fires and terror attacks. Norway and the rest of the world must be prepared for catastrophes.

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New renewable energy

New elastic materials that can generate electricity may help make wave power cheaper to develop.

Illustration: Matthias Kulka/Scanpix Norway

The 80 per cent solution

By recycling used water, we can live with just a couple of buckets of fresh, clean water a day, while the rest of our water will come from recycled sources.

ULTRASONICS: Operating on the pituitary involves feeding an ultrasonic instrument in through the nose. On the ultrasonic image: remaining tumour tissue (white outline), route of the optic nerve (yellow arrows) and blood flow in an artery (orange and magenta). 
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A view into you

Ultrasonics improves a surgeon’s view in the removal of tumours from the pituitary gland.