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Long-term partnership to promote forestry and the forest industry

9 December, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Södra and IKEA of Sweden are now partnering with Linnaeus University in a unique long-term and strategic investment in research and education to promote forestry and the forest industry. “We operate in a region, and a country, in which forests and forest products play a major role in people’s daily lives, as well as the […]


Dual residence works well when children have a close relationship with both parents

5 December, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Dual residence, where children live approximately equally with each parent after separation or divorce, works best if the child has influence over the living arrangement and has good and close relationships with each parent. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg identifies several aspects important to the way children and young people experience their family model.


Expect Russia to continue throwing its military weight around, not least in Europe

3 December, 2019 - FOI Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut

Compared to a decade ago, Russia has clearly made substantial progress in transforming its military into an efficient fighting force. A new report from FOI forecasts a consolidation of Russian military capability towards 2029, with several implications for international security. – Over the past ten years, Russia has bridged the gap between its policy ambitions […]


Autonomous forestry and farming: how close we are?

2 December, 2019 - Umeå universitet

Autonomous systems can increase performance, reduce injury risk, save energy and money, and reduce the need for labor in agriculture and forestry. Ahmad Ostovar has developed methods and algorithms for systems with the capacity for automatic detection and recognition of objects in outdoor environments. He defends his thesis on December 5 at Umeå University, Sweden.


New evolutionary insights into the early development of songbirds

29 November, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

An international team led by Alexander Suh at Uppsala University has sequenced a chromosome in zebra finches called the germline-restricted chromosome (GRC). The researchers found that the GRC is tens of millions of years old and plays a key role in songbird biology, having collected genes used for embryonic development.


Kelp farming on the west coast – environmentally friendly aquaculture

28 November, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

There is a growing interest of the cultivation of macro algae. A new dissertation studies the best conditions for sustainable cultivation of the brown algae sugar kelp.

The negative environmental effects of kelp cultivation is very limited, especially compared to other kinds of aquaculture, according to studies from experiments in a two-hectare test farm in Kosterhavet at the Swedish west coast. The results are presented in a new dissertation by Wouter Visch, who has studied the brown algae sugar kelp, Saccharina latissima.


The tone of voice varies when cells communicate

28 November, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

How cells communicate is the focus of a new thesis from the University of Gothenburg.
“By studying mammalian cells, as well as fruit fly nerve cells, we’ve improved our understanding of how cells communicate,” says thesis author Anna Larsson.

In order to survive, the cells in our body need to be able to communicate with each other. One way for them to “talk to each other” is to send a chemical signal from one cell to another by secreting molecules. The recipient cell interprets the message and can adapt depending on the meaning of the signal.


Primary care centers’ extra payment for medication reviews ineffective

28 November, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Recent research shows that the system of special remuneration for drug reviews with older patients in primary care has not had the desired effect. The primary care centers (PCCs) in Region Västra Götaland (VGR) that most frequently reported, and were paid for, these reviews improved no more than the others. “There’s a very weak association […]


Epilepsy drug inhibits brain tumour development

27 November, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

Medication prescribed for a certain type of epilepsy may offer a new method for treating malignant infantile brain tumours. A specific mTOR inhibitor has the ability to cross the blood–brain barrier to both reach and attack the tumour at source. This has been demonstrated by researchers from Uppsala University, in collaboration with US and UK colleagues, and is published in Cell Stem Cell.


Researchers travel the world to prevent parents from beating their children

27 November, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

It is still common around the world that parents and other guardians punish their children with violence. Now, two social work researchers at Linnaeus University, Cecilia Kjellgren and Johanna Thulin, travel to the Philippines to tackle this challenge. During their visit they will spread their model in order to teach parents what effects physical punishment […]