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May 15, 2013 07:28 BST How cells regulate their own function by “accelerating and braking” is important basic knowledge when new intelligent medicines are being developed, or when plant cells are tweaked to produce more bioenergy. In a study published by Nature Communications 14 May, researchers at Uppsala and Umeå universities, Sweden, show a model of how cells’ regulatory systems work.
May 15, 2013 05:26 BST Community groups in rural Vietnam comprised of local health workers, politicians and laywomen (Maternal and Newborn Health Groups) set up to tackle challenges to maternal and neonatal health may reduce the neonatal death rate after three years and increase antenatal care attendance, according to a study by researchers from Sweden and Vietnam published in this week’s PLOS Medicine.
May 13, 2013 15:38 BST Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden can now reveal the mechanism behind the curved path of a curling stone. The discovery by the researchers, who usually study friction and wear in industrial and technical applications, is now published in the scientific journal Wear.
Apr 15, 2013 20:00 BST New research results from Uppsala University instil hope of efficient hydrogen production with green algae being possible in the future, despite the prevailing scepticism based on previous research. The study, which is published today in the esteemed journal PNAS, changes the view on the ability of green algae – which is good news.
Apr 08, 2013 06:00 BST Societal modernization has importance for the high suicide rates in contemporary Russia. But also alcohol consumption seems to have a remarkably stable importance. This is shown by sociologist Tanya Jukkala who is defending her doctoral thesis at Uppsala University on April 12.
Apr 08, 2013 05:45 BST An international research team has identified seven new gene loci linked to obesity. Researchers were also able to show that the genetic mechanisms that cause extreme obesity are similar to those that cause milder forms of overweight and obesity.
Apr 05, 2013 07:12 BST There is a connection between high levels of PCBs and the heart’s ability to pump. The study is the latest of several from the Uppsala University research group showing health issues caused by PCBs, even though their use has been banned for some time.
Mar 25, 2013 09:11 GMT A little more than a year ago a research team started to develop a vital part of a Finnish invention – an electric solar wind sail for interplanetary journeys. Now, a prototype has been successfully manufactured and tested.
Mar 19, 2013 12:26 GMT An advanced chip that swiftly and with extremely high sensitivity can measure 92 different tumour proteins from 92 different patients is now available at SciLifeLab in Uppsala. The new technology will become an important resource for researchers and companies developing diagnostics for different illnesses.
Mar 13, 2013 16:10 GMT Researchers and doctoral students from Uppsala University have today installed the first 6.7 metre long generator in what will become a wave power farm in Lysekil, Sweden.
Mar 11, 2013 15:34 GMT On the 12 March scientists and doctoral students from Uppsala University are installing the first large generator in what will become a full scale wave power farm in Lysekil. Media are hereby welcomed to attend the launch.
Mar 06, 2013 09:53 GMT Journalists are welcome to the river Dalälven, in the rural Swedish town of Söderfors, when the first experimental plant for marine current power will be installed on March 7. The aim is to develop new technology for utilising renewable marine current power as a means for producing electricity.
Feb 20, 2013 09:57 GMT New research from Uppsala University shows that sleep-deprived people select greater portion sizes of energy-dense snacks and meals than they do after one night of normal sleep. Poor sleep habits can therefore affect people’s risk of becoming overweight in the long run. The findings are published in Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Feb 18, 2013 12:47 GMT Do we trust biobank researchers? In a doctoral thesis from Uppsala University, medical doctor and bioethicist Linus Johnsson claims that we do: At least in Sweden. And since we do, researchers in turn have a moral responsibility towards us.
Jan 28, 2013 11:54 GMT One of the greatest challenges of modern science is understanding the human brain. Uppsala University’s Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) is part of the European Commission flagship initiative to simulate the human brain and will look at the philosophical and ethical implications of this.
Nov 28, 2012 13:00 GMT Collaboration between medical and anthropological expertise can solve complex clinical problems in today's multicultural women's healthcare, shows Pauline Binder, a medical anthropologist, who will present her thesis on 1 December at the Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University.
Oct 25, 2012 17:05 BST When a female mates with several males, these will compete over the fertilization her eggs. This is an important evolutionary force that has led to the evolution of a diversity of male sexual organ morphologies. This is revealed in a study of seed beetles published today in the leading scientific journal Current Biology.
Oct 22, 2012 06:50 BST A type of haemorrhagic fever (Crimean-Congo) that is prevalent in Africa, Asia, and the Balkans has begun to spread to new areas in southern Europe. Now Swedish researchers have shown that migratory birds carrying ticks are the possible source of contagion. The discovery is being published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Oct 07, 2012 18:00 BST Researchers at Uppsala University have, together with Brazilian collaborators, discovered a new group of nerve cells that regulate processes of learning and memory. These cells act as gatekeepers and carry a receptor for nicotine, which can explain our ability to remember and sort information.
Oct 02, 2012 08:04 BST It was long believed that proteins need to be well structured to function, but during the last decade it has become clear that disorder is often crucial for function. Now, a research team at Uppsala University has shed light on how such disordered proteins interact with each other.
Sep 20, 2012 19:02 BST The Khoe and San peoples in southern Africa play an important role for our understanding of the evolutionary history of humans. These peoples are directly descended from the first branching of the genealogical tree for today’s humans. This is shown in a study led by Uppsala University and being presented in the Web version of the journal Science today.
Sep 14, 2012 06:16 BST Researchers at Uppsala University have cloned a T-cell receptor that binds to an antigen associated with prostate cancer and breast cancer. T cells that have been genetically equipped with this T-cell receptor have the ability to specifically kill prostate and breast cancer cells. The study is being published this week in PNAS.
Aug 29, 2012 18:01 BST Researchers have discovered a mutation in a single gene in horses that is critical for the ability to perform ambling gaits, for pacing and that has a major effect on performance in harness racing. The study, which is published in Nature today, is a breakthrough for our understanding of spinal cord neuronal circuitry and its control of locomotion in vertebrates.
Aug 03, 2012 22:00 BST The congenital eye disease persistent foetal vasculature syndrome leads to bleeding, detached retina, and a cloudy lens. Now researchers at Uppsala University show in a model for the disease that it may be associated with an excessive expression of a growth factor during the foetal period.
Jul 17, 2012 12:06 BST Individuals with elevated levels of PCBs and DDT in their blood run a greater risk of having a stroke. This is shown in a study from Uppsala University that is being published today in the scientific journal Environmental International.
Jun 21, 2012 19:06 BST A research team at Uppsala University has managed to clarify how proteins that regulate the activity of genes quickly find their way on chromosomes among millions of possible binding sites. The study also confirms a more than 30-year-old theory about the process. The findings are being published today in the scientific journal Science.
Jun 07, 2012 07:52 BST Adrenocortical cancer is an uncommon form of cancer that is often fatal. For the first time, a large-scale randomized treatment study has now been carried out. The study is being published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine and constitutes an important and long-awaited platform for continued research.
May 24, 2012 18:46 BST There is a correlation between high levels of the environmental toxin PCB and the distribution of body fat to the abdomen. This is shown in a new study published today in the scientific journal Obesity. Abdominal fat is already known to increase the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, among other conditions.
May 18, 2012 07:00 BST Sweden is a well-functioning, secure, and efficient welfare country. But without a civic registration number, a person quickly winds up entirely outside of everything associated with this. In her dissertation, human geographer Erika Sigvardsdotter has investigated what it means to be undocumented in Sweden, in a legal and social sense and in an existential sense.
May 15, 2012 21:00 BST The devastating role of maternal and child malnutrition is especially prominent in South Asia. In this week’s issue of JAMA researchers from Uppsala University in collaboration with colleagues from Bangladesh and United States report significant progress in reducing the consequences of malnutrition in pregnant women.
May 14, 2012 17:01 BST Paediatric brain tumours preserve specific characteristics of the normal cells from which they originate – a previously unknown circumstance with ramifications for how tumour cells respond to treatment. This has been shown by Uppsala researcher Fredrik Swartling together with colleagues in the U.S., Canada and England in a study that was published today in the distinguished journal Cancer Cell.
Apr 26, 2012 19:02 BST One of the most debated developments in human history is the transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies. This week’s edition of Science presents the genetic findings of a Swedish-Danish research team, which show that agriculture spread to Northern Europe via migration from Southern Europe.
Apr 12, 2012 16:22 BST An international research team has succeeded in identifying a specific kind of dust grain in the vicinity of cool giant stars. This means fresh impetus for Uppsala University researcher Susanne Höfner’s theory about how stars die. In the latest issue of Nature, she discusses the team’s findings.
Apr 11, 2012 14:49 BST On April 15, a century have passed since the Titanic foundered during its maiden voyage. Since then there has been a widespread belief that in a disaster, women and children will be saved first. Based on analyses of 18 of the most notable shipwrecks from the 19th century until today, researchers from Uppsala University conclude that this is a myth.
Feb 27, 2012 08:59 GMT Uppsala University and Akademiska Hus are jointly investing SEK 177 million in expanding the Uppsala Biomedical Center (BMC). The goal is to provide medical and molecular bioscience researchers at the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) with a meeting place of international stature.
Feb 25, 2012 08:52 GMT New findings from an international team of researchers show that most neandertals in Europe died off around 50,000 years ago. The previously held view of a Europe populated by a stable neandertal population for hundreds of thousands of years up until modern humans arrived must therefore be revised.
Dec 22, 2011 22:05 GMT The genetic changes underlying the evolution of new species are still poorly understood. Genetic studies in domestic animals can shed light on this process due to the rapid evolution they have undergone over the last 10,000 years. A new study published today describes how a complex genomic rearrangement causes a fascinating phenotype in chickens.
Dec 16, 2011 09:21 GMT Are wage differences between men and women decreasing as more women attain managerial positions? A new Swedish report from the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU) and the Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS) at Uppsala University concludes that they are not. Manager gender is tied to neither wages nor, accordingly, wage differences on the labour market.
Dec 08, 2011 06:20 GMT Which factors increase the risk for armed conflict and war? What circumstances make conflict resolution more likely to be successful? Today, the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) releases a new dataset which opens up new possibilities for the study of armed conflict. Using these data, useful findings relating to climate change and armed conflict have already been made.
Nov 08, 2011 07:33 GMT The rules of school are simple: it is all about watching the kid nearest to you and making sure you do what they do. Researchers at the mathematics department at Uppsala University, together with biologists at Sydney University have shown that fish apply similar rules when travelling in small shoals.
Nov 06, 2011 18:01 GMT Knowledge about the development of the nervous system is of the greatest importance to understand the function of the brain and brain disorders. Researchers at Uppsala University have examined the key step when genes are read and found that genes that are active in the brain are transcribed with a special mechanism. The findings, reported in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.
Nov 01, 2011 10:36 GMT During human evolution our ancestors mated with Neanderthals, but also with other related hominids. In this week’s online edition of PNAS, researchers from Uppsala University are publishing findings showing that people in East Asia share genetic material with Denisovans, who were named from the cave in Siberia where they were first found.
Apr 05, 2013 09:31 BST Erik Ingelsson, Professor at Uppsala University
Mar 25, 2013 09:08 GMT Unit entering sun simulation chamber. From this side, the box containing all electronics and being wrapped with multilayer insulation to protect it, is seen thermally suspended from the shield facing sun.
Mar 25, 2013 09:07 GMT Unit set up for sun simulation tests. This side, which normally faces sun, contains a protective heat shield with solar cells for power supply.
Mar 12, 2013 09:25 GMT Uppsala University´s wave energy concept is developed on how to harvest wave energy and convert it into usable electric energy. The figure shows the concept.
May 15, 2012 20:45 BST Food supplementation in early pregnancy reduces infant mortality in Bangladesh shows new study from Uppsala University
May 15, 2012 20:40 BST Food supplementation in early pregnancy reduces infant mortality in Bangladesh shows new study from Uppsala University
Apr 25, 2012 15:34 BST The skeleton from a young woman dated to 2700 BC. Ajvide, Gotland, Sweden 1983.
Apr 25, 2012 15:33 BST Osteologists Ove och Evy Persson at Ajvide, Gotland, Sweden 1983. The skeleton from a young woman dated to 2700 BC.
Dec 19, 2011 14:32 GMT A Swedish Bohuslän-Dal’s svarthöna hen exhibiting the black skin phenotype.
Oct 07, 2012 17:54 BST 1.Schematic human brain with hippocampus in white. 2.Cross section of hippocampus with pyramidal cells depicted with the major incoming fibres SC (schaffer collaterals, green), TA (temperoammonic pathway, blue), SH (septohippocampal pathway, black) 3.The gatekeeper (red) counteract signaling from TA pathway, thereby allowing local inputs from SC pathway on pyramidal cells to become stronger.
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