Nina Larson

Nina Larson

    A vaccine could be made available for healthcare workers as early as November if the prototype undergoing trials is proven safe.

    Long considered the oil capital of Norway, the small south-western town of Stavanger has begun hunting for a new image that will keep the money flowing in even after the oil wells dry up. In recent years, Norway, which once ranked third among oil exporters, has slipped to fifth place.

    While organic food and "green" products are gradually catching on among wealthier, educated people around the globe, natural living has long been the norm across Europe's Nordic region. "The Nordic countries tend to have a broader, more general consciousness of environmental issues than in other European countries," says Stockholm University researcher Hans Raemoe.

    Yves Chauvin of France and Americans Robert H Grubbs and Richard R Schrock on Wednesday won the Nobel Prize for a breakthrough in carbon chemistry that opens the way to smarter drugs and environmentally friendlier plastics. The Nobel jury declared "fantastic opportunities" had resulted from the trio's work.