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Large areas of the Brazilian rainforest at risk of losing protection

Large areas of the Brazilian rainforest at risk of losing protection

Press Releases   •   Nov 14, 2018 07:00 GMT

Up to 15 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon is at risk of losing its legal protection, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is equivalent to more than 4 times the entire forest area of the UK.

New research recovers nutrients from seafood process water

New research recovers nutrients from seafood process water

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2018 08:01 GMT

Process waters from the seafood industry contain valuable nutrients, that could be used in food or aquaculture feed. But currently, these process waters are treated as waste. Now, a research project from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shows the potential of recycling these nutrients back into the food chain.

Joining forces for a European quantum computer

Joining forces for a European quantum computer

Press Releases   •   Oct 29, 2018 11:00 GMT

Ten international partners will collaborate in a research endeavour to build a high-performance quantum computer, available to a all users. The project, OpenSuperQ, coordinated by Saarland University, is part of the EU’s new €1 billion Flagship initiative on Quantum Technology. Chalmers University of Technology will contribute with knowledge of the primary building blocks of the quantum computers.

Carbon fibre can store energy in the body of a vehicle

Carbon fibre can store energy in the body of a vehicle

Press Releases   •   Oct 18, 2018 07:00 BST

A study has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the carbon fibre becomes part of the energy system. The use of this type of multifunctional material can contribute to a significant weight-reduction in the aircraft and vehicles of the future – a key challenge for electrification.

Understanding catalysts at the atomic level can provide a cleaner environment

Understanding catalysts at the atomic level can provide a cleaner environment

Press Releases   •   Oct 10, 2018 09:32 BST

​By studying materials down to the atomic level, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have found a way to make catalysts more efficient and environmentally friendly. The results have been published in Nature Communications. The methods can be used to improve many different types of catalysts.

BEYOND 2020 – guiding the building sector on the UN 2030 agenda

BEYOND 2020 – guiding the building sector on the UN 2030 agenda

Press Releases   •   Oct 03, 2018 08:00 BST

Gothenburg, Sweden, will be hosting Beyond 2020, the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, in June 2020. The mission of this large event is to engage the global building sector and set up a roadmap of actions as a guide on how to best contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The dialogue has already started on the web.

Emissions-free energy system saves heat from the summer sun for winter

Emissions-free energy system saves heat from the summer sun for winter

Press Releases   •   Oct 03, 2018 07:00 BST

​A research group from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has made great, rapid strides towards the development of a specially designed molecule which can store solar energy for later use. These advances have been presented in four scientific articles this year, with the most recent being published in the highly ranked journal Energy & Environmental Science.

Studded winter tyres cost more lives than they save

Studded winter tyres cost more lives than they save

Press Releases   •   Oct 02, 2018 08:01 BST

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have now shown that studded winter tyres cost more lives than they save. The new study takes a holistic view of the tyres’ impact on wider public health. At the same time, they show that their use contributes to the bloody conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and fatal accidents in their production phase.

Cashew nut-based Swedish boat wins Italian sailing competition

Cashew nut-based Swedish boat wins Italian sailing competition

Press Releases   •   Sep 25, 2018 14:33 BST

At the 1001 Velacup sailing competition in Palermo, Italy, the team from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, raced home to first place. The winning boat, Linnea, was built of balsa wood, flax and a cashew nut-based epoxy, and proved to be considerably faster than the other competitors, thanks in part to a daring design that fared well in the light winds.

Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production

Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production

Press Releases   •   Sep 11, 2018 07:00 BST

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources. Firstly, lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories, and secondly, establishing more efficient methods for hydrolysis of biomass to sugars for fermentation. Their study was recently published in the journal Nature Energy.

New innovation improves the diagnosis of dizziness

New innovation improves the diagnosis of dizziness

Press Releases   •   Sep 10, 2018 07:01 BST

Half of over-65s suffer from dizziness and problems with balance. But some tests to identify the causes of such problems are painful and can risk hearing damage. Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new testing device using bone conduction technology, that offers significant advantages over the current tests.

A new theory for phantom limb pain points the way to more effective treatment

A new theory for phantom limb pain points the way to more effective treatment

Press Releases   •   Sep 06, 2018 07:01 BST

Dr Max Ortiz Catalan of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed a new theory for the origin of the mysterious condition, ‘phantom limb pain’. Published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, his hypothesis builds upon his previous work on a revolutionary treatment for the condition, that uses machine learning and augmented reality.

Wholegrains one of the most important food groups for preventing type 2 diabetes

Wholegrains one of the most important food groups for preventing type 2 diabetes

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2018 07:00 BST

It doesn’t matter if it’s rye, oats, or wheat. As long as it’s wholegrain, it can prevent type 2 diabetes. This is the finding of a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and the Danish Cancer Society Research Center. The comprehensive study is a strong confirmation of previous research findings on the importance of whole grains for prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism

Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism

Press Releases   •   Aug 22, 2018 07:00 BST

With Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, as a hub, the world’s first global research network into climate change denial has now been established. Building on a new research publication showing the links between conservatism, xenophobia and climate change denial, the network will study how the growth of right-wing nationalism in Europe has contributed to an increase in climate change denial.

Fibre-optic transmission of 4000 km made possible by ultra-low-noise optical amplifiers

Fibre-optic transmission of 4000 km made possible by ultra-low-noise optical amplifiers

Press Releases   •   Jul 05, 2018 07:00 BST

​Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, have demonstrated a 4000 kilometre fibre-optical transmission link using ultra low-noise, phase-sensitive optical amplifiers. This is a reach improvement of almost six times what is possible when using conventional optical amplifiers. The results are published in Nature Communications.

Sweden invests 1 billion SEK in testbed for electromobility

Sweden invests 1 billion SEK in testbed for electromobility

Press Releases   •   Jun 29, 2018 09:31 BST

RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), and Chalmers University of Technology have now begun, with support from the Swedish government, the establishment of a Swedish testbed for electromobility. Overall, contributions from the government, and the industrial partners CEVT, Scania, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group, enable an investment of 1 billion Swedish krona for the testbed.

How smart technology gadgets can avoid speed limits

How smart technology gadgets can avoid speed limits

Press Releases   •   Jun 28, 2018 07:00 BST

​Speed limits apply not only to traffic. There are limitations on the control of light as well, in optical switches for internet traffic, for example. Physicists at Chalmers University of Technology now understand why it is not possible to increase the speed beyond a certain limit – and know the circumstances in which it is best to opt for a different route.

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2018 11:05 BST

​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a graphene assembled film that has over 60 percent higher thermal conductivity than graphite film – despite the fact that graphite simply consists of many layers of graphene. The graphene film shows great potential as a novel heat spreading material for form-factor driven electronics and other high power-driven systems.

Swedish receiver to capture cosmic waves in the world's largest radio telescope

Swedish receiver to capture cosmic waves in the world's largest radio telescope

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2018 08:00 BST

Just arrived in South Africa, Chalmers’ most advanced radio receiver is Sweden's main contribution to the record-breaking telescope SKA (Square Kilometre Array). The advanced prototype, now being tested in the Karoo Desert, is not only shiny and new. It’s also an important step towards a radio telescope that will challenge our ideas of time and space.

Ground-breaking discoveries could create superior alloys with many applications

Ground-breaking discoveries could create superior alloys with many applications

Press Releases   •   Jun 19, 2018 08:01 BST

Many current and future technologies require alloys that can withstand high temperatures without corroding. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have hailed a major breakthrough in understanding how alloys behave at high temperatures, pointing the way to significant improvements in many technologies. The results are published in the highly ranked journal Nature Materials.