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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 […]

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Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

4 September, 2017 - Umeå universitet

Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive. The results of a study coordinated from Umeå University in Sweden are now published in Nature Communications.

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Fungi are key players of the deep biosphere

4 July, 2017 - Linnéuniversitetet

In addition to the life on the surface of the Earth and in its oceans, ecosystems have evolved deep under us in a realm coined the “deep biosphere” which stretches several kilometers down into the bedrock. Down there, the conditions are harsh and life is forced to adjust to a lifestyle that we at the […]

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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.

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Effects of genes often influenced by network

27 February, 2017 - Uppsala universitet

When many genes regulate a single trait, they commonly work together in large clusters or ‘networks’. Taking this into account allows better predictions of how an individual’s genetic make-up affects the trait concerned. The risk of perceiving the importance of an individual gene incorrectly is also reduced.

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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.

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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.

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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.