Nobel Peace Prize 2014 Highly Relevant in Light of Research
The Nobel peace prize this year goes to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay ‘for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education’.
Low concentrations of heavy metals and antibiotics contribute to resistance
New research at Uppsala University shows that plasmids containing genes that confer resistance to antibiotics can be enriched by very low concentrations of antibiotics and heavy metals. These results strengthen the suspicion that the antibiotic re...
Individual metropolises now global political players
By providing the infrastructure that connects global flows and financial systems, major cities have increased their political power alongside the nation-states. In some cases, they are pursuing their own foreign policy in several areas. In her PhD...
Smart, ecofriendly new battery to solve problems
Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly ...
Lack of sleep increases risk of failure in school
A new Swedish study shows that adolescents who suffer from sleep disturbance or habitual short sleep duration are less likely to succeed academically compared to those who enjoy a good night’s sleep. The results have recently been published in the...
Improved catalysers could reduce nitrogen oxides in diesel exhausts
It is fully doable to reduce environmentally harmful nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines by improving the aftertreatment system in catalysers. This is demonstrated in a thesis by Soma Tayamon at Uppsala University.
Exercise helps us avoid heart failure
By exercising at moderate intensity for one hour, or exercising vigorously for 30 minutes a day, it is possible to decrease the risk of heart failure by 46 per cent. This is shown in a new study led by researchers at Uppsala University in cooperat...
The world’s lakes have finally been counted
Finland is called ‘the land of a thousand lakes’. On registration plates in Minnesota it says ‘10,000 lakes!’, and in Sweden there are about 100,000 lakes. But how many lakes are there in the whole world? New research from Uppsala University gives...
New genetic research reveals how wild rabbits became tame rabbits
The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous...
Sheep dogs follow simple rules – may be used to develop ‘sheep robots’
We can all be fascinated by skilful sheep dogs’ abilities to lead sheep where they want them. But how do they do it? A multidisciplinary Swedish–British research group consisting of biologists and mathematicians have now studied this, showing that...
Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics
In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the s...
Genetics and lifestyle have a strong impact on biomarkers for inflammation and cancer
In a new study published in Nature Communications, research scientists from Uppsala University present for the first time a large-scale study of the significance of genetic, clinical and lifestyle factors for protein levels in the bloodstream. The...
Blood cells unexpected source of new nerve cells in crayfish
A new study led by researchers at Uppsala University and Wellesley College, USA, demonstrates that the immune system in crayfish can produce cells with stem cell properties. These cells can then develop into new nerve cells in the adult animal. Th...
Why white dogs are white
About half of all dogs show some form of white spotting which can range from a few white marks in the Bernese mountain dog to extreme white coat color in Dalmatians and white boxer. But why have dogs so often white markings, and how can we explain...
Record-breaking material gives rejected drugs a new chance
More than 80 per cent of all drug candidates in pharma research and development suffer from poor solubility and are therefore rejected early in the drug discovery process. Now Uppsala University researchers show that the new material Upsalite® has...
Genes make crows choose partners that look alike
Crows like to select mates that look alike. In a large-scale genomic study, published in Science today, a team of researchers led by Uppsala University found that this behaviour might be rooted in their genetic make-up, revealing a likely common e...
Two out of five war fatalities occurred in Syria
Conflicts in the world last year increased by one compared to 2012, up to 33. This is reported by peace researchers at Uppsala University’s Conflict Data Program. The number has remained stable over the past decade. 2012 saw an increase in the num...
Obesity gene linked to hormonal changes that favor energy surplus
A new study from Uppsala University demonstrates that elderly humans carrying a common variant of the fat mass and obesity gene FTO also have a shifted endocrine balance. Low blood concentrations of the satiety hormone leptin and high blood concen...
New study: PCB increases harmful effects of smoking
In a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Uppsala University show that the harmful effect of smoking is aggravated if the person has high blood levels of PCB. This indicates that environmental contaminants interact wit...
Effects of Climate on Lakes – from Amazonas to the forest lakes of Sweden
The sediment on the bottom of lakes accumulates tremendous amounts of organic material. Some of it is stored a very long time. Other parts are broken down into carbon dioxide and methane, which leave the water and rise into the atmosphere. In a s...