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  • – Barnebarnet mitt har vokst opp med en bestemor som er matematiker, og tror matte er et typisk kvinneyrke. Men det er jo ikke det, sier professor Berit Sensønes.

    – Det er vanskeligere for kvinner å komme seg opp og fram i matematikken

    Professor Berit Stensønes gir publiseringskrav og kvotering mye av skylda.

  • Professor Zhaohui Liu interviews rural-to-rural migrant citizens about air pollution. The scholars in the Airborne project at CAS find that few are aware of the significant health impact that is the result of household-produced air pollution, which is especially significant among the poorer and rural population. Copy right: Airborne. Photo: Annica Thomsson

    Air pollution in China: Poor people likely to be worst off

    CAS researchers expect that the rural population and poor migrants in cities will be the hardest hit when it comes to air pollution exposure. Professor Mette Halskov Hansen hopes that the CAS project she leads can help raise awareness and promote debate.

  • A recently abandoned apartment house in Nikel, Kola Peninsula. How does living with this ruining Soviet legacy affect the inhabitants, their prospects for the future, and how they remember the past, Bjørnar Olsen and his CAS research group asks photo: Bjørnar Olsen

    Life among Soviet ruins: – the past is still present

    Most people in Northwestern Russia and on the Kola Peninsula live in apartment blocks constructed during the time of Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev; many of these apartments are in a serious state of decay.

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    Room for interdisciplinary engagement

    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.

  • Savannah Georgia, pebblestones, Liverpoool, ballast

    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’.

  • Hongtao Li presents app with map

    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.

  • Air pollution Beijing

    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.

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