News and Press Releases 2010

The next generation of prosthetic limbs
(13.12.2010) By combining iPhone technology with artificial limbs, NTNU researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology are paving the way for a new generation of prostheses.

Explorer's Night
(10.12.2010) From the heights of Mt. Everest to the depths of the ocean and the absolute zero of outer space -- what does it take for a human being to survive in these extremes?

Is Santa toxic?
(06.12.2010) Research from NTNU shows that if Santa is eating anything that lives in the Arctic, chances are that he himself is loaded with toxic chemicals.

€2.5 million for neuroscience research
(26.11.2010) Professor May-Britt Moser, co-director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, wins ERC grant.

Oil spill vacuum cleaner speeds cleanup
(11.11.2010) NTNU master's student project turns into innovative oil spill cleanup equipment.

Moose and heavy metals
(05.11.2010) Regional differences in the Norway's moose populations may be linked to heavy metals.

NTNU design and architecture students help in Haiti
(01.11.2010) A six-month project will result in a structure to help a women's network.

Chick Corea named honorary doctor
(27.10.2010) The legendary jazz pianist has been recognized in part for his close collaboration with NTNU's jazz programme.

NTNU spin-off secures NOK 25 million
(20.09.2010) MemfoACT, an NTNU spin-off, has secured NOK 25 million to turn its award-winning membrane technology into a commercial product. Based on research conducted at NTNU's Department of Chemical Engineering, the company's carbon membrane can transform low-grade biogas into valuble biofuel that can be used in cars, buses and trucks.

Anne-Sophie Mutter awarded honorary doctorate at centennial celebration
(16.09.2010) The German violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter was honored Wednesday 15 September with an honorary doctorate at NTNU's Centennial Celebration. His Majesty King Harald V was in attendance at the concert where the award was announced.

Kavli Day celebration features Kavli Prize Laureates, symposia
(25.08.2010) In celebration of Kavli Prize Week, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Kavli Foundation will hold a series of lectures and events on 9 September 2010 in Trondheim, featuring a number of 2010 Kavli Prize Laureates. The festivities continue after the official celebration, with two symposia sponsored by NTNU, one in neuroscience and one in nanoscience.

Vulnerability in commercial quantum cryptography tackled by international group
(29.08.2010) The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg together with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen have recently developed and tested a technique exploiting imperfections in quantum cryptography systems to implement an attack. Countermeasures were also implemented within an ongoing collaboration with leading manufacturer ID Quantique.

Polar bears, gulls most at risk from contaminants
(09.08.2010)Although animals throughout the Arctic are exposed to an alphabet soup of pollutants and contaminants that are carried north from industrialized countries, only polar bears in East Greenland and Svalbard and glaucous gulls in Svalbard appear to be showing any deleterious effects, according to a new report co-authored by a researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Better understanding of mapmaking in the brain
(09.08.2010) “Grid cells,” which help the brain map locations, have been found for the first time outside of the hippocampus in the rat brain, according to new research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Probiotic use in mothers cuts incidence of eczema in children
(20.07.2010) Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's Department of Community Medicine have published a study showing that probiotic use by mothers during pregnancy and breastfeeding can cut the occurence of eczema in children.

 Rat babies find their way
(17.06.2010) Are we born with an innate sense of direction, or is it learned? Research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience suggests that the brain comes hard-wired with working navigational neurons. While these neurons – head direction cells, place cells and grid cells – mature over time, they appear to function in rodents as soon as they make their first exploratory steps outside the nest.

Worried about the planet? Stop eating meat
(07.06.2010) A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme shows that agriculture and food production are among the most serious sources of environmental pressures. Agriculture alone accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption and 38% of total land use. The lead author of the report is NTNU's Professor Edgar Hertwich.

NTNU wins prestigious IBM research award
(12.05.2010) NTNU was awarded the international Open Collaborative Research (OCR) award by IBM -- making it the first university in Norway to win such an award.

The benefits of baby swimming
(28.04.2010) Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers, long after they've left the swimming pool, NTNU researchers have shown.

Predicting the unpredictable: Volcanic eruption in Iceland
(19.04.2010) How long will the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano continue and what other kinds of activity can we expect? A volcanologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) who has worked extensively in Iceland says a month-long eruption would not be out of the question. But the eruption could also continue for a year or more, he says.

Carbon footprint article wins Editor's Choice Award
(08.03.2010) How much carbon does your country emit - and where does it come from? An NTNU researcher's answer to this question -- documented in an article he co-authored -- has won an American award.

Recipe for Norway's Olympic success
(01.03.2010)The: residents of a small section of mid-Norway called Trondelag, home to about 400,000 people, accounted for 15 of Norway’s 23 Olympic medals. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) explain the mystery behind the magic.

Assisted reproduction has no effect on birth process, baby's outcome
(01.03.2010) Whether a women gets pregnant the “traditional” way or by assisted reproduction has no effect on the birthing process itself or the baby, NTNU researchers have found.

Going for the glide: the physics of fast cross-country skis
(21.02.2010) NTNU researchers explain the physics behind what makes the best glide in cross-country skiing. (But they don't give away any national secrets!)

Limiting harmful cooking fumes
(19.02.2010) If you’re worried about cooking fumes, an electric stove may be better than gas.

The Battle for the Future: NTNU's new online game
(19.02.2010) NTNU has released a new online game in conjunction with its 100th anniversary year,

Going for Gold-- A physiologist's view of champion skiers
(12.02.2010) Cross-country skiing is one of the most demanding of all Olympic sports. Yet the difference between winners and losers can be decided by just the tip of a ski. So just what gives top racers the advantage?

Ocean Space Centre proposal
(08.02.2010)A conceptual study of a NOK 10 billion Ocean Space Centre was presented Monday to Trond Giske, Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry.

Mystery Nazi sign find
(08.02.2010) David Tuddenham, a marine archaeologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), expected to find medieval artefacts during a routine archaeological survey of the Nidelva River for the city of Trondheim in December 2009. But instead he found a bright red sign from Nazi-occupied Norway.

NTNU composer up for Grammy award
(28.01.2010) "Treble and Bass", featuring compositions by Professor Ståle Kleiberg, has been nominated for a Grammy award for best surround sound CD.

Change we can believe in?
(18.01.2009) About 200 NTNU students had a chance to hear the US Ambassador to Norway describe the Obama administration's views on everything from Haiti to health care.

Breastfeeding is not as beneficial as once thought
(06.01.2010) Feeling guilty that you didn’t breastfeed your children enough – or at all? Relax. New research shows that breast milk is not as important for either the mother or the child's health.