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Media and IT

Copyright – a conceptual battle in a digital age

3 November, 2011 - Lunds universitet

What is it about copyright that doesn’t work in the digital society? Why do millions of people think it’s OK to break the law when it comes to file sharing in particular? Sociology of law researcher Stefan Larsson from Lund University believes that legal metaphors and old-fashioned mindsets contribute to the confusion and widening gaps between legislation and the prevailing norms.

Eurecca tackles three key questions for the IT industry

27 October, 2011 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Today’s multicore processors are not being utilized in a sufficiently intelligent way. They get too hot and run slowly because they are used inefficiently. At the same time, transistors are becoming so small that they will ultimately become unreliable. Major European research organizations are now attempting to create a revolution in computer architecture.

JIBS Doctoral Student Wins Best Competitive Paper Award

26 October, 2011 - Jönköping University

Benjamin Hartmann, with Caroline Wiertz and Eric J. Arnould, have been awarded the Nicosia Award for Best Competitive Paper at the 2011 Association for Consumer Research (ACR) Conference.

New instrument helps researchers see how diseases start and develop in minute detail

21 October, 2011 - Lunds universitet

Researchers at Lund University can now study molecules which are normally only found in very small concentrations, directly in organs and tissue. After several years of work, researchers in Lund have managed to construct an instrument that ‘hyperpolarises’ the molecules and thus makes it possible to track them using MRI. The technology opens up new possibilities to study what really happens on molecular level in organs such as the brain.

Mobile phone data in Haiti improves emergency aid

31 August, 2011 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 31 August 2011]Population movements in the wake of disasters make it difficult to deliver the right amount of humanitarian aid to the right places. During the earthquake and ensuing cholera epidemic in Haiti, researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Columbia University, USA, developed a new method for solving this problem – they monitored the continual movements of two million anonymous mobile phones and reported directly to the humanitarian relief organisations on the ground. The method, which is now presented in the scientific journal PLoS Medicine, may have a major impact on future disaster relief.

World record for DNA analysis

8 March, 2011 - KTH (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan)

Up to today, researchers have been limited to running just a few DNA samples at a time, at a cost of SEK 100,000 (c. USD 16,000) per run. Now researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm have hit upon a new method that allows 5,000 samples to be run at the same time and at the same price. This cuts the cost per sample result considerably and constitutes a world record for the number of tests run in a single DNA sequencing analysis.

Close-ups of snowflakes win Lennart Nilsson Award

24 October, 2010 - Karolinska Institutet

The Lennart Nilsson Award for 2010 is to be awarded to the US physicist Kenneth Libbrecht. He is awarded the prize, which is worth SEK 100,000, for his images of snowflakes – images that open our eyes to the beauty of nature. The award ceremony will take place in Stockholm’s Berwald Hall on 3 November 2010 in connection with the ceremonial installation of professors at Karolinska Institutet. Lennart Nilsson himself will be in attendance.

Invitation: One-day seminar on current media standards and challenges of impartiality

4 October, 2010 - Jönköping University

On 19 November Swedish and Nordic journalists are welcome to take part in a one-day seminar on current media standards and challenges of impartiality in the gathering and disseminating of news in today’s digital world.
The seminar is to feature key-note speakers and panelists from Sweden, Nordic states and beyond.

Unique conflict database now iPhone application

13 July, 2010 - Uppsala universitet

The Conflict Database at Uppsala University gathers neutral information about all wars and conflicts in the world. Now the popular database is also available as an iPhone application, which makes the information easy to access for researchers, journalists, and other interested parties even without an Internet connection.