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Birch leaves as raw material for the production of organic semiconductors

28 November, 2023 - Umeå universitet

Today, petrochemical compounds and rare metals are usually used to produce semiconductors for optoelectronics, such as organic LEDs for super-thin TV and mobile phone screens. By pressure-cooking birch leaves picked on the Umeå University campus, the scientists behind this study produced carbon particles that can be used as raw material for organic semiconductors.

Genes influence whether infants prefer to look at faces or non-social objects

27 November, 2023 - Uppsala universitet

Whether infants at five months of age look mostly at faces or non-social objects such as cars or mobile phones is largely determined by genes. This has now been demonstrated by researchers at Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet. The findings suggest that there is a biological basis for how infants create their unique visual experiences and which things they learn most about.

Significantly lower risk of Post-COVID Condition among vaccinated people

23 November, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 have a significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with Post-COVID Condition after COVID-19 infection, according to a study at the University of Gothenburg. The researchers emphasize the importance of vaccination to reduce human suffering and pressure on healthcare services. The study, published in the journal BMJ, includes all […]

Saturn is eating its D ring – resulting in a complex upper atmosphere

21 November, 2023 - Institutet för rymdfysik

On 23 November, Joshua Dreyer will present his research on Saturn at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) and Uppsala University by defending his doctoral thesis, which investigates the effects and nature of ring material falling into Saturn’s upper atmosphere from its innermost D ring. The doctoral thesis, Diving Deep into Saturn’s Equatorial Ionosphere […]

Tiny traps can provide new knowledge about difficult-to-treat diseases

20 November, 2023 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Proteins that form clumps occur in many difficult-to-treat diseases, such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. The mechanisms behind how the proteins interact with each other are difficult to study, but now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a new method for capturing many proteins in nano-sized traps. Inside the traps, the proteins can be studied in a way that has not been possible before.

Hardly any photos of patients with psoriasis in published studies 

20 November, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

Very few patients with psoriasis are depicted in scientific articles – only a fraction of those included in the research are represented in images. This is revealed by a study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden together with researchers from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The lack of images complicates communication with patients, according to […]

Instruments led by IRF selected for ESA potential future mission to either Mars or Earth’s Orbit

15 November, 2023 - Institutet för rymdfysik

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the selection of three prospective space missions. Among these missions, the Swedish Institute for Space Physics (IRF) takes the lead in managing the scientific instrument consortia for two projects: the Plasma Observatory and M-MATISSE. The forthcoming three-year “Phase A” which consists of comprehensive technical and scientific studies will […]

New instrument for precision medicine in cardiovascular disease

15 November, 2023 - Uppsala universitet

Researchers at Uppsala University have developed an instrument that makes it possible to measure 21 biomarkers for cardiovascular disease simultaneously with great precision by means of a simple blood test. The aim is to use this type of tool to improve the prediction of cardiovascular complications and facilitate more personalised treatment for patients.

Great results with emergency care adapted for pregnant women

14 November, 2023 - Göteborgs universitet

Increased vigilance for high blood pressure and diffuse stomach pain. These are some of the characteristics of emergency care adapted for pregnant women and new mothers. The model, which could become clinical routine throughout Sweden, is described in a thesis at the University of Gothenburg. The aim of the thesis was to reduce morbidity and […]