Have you heard of the Kavli Prize?

While you may be familiar with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, there is a newer, less-known prize in the news. The Kavli Prize recognizes scientific creativity and celebrates outstanding achievements in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.   Established by Fred Kavli who was born on a small farm in Eresfjord, Norway, Kavli later moved to California. He was a physicist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. His lifelong fascination with science led him to establish the U.S.-based Kavli Foundation in 2005. Since 2008, awards have gone to 54 scientists from thirteen countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, France, Netherlands, Lithuania, Japan, Norway, Russia, Czechia, Sweden and Switzerland.   Nominations for The Kavli Prize open this year September 1 and close on December 1, 2021. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will award three prizes in 2022, using the recommendations of independent committees for each field. Norway’s Royal Family presides over a ceremony held in Oslo, where prize recipients receive a gold medal, scroll and cash equivalent to one million US dollars. Read more about the Kavli Prize and watch fascinating videos about discoveries by Kavli laureates online at .   

Canal of the Mountain King

The fulfillment of a dream more than a hundred years old, Norway has approved plans for the world’s first shipping tunnel to be drilled through the mountains of the Stad Peninsula on the western coast. This rocky finger of land juts out into dangerous seas, where the Norwegian and North seas meet, resulting in very treacherous weather and wave conditions. Ships often have to wait days for the stormy seas to settle before they can embark on their slow trip around the cape.   The mile long tunnel, which will be constructed at the peninsula’s thinnest point, where it connects to the mainland, will be large enough to allow a ship the size of a Hurtigruten Coast Steamer or the average cargo ship to slip through safely. Walkways will be built on either side of the canal to facilitate maintenance and emergency evacuations.    The $330 million project will kick off in 2022 and is expected to take three to four years to complete.