Norwegian University of Science and Technology

  • ​​In the face of climate change, reindeer are resorting to eating kelp seaweed, according to new research. The creatures in question are Svalbard reindeer, a sub-species of wild reindeer.
  • ​Because fixed-wing drones are more energy-efficient than multicopters, they're often used for tasks such as mapping the ocean. Many of them require landing strips, however, which there isn't always room for on ships. A new technique gets around that problem, using copters to catch them.
  • ​Phytoplankton aren't just evenly distributed throughout the ocean. Instead, they occur in three-dimensional concentrated patches. A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is able to find and map those patches, potentially helping to preserve wildlife such as seabirds.
  • ​It was a couple of years ago that we first heard about the Eelume, an eel-like robot designed to perform underwater maintenance and inspections. Well, the latest version of the device, known as the EELY500, is about to begin sea trials in Norway.
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    ​Although salmon are known to be a good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, farmed fish typically contain much less of them than their wild counterparts. Norwegian scientists are working on a solution to that problem, in the form of fish feed made from a genetically-engineered plant.
  • ​Pedestrians and cyclists in the Norwegian city of Trondheim may soon have a quicker option for crossing the canal between the Ravnkloa fish market and the Vestre Kanalhavn dock. Engineers are developing an autonomous electric ferry that could be summoned like an elevator.
  • Ordinarily, when a ship is heading into waves, those waves cause it to work harder. An experimental new setup known as a "whale tail," however, utilizes wave action to actually help ships move forward, allowing them to use less fuel when tackling rough seas.
  • In order to minimize the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, scientists have studied materials that could be used to capture excess CO2. Unfortunately, not all of them are cheap or easy to produce. That said, researchers now believe that humble clay could do the job just fine.
  • To make solar energy more competitive, researchers from Norway have developed a method to bring down the amount of silicon used in solar cells by as much as 90 percent. The price of silicon is a major driver in the cost of solar panels.
  • Heroin overdoses are typically treated using injections of a medication that resuscitates the victim. That's fine if paramedics are doing it, but not everyone feels comfortable giving someone else a needle. That's why scientists are developing a nasal spray that does the job.
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    Kelp is an attractive biofuel feedstock, in that it's abundant and grows extremely quickly, although its fuel yields haven't been particularly impressive. That could be about to change, however, thanks to a newly-developed process.
  • It's important for firefighters to stay in touch with one another during operations, which is of course why they carry two-way radios. Researchers from Norway's SINTEF group, however, are developing a system that could allow users to receive and read text messages hands-free, via their jackets.