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What happens when ice melts?

30 December, 2004 - Stockholms universitet

How molecules are linked together to form liquid water is the subject of a groundbreaking study due to appear Thursday, Apr. 1 in Science magazine’s advance publication web site Science Express. The investigation entitled The Structure of the First Coordination Shell in Liquid Water summarizes the results of an international collaboration headed by researchers at Stockholm University and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California.

Good results with only one egg in in-vitro fertilization

2 December, 2004 - Göteborgs universitet

Nearly as many women who received only one embryo at a time gave birth as women who received two embryos. At the same time the risk of giving birth to twins is minimized. These are the findings of a major study from the Sahlgrenska Academy, at Göteborg University in Sweden.

The logic of life brings order to our genes

30 November, 2004 - Lunds universitet

It is tricky enough to get a soccer team of eleven players to cooperate and work as one – but what would it be like if there were 25,000 players on the field? What would the rules be like, and how many referees would it take to make sure that the rules were followed? As it happens, our genomes consist of networks of roughly 25,000 interacting genes, and these networks are obviously very stable and resilient to changed conditions. Out of billions of cells, not a single one falls into chaos. How can order be maintained? A question that scientists have been pondering since the 1960s may now have been answered by theoretical physicists at Lund University.

Large EU-grant for new approach to nanoscience

10 September, 2004 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Together with research groups in the UK, Italy and France the Department of Chemistry and Bioscience at Chalmers University of Technology in Goteborg, Sweden, has received positive evaluation from the European Union on a proposal of approximately 2.5 million Euros for a new approach to basic research in physical and organic chemistry.

Ice and a slice of climate history

24 August, 2004 - Polarforskningssekretariatet

The first 40 million years of Arctic climate history was recovered from beneath the Arctic sea floor on Monday (23 August).

Hydrogeochemical changes before and after a major earthquake

6 August, 2004 - Stockholms universitet

Scientists at Stockholm University have developed a new method for predicting earthquakes with the help of geochemistry. The method involves metering the content of certain metals in underground water, which changes before and after an earthquake.

Dingo’s mother a Chinese domesticated dog

5 August, 2004 - KTH (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan)

The Australian dingo descends from domesticated dogs that people from Southeast Asia brought with them to Australia some 5,000 years ago. Genetic studies indicate that it is probably a matter of a single occasion and a very small number of dogs.

Oldest ice in core sample from Antarctic reveals unknown climatic history

11 June, 2004 - Stockholms universitet

Secrets of the earth’s earlier climate are uncovered in this week’s issue of the journal Nature. The information has been gleaned from an ice core sample from the Antarctic. The ice core from Dome C, high on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, contains snowfall from the last 740,000 years. This is the longest climate series ever extracted from inland ice.

Arctic expedition may find clues to what caused the ice-age

1 June, 2004 - Polarforskningssekretariatet

The Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX) will be launched at a press conference at 12.30pm on Thursday 3 June at the Royal Society in London. This expedition involves scientists & engineers from France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and other countries, on behalf of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program .