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Eating fish could prevent Parkinson’s disease

Eating fish could prevent Parkinson’s disease

Press Releases   •   Apr 23, 2018 07:00 BST

Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson’s disease. A new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines more light on the link between consumption of fish and better long-term neurological health.

Spikes of graphene can kill bacteria on implants

Spikes of graphene can kill bacteria on implants

Press Releases   •   Apr 16, 2018 08:00 BST

A tiny layer of graphene flakes becomes a deadly weapon and kills bacteria, stopping infections during procedures such as implant surgery. These are the findings of new research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently published in the scientific journal Advanced Materials Interfaces.

Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer

Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer

Press Releases   •   Apr 12, 2018 08:00 BST

Two common iron compounds increase the formation of a known biomarker for cancer, according to a new study of cancer cells from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The two compounds, ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, are often used in dietary supplements and as a food additive respectively, in worldwide markets including the USA and the EU.

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Press Releases   •   Mar 22, 2018 10:13 GMT

Working up a sweat from carrying a heavy load? That is when the textile works at its best. Swedish researchers have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes the more electricity it generates. The results are now published in the Nature Partner journal Flexible Electronics.

Ships in the English Channel have the highest rate of sulphur violations in northern Europe

Ships in the English Channel have the highest rate of sulphur violations in northern Europe

Press Releases   •   Mar 22, 2018 07:00 GMT

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have shown that between 87 and 98 percent of ships comply with the tougher regulations for sulphur emissions that were introduced in northern Europe in 2015. The lowest levels of compliance were observed in the western part of the English Channel and in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

Untapped gold mine is lost from end-of-life vehicles

Untapped gold mine is lost from end-of-life vehicles

Press Releases   •   Mar 06, 2018 07:00 GMT

Vast quantities of scarce metals are being lost from Europe’s urban mine of vehicles, including 20 tonnes of gold each year – and the proportion of critical metals in vehicles is continuing to increase. A database is now being published that charts the metals and facilitates recycling. On 8 March Chalmers researcher Maria Ljunggren Söderman will present the results at IEA’s expert meeting.

Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future

Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future

Press Releases   •   Feb 19, 2018 06:00 GMT

With their insensitivity to decoherence what are known as Majorana particles could become stable building blocks of a quantum computer. The problem is that they only occur under very special circumstances. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in manufacturing a component that is able to host the sought-after particles.

Intense laser experiments provide first evidence that light can stop electrons

Intense laser experiments provide first evidence that light can stop electrons

Press Releases   •   Feb 08, 2018 07:00 GMT

​By hitting electrons with an ultra-intense laser, researchers have revealed dynamics that go beyond ‘classical’ physics and hint at quantum effects.

Astrochemists reveal the magnetic secrets of methanol

Astrochemists reveal the magnetic secrets of methanol

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2018 16:00 GMT

​A team of scientists, led by Boy Lankhaar at Chalmers University of Technology, has solved an important puzzle in astrochemistry: how to measure magnetic fields in space using methanol, the simplest form of alcohol. Their results, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, give astronomers a new way of investigating how massive stars are born.

This year’s Chalmers fence measures the force of the jumps

This year’s Chalmers fence measures the force of the jumps

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2018 10:00 GMT

For the third year in a row, the Gothenburg Horse Show is working with Chalmers University of Technology to determine the ultimate jump trajectory for horses. This year, they’ll be measuring the force of the horses’ take-off and landing. That’s never been done before.

Chalmers launches a Micromasters programme on electrified and autonomous vehicles

Chalmers launches a Micromasters programme on electrified and autonomous vehicles

Press Releases   •   Jan 12, 2018 09:25 GMT

Chalmers University of Technology launches Micromasters programme: A digital master’s-level credential to advance careers in the most in-demand fields of automotive engineering.

Yeast can be engineered to create protein pharmaceuticals

Yeast can be engineered to create protein pharmaceuticals

Press Releases   •   Dec 11, 2017 07:03 GMT

It took several years, but a research team headed by Professor Jens Nielsen at Chalmers University of Technology has finally succeeded in mapping out the complex metabolism of yeast cells. The breakthrough, recently published in an article in Nature Communications, means a huge step forward in the potential to more efficiently produce protein therapies for diseases such as cancer.

International study: Chalmers a top maritime university

International study: Chalmers a top maritime university

Press Releases   •   Dec 01, 2017 07:01 GMT

The maritime education and research provided at Chalmers University of Technology is of the highest international standard, according to the first global study undertaken in the field.

New method maps chemicals in the skin

New method maps chemicals in the skin

Press Releases   •   Nov 29, 2017 07:00 GMT

​A new method of examining the skin can reduce the number of animal experiments while providing new opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Chemical imaging allows all layers of the skin to be seen and the presence of virtually any substance in any part of the skin to be measured with a very high degree of precision.

Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start

Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start

Press Releases   •   Nov 15, 2017 07:40 GMT

A SEK 1 billion research initiative is setting Sweden on course to a global top position in quantum technology. The focus is on developing a quantum computer with much greater computing power than today's best supercomputers. The initiative, led by Chalmers University of Technology, has been made possible by an anniversary donation of SEK 600 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Alma’s image of red giant star gives a surprising glimpse of the Sun’s future

Alma’s image of red giant star gives a surprising glimpse of the Sun’s future

Press Releases   •   Nov 07, 2017 07:00 GMT

A Chalmers-led team of astronomers has for the first time observed details on the surface of an aging star with the same mass as the Sun. Alma:s images show that the star is a giant, its diameter twice the size of Earth’s orbit around the Sun, but also that the star’s atmosphere is affected by powerful, unexpected shock waves. The research was published in Nature Astronomy on 30 October 2017.

Graphene enables high-speed electronics on flexible materials

Graphene enables high-speed electronics on flexible materials

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2017 07:00 GMT

A flexible detector for terahertz frequencies (1000 gigahertz) has been developed by Chalmers researchers using graphene transistors on plastic substrates. It is the first of its kind, and can extend the use of terahertz technology to applications that will require flexible electronics, such as wireless sensor networks and wearable technology.

Single nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology

Single nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology

Press Releases   •   Oct 24, 2017 07:00 BST

​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have developed a method that makes it possible to map the individual responses of nanoparticles in different situations and contexts. The results pave the way for better nanomaterials and safer nanotechnology and were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

A step closer to a cure for adult-onset diabetes

A step closer to a cure for adult-onset diabetes

Press Releases   •   Oct 23, 2017 07:24 BST

In healthy people, exosomes – tiny structures secreted by cells to allow intercellular communication – prevent clumping of the protein that leads to type 2 diabetes. Exosomes in patients with the disease don’t have the same ability. This discovery by a research collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and Astrazeneca takes us a step closer to a cure for type 2 diabetes. 

Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light

Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2017 07:00 BST

Researchers have discovered a new way to produce high energy photon beams. The obtained energy is a billion times higher than the energy of photons in visible light. These high intensity gamma rays significantly exceed all known limits, and pave the way towards new fundamental studies.