Molecular sized machines could in the future be used to control important mechanisms in the body. In a recent study, researchers at University of California, Berkeley and Umeå University show how a nanoballoon comprising a single carbon molecule ten thousand times thinner than a human hair can be controlled electrostatically to switch between an inflated and a collapsed state.
Both the prestigious Red Dot and iF rank Umeå Institute of Design (UID) at Umeå University as the best design school in Europe and the world. The school’s premises, in-house and external staff, and focus on relevant collaborations with companies and the design profession are some of the factors that the school’s students believe are the underlying reasons for their school’s success.
For the first time ever probably, plants modified with the “genetic scissors” CRISPR-Cas9 has been cultivated, harvested and cooked. Stefan Jansson, professor in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology at Umeå University, served pasta with “CRISPRy” vegetable fry to a radio reporter.
Professor of design, Johan Redström, has been appointed the new Rector of Umeå Institute of Design (UID) at Umeå University. Starting September 1, he will lead the school together with a new rectors group.
Running streams are key sources of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, but why is it so? An international team of researchers, led by Umeå University, publishes the answer in the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience.
- We often hear that technology is advancing so fast that society cannot keep up. But in reality, social change is intimately linked to technology changes, and that expectations of what technology can bring changes in intensity.
Acid-loving bacteria thrive in sour, acidic places and can help to dissolve metal. Therefore they are often used for industrial metal extraction. In her doctoral thesis ”Growth and Survival of Acidithiobacilli in Acidic, Metal Rich Environments” Stefanie Mangold, Umeå University, has explored basic mechanisms of these very special bacteria.
Stieg Larsson’s novel character Lisbeth Salander stands out. Rapes play an important role in what formed her person and her actions. A new book with essays by literature, film, and language researchers from Sweden, the UK, Canada, and the US have been gathered under the title Rape in Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction.
According to a study published in the journal Nature Genetics, variants in 56 regions of the genome have been discovered to influence the Bone Mineral Density (BMD) of individuals. Fourteen of these variants were also found to increase the risk of bone fracture. Three researchers at Umeå University are involved in this study.
Due to their unique properties single walled carbon nanotubes have been suggested as a promising material for electronics, optics and in other fields of materials science. When scientists from Umeå University and Aalto University tried to perform a reaction between hydrogen gas and fullerene molecules encapsulated in nanotubes something very unlikely suddenly appeared possible.