Just in time for doomsday, Norway's "Doomsday Vault" is getting an expansion. Officially known as the World Arctic Archive, the vault opened this week and has already taken submissions from two countries. This time, instead of storing seeds that will survive the apocalypse, the vault is archiving data using specially developed film.
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Video: Morten Rustad travelled 20,000km and took 20,000 photos over the course of an entire year to make this beyond impressive time-lapse of the seasons changing in Norway. Its beauty will take you away from all the nonsense going on in the world for a few moments — it almost makes you want to leave everything behind and just live under the sky.
Video: When you blow up a quarry that's 20m high with 68 tonnes of explosives, you turn the rock wall into a tsunami wave that sends nearly 363,000 tonnes of rocks flying everywhere. The blast of the Bremanger Quarry in Norway looks great because it was carefully planned, with explosives planted in 454 blast holes made along the 384m long rock wall.
Last Tuesday, Voss, Norway-native Jon Gjerde decided to strap himself to a gigantic kite and go zipping through the air like some sort of very ugly bird. The 51-year-old is no stranger to hang gliding. He is, in fact, a world champion in the sport. But after this particular outing he's lucky to be alive.
It sounds like something from a fantasy video game: While trekking the mountainous wild, a man in Norway recently stumbled upon an ancient, intact sword. And with the right treatment, it could still be used to vanquish baddies today, experts say.
In Norway, doctors are clinging to older MS DOS-based electronic journals. As a result there's a system in place that still employs floppy disks — and it works extremely well. But a blog post on Gundersen.net says the Norwegian government might be retiring the floppy disk option as soon as next year.
Today marks four years since a gunman killed 77 people in Norway, 69 of them on the small island of Utøya. In time for the anniversary, the island has unveiled the finished memorial to the victims. But it's not the memorial officials had originally planned, and the reason why illustrates how difficult memorialising can be.
Look at this. It's so perfect it seems artificial — some illuminated display inside a "Visit Norway" booth at a travel fair. It's actually the view from a cabin in the northwest coast of Norway, 250 miles northwest of Oslo, a paradise in the middle of a fjord. It is now one of my dream homes, too.