Tag Archives: UNIS

Steal-A-Meal: Living on ‘stolen’ bread crusts, cheese and waffles? It’s possible. Here’s the next-best legal thing

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A week’s worth of thick-cut oats and raisins: 33 kroner. A week’s worth of tomato/pasta soup and bread: 32 kroner. A week’s worth of spaghetti, jars of marinara and pesto sauce, and brussels sprouts hey, they’re now haute cuisine when they’re roasted): 51 kroner.

Or, if that’s too extravagant, just buy one of those five-kilogram bags of jasmine rice for 40 kroner and indulge in a healthy third-world diet for a month.

And if even that is too profligate, there’s always the crusts and other stray pieces of fresh bread people leave behind in the slicer.

Random weirdness for the week of July 5, 2016

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Since this week seems to be our “reality check” issue, we’re leading with something whose only local connection is it involves our unofficial “sister city” in the U.S., but is high on our rant list for WTF Are Climate Change Deniers Thinking??!! It was a chilling weekend in Juneau, Alaska, where within a day of each other: 1) record flooding occurred when a glacial ice dam collapsed and released an entire lake on the town, and 2) a 1,225-meter-high mountainside spontaneously collapsed on a glacier field a bit further north.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Feb. 2, 2016

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Norwegian researchers say Svalbard not cited enough
Norway is maintaining its position as the world’s fifth-largest polar nation and third largest in the Arctic, in terms of publishing volume, but is cited less than the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia and Denmark, according to The Research Council of Norway.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Dec. 1, 2015

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More than 100 Svalbard species on updated ‘red list’
A total of 103 out the 487 species assessed in Svalbard have been placed on the “red list” in Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre’s first update of the database since 2010. Of those, 55 are categorized as endangered, which by definition has an “extremely high risk of extinction if the current conditions persist.”

Nothing to see here: 10,000-year-old ice shelf likely to vanish in a few years; climate skeptics shrug

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Since they’re trying to stop rising sea levels by prohibiting people from talking about why it’s happening, it’s not like the addition of yet another massive soon-to-be-melted chunk of ice is going to be of concern.

This time the skeptics are dissing a team of researchers, including one from The University Centre in Svalbard, who have determined the 10,000-year-old Larsen B Ice Shelf is likely to completely collapse by 2020.

Headlines stolen from Svalbardposten for the week of Jan. 13

Svalbardposten cover, Jan. 16, 2015

UNIS wants ‘doubling’ plan hastened due to Store Norske 
The University Centre in Svalbard is hoping to drastically accelerate plans to double its students and staff in the wake of the Store Norske crisis, telling the Norwegian central government the university is ready to play a bigger community role in Longyearbyen.