Press releases


Aminoff Prize rewards explosive studies of biological macromolecules

14 September, 2020 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Gregori Aminoff Prize 2021 to Henry Chapman, University of Hamburg, Germany, Janos Hajdu, Uppsala University, Sweden, and John Spence, Arizona State University, USA, “for their fundamental contributions to the development of X-ray free electron laser based structural biology”. Proteins are large molecules, macromolecules, that […]

Massive release of methane gas from the seafloor linked to global warming discovered for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere

2 September, 2020 - Linnéuniversitetet

Together with researchers from Brazil and France, professor Marcelo Ketzer and his colleagues at Linnaeus University have discovered methane gas leakage from gas hydrate dissociation caused by climate change, something that has never been witnessed in the Southern Hemisphere before. These new research discoveries have recently been published in Nature Communications. Gas hydrate is an […]

Swedish space technology ready to explore oceans under the ice on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede

21 August, 2020 - Institutet för rymdfysik

Now the first of two Swedish-led Jupiter instruments has left the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) to take its place on the European spacecraft JUICE. The Radio & Plasma Wave Investigation instrument (RPWI) will measure electric and magnetic fields to identify and map the oceans beneath the frozen ice cover of the moon Ganymede.

Potato peel nets can provide more eelgrass

30 July, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

By fundamentally strengthening the seabed with a net made on potato peelings, the conditions for eelgrass to take root can increase significantly.

Unknown currents in Southern Ocean have been observed with help of seals

26 June, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Using state-of-the-art ocean robots and scientific sensors attached to seals, researchers in Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg have for the first time observed small and energetic ocean currents in the Southern Ocean. The currents are critical at controlling the amount of heat and carbon moving between the ocean and the atmosphere – information vital for understanding our global climate and how it may change in the future.

Love rivals risk having offspring with a greater number of harmful mutations

16 March, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

Males that face tougher competition for females risk having offspring with a greater number of harmful mutations in their genome than males without rivals. Researchers at Uppsala University have discovered this correlation in the beetle species Callosobruchus maculatus. Their study is published in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Bacteria genes help researchers keep track of human environmental impact in oceans

12 February, 2020 - Linnéuniversitetet

The gene expression of marine bacteria can be a valuable sensor for discovering environmental changes caused by humans. Furthermore, bacteria help to clean our oceans and hopefully they could be used to purify drinking water from harmful environmental toxins in the future. This is shown in a new dissertation in marine microbial ecology by Christofer […]

Sjöberg Prize awarded for decisive discoveries about cell growth

4 February, 2020 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sjöberg Prize 2020 of one million US dollars to Michael Hall and David Sabatini. The two researchers have radically changed ideas about cell growth, an important factor in the development of cancer. In doing so, they laid the foundation for new forms of cancer treatment. When cells […]

Crafoord Laureates discovered the solar wind and solved mathematical problems

30 January, 2020 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

The man who discovered the solar wind, Eugene Parker, and one of mathematics’ great problem-solvers, Enrico Bombieri, will receive this year’s Crafoord Prize in astronomy and mathematics, respectively. The Crafoord Prize is worth six million Swedish krona and is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Crafoord Foundation in Lund. […]