New conflict data: 2014 was a very violent year
In June, Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) reported that the number of fatalities in armed conflict has increased substantially in recent years, and that 2014 was the most violent year since the end of the Cold War. New data show that also the ...
Yellow River sediments reveal the history of our climate
By meticulously examining sediments in China’s Yellow River, a Swedish–Chinese research group are showing that the history of tectonic and climate evolution on Earth may need to be rewritten. Their findings have been published in the highly repute...
"Zombie solar cells" discovered at Uppsala University
A group of researchers at Uppsala University has discovered a "zombie solar cell" that continues to generate electricity with unexpected effectiveness although the liquid transferring charges between the electrodes has dried out. The results were ...
Genetic findings could save threatened water buffalo
International collaboration between researchers at Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Indonesia has led to the identific...
New method to predict increased risk of breast cancer
By detecting cancer at an early stage, or even predicting who has an increased risk of being affected, the possibilities to treat the disease can be radically improved. In an international study led from Uppsala University the researchers have ...
Anti-ageing treatment for smart windows
Electrochromic windows, so-called ‘smart windows’, share a well-known problem with rechargeable batteries – their limited lifespan. Researchers at Uppsala University have now worked out an entirely new way to rejuvenate smart windows which have st...
Tumours vary depending on genetic background
Researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Broad Institute, USA, have identified both similarities and differences between a single tumour type in multiple dogs breeds; a finding they believe parallels the situation in the cancer of huma...
Rwandan child mortality sharply on the decline
After the genocide in the mid-1990s, Rwanda initiated major social and health reforms to improve the survival of all children. In his dissertation, Aimable Musafili from Uppsala University and the University of Rwanda reports an impressive decline...
Tooth enamel originated in the skin
When did the enamel that covers our teeth evolve? And where in the body did it first appear? In the latest issue of the journal Nature, researchers from Uppsala University and the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology (IVPP)...
New material holds promise for future electric cars
If electric cars are to be used in large numbers, the batteries presently available will need to be replaced by cheaper, safer ones. Researchers in Uppsala have now produced a promising new electrolyte material from a class of polymers not previou...
New smart robot accelerates cancer research
A new smart research robot accelerates research on cancer treatments. The new robot system finds optimal treatment combinations. Today Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) is publishing an article about the robot, authored by Dr Mats Gusta...
Cancer-stricken children want the truth
Children with cancer want honest but hopeful information. But giving appropriate information is difficult and improvements are needed for the sake of the child, the siblings and the parents. In a dissertation from Uppsala University, Li Jalmsell s...
New Greenland map facilitates climate research
For the first time a high-resolution map over the ground below the Greenland ice sheet is available. Researchers at Uppsala University have developed the map that will be of great importance for future possibilities to predict how the Greenland ic...
The more DNA the better
A new study shows that variation in genome size may be much more important than previously believed. It is clear that, at least sometimes, a large genome is a good genome.
PhenoMeNal: The gateway to individually adapted medication
The first of September is the start-up date for PhenoMeNal. This is an international research project which aims to establish a secure e-infrastructure for clinical metabolomics. One of the project’s work packages will be led by Uppsala University...
New step towards computers of the future
Future computers will require a magnetic material which can be manipulated ultra-rapidly by breaking the strong magnetic coupling. A study has been published in Nature Communications today in which Swedish and German scientists demonstrate that ev...
Metropolitan Europe growing increasingly segregated by class
People with disparate income levels are living farther and farther away from each other. This was found in an extensive research study of thirteen major European cities. The authors of the study highlight Stockholm as a city where the economic seg...
Ancient genomes link early Iberian farmers to Basques
An international team led by researchers at Uppsala University reports a surprising discovery from the genomes of eight Iberian Stone-Age farmer remains. The analyses revealed that early Iberian farmers are the closest ancestors to modern-day Basq...
Vegetable fats improve blood lipids and may extend lifespan
A common dietary recommendation is to replace saturated animal and tropical fats with unsaturated vegetable and fish fats. Which fats to include in standards diets is disputed, however. In a new dissertation, David Iggman has evaluated how differe...
The Tree of Life — more like a bush
New species evolve whenever a lineage splits off into several. Because of this, the kinship between species is often described in terms of a ‘tree of life’, where every branch constitutes a species. Now, researchers at Uppsala University have foun...