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Yogibana for schools

Mona Anita K. Olsen, PhD Cornell University Yogibana is an artistic wellness concept that weaves yoga and ikebana (Japanese style floral design) together in 12 steps. This innovative concept is a fusion of the...

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Face covering prohibited in education

Norwegian students and teachers may no longer wear niqabs or burqas The Local Norway’s parliament on June 5 passed a bill banning clothing that partially or fully covers the face from being worn at...

Railway

Miners and rail lines and bears, oh my!

Ofotbanen, legendary iron-hauling railway, is a trip through history and wild landscapes M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Above the Arctic Circle in Norway, Ofotbanen is a rail line like no other. It’s the world’s...

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Vipers sting Larvik with rare defeat

Vipers end Larvik’s nine-year streak of women’s handball triple titles with one of its own Jo Christian Weldingh Oslo Larvik HK (håndball klub) has won the league, the cup, and the playoff nine years...

Foreign and family affairs in Decorah

A Norwegian political adviser visits Iowa’s Vesterheim and finds family waiting Vesterheim Decorah, Iowa Bård Ludvig Thor­heim, political adviser to Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, on a visit to Decorah on May 30, toured...

New red “Santa” statue

Red version of controversial statue unveiled in Oslo’s Ekebergparken The Local A 20-foot-tall statue by artist Paul McCarthy, officially named Santa but known colloquially as the “Butt Plug Gnome,” has been unveiled in Oslo....

Sensors to sort waste—or diamonds

TOMRA’s machines aim to keep plastic waste out of the ocean by sorting returns better Rasmus Falck Oslo, Norway Awareness of pollution, and especially plastics in the ocean, is increasing. Recently, a small whale...

A pocket watch and a possible clue

The Search for Thor: Thor Jensen, 36, moves from Oslo to Hammerfest. He is promoted to bank manager, becomes engaged, and takes a one-month hiking trip through occupied Finnmark in 1941. By the end...