Podcast: 63 Degrees North

Podcast: 63 Degrees North

– Science, history and innovation from Europe's outer edge

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Close-up of iceberg. Foto with text: 63 degrees north.

Intro

We bring you surprising stories of science, history and innovation from 63 Degrees North, the home of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and from its campuses in Trondheim, Ålesund and Gjøvik.

Listen as we explore the mysteries of the polar night, the history of Viking raiders, and how geologists and engineers are working to save the planet, one carbon dioxide molecule at a time — and more. Take a journey to Europe's outer edge for fascinating tales and remarkable discoveries. Hosted by Nancy Bazilchuk.


Episode 5: Darwin had Galapagos finches. Norway has… house sparrows?

Episode 5: Darwin had Galapagos finches. Norway has… house sparrows?

The different species of Galapagos finches, with their specially evolved beaks that allow them to eat very specific types of food, helped Darwin understand that organisms can evolve over time to better survive in their environment. Nearly 200 years later and thousands of miles away, Norwegian biologists are learning some surprising lessons about evolution from northern Norwegian populations of the humble house sparrow.

Read more: Episode 5 details | Episode 5 transcript


Episode 4: Not enough COVID-19 tests? No problem, we'll make them!

Episode 4: Not enough COVID-19 tests? No problem, we'll make them!

When the coronavirus first transformed from a weird respiratory disease centered in Wuhan,China to a global pandemic, no one was really prepared. Worldwide, no one had enough masks, personal protective gear and definitely — not enough tests. The problem was especially acute in places like Norway, a small country that had to compete on a global market to get anything and everything. What happened when a genetics researcher,some engineers and a couple of PhDs and postdocs put their heads together to design a completely different kind of coronavirus test— and how it changed lives in India, Denmark and Nepal.

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Episode 3: The Longship that could help save the planet

Episode 3: The Longship that could help save the planet

Everyone knows there’s just too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere —and we’re heating up the planet at an unprecedented pace. More than 20 years ago, Norwegians helped pioneer an approach to dealing with CO2 that’s still ongoing today— they captured it and pumped it into a rock formation deep under the sea. Now the Norwegian government is building on those decades of experience with a large-scale carbon capture and storage project called Longship. Will it work? Is it safe? And isit something that other countries can benefit from, too?

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Episode 2: Viking raiders stole this box — but the real surprise is what they did with it.

Episode 2: Viking raiders stole this box — but the real surprise is what they did with it.

It’s no bigger than four decks of cards stacked one on top of the other — a tiny box raided from an Irish church. In Ireland, the box held the holy remains of a saint. What a mound of sand, some leftover nails and the box itself tell us about the Viking raiders who stole it — and what they did with it when they brought it back to Norway.

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Episode 1: Shedding light — on the polar night

Episode 1: Shedding light — on the polar night

Krill eyeballs. The werewolf effect. Diel vertical migration. Arctic marine biologists really talk about these things, because in the darkest dark of the polar night, it turns out that fish, birds and tiny marine organisms are far more active than researchers ever imagined. Even the faintest light of the moon has an effect. Aaahoooo! The werewolf effect!

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Sneak peak — Welcome to 63 Degrees North!

Sneak peak — Welcome to 63 Degrees North!

Ever wonder what's happening in some of the more far-flung places on the planet? In 63 Degrees North, we'll bring you stories from Norway every week about surprising science, little-known history, and technology and engineering discoveries that can help change the world.


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