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Environment

Scientists Identify Most Pressing Research Issues Posed by Chemicals in the Environment

8 August, 2018 - Göteborgs universitet

An international study, involving scientists from the University of Gothenburg, has identified the 22 most important research questions that need to be answered to fill the most pressing knowledge gaps over the next decade. “The study provides an overview of the major issues at hand. This includes the chemicals we should be most concerned about, […]

Future Nobel Prizewinners to visit Mälardalen University in Sweden?

31 October, 2017 - Mälardalens högskola

Since September Mälardalen University in Sweden (MDH) is visited by 44 of China’s most talented PhDs in Future Energy. They have been awarded scholarships by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), an organisation with links to the Chinese Ministry of Education, and will be staying at MDH for three months, visiting companies in the region and […]

Tax billions to the aviation industry

6 September, 2017 - Linnéuniversitetet

Studies dealing with subsidies in the aviation industry are few and far between. No one really knows how much money is forwarded to the global aviation industry, but the total is likely to amount to many billions of Euros each year. “For the first time ever, we present a conceptualisation of the different types of […]

Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings

10 March, 2017 - Uppsala universitet

With their measurements and samples, nearly 3,500 schoolchildren have assisted a research study on lakes and global warming, now published in the journal Scientific Reports. The results show that water temperatures generally remain low despite the air becoming warmer. This helps to curb the emission of greenhouse gases.

“Snus” users run greater risk of type 2 diabetes

6 February, 2017 - Karolinska Institutet

Consuming one or more pot of “snus” – Swedish snuff or dipping tobacco – per day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 70 per cent. This is the same risk increase as previously seen for smokers who smoke one packet of cigarettes a day. The study on the effects of snus was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and their colleagues at Umeå and Lund universities, and is published in The Journal of Internal Medicine.

The secret of the supervolcano

25 January, 2017 - Uppsala universitet

Researchers have now found an explanation for what triggered the largest volcanic eruption witnessed by mankind. The volcano’s secret was revealed by geochemical clues hidden inside volcanic quartz crystals.

Climate change altered the natural selection – large forehead patch no longer a winner

24 January, 2017 - Uppsala universitet

In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have found evidence of that climate change upends selection of face characteristics in the collared flycatcher. During the study the annual fitness selection on forehead patch size switched from positive to negative, a reversal that is accounted for by rising spring temperatures at the breeding site.

Soil organisms maintain high plant diversity

13 January, 2017 - SLU

Infertile shrublands in Australia host an exceptionally high number of plant species. How the species can coexist while competing for limiting resources has puzzled ecologists for decades. Researchers, including two from SLU, suggest that part of the answer for such high plant diversity could reside in the myriad of root-associated organisms that live in soils. The study is published in Science.