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Working memory might be more flexible than previously thought

Press Releases   •   Aug 16, 2018 12:52 BST

Breaking with the long-held idea that working memory has fixed limits, a new study by researchers at Uppsala University and New York University suggests that these limits adapt themselves to the task that one is performing. The results are presented in the scientific journal eLife.

There is not one kind of “good sperm” – it depends on other qualities in the male

There is not one kind of “good sperm” – it depends on other qualities in the male

Press Releases   •   Aug 16, 2018 11:00 BST

In a study published in Behavioral Ecology researchers from Uppsala University show that the same type of sperm is not always the best for all male birds. Depending on how attractive or dominant you are you might be more successful with longer or shorter sperm.

Magnetic antiparticles offer new horizons for information technologies

Magnetic antiparticles offer new horizons for information technologies

Press Releases   •   Aug 15, 2018 14:04 BST

Nanosized magnetic particles called skyrmions are considered highly promising candidates for new data storage and information technologies. Now, physicists have revealed new behaviour involving the antiparticle equivalent of skyrmions in a ferromagnetic material. The results are published in Nature Electronics.

​The end-Cretaceous extinction unleashed modern shark diversity

​The end-Cretaceous extinction unleashed modern shark diversity

Press Releases   •   Aug 02, 2018 17:00 BST

A study that examined the shape of hundreds of fossilized shark teeth suggests that modern shark biodiversity was triggered by the end-Cretaceous mass extinction event, about 66 million years ago. This finding is reported this week in Current Biology.

​Magma storage and eruptive behaviour at Bali volcano

​Magma storage and eruptive behaviour at Bali volcano

Press Releases   •   Jul 16, 2018 13:37 BST

A new study by researchers at Uppsala University and INGV, Italy, sheds light on magma storage under the currently active Agung volcano on the island of Bali in Indonesia. Magma at Agung is stored at both mantle (~20 km) and shallow crustal (~5 km) depths, which may be a potential cause for sudden pressure-driven eruptions in this densely populated part of the world. (Scientific Reports 180712)

New research detects brain cell that improves learning

Press Releases   •   Jul 05, 2018 16:00 BST

The workings of memory and learning have yet to be clarified, especially at the neural circuitry level. But researchers at Uppsala University have now, jointly with Brazilian collaborators, discovered a specific brain neuron with a central role in learning. This study, published in Neuron, may have a bearing on the potential for counteracting memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.

Striking differences in brain morphology between wild and domestic rabbits

Striking differences in brain morphology between wild and domestic rabbits

Press Releases   •   Jun 25, 2018 20:00 BST

The most characteristic feature of domestic animals is their tame behaviour. A team of scientists has now used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study how domestication has affected brain morphology in domestic rabbits. The results show that domestication has had a profound effect on brain morphology in particular regions of the brain involved in fear processing.

UCDP: fatalities in organised violence still decreasing

Press Releases   •   Jun 18, 2018 07:00 BST

​New data from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), Uppsala University shows that the number of fatalities in organised violence decreased for the third consecutive year. In 2017, almost 90,000 deaths were recorded by UCDP, a decrease of 32% compared to the latest peak in 2014. The most significant drop took place in Syria.

Endocrine-disrupting pesticides impair frog reproduction

Endocrine-disrupting pesticides impair frog reproduction

Press Releases   •   Jun 14, 2018 10:00 BST

In a new study, researchers from Sweden and Britain have investigated how the endocrine-disrupting substance linuron affects reproduction in the West African clawed frog. The scientists found that linuron, which is used as a pesticicide, impaired the males’ fertility, and that tadpoles developed ovaries instead of testicles to a greater extent, which caused a female‐biased sex ratio.

Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century

Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century

Press Releases   •   Jun 13, 2018 14:12 BST

The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed. This view is held by archaeologists from Uppsala and York whose findings are presented in the European Journal of Archaeology.

Extent of immune response associated with degree of inflammation and joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis

Press Releases   •   Jun 12, 2018 09:00 BST

To diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, antibodies to the amino acid citrulline are commonly measured. A new study from Uppsala University shows that a broad mix of different antibodies in the joints is the dominant factor that can be associated with severe inflammation and joint damage. These findings, published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, may eventually lead to improved diagnostics.

​First public forecasts from ViEWS, a political Violence Early-Warning System

​First public forecasts from ViEWS, a political Violence Early-Warning System

Press Releases   •   Jun 08, 2018 10:24 BST

The challenges of preventing, mitigating, and adapting to largescale political violence are daunting, particularly when violence escalates where it is not expected. With funding from the European Research Council, ViEWS: a political Violence Early-Warning System is developing a system that is rigorous, data-based, and publicly available to researchers and the international community.

Shamus Khan awarded the 2018 Hans L. Zetterberg Prize

Press Releases   •   Jun 05, 2018 08:57 BST

Professor Shamus Khan at Columbia University is the second recipient of the Hans L. Zetterberg Prize in Sociology. The prize sum is SEK 100,000.

Press Registration Now Open for Uppsala Health Summit 2018 on Cancer Challenges

Press Releases   •   Jun 04, 2018 14:34 BST

The challenges of future cancer care are in focus when Uppsala Health Summit 2018 opens next week. The annual summit will be attended by important international actors from health organisations, academia, industry, civil society and policy organisations.

Uppsala University and EATRIS announce public–private collaboration

Press Releases   •   Jun 04, 2018 11:00 BST

Uppsala University, Uppsala University Hospital and the European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine (EATRIS) have formed a collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to deliver a clinical and scientific expert network for the development and application of innovative imaging methods for inflammatory diseases.

Ticks on migratory birds found to carry newly discovered hemorrhagic fever virus

Ticks on migratory birds found to carry newly discovered hemorrhagic fever virus

Press Releases   •   Jun 01, 2018 07:20 BST

In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University and other institutions have identified genetic material from the recently identified Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever virus in the tick species Hyalomma rufipes. The discovery was made after thousands of ticks were collected from migratory birds . The results indicate that birds could contribute to spreading the virus to new geographical areas.

Virus genes from city pond rescue bacteria

Press Releases   •   May 28, 2018 16:00 BST

​A key question in evolutionary biology is how new functions arise. New research at Uppsala University shows that bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) can contribute to new functions by revealing hidden potential in their bacterial hosts.

Uppsala Health Summit Report: "Time to ask tough questions about cancer"

Press Releases   •   May 22, 2018 07:19 BST

The number of people who fall ill with cancer is increasing globally. While medical advances open up unprecedented opportunities for slowing down and treating cancer, the gap between what is medically possible and what healthcare can provide is constantly growing. Ahead of Uppsala Health Summit, 14–15 June, the report Care for Cancer was published today, focusing on future diagnostics and care.

A lipid “trap” inside cells reduces drug effectiveness

Press Releases   •   May 17, 2018 14:41 BST

Cellular lipids are more efficient than proteins in trapping most drugs and hence reducing the free intracellular drug concentration. This is shown by researchers at Uppsala University in an article published in Molecular Pharmaceutic.

​The CD93 protein suggests new strategy to inhibit cancer development

Press Releases   •   May 15, 2018 19:00 BST

One strategy for cancer therapy is to inhibit the development of blood vessels in the tumour. Researchers at Uppsala University show in a new study how the protein CD93 interacts with the protein network that is required for tumour vessels to form properly. Blocking this interaction could be used as a means to hamper blood vessel development and slow down the cancer.