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The history of pollution is revealed through the Baltic Sea sediments

17 October, 2022 - Linnéuniversitetet

Decades of pollution from industry, agriculture, and traffic. A new dissertation measures metal contamination in Baltic Sea sediments from preindustrial times to the present. The results give hope for saving the marine environment, but also warns us about the risks of releasing metals from the seabed. Bottom sediments consist mainly of tiny particles from mud, […]

Robots monitor the environmental impact of the gas leak

14 October, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The University of Gothenburg has deployed three underwater robots in the Baltic waters around the leaks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines. This is done to be able to follow how chemistry and life in the sea changes over time due to the large release of methane gas.

Revealing the mysteries of the universe under the skin of an atomic nucleus

12 October, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Massive neutron stars colliding in space are thought to be able to create precious metals such as gold and platinum. The properties of these stars are still an enigma, but the answer may lie beneath the skin of one of the smallest building blocks on Earth – an atomic nucleus of lead. Getting the nucleus […]

New abiotic pathway for the formation of oxygen

12 October, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Oxygen plays a crucial role for all living organisms on Earth. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now found evidence that double ionised sulphur dioxide contribute to the formation of oxygen molecules. This could, in particular, explain the presence of oxygen in sulphur dioxide-rich atmospheres of several of Jupiter’s moons. How does oxygen form? […]

High levels of methane in the Nord Stream leak area

7 October, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The scientific expedition to the Nord Stream leak from the University of Gothenburg has arrived back home. The researchers discovered that the methane levels near the leak were about 1,000 times higher than normal, but it’s too early to draw any conclusions from that discovery. The researchers have brought back heaps of samples to analyse. […]

Swedish space instrument will study the Moon on board a Turkish spacecraft

3 October, 2022 - Institutet för rymdfysik

The agreement between IRF and the Turkish Space Technologies Research Institute (Tübitak Uzay) means that Swedish space researchers will once again have the opportunity to study the Moon. The scientific instrument Lunar Neutrals Telescope (LNT) is being built at IRF’s headquarters in Kiruna to study surface and near-surface environment of the Moon. This instrument is […]

Trees get overheated in a warmer rainforest

27 September, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The ability of rainforests to store carbon can decrease in pace with climate change. This is due to photosynthesis rates in the leaves of rainforest species falling at higher temperatures and the trees’ natural cooling systems failing during droughts.

Quantum technology reaches unprecedented control over captured light

27 September, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Researchers in quantum technology at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in developing a technique to control quantum states of light in a three-dimensional cavity. In addition to creating previously known states, the researchers are the first ever to demonstrate the long-sought cubic phase state. The breakthrough is an important step towards efficient error correction […]

New research explains physical processes of Mars and Venus plasma environments

26 September, 2022 - Institutet för rymdfysik

On the 27th of September, Katerina Stergiopoulou, Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) and Uppsala University, will defend her doctoral thesis. New results about the physical processes taking place in the induced magnetospheres and magnetotails of Mars and Venus will be presented. Mars and Venus don’t have a planetary magnetic field like Earth does. Consequently, […]

Solar heating – important piece in the puzzle for future energy

26 September, 2022 - Högskolan Dalarna

In a new project, researchers at Dalarna University will investigate the possibilities of building large solar thermal fields in combination with so-called pit layers that can store heat from summer to winter. For the project, the Swedish Energy Agency has granted the University SEK 2.8 million.  Solar heat is especially interesting for smaller companies that […]