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Surtsey Borehole Collapses

A large borehole in the island of Surtsey collapsed yesterday after drilling over 150 meters (492 feet) into the earth, only 50 meters (164 feet) shy of its 200 meters (656 feet) goal.

Face to Face with Sheep Placenta

Five students at Reykjavík University are planning to put on the market a facial cream including an active ingredient made from the placenta of Icelandic sheep.

beach

Groundbreaking Seabed Geothermal Research Allowed

The National Energy Authority has granted North Tech Energy a license to locate and research geothermal energy on the seabed around Iceland. The company’s CEO says it could become one of the biggest energy projects ever embarked upon in Iceland.

Cod

Cod Stock in Good Shape

The cod stock in Icelandic waters is larger than at any time since the Marine Research Institute started monitoring stocks of pelagic fish around Iceland in 1985.

Horses in Borgarfjörður

Origin of Smooth Icelandic Gait Discovered

A new study reveals that the genetic mutation for an ambling gait, found the Icelandic horse, first appeared in horses in Medieval England and was subsequently spread around by Viking traders.

Hrafnseyri við Arnarfjörð

Saga-Age Ramparts and Tunnel Identified

Remains of a structural wall and a short tunnel from the twelfth century, which are mentioned in the Sagas of the Icelanders, appear to have been found using geophysical surveying at Hrafnseyri, by Arnarfjörður in the West Fjords.

University of Iceland

New Supercomputer Hails Research Milestone

The computer services center at the University of Iceland today formally inaugurated its new supercomputer which, it is hoped, will provide a major boost to researchers in many different academic fields.

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