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New 2D material with super-heavy electrons

24 January, 2024 - Uppsala universitet

A new 2D quantum material has been discovered. The material consists of atom-thin layers of cerium, silicon and iodine (CeSiI) and is the first example of a 2D material with heavy fermions. It is presented in a new study by researchers in materials science at Uppsala University and others, published in the scientific journal Nature.

Sustainable practices can save Mexico’s blue agave, Tequila and bats

23 January, 2024 - Göteborgs universitet

Many associate Tequila with lime wedges, salt, and parties. But the popular drink also has a negative impact on biodiversity, both on the blue agave from which it is made and, perhaps more unexpectedly, on bats. Both are threatened by one-sided cultivation. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, together with colleagues in Mexico and the […]

Traces of ancient life reveal ecosystem from 3,4 billion years ago

23 January, 2024 - Linnéuniversitetet

A new research study unravels key findings about the earliest life forms on Earth. In rock samples from Barberton, Republic of South Africa, the researchers were able to find evidence of an unprecedented diverse biological carbon cycle, established at 3.42 billion years ago. This proves that already at these ancient times, the ecosystems hosted complex […]

Swedish Institute of Space Physics launches aurora app for Kiruna

23 January, 2024 - Institutet för rymdfysik

Now the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is launching an aurora application that enables the public and tourists to receive notifications on their mobile phones when there is aurora over Kiruna and its surrounding area. The notifications are delivered in real-time and indicate that it is time to head out to experience the sky phenomenon.

Major climate benefits with electric aircraft

23 January, 2024 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have performed the world’s first life cycle assessment (LCA) of an existing, two-seater, all-electric aircraft, with a direct comparison to an equivalent fossil fuel-powered one. According to the study, after just one quarter of the expected lifespan of the electric aircraft, the climate impact is lower than that of the fossil fuel-based aircraft, provided that green electricity is used. The downside, however, is increased mineral resource scarcity.

New sustainable method for creating organic semiconductors

22 January, 2024 - Linköpings universitet

Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, have developed a new, more environmentally friendly way to create conductive inks for use in organic electronics such as solar cells, artificial neurons, and soft sensors. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, pave the way for future sustainable technology.

Important to involve both parents in breastfeeding

19 January, 2024 - Uppsala universitet

The most important support person for women to succeed in their ambition to breastfeed is the new mother’s partner. The partner also needs to be included through more support from healthcare professionals. For single mothers, alternative solutions must be found.
“Single people are a vulnerable group and need other types of support,” explains researcher Ingrid Blixt.

Missing gene could explain infertility

18 January, 2024 - Göteborgs universitet

Mice lacking a certain gene are unable to produce offspring because their sperm lack the connection between the tail and the head. A new thesis from the University of Gothenburg indicates a probable cause of male infertility.

Better survival rates among heart patients with Down syndrome

17 January, 2024 - Göteborgs universitet

Since 1990, the mortality rate for children born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect has more than halved. This has been shown by a study by the University of Gothenburg. However, the mortality rate in this group is still 85% higher, compared to others who have a congenital heart defect but were not […]

Research Unveils Secrets of Space Storms and Aurora

16 January, 2024 - Institutet för rymdfysik

Uppsala, Sweden – January 16, 2024 – Louis Richard, a researcher from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and Uppsala University, presented his findings on January 16, shedding light on the intricate processes of how space storms power Earth’s mesmerizing auroras. The doctoral thesis, titled “Energy Conversion and Particle Acceleration at Turbulent Plasma Jet Fronts,” […]