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Decision makers may be blind to the outcome of their choice

7 October, 2005 - Lunds universitet

When evaluating facial attractiveness, participants may fail to notice a radical change to the outcome of their choice, according to a study by researchers at Lund University, Sweden, and New York University. Equally surprising, the study shows that participants may produce confabulatory reports when asked to describe the reasons behind their choices. The findings appear in the October 7 issue of Science.

Environmental impact of the food we eat

5 October, 2005 - Linköpings universitet

Swedes eat on average twice as much meat, and considerably more fruit and vegetables in the early 21st century than in the 1870s. Nevertheless, the surface area required to produce our food has decreased, measured per person. But this decrease is largely based on non-sustainable use of resources.

The 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

3 October, 2005 - Karolinska Institutet

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2005 jointly to Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren for their discovery of “the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease”

Microarray technology could help predict patient response to adjuvant therapy for breast cancer

3 October, 2005 - Karolinska Institutet

Microarray technology could be used to tailor therapy according to the individual, and prevent breast cancer patients from having to undergo painful unsuccessful therapies. In a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research, researchers analysed tumour tissue samples and identified a group of 64 genes that can be used to predict a patient’s response in the five years after adjuvant therapy for breast cancer.

Explain physics with the whole instead of particles

28 September, 2005 - Uppsala universitet

Physicists usually describe the world from the vantage point of its smallest component parts. But quantum theory does not allow itself to be conceptually crammed into such a framework. Instead, in her dissertation at Uppsala University in Sweden, Barbara Piechocinska takes her point of departure in the mathematics of the dynamic whole and finds that time thereby takes on new meaning.

Back and neck pain hampers memory

28 September, 2005 - Umeå universitet

Pain in the back and neck leads to impaired memory and powers of concentration. Moreover, such pain hastens mental aging. This has been shown by Stefan Söderfjell in a new dissertation at Umeå University in Sweden.

Civil disobedience a tool for peace, democracy, and liberation

23 September, 2005 - Göteborgs universitet

A dissertation from Göteborg University in Sweden asserts that non-violent actions in the form of civil disobedience and the construction of alternative projects can promote democratization, equality, and human rights.