One hundred blue whales live in the waters surrounding Iceland, according to the Marine Research Institute of Iceland (Hafró).
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Students in the Masters in Engineering program at the University of Reykjavík launched three high power rockets at Mýrdalssandur, South Iceland, last Thursday.
Pollen is once again being counted by scientists in Iceland for the summer season to help hay fever sufferers.
New 3D images of Iceland using satellite imagery provide a more accurate picture of Iceland than has been available before. Munich University along with institutions in Germany have been working on the map in cooperation with Icelandic companies.
Eva Dögg Jóhannesdóttir, biologist at the West Fjords Natural History Institute, is currently researching the possibility of cultivating purple laver, an edible variety of red alga, to produce Nori sheets, which are used to wrap sushi pieces.
The fishing town of Höfn in Hornafjörður, Southeast Iceland, has risen 15 cm (6 inches) since 1997. According to Halldór Björnsson, head of climate research at the Icelandic Met Office, the rise is due to glacial uplift as a result of the glacier melt.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in an interview with RÚV earlier this week that although climate change has serious negative impacts for the world overall, it may create opportunities for Icelanders through food production and exports.
The North Atlantic may be an important pathway for the spread of avian influenza between Europe and North America, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report published yesterday.
The Noise Observation and Information Service for Europe recently published a noise map of the cities and largest towns of Iceland.
Icelanders have donated USD 500,000 (EUR 360,000) to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, which reached the USD 1 billion milestone yesterday.
The Icelandic website paxel123.com recently came first in a European competition for best content for children.