News and Press Releases 2012

News and Press Releases 2012

Fun Run

Six students, one real-time mobile game equals success
(10.12.2012) It's a real-time, online multiplayer game. It's cross-platform, meaning that you can play it on your Android or your iPhone. It's free. And now, Fun Run, developed by six NTNU students, is number two on the US iTunes Top Free Apps list.

Gunnar Bovim selected as new NTNU rector

Gunnar Bovim selected as NTNU's new rector
(06.12.2012) Gunnar Bovim, 52, currently chief executive officer of the Central Norway Regional Health Authority, will formally take office on 1 August 2013, when the current rector, Torbjørn Digernes, completes his term of office.


The many maps of the brain
(05.12.2012)  Your brain has at least four different senses of location – and perhaps as many as 10. And each is different, according to new research published in the 6 December issue of Nature magazine by scientists from NTNU's Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience.

NTNU first Nordic university on You Tube EDU

NTNU first Nordic university on YouTube EDU
(14.11.2012) Lectures from NTNU are now being launched on You Tube's own channel for education. "You Tube EDU will increase accessibility to our video lectures, and contribute to spreading knowledge from NTNU to the rest of the world, says Knut Veium, head of the Studies and Administrative Support Section.

Anne-Sophie Mutter and Trondheim Soloists set out on tour

Anne-Sophie Mutter gets honorary doctorate and world premiere -- all in one
(24.09.2012)The violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter was formally awarded her honorary doctorate from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on Sunday. At the same time Mutter started on a European tour with the Trondheim Soloists, an ensemble made up of current and former NTNU music students.

Semiconductors grown on graphene

Semiconductors grown on graphene
(10.9.2012) NTNU researchers have patented and are commercializing GaAs nanowires grown on graphene, a hybrid material with competitive properties. Semiconductors grown on graphene are expected to become the basis for new types of device systems, and could fundamentally change the semiconductor industry. The technology underpinning their approach has recently been described in a publication in the American research journal Nano Letters.

Teens and fat

Can thinking you are fat make you fat?
(08.08.2012) They're everywhere -- in magazines, on the Internet, on television—people with super-thin bodies who are presented as having the ideal body form. But despite the increasing pressure to be thin, more and more of us are overweight. Now, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found that normal weight teens who perceive themselves as fat are more likely to grow up to be fat.

Hidden secrets in Norway's rainforests

Hidden genetic diversity in Norway's boreal rainforests
(18.07.2012) While there are no monkeys swinging through the trees in Norway's boreal rainforests, they are every bit as endangered as their southern cousins, and highly diverse – if you know where to look. NTNU researchers have looked -- and have found surprising genetic diversity in a rare species of lichen.

NTNU researcher wins ERC grant

NTNU researcher wins highly competitive ERC Starting Grant
(11.07.2012) Lisa Giocomo, a researcher at NTNU's Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience/Centre for the Biology of Memory was selected to receive a highly competitive ‘Starting Grant' from the European Research Council for her research project ‘Cellular Mechanisms Underlying the Topographical Organization of Entorhinal Cortical Circuits.'

Secret key

Vulnerabilities in security tokens
(05.07.2012) A team of researchers, including an NTNU postdoc and scientists from Project-Team Prosecco, reports taking just 13 minutes to successfully attack security tokens that use vulnerable encryption standards made by RSA and other companies.  The tokens may be used to encrypt a secret session key, which could be recovered as a result of the researchers' attack, demonstrating an important vulnerability in the tokens. Their results will be presented at the 32nd International Cryptology Conference CRYPTO 2012, Santa Barbara, California, in August.


New virtual "crystal ball" helps governments go green
(20.06.2012) As governments gather in Rio for the United Natios Conference on Sustainable Development, a coalition of researchers has a useful online tool that can help measure the environmental footprints of different policy actions. It's called EUREAPA, and was developed in part by NTNU researchers from the Industrial Ecology Programme.

Palliative care congress showcases cutting edge technology

Palliative care congress showcases new technology
(06.06.2012) What happens when doctors cannot cure a disease? What is the best way to make patients comfortable and have the best quality of life possible in the time they have left? Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have developed software that can be used with an iPad or other tablet to help record patient pain levels to help doctors in developing more effective treatments.

Afghanistan exhibit

"Afghanistan -- Hidden Treasures" comes to Trondheim
(10.05.2012) A glass goblet adorned with grape vines, a folding golden crown, and delicately carved ivory plaques dating from more than 2000 years ago are among some of the stunning artefacts on exhibit at NTNU's Museum of Natural History and Archaeology until 2 September.

Desperate fishwives

Desperate fishwives
(27.04.2012) We're often told that when it comes to sex, males are eager and females coy. But the story is not quite so simple if you are a two-spotted gobi, according to new research published by scientists from NTNU's Department of Biology.


From oil vacuum cleaners to superconductors
(19.04.2012) NTNU students, former students and academic staff were among the recipients of the NOK 2 million in awards handed out at the Technoport 2012 conference, "Sharing Possibilities".

Twelve ice cubes and a trip to Rio

Twelve ice cubes and a trip to Rio
(18.04.2012) Four science and engineering master's students from NTNU found an ingenious way to make 12 ice cubes -- and won themselves a trip to Rio de Janeiro in June to attend the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.
The students were members of one of 17 teams that competed for the trip to the conference as a part of the Technoport 2012 "Sharing Possibilities" conference held in Trondheim from 16-18 April.

Polar bears and PCBs

Good news for polar bears and PCBs
(29.03.2012) In a study of PCBs in polar bear cubs in Svalbard, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found that blood levels of PCBs and related contaminants in polar bear cubs appear to have dropped by as much as 59 per cent between 1998 and 2008

Sobered up using LSD

Sobered up using LSD
(09.03.2012) Forty years ago, LSD was used in the treatment of alcoholics - with good results. Now Teri Krebs and Pål-Ørjan Johansen, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), have taken a closer look at these experiments. Their surprising results have been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.


Prime Minister opens new brain research laboratory
(27.02.2012) On Tuesday, 28 February, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will officially open NTNU's Norwegian Brain Centre, one of the largest research facilities of its kind in the world. Stoltenberg will tour the new facilities and then will give a speech to students and staff.


Unique runestone named to world heritage list
(08.02.2012) A unique runestone that was the first in Norway to mention "Norway" as a country and that dates the establishment of Christianity in the country has been recognized by the United Nations as a world heritage document.

Warmer climate, warmer European mountains

Warmer climate, less cold-loving mountain vegetation
(08.01.2012) Researchers from 13 countries report clear and statistically significant evidence of a continent-wide warming effect on mountain plant communities in a new article in Nature Climate Change.

Acid reflux

Prevalence of acid reflux has increased by half over the past decade
(03.01.2012) The prevalence of acid reflux experienced at least once a week has increased by almost 50%  over the past decade, NTNU researchers report in a long term study of almost 80,000 people published online in Gut.