News 2012

Nov
29

First-ever Hyperspectral Images of Earth’s Auroras: New camera provides tantalizing clues of new atmospheric phenomenon

29 November 2012

The staff at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, together with colleagues from Russia, Ukraine and Canada, has for the first time imaged Earth’s auroras with unprecedented clarity – simultaneously capturing multiple spectral bands of light at once.

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Nov
26

Closer cooperation between UNIS and IMR

26 November 2012

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and UNIS enter a formal agreement of cooperation this week. Tomorrow the IMR will open its new office in the Svalbard Science Centre. – This will open up new possibilities for us, says UNIS director Ole Arve Misund.

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Nov
12

UNIS partner in a new Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF)

12 November 2012

UNIS is partner in a new Norwegian Center of Excellence (SFF centres) led by the Birkeland Center for Space Science in Bergen. The centre will receive NOK 16 million per year for up to ten years. – This is a testimony to the excellent work done by our space physics research group, says UNIS director Ole Arve Misund.

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Sep
14

Gas flow at the CO2 Lab site

14 September 2012

Recently there has been substantial gas flow from two of the wells drilled at the CO2 Lab well park in Adventdalen. This creates challenges for the operation on the well site and the scientists are looking at several solutions.

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Sep
12

Reduced sea ice – less consequences than anticipated?

12 September 2012

Recent data show a historical and dramatic decline in the Arctic summer sea ice extent. This has believed to be bad news for marine organisms living under the ice. But new research show that perhaps some of the species actually have adapted to minimal ice cover in summer. The scientists call their hypothesis the “Nemo hypothesis”.

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Sep
06

Mice on ice!

6 September 2012

Never heard of glacier mice? Actually, they are small moss balls forming on glacier surfaces. New research by UNIS and Nottingham Trent University shows that there is “hopping” life in these fluffy balls. Invertebrates such as springtails and water bears literally thrive (and survive) in this ice-cold environment.

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Aug
23

Dramatic changes in the Arctic ocean floor

23 August 2012

A new study based on a 30-year period show that the ocean floor communities of both Kongsfjorden and Smeerenburgfjorden have changed dramatically.  Existing organisms are replaced by warmth- and light-loving species. – A biological tipping point, according to the authors.

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Aug
20

The Auroral Forecast goes public

20 August 2012

The Auroral forecast at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory is now available for all smart phone platforms including Android, iPhone and Windows. The apps were released on Andøya Rocket Range 50 years anniversary, to honor their contribution to space physics and cooperation with UNIS.

 

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Jul
24

Polar bears much older than assumed

24 July 2012

New DNA studies suggest that polar bears evolved into a distinct species as many as 4-5 million years ago. Climate change and genetic exchange with brown bears helped create the polar bear as we know it today.

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