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Radiocarbon dates show the origins of megalith graves and how they spread across Europe

13 February, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

How did European megalith graves arise and spread? Using radiocarbon dates from a large quantity of material, an archaeologist at the University of Gothenburg has been able to show that people in the younger Stone Age were far more mobile than previously thought, had quite advanced seafaring skills, and that there were exchanges between different […]


Hard-to-detect antibiotic resistance an underestimated clinical problem

11 February, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

When antibiotics are used to treat bacteria susceptible to them, the treatment usually works. Nevertheless, the antibiotic chosen is sometimes ineffective. One of the reasons for this is heteroresistance, a phenomenon explored in depth by Uppsala and Emory University researchers in a new study.


1.1 million Swedish Kronor to research project on environmental pollution in the Baltic Sea and coastal farmland

5 February, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Marcelo Ketzer, professor of environmental science, and Mats Åström, professor of environmental geology, have been granted SEK 760,000 and SEK 375,000 respectively by SGU, Geological Survey of Sweden, for a new research project and a continuation project at Linnaeus University. “It feels great to receive this contribution that makes it possible for us to start […]


The 210-million-year-old Smok was crushing bones like a hyena

31 January, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

Coprolites, or fossil droppings, of the dinosaur-like archosaur Smok wawelski contain lots of chewed-up bone fragments. This led researchers at Uppsala University to conclude that this top predator was exploiting bones for salt and marrow, a behavior often linked to mammals but seldom to archosaurs.


Avian influenza in Bangladesh: the role of migratory birds in the transmission of disease

28 January, 2019 - Linnéuniversitetet

Avian influenza is a devastating disease in poultry, caused highly-pathogenic avian influenza viruses. The virus infects both wild and domestic birds and an important epidemiological question is to which extent wild waterfowl contribute to long-distance dispersal of disease. Jonas Waldenström and Mariëlle van Toor at Linnaeus University have now been granted SEK 3.5 million to […]


Large volcanic eruption in Scotland may have contributed to prehistoric global warming

24 January, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

Around 56 million years ago, global temperatures spiked. Researchers at Uppsala University and in the UK now show that a major explosive eruption from the Red Hills on the Isle of Skye may have been a contributing factor to the massive climate disturbance. Their findings have been published in the journal Scientific Reports.


Old cells repair damage in the brains of MS patients

23 January, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

A new study shows that there is a very limited regeneration of cells in the brain of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). These findings underline the importance of treating MS at an early stage of the disease progression, when the affected cells can repair the damage as they are not replaced by new ones. The results are published in the journal Nature by researchers from Swedens Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University.


New insights about the role of myelin-producing cells in MS

23 January, 2019 - Karolinska Institutet

Subpopulations of oligodendrocytes, myelin-producing cells in the brain that are targeted by the immune system in multiple sclerosis (MS), are altered in MS and might therefore have additional roles in the disease than previously described. The results are published in the journal Nature, in a study led by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and University of Edinburgh in the UK.


Our genes affect where fat is stored in our bodies

21 January, 2019 - Uppsala universitet

A study from Uppsala University has found that whether you store your fat around the trunk or in other parts of your body is highly influenced by genetic factors and that this effect is present predominantly in women and to a much lower extent in men. In the study, published in Nature Communications, the researchers measured how fat was distributed in nearly 360,000 voluntary participants.


Swedish instrument has landed on the Moon

3 January, 2019 - Institutet för rymdfysik

On January 3, 03:26 Swedish time, the Chinese Chang’E-4 spacecraft landed successfully on the far side of the Moon. The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) has developed one of the scientific instruments on board. The aim of the instrument is to study how the solar wind interacts with the lunar surface.