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Contents 2001



Contents 2002

Major climatic changes in prospect
"Unless we do something drastic to reduce emissions, there will be major climatic changes by the middle of this century", says Eystein Jansen, director of research of the Bjerknes Centre of Climate Research.

Exploiting a gaseating bacteria
The Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Bergen (UiB) has developed a research model in their work with the bacteria Methylococcus capsulatus, which combines basic and applied research to the advantage of each.

New understanding of language can help Internet users
Computer linguists at the University of Bergen are using mathematical methods to develop a "word-net", which will be the basis of improved software for automatic translation and text searches on the Internet.

Scientific wonder
The University of Bergen's new supercomputer can perform 500 billion operations a second. Among other things, it will help bio-informatics research scientists to find out which genes produce which types of cancer, which in turn will improve the likelihood of making a good diagnosis.

A feeling for snow
"Oh my God!", sighs one of the students as she sweats, spade in hand, digging a pit two-and-a-half metres deep into the snow. She is about to find out how plants and animals manage to adapt to this harsh climate. We are on a course on snow and winter ecology at Finse Research Station.

The world's cutting edge biochemists gathered in Bergen
From the 4th to the 8th of May, The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) invited the world to Bergen, Norway, to participate at the 7th IUBMB Conference. The conference was dedicated to the understanding of so-called receptor-ligand interactions - interactions on the molecular level that mediates specific changes in all living things.

What's wrong with my mother and father?
Many African children who lose their parent to AIDS do not know what is wrong with their parents before they die. Strong taboos associated with this disease mean that these children have to tackle their grief alone.

Boys more likely to end up on the street
Street boys who sniff petrol and beg from passers-by have become an ever more common sight on South African streets. More and more small boys live on the street. Most of them have lost their parents to AIDS.

Ethical guidance in medical research
Thanks to children from Thailand and Gabon you can go on vacation in far-off lands without having to worry about such diseases as hepatitis A or malaria. However, the highly effective drugs that have been developed on the basis of trials carried out in Asia and Africa are not available there. Such drugs are far too expensive for those regions.




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