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Twisted radio beams in space reveal unique properties of black holes

21 February, 2020 - Institutet för rymdfysik

A researcher from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, IRF, is a member of the international research team that has detected twisted radio beams from the famous black hole in the M87 galaxy. The radiation discovered reveals unique properties of black holes.

Bariatric surgery effective against early-onset obesity too

20 February, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Surgical treatment of obesity is as effective for individuals who developed the disorder early, by the age of 20, as for those who have developed obesity later in life, a study from the University of Gothenburg shows. The results, published in the journal Diabetes Care, are based on data from the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) […]

New mathematical model reveals how major groups arise in evolution

19 February, 2020 - Uppsala universitet

Researchers at Uppsala University and the University of Leeds presents a new mathematical model of patterns of diversity in the fossil record, which offers a solution to Darwin’s “abominable mystery” and strengthens our understanding of how modern groups originate. The research is published in the journal Science Advances.

Swedish Institute of Space Physics one step closer to the edge of the Solar System

19 February, 2020 - Institutet för rymdfysik

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics, IRF, is one step closer to being able to send up a satellite instrument to study Neptune and its moon Triton. The American space agency NASA has selected TRIDENT as one of four mission concepts to be developed further for final selection in April 2021 as part of its Discovery program.

First Swedish transplant of uterus from deceased donor

17 February, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

The Swedish team responsible for uterine transplantation research has, for the first time, transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor. The operation proceeded without complications and the recipient is doing well. The transplant was done in December 2019 under the supervision of Mats Brännström, consultant physician and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University […]

Making the internet more energy efficient through systemic optimisation

13 February, 2020 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently completed a 5-year research project looking at how to make fibre optic communications systems more energy efficient. Among their proposals are smart, error-correcting data chip circuits, which they refined to be 10 times less energy consumptive. The project yielded multiple scientific articles, including in Nature Communications.

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 […]

Adding sewage sludge on soils does not promote antibiotic resistance, Swedish study shows

10 February, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Adding sewage sludge on soils does not promote antibiotic resistance, a study from University of Gothenburg shows. Some of the antibiotics we use end up in sewage sludge, together with a variety of antibiotic resistant bacteria present in feces. Therefore, there is a widespread concern that spreading sludge on farmland would contribute to the development […]

New findings on the origin of the sciences of our consciousness

9 February, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

The big humanities research programme Representation and Reality sheds new light on how knowledge about our consciousness has evolved from antiquity through to the present day. For seven years, 19 researchers have studied how Aristotle’s theories about human perception and cognition were developed during the Middle Ages and right up until the present day. They are now concluding this collaboration with a final report and concluding conference in Gothenburg.

Menopause timing hard to determine in every third woman

6 February, 2020 - Göteborgs universitet

Is it possible to investigate menopausal age, or not? In more than one in three women aged 50, the body provides no clear answer about the menopause, a University of Gothenburg study shows. Increased use of hormonal intrauterine devices and contraceptive pills are the cause. The springboard for the study was previous research, published in […]