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A small lowering of the groundwater level can destroy house foundations

20 June, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

As early as 2000 years ago, the great Roman architect Vitruvius wrote that wooden piles must be driven down into mud or waterlogged ground and buried completely in order to create a stable foundation for buildings. A new thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that wooden pile foundations show visible damage after only a year if the groundwater level lowers.

Large-scale cultivation of microalgae can clean emissions from industry, also in Nordic climate

16 June, 2022 - Linnéuniversitetet

Microalgae can recover greenhouse gases and nutrients from industrial waste. This technology can be used to reduce climate footprint and eutrophication. Lina Mattsson’s dissertation in ecology shows that microalgae can be used also in the Nordic climate, which has previously been considered a challenge as the algae are dependent on heat and sunlight. The technology, […]

Nanochannels light the way towards new medicine

16 June, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

To develop new drugs and vaccines, detailed knowledge about nature’s smallest biological building blocks – the biomolecules – is required. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, are now presenting a groundbreaking microscopy technique that allows proteins, DNA and other tiny biological particles to be studied in their natural state in a completely new way. […]

New material paves the way for remote-controlled medication and electronic pills

15 June, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Biomedicines are produced by living cells and are used to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases among other things. One challenge is that the medicines are very expensive to produce, something that limits global access. Now researchers from Chalmers have invented a material that uses electrical signals to capture and release biomolecules. The new and efficient […]

Uterine transplantation is efficacious and safe

14 June, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Transplanting a uterus is an effective, safe method to remedy infertility when a functioning uterus is lacking. This is the conclusion from the world’s first complete study of uterine transplantation, conducted at the University of Gothenburg. The study, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, covers transplantation of uteri from living donors. The operations were […]

New inherited retroviruses identified in the koala genome

13 June, 2022 - Uppsala universitet

Historic virus infections can be traced in vertebrate genomes. For millions of years, these genomes have been repositories for retroviruses that incorporated their code into germline cells and were inherited as endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). Researchers from Uppsala University now provide new findings about retroviral establishment in the koala genome. The findings are being published in PNAS.

New light on association between diabetes and heart valve disease

9 June, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Individuals with diabetes display a substantially increased risk of disease in left-sided heart valves compared to controls without diabetes, a comprehensive register study at the University of Gothenburg shows. The statistical analyses also indicate that valvular heart disease can be prevented by lowering blood pressure and reducing other risk factors even more than current treatment […]

Bioarchaeological evidence of very early Islamic burials in the Levant

9 June, 2022 - Uppsala universitet

A new study combining archaeological, historical and bioarchaeological data provides new insights into the early Islamic period in modern-day Syria. The research team was planning to focus on a much older time period but came across what they believe to be remains of early Muslims in the Syrian countryside.

Researchers can customize cavities in new porous material

8 June, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have produced a porous and stable material in which the cavities can be used to store various substances. The material can be used both in the pharmaceutical industry and for filtration at the molecular level. Porous materials are very interesting to scientists since they can interact with guest particles, […]