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at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

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    The leaves on the magnificent trees outside our building here in Oslo have turned yellow and red—the tell-tale sign that the academic year is underway.

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    Ballast: Loads with history

    Ballast, the material used to stabilize ships, is the object of study for archaeologist and CAS fellow Professor Mats Burström. He describes ballast in terms of being a ‘gigantic relocation of material’.

  • Demolition of Blok P. Photograph: Cartsen Ankiksdal

    Object Study: Blok P

    Blok P in Nuuk was built by the Danes in an effort to urbanise Greenland in the 1960s: one per cent of Greenland’s population have since called Blok P their home. It was demolished in 2012.

  • A shoe ‘growing back’ into nature: CAS fellow Dr Þóra Pétursdóttir explores 'drift matter' on Sværholt Peninsula in northern Norway, and argues that this kind of material must be taken seriously in archaeology. Photograph: Þóra Pétursdóttir

    We are not in control of the afterlife of things

    The plastic bag, which we estimate can last for up to five hundred years, shows that we are not in control of the afterlife of things, states CAS participant and postdoctoral fellow, Dr Þóra Pétursdóttir. She argues that plastic, shoes, fishing nets and all kinds of materials found along the world’s shores must be understood as part of our ‘environment’.

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    Fighting air pollution with apps

    How are apps and social media creating new ways to combat air pollution? During his CAS lunch-time seminar, Associate Professor Hongtao Li sheds light on how new technology is influencing the air pollution debate in China.

  • Professor Finnur Larusson explaining his work in pure mathematics at a CAS lunch-time seminar. Photograph: Centre for Advanced Study, CAS Oslo

    ‘Spaces of Spaces’

    Every semester, CAS fellows are challenged to present their research to the other project groups at lunch-time seminars. For the pure mathematicians, having to explain their work to the uninitiated might be considered something of a challenge.

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    Clear skies over China: The magic of science

    It’s the Olympic Games in Beijing and the heavy smog that usually fills the air of the capital and the lungs of its inhabitants has somehow lifted. Dedicated researchers are the people to thank for this reprieve.

  • Call for project illustration by Kaj Clausen

    CAS announces research projects 2018/2019

    After a comprehensive election process, the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has the pleasure of announcing the three selected research projects at CAS for the 2018/2019 academic year.

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    Glaciers retreat: - The mountain is sad

  • Kavli prize winners 2016

    The Kavli Week 2016: honoring nine scientific pioneers

    September 6, the Kavli Prize honors the 2016 Laureates for their seminal advances in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience. The program of the Kavli Week also facilitates for dialogues on significant research in the fields of Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience

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