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New material to treat wounds can protect against resistant bacteria

11 May, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new material that prevents infections in wounds – a specially designed hydrogel, that works against all types of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant ones. The new material offers great hope for combating a growing global problem. The World Health Organization describes antibiotic-resistant bacteria as one of the […]

Quantum mechanics paves the way for more stable organic solar cells

11 May, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Quantum mechanics can be used to create more stable and more easily produced organic solar cells. These are the findings of new research from the University of Gothenburg. Organic solar cells have many advantages compared with traditional silicon-based solar cells. They can be manufactured cheaply at a large scale using printing presses, and they are […]

Finery for fashionable ladies

11 May, 2021 - Uppsala universitet

When the first descriptions of knitting and crochet were published in Swedish, in the mid-19th century, such handiwork was described as the finest of all feminine handicrafts, for the benefit and pleasure alike of the trend-conscious, middle- and upper-class woman. Within a few decades, the patterns had moved into fashion journals. A new thesis examines how these changes affected handicrafts.

How bullying and obesity can affect girls’ and boys’ mental health

7 May, 2021 - Uppsala universitet

Depressive symptoms are more common in teenage girls than in their male peers. However, boys’ mental health appears to be affected more if they suffer from obesity. Irrespective of gender, bullying is a considerably greater risk factor than overweight for developing depressive symptoms. These conclusions are drawn by researchers at Uppsala University who monitored adolescents in a new study.

Rules prevent churches from expanding their role

6 May, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

To become more socially relevant, more and more congregations are trying to expand their role and open church facilities to more people. But contradictory rules and different interpretations of cultural heritage preservation are slowing this development, according to a new study from the University of Gothenburg. Secularization, loss of members and deteriorating finances: the Church […]

Low risk of infection in babies born to mothers with COVID-19

29 April, 2021 - Karolinska Institutet

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have studied newborn babies whose mothers tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy or childbirth. The results show that although babies born of test-positive mothers are more likely to be born early, extremely few were infected with COVID-19. The study, which is published in the […]

Decrease in prostate cancer diagnoses due to pandemic

29 April, 2021 - Uppsala universitet

During the first wave of the corona pandemic, 36 per cent fewer men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in Sweden than in previous years. On the other hand, the number of patients receiving curative treatment for prostate cancer was unaffected. This is shown by a new register study led by Uppsala University researchers, whose results are published in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology.

A long way to go before academic careers are equal

29 April, 2021 - Linnéuniversitetet

Gender differences in academic careers persist and the first years seem to be crucial for the development of women’s academic research careers. This is presented in a new research review of Nordic research on equality in academic career, conducted by Charlotte Silander at Linnaeus University together with three colleagues. Despite the fact that Sweden is […]

Molecular biologists travel back in time 3 billion years

29 April, 2021 - Uppsala universitet

A research group working at Uppsala University has succeeded in studying ‘translation factors’ – important components of a cell’s protein synthesis machinery – that are several billion years old. By studying these ancient ‘resurrected’ factors, the researchers were able to establish that they had much broader specificities than their present-day, more specialised counterparts.