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2008-12-15 14:33:55

New research highlights the ability to adapt to a changing Arctic As polar bears adapt to a warming Arctic - frozen seascape that cleaves earlier each spring - they may find relief in an unlikely source: snow goose eggs. New calculations show that changes in the timing of sea-ice breakup and of snow goose nesting near the western Hudson Bay could provide at least some polar bears with an alternative source of food. This new analysis appears in Polar Biology. "Over 40 years, six subadult male...

2008-10-21 18:00:14

A Facebook group of northern Norwegians unhappy about losing the Winter Olympics has ballooned into a new political party in less than two weeks. "It's clear that folks along the coast of this country believe that enough's enough," Hakon Winther, one of those who started the ball rolling, told iTromso.no. Membership in the Facebook group ballooned to 6,200 within days, inspiring leaders to call a meeting Tuesday to form a secessionist party. Winther said that the proposed Republikken...

2008-09-16 03:00:21

By Brekke, Pal Space exploration is more than daring astronauts and thrilling astronomy. It has practical applications that are becoming increasingly apparent. Norway is a small but important space nation that envisions playing a larger role in this exploration than do most countries. NORWAY HAS A LONG TRADITION AS A SPACE NATION, IN no small measure due to its northern position on the globe. Kristian Birkeland's famous Terrella experiment in 1896 in which he created synthetic northern...

2008-07-12 09:00:31

By Simon Calder Karen Carpenter, get out of my head. Right now, I am aboard a polar expedition vessel just 10 degrees from the North Pole. I'm on top of the world, looking down on creation, and the only tune that's whizzing around my brain is The Carpenters' 1973 hit, "Top of the World". Spitsbergen, where I have spent the past couple of weeks, has every right to be considered the top of the world. This Norwegian island, the main part of the Svalbard archipelago, is only 600 nautical...

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2008-03-07 12:20:00

The campaign to broadcast the first ever advert into space is launched today (Friday March 7) with University of Leicester space scientists playing a key part in the process.The British public is being asked to shoot a 30-second ad about what they perceive life on earth to be as part of Doritos "ËœYou Make It, We Play It' user-generated-content campaign. The winning advert in the competition will be beamed past the earth's atmosphere, beyond our solar system and into the Universe,...

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2008-02-27 00:05:00

Scientists from the University of Oslo announced their discovery of a fossilized, 150 million-year-old "sea monster" on Spitspergen, in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard. The 50 ft. sea reptile, nicknamed "The Monster", is the biggest on record, and is one of 40  such fossils discovered on the island.  A prior field expedition in the area revealed remains of another large pliosaur that is thought to be among the same species as "The Monster".   Dr. Jorn Hurum, the...

2008-02-26 13:10:00

A vault designed to house more than 4 million seed samples from crops around the world drew attention from the global community yesterday.The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built in 12 months with the repercussions of global climate change in mind. It is said to be able to take on any natural or human disaster. About 300 guests were present at the event. Norwegian Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai were the first to place seeds in the depository during the...

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2008-02-26 08:55:00

Ceremony marking unprecedented effort to protect global agriculture draws world leaders and seeds from over 100 countries The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries. With the deposits ranging from unique varieties of major African and Asian food staples such as maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and sorghum to European and South American varieties of eggplant, lettuce,...

2008-02-07 09:25:31

If much of civilization is ever wiped out, at least our seeds will survive. The first specimens — 7,000 seeds from 36 African nations — have shipped to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a repository in the Arctic Circle being built to store a safety copy of vital agricultural information, in case disaster should befall us. The vault is set to open Feb. 26. It is being built by the Norwegian government (Svalbard is part of the Kingdom of Norway), and when it opens its...

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2008-01-23 09:35:00

Seeds Contributed by Global Network of Agricultural Research Centers Considered "Crown Jewels" of Crop Diversity MEXICO CITY -- At the end of January, more than 200,000 crop varieties from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East"”drawn from vast seed collections maintained by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)"”will be shipped to a remote island near the Arctic Circle, where they will be stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), a...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.