Megalith tombs were family graves in European Stone Age
16 april 2019
In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international research team, led from Uppsala University, discovered kin relationships among Stone Age individuals buried in megalithic tombs on Ireland and in Swe...
Volcanic origin of Kiruna-type iron ores
12 april 2019
The origin of giant apatite-iron oxide ores of the so-called ‘Kiruna-type’ has been the topic of a long standing debate that has lasted for over 100 years. In a new article, published in Nature Communications, a team of scientists presents new and...
Award for research and teaching on the Holocaust
11 april 2019
Tomislav Dulić, Senior Lecturer in History and Director of the Hugo Valentin Centre, has been awarded the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award 2019.
Origin of Scandinavian wolves clarified
29 mars 2019
There are no signs that hybrids of dog and wolf have contributed to the Scandinavian wolf population – a matter that has been discussed, especially in Norway. These wolves appear to have originated from the Nordic region or adjacent parts of North...
2019 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science to Margaret Levi
28 mars 2019
Professor Margaret Levi at Stanford University and University of Washington has been named the 25th recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. She is awarded the prize for “having laid the foundations of our understanding of why cit...
“The goal is to be able to automatically read enciphered, historical manuscripts”
26 mars 2019
Meet Beáta Megyesi. As Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics, she is head of research for an interdisciplinary project to develop research in historical cryptology that has modern applications. Find out what the project is about.
EU battery initiative led from Uppsala
19 mars 2019
A large-scale research project on batteries is being planned in the EU and will be coordinated from Uppsala by Kristina Edström, professor at the Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory. She has been researching batteries since the 90s and l...
Diplomatic wives’ political clout often overlooked
07 mars 2019
Many 20th-century accounts of international relations and diplomacy often leave out the role of women. Diplomats’ wives were not officially employed, but diplomacy was frequently based on couples working together.
Two genes explain variations in the wall lizard's colour and behaviour
01 mars 2019
How are reptiles capable of generating such a diversity of bright colors? And how is it possible that within a single population of the same species, different individuals exhibit different coloration patterns? An international team of scientists ...
Should future parents be screened for genetic disorders?
01 mars 2019
Should public healthcare systems provide couples with expanded screening for genetic disorders before they decide to become pregnant? Screening programmes could increase our reproductive choices and autonomy. But there are ethical issues at stake.
New research initiative will power up Europe’s battery revolution
26 februari 2019
A world moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy will rely more and more on energy storage and in particular on batteries. Better batteries can reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector, stabilise the power grid, and much more. The B...
Animal Hero of the Year in the service of research
22 februari 2019
In mid-December Livia, the hospital dog, was chosen as Animal Hero of the Year for her work with children at Uppsala University Hospital. The research project involving Livia has reached the halfway point, and the goal is to demonstrate that dog t...
Large-scale experiments on spinach at Testa Center
22 februari 2019
Rubisco is an important plant enzyme that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Marvin Seibert’s research team uses leaf spinach to study the protein at the molecular level. The new Testa Center in Uppsala can conduct experiments on a large ...
‘Old’ sperm produces healthier offspring
14 februari 2019
Sperm that live for longer before fertilising an egg produce healthier offspring – according to new research from Uppsala University and University of East Anglia, Great Britain.
Hard-to-detect antibiotic resistance a clinical problem
12 februari 2019
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 ...
“Sensors will detect small movements in the rock”
04 februari 2019
Hello to Björn Lund, seismologist, who tests sensors for the monitoring of the deep geological repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark. You work as part of the Swedish National Seismic Network (SNSN), which is run by the Department of Earth ...
The number of fatalities in conflicts decreased in 2018
04 februari 2019
Hello Therese Pettersson, Research Coordinator at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, who is currently compiling statistics from 2018 for the UCDP database. Has the number of fatalities caused by conflicts continued to decrease in 2018?
New findings about the 210 million year old dinosaur-like archosaur
01 februari 2019
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 be...
Peace is best established with respect for local traditions and women’s needs
30 januari 2019
Lasting peace is best created with consideration for local conflict resolution traditions and with great sensitivity for the grassroots perspective, and above all, for the needs of female victims.
Decreasing snow cover causes increasing methane production in frozen lakes
25 januari 2019
New, unexpected consequences of climate change keep presenting themselves. A new study from Uppsala University and SLU shows that a decreased snow cover on frozen lakes in boreal forests may inhibit the activity of methane degrading bacteria benea...