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Run Faster! Be Stronger! Can technology make you better?

13 March, 2017 - Umeå universitet

Technological growth is moving at a fast rate. As it advances, it simultaneously shrinks, moving closer to our bodies, intertwining with the many facets of our lives and positions itself between our experiences of the physical environments. When utilizing these technological systems in intense sporting activities, this competition for our focus can lead to problematic scenarios.

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Booklaunch – Vicke Lindstrand On The Periphery

18 November, 2016 - Uppsala universitet

Australian design historian Mark Ian Jones launches his new book Vicke Lindstrand On The Periphery- the first English language publication to examine the life and work of the Swedish artist and his place in Scandinavian design history. The author describes the image and reception of an artist and designer who didn’t “fit the mould” but has shown to be more influential than previously perceived.

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Sensational Grave Find in Cypriote Bronze Age City

9 August, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

An archaeological expedition from the University of Gothenburg has discovered one of the richest graves from the Late Bronze Age ever found on the island of Cyprus. The grave and its offering pit, located adjacent the Bronze Age city of Hala Sultan Tekke, contained many fantastic gold objects such as a diadem, pearls, earrings and Egyptian scarabs, as well as more than 100 richly ornamented ceramic vessels. The objects, which originate from several adjacent cultures, confirm the central role of Cyprus in long-distance trade.

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New Interpretation of the Rök Runestone Inscription Changes View of Viking Age

2 May, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

The Rök Runestone, erected in the late 800s in the Swedish province of Östergötland, is the world’s most well-known runestone. Its long inscription has seemed impossible to understand, despite the fact that it is relatively easy to read. A new interpretation of the inscription has now been presented – an interpretation that breaks completely with a century-old interpretative tradition. What has previously been understood as references to heroic feats, kings and wars in fact seems to refer to the monument itself.

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Water storage made prehistoric settlement expansion possible in Amazonia

28 April, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

The pre-Columbian settlements in Amazonia were not limited to the vicinities of rivers and lakes. One example of this can be found in the Santarém region in Brazilian Amazonia, where most archaeological sites are situated in an upland area and are the result of an expansion of settlements in the last few centuries before the arrival of Europeans. This is concluded by a research team consisting of archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg and Brazilian colleagues.

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New Swedish study on the grammar of subclauses in historical English

12 April, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

When do English speakers say whether that will happen is unknown and when do they say it is unknown whether that will happen? Looking at, among other things, medieval homilies and early modern letter correspondence, a recently published dissertation at the University of Gothenburg shows how clausal arguments, and in particular clausal subjects, have been expressed at different points in time in the history of English.

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Colonists’ religious architecture influenced by Maya traditions

31 March, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

The Mayas influenced the Spanish colonists’ religious architecture. This is concluded in a new doctoral thesis in archaeology that compares Spanish colonial churches and Maya dwellings on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and Belize.

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Stories about Breivik make his terror attack a personal rather than a societal problem

30 March, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

Authors, journalists and researchers who have tried to explain Anders Behring Breivik’s terror attack in Norway on 22 July 2011 tend to separate Breivik from Norwegian society and instead attribute the tragedy to his personal failure to ‘fit in’. This is the conclusion of a new doctoral thesis in gender studies from the University of Gothenburg.

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Public Contributions to Science Increasingly Common

15 January, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

So-called citizen science has become a significant force in several scholarly disciplines. The phenomenon can be found in both the natural and the social sciences, according to the largest systematic analysis to date on the topic, the results of which are published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

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Finds in Bronze Age City Confirm Long-Distance Trade

13 January, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

The Bronze Age city Hala Sultan Tekke (about 1600−1100 BC) in Cyprus is much larger than previously thought, and new finds suggest that its inhabitants were involved in trade reaching far beyond its immediate neighbours. Last summer, a Swedish archaeological expedition from the University of Gothenburg continued its excavations, and Cypriot authorities recently presented some interesting findings.