How to Design a Smarter Olympics Bid

The Olympic Games are often a bittersweet milestone for a city, filled with economic and political ups and downs. But it would appear that Oslo's 2022 aspirations are set for success in the hands of Norwegian design firm Snøhetta, which has executed one of the most elegant Olympic bids in history. » 4/08/14 5:40pm 4/08/14 5:40pm

This Town's Hilltop Mirrors Light It Up With Second-Hand Sunshine

Waking up on a dark winter morning is never fun. But imagine if the sun didn't come up at all. Rjukan, Norway—which is cast into shadow for five months a year—has found a solution. The town is finishing its first winter using a system of mirrors to create an oasis of sunlight during its perpetually dark winter months. » 3/10/14 1:20pm 3/10/14 1:20pm

Norway's Lovely Memorial to the Worst Mass Shooting In Modern History

It's been almost three years since a gunman detonated a bomb in Oslo and then stormed a small summer camp off the coast of Norway, killing 77 people and cementing a record as the worst mass shooting in modern memory. This month, the country revealed plans for a memorial to the tragedy—and it's beautiful. » 3/05/14 10:20am 3/05/14 10:20am

This Machine Perfectly Filets and De-Bones Fish with X-Rays and Water

Machines that can accurately and efficiently filet a fish have been used for years now to speed up processing plants—though only with farmed fish that are all the same size and weight. Fish caught in the wild usually have to be processed by hand given they vary in size, but a new machine that employs x-ray vision and… » 1/29/14 1:20pm 1/29/14 1:20pm

Why Norway Might Have to Tear Down These Massive Picasso Murals

Norway finds itself in a tough conundrum after a terrorist attack crippled a pair of Brutalist buildings in downtown Oslo. Tearing down the buildings is one thing—they're crumbling, controversial and, well, brutal. Destroying the Picasso murals carved into the concrete, however, is an entirely different matter. » 10/18/13 12:00pm 10/18/13 12:00pm

An Epic Train Ride Across Norway, Through All Four Seasons

To celebrate the Nordland Railway's 50th anniversary this year, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (or the NRK to the locals) has created an epic ten hour documentary capturing the country's northernmost railway route that connects the cities of Trondheim and Bodø. But going above and beyond the call of duty, the… » 1/16/13 10:22am 1/16/13 10:22am

Norway's Selling a Super Villain Starter Set

You can't very well take over the world from your parent's basement, now can you? No, a proper arch-nemesis needs a sufficiently intimidating hidden base. Luckily, Norway is selling off its defunct Olavsvern Naval Submarine Base for a $17.5 million pittance. » 6/01/12 1:40pm 6/01/12 1:40pm