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  • Forskare från Stockholms universitet tar sedimentprov från havsbotten utanför Askö i Sörmland. Baltic clams and worms release as much greenhouse gas as 20 000 dairy cows 2017-12-12 Worms and clams enhance the release of methane up to eight times more compared to sea bottoms without animals, shows a study by scientists at Stockholm University and Cardiff University.
  • Olof Östergren. Foto: Stockholms universitet Smoking leads to less increase in life expectancy for less educated women 2017-12-12 Life expectancy in Sweden has risen steadily during the last few decades for most groups. One exception is women whose highest educational level is primary school. This is mostly because of smoking.
  • Studentavslutning Väsby mostphotos Open Lecture and Book Launch: Migration from Turkey to Sweden 2017-12-05 Help us celebrate the publication of 'Migration from Turkey to Sweden: Integration, Belonging and Transnational Community,' a volume of essays edited by Paul T. Levin and Bahar Baser.
  • Blue whale, Photo: Doc White, Nature Picture Library, UIG Ambidextrous blue whales spark interest of the international press 2017-11-27 A joint study of the blue whale co-authored by Stockholm University’s James E. Herbert-Read and published in Current Biology has captured the imagination of news outlets worldwide.
  • Five new positions in Baltic Sea research 2017-11-20 In 2018, Stockholm University will start a new interdisciplinary Baltic Sea research network. Within this team, we now announce three tenure-track Assistant Professor positions and two Postdoctoral positions.
  • Women fishing for shells in the seagrass, Tanzania. Photo: Lina Mtwana Nordlund. Seagrass is a key fishing ground globally 2017-11-17 New research demonstrates that seagrass meadows are important fishing grounds all around the globe. The work highlights that there is an urgent need to start appreciating and understanding this role to be able to build more sustainable fisheries. A new study examines the global extent to which these underwater meadows support fishing activity.
  • Två systrar jobbar med sina läxor. Foto: Mostphotos Later-borns choose less prestigious programs at university 2017-11-15 First-borns are more likely to study more prestigious subjects at university such as medicine and engineering and can thus expect greater earnings than later-borns, according to a new study.
  • Horsehead - Image credit: Caltech Optical Observatories The Zwicky Transient Facility sees “first light”: a new era in the study of the dynamic sky 2017-11-15 The Zwicky Transient Facility is now ready to start operations. A new robotic camera with the ability to capture hundreds of thousands of galaxies in a single shot has taken its first image of the sky. The recently installed camera is part of a new automated sky-survey project based at the Palomar Observatory in California and a revolutionising tool for the study of rapidly varying cosmic phenomena
  • Ocean Currents How a “shadow zone” traps the world’s oldest ocean water 2017-11-13 New research from an international team has revealed why the oldest water in the ocean in the North Pacific has remained trapped in a shadow zone around 2km below the sea surface for over 1000 years.
  • Nordic Optical Telescope. The stars that refuse to die 2017-11-13 In recent years, two new supernovas have been observed which don't act like supernovas usually do. New, more effective scanning telescopes are catching new behaviours.
  • After Deportation. Ethnographic Perspectives What happens to migrants and failed asylum seekers after deportation? 2017-10-26 The new anthology “After Deportation. Ethnographic Perspectives”, edited by Shahram Khosravi, provides insight into what happens to migrants and failed asylum seekers post-deportation.
  • Ann Boija Microscope Novel activity of chromatin regulator controls gene expression 2017-10-20 Researchers from Sweden and USA have shown how the protein CBP regulates the expression of genes, an essential process in every cell in our bodies.
  • Levin and Baser Migration book cover Turkish diaspora provides insight into current migration issues 2017-10-19 'Migration from Turkey to Sweden,' co-edited by Bahar Baser and Paul T.Levin, studies integration, belonging and transnational community.
  • Artist’s illustration of two merging neutron stars with gamma-ray beams and clouds of ejecta. Merging neutron stars detected in gravitation waves and electromagnetic radiation 2017-10-16 Gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars have been detected for the first time. Scientists around the world pinpointed the source to a galaxy 130 million light years away.
  • Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies Cultivating memories of belonging and conviviality 2017-10-11 In a new article by Annika Rabo – Anthropological Methods and an Analysis of Memory: Migration, Past and Present in Raqqa Province, Syria – the history of mobility and settlement in the province of Raqqa is used as examples to highlight memories of both conflict and conviviality.
  • Sara Strandberg. Foto: Vilhelm Stokstad. Quest for the unknown elementary particle 2017-10-05 One of particle physics’ biggest unsolved mysteries is how the Higgs particle can be so light, which is at odds with the prevailing theories. Thanks to a 35.2 million SEK (4.34 million USD) grant, Sara Strandberg and her colleagues can go on the hunt for new particles that could explain the mass of the Higgs boson.
  • Nordic Journal of Migration Research North-Europeans in Spain – new special issue of NJMR 2017-09-22 The latest issue of the Nordic Journal of Migration Research is a special issue titled “Liquids and Sediments: Practices of Community in the Context of Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism”. It has been co-edited by Erik Olsson.
  • A woman warrior at Birka. Illustration:Þórhallur Þráinsson (© Neil Price). A woman warrior at Birka 2017-09-20 War was not an activity exclusive to males in the Viking world. Women could be found in the higher ranks at the battlefield.
  • Microscope. Photo: Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse Cutting-edge scientists in life sciences speech at symposium in Stockholm 2017-09-07 Humanity’s origins, protein mapping and the neurobiology of the world’s deadliest animal, the mosquito, are some of the topics addressed by a group of cutting-edge scientists at a life sciences symposium in Stockholm on 15 September. The symposium is a part of the centenary celebrations of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
  • Leaping man Creative leap into the void – the quest to ‘solve’ gravity 2017-09-01 Mathematics could provide the key to the ‘theory of everything’ by creating ‘impossible’ worlds that mirror our own but with greater clarity. Prof Fawad Hassan discusses gravity, new physics, and deepening our intellectual understanding of the universe.
  • Underwater plants can contribute to a better water quality. Photo: Joakim Hansen The underwater jungles of the sea give clearer water 2017-08-31 When you take a swim in the sea and entangle your toes in underwater plants you can stay calm, they are doing good.
  • Two Boys Playing With Toy In Playground Two Boys Playing With Toy In Playground. Photo: Mostphotos Shared custody equals less stress for children 2017-08-30 Children who live full time with one parent are more likely to feel stressed than children in shared custody situations. These are the results of a new study from Stockholm University’s Demography Unit.
  • Ylva Nilsson, Paul T. Levin, H.E. Anders Ahnlid, Bitte Hammargren, Photo: Josefine Smith SUITS Paul T. Levin at Europaforum Hässelholm 2017-08-29 The Europaforum Hässleholm held a panel discussion yesterday on Turkey, refugees and the values of the EU. Panelists included H.E. Anders Ahnlid (Sweden's former EU ambassador) and Bitte Hammargren from Utrikespolitiska institutet were also on the panel, with Ylva Nilsson as moderator.
  • The ability to solve environmental problems is connected to the way different actors collaborate. Right kind of collaboration is key to solving environmental problems 2017-08-18 Society’s ability to solve environmental problems is tied to how different actors collaborate and the shape and form of the networks they create, says a new study from researchers at Stockholm Resilience Centre which is published in the journal Science.
  • Stormar i Sahara påverkar västafrikanska monsunen. Stronger West African Monsoon during Green Sahara may have affected ENSO 2017-07-11 Accounting for a vegetated and less dusty Sahara reduces the variability of El Niño during the Mid-Holocene to closer to that which is observed in several paleoclimate records. This is shown by researchers at the Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University in a recent study, published in Nature Communications.
  • Jens Rydgren. Foto: Clément Morin/Stockholms universitet. No conflict between culturally identifying with the parents’ homeland and Sweden 2017-06-30 Young people with foreign backgrounds who identify with their parents’ culture are more inclined to feel integrated into mainstream Swedish culture. So says a new sociological study which looked at the attitudes of Iranian and former Yugoslavian youths.
  • Därför spelar åldersskillnaden mellan syskonen ingen roll. Två barn leker i skogen. Foto: Mostphotos The spacing between siblings doesn’t matter 2017-06-21 When is the best time to have another baby? This is a question that might intrigue parents planning to have more kids. But does it really matter for long-term outcomes in Sweden?
  • Martin Jakobsson på isbrytaren Oden under en tidigare forskningsexpedition i Arktis. Mapping the world sea floor 2017-06-19 By 2030, the entire sea floor will be charted. The Nippon Foundation intends to provide 18.5 million USD and Stockholm University is one of four research centres involved.
  • Juho Härkönen. Foto: Stockholms universitet This is how family change affects children 2017-06-19 Recent decades of family change have seen increases in cohabitation rather than marriage, family dissolution, step-family formation and joint residential custody. Children are involved in many of these increasingly common family transitions and family forms, and we need to consider how they are affected, Juho Härkönen writes in a new blog post.
  • Arrheniuslaboratoriet byggs om för att hysa nytt transmissionselektronmikroskop Microscopes and collaboration will make the University a world leader 2017-06-19 One of the world’s most advanced electron microscopes will soon be located at Stockholm University. The collaborative project CEM4MAT will be launched in connection with this investment in order to make better use of available microscopes in the region and become a world leader in electron microscopy.
  • Research at the Yangzte River Delta Swedish/Chinese collaboration results in publication on chemical pollution 2017-06-09 A major collaboration between Swedish and Chinese researchers recently resulted in the publication of a book entitled “Chemical Pollution: Challenges in the Yangtze River Delta”.
  • http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/05/23/1619111114.abstract Sahara greening intensify cyclone activity 2017-06-08 Future climate warming could lead to a re-greening of the southernmost Sahara, with decreased dust emissions and changes in land cover.
  • Breaking the cycle of poverty 2017-05-04 Development aid must incorporate culture and nature better in efforts to push communities out of poverty, researchers argue in a recent study.
  • Super nova Light rays from a supernova bent by the curvature of space-time around a galaxy 2017-04-20 An international research team led from Stockholm University has detected multiple images from a gravitationally lensed Type Ia supernova. The observations suggest promising new avenues for the study of the accelerated expansion of the Universe, gravity and distribution of dark matter in the universe.
  • Wastewater Policy brief Policy Brief: Advanced wastewater treatment 2017-03-22 New times call for new measures. Advanced wastewater treatment can be part of meeting the challenges of society’s ongoing chemical intensification. New water treatment techniques have the potential to significantly reduce emissions of both known and unknown substances to the aquatic environment and reduce the risk of marine pollution.
  • Water molecules artwork, Photo: Laguna Design UIG Understanding the microcosm - one electron at a time 2017-03-03 Researchers in Atomic and Chemical Physics study the fundamental nature of matter in a recursive process of theory and experimentation. Profs Eva Lindroth and Anders Nilsson describe their work to uncover the forces that bind and break.
  • Photo: Jana Weiss High levels of chemicals found in indoor cats 2017-02-24 A study from Stockholm University has now established what was previously suspected, that the high levels of brominated flame retardants measured in cats are from the dust in our homes.
  • Abacus, Photo: Gusto Images UIG When counting isn’t enough – creating a more equal society 2017-02-24 The profile area Normativity, Law & Ethics analyses inequalities in society and the ethical considerations, laws and policies that work to perpetuate or alleviate them. Dr Eva Wittbom talks about her research on how the ideals of equality are translated into practice.
  • Frank Wilczek photo: Niklas Björling thumbnail The Nobel laureate who got hooked on Stockholm 2017-02-16 Childhood interest in mathematics and technology took Frank Wilczek all the way to a Nobel Prize. Now he will spend time in Sweden where, among other pursuits, he is trying to crack the secret of dark matter.
  • “Mexico / US Pacific Ocean Border Fence,” Imperial Beach, San Diego, California. By Tony Webster. CC A few snapshots of the US borders 2017-02-15 A new text by Shahram Khosravi written in response to the Trump administration’s Executive Order on immigration has just been published.
  • Leah Ruppanner. Photo: Sarah Anderson photography Risk of divorce increases if women do more housework – and don’t get credit for it 2017-02-14 Heterosexual couples in Sweden are more likely to divorce if men discount women’s housework contributions.
  • Removal of fixed in the Baltic Sea New paper on nitrogen cycling in the sediments of the Gulf of Bothnia 2017-02-04 Funded by the recently finished Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management project, Stefano Bonaglia et.al., just published their new results on the fate of fixed nitrogen in marine sediments.
  • Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran Waiting and hope in Iran 2017-01-31 In the new book “Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran” Shahram Khosravi examines the complexities and contradictions of everyday life in Iran.
  • Man waiting mostphotos The paradox of migration – links, loss and belonging 2017-01-26 Migrants of all types employ different strategies - adapting to their new environment and adapting their environments to themselves. Profs Annika Rabo, Erik Olsson and Bengt Karlsson discuss education, welfare and policy making.
  • Gunnar Andersson Foto: Eva Dalin Congratulations on reaching the 10-million mark, Sweden! 2017-01-20 On January 20, Sweden's population reached 10 million according to Statistics Sweden's forecast. The population increase is a positive sign because it means that the demographics are in balance – that there are enough young people to care for the older ones.
  • Illustration av den vikingatida stormannagården. Illustration: Jacques Vincent Major Viking Age manor discovered at Birka 2017-01-19 For centuries it has been speculated where the manor of the royal bailiff of Birka, Herigar, might have been located. New geophysical results provide evidence of its location at Korshamn, outside the town rampart of the Viking Age proto-town Birka in Sweden. The results will be published in the international scientific journal Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt.
  • Spatial Justice and Diaspora New anthology on racism and social justice 2017-01-18 Tekalign Ayalew and Siri Schwabe are contributing with chapters on everyday practices of Ethiopian homemaking in Sweden and Palestinian street protest in Chile in the new anthology “Spatial Justice and Diaspora”.
  • Wetland edges at Stordalen Mire, near Abisko in northern Sweden. Photo: Brett Thornton. Challenges in adding up the sources of methane 2017-01-18 The greenhouse gas methane has many natural sources, and understanding how large each of those sources are remains an unfinished task. This is important when trying to predict future methane emissions and global warming. A new study from researchers at Stockholm University shows how double-counting of methane sources, particularly wetlands and lakes, might be occurring in research. The study has been published in Geophysical Research Letters.
  • Viking Amulet, The Granger Collection, UIG Contextualising art – physical artefacts and immaterial legacies 2017-01-17 Making meaning out of what we experience is central to being human, and the interpretation of works of art (both scholarly and not) can reveal surprising, multi-valent insights. Profs Peter Gillgren and Anders Andrén explore issues of Cultural Heritage, Historical Artefacts and Processes.
  • Man being stalked, Scott Greisel Victimisation & rehabilitation - Crime as a mirror of society 2017-01-13 Research into Crime and Punishment is as complicated as it is important. Drs Tove Pettersson, Eva Tiby, and Petter Asp address how the ways in which we treat victims, offenders and bystanders show who we are as a society.
  • Cellular packaging of DNA Henning Dalhoff UIG thumbnail Expression, mutation and adaptation – genetics beyond DNA 2017-01-13 While understanding DNA and chromosomes is essential to genetics, how genes are actually expressed is just as important. Profs Neus Visa and Mattias Mannervik discuss their research into the protein complexes that regulate DNA and RNA and the future of epigenetics.
  • Commercial loading dock Updating economics for the next global challenge 2017-01-10 Sustainable development that works for societies, individuals and the environment – it’s the ultimate goal of the Economy & Environment profile area. Drs Thomas Hahn and Jonas Ebbesson discuss how changing our thinking about globalisation, corporations, and fairness just might change the world.
  • Black Guillemots, David Tipling UIG Understanding the climate one tree, bog and bird at a time 2017-01-04 The changing climate is one of our most pressing problems, and innovative approaches are crucial to our continued survival. Drs Britta Sannel, Ilona Riipinen, and Henrik Österblom all discuss the power of one organism to change our view of the world.
  • Sick bird with thiamine deficiency Thiamine deficiency in wildlife more widespread than previously thought 2017-01-02 Deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine) in wildlife was previously described as a problem among certain species within relatively limited geographical areas. Now, researchers at ACES, together with colleagues from several other research institutions in Europe and North America, show that thiamine deficiency is far more widespread than previously thought.
  • Cell membrane, artwork Understand biomembranes, unlock new treatments 2016-12-29 New, fundamental research into biological membranes has the potential to revolutionise the future of medicine. Proteins in and on the cell membrane actively regulate the cell’s interior and understanding these mechanisms could help to target new drugs.
  • Children with hands up Respecting children's voices 2016-12-29 As an interdisciplinary study with the potential to affect every life as well as future generations, Children’s Rights and Conditions is an important profile area with a strong connection to societal concerns.
  • Abstract Illustration of Dark Matter Today’s particle physics, tomorrow’s technology 2016-12-22 Astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics ask the “big questions” at both the subatomic and galactic levels. In videos, Drs Sara Strandberg and Jan Conrad describe their research questions, demonstrate their processes using models, and reveal how breakthroughs in physics have led to major technological revolutions.
  • Svante Jonsell New light on dark matter 2016-12-20 Svante Jonsell at Stockholm University and his colleagues at CERN have succeeded in examining antihydrogen using laser spectroscopy. It’s the latest step to determining whether antihydrogen behaves like regular matter.
  • Supermassive black hole with torn-apart star (artist's impression) Spectacular supernova was spinning black hole 2016-12-19 The supernova ASSASN15lh drew headlines earlier this year as the brightest supernova ever, but scientists have found it difficult to explain the fenomenon. In an article in Nature Astronomy researchers from Stockholm University, among other universities, are launching a theory that it is in fact a star that has ended up too close to a supermassive black hole and been torn apart by gravity.
  • Forskningsstationen Wasa i Dronning Maud Land, Antarktis. Stockholm University Researchers in the Antarctic 2016-12-16 The research project MAGIC-DML aims to study the changes in the ice sheets covering Queen Maud Land in Antarctica. The goal is to create a detailed history of the ice cover, focusing on how its thickness and surface area has varied over time. The international collaboration includes researchers from Stockholm University.
  • Siri Agnete Schwabe On memory, politics and being Palestinian in Santiago de Chile 2016-12-15 The world’s largest Palestinian diaspora outside the Arab world is found in Chile. A new PhD thesis in Social Anthropology gives novel perspectives on how a particular diasporic form of being Palestinian is constituted and practiced in the Chilean context.
  • Photo: Jean-Baptiste Jouffray International seafood business commits to stronger sustainability efforts 2016-12-14 Eight of the world’s largest seafood companies have issued a ten-point statement committing to action on ocean stewardship following the first “keystone dialogue” between scientists and business leaders.
  • Frank Wilczek Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek hosts first workshop on axions as professor at Stockholm University 2016-12-05 Stockholm University and NORDITA host this week an international workshop on axions and dark matter. Axions are hypothetical particles proposed by Frank Wilczek who this year started his appointment as professor at Stockholm University.
  • Tommaso Tesi och Pete Hill tar sedimentprover. Foto: Joren Vonk. Study sheds new light into the link between thawing permafrost and climate change 2016-12-02 A new study by researchers at Stockholm University shows how large-scale thawing of Arctic permafrost released huge amounts of carbon at the end of the last Ice Age. Frozen carbon reservoirs in the Arctic are currently being released again, which threatens to accelerate climate warming. The results were published in the journal Nature Communications.
  • Oscar Agertz. Foto: Markus Marcetic/Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse/Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien. Simulations of how stars’ lives affect galaxies 2016-12-01 The Universe contains a multitude of galaxies, everything from small dwarf galaxies to enormous elliptical ones. To understand how this diversity arose, Oscar Agertz will investigate how massive stars influence the dynamics of a galaxy, conducting these experiments using simulations in supercomputers.
  • Sarah Greenwood. Foto: Markus Marcetic/Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse/Kungl. Vetenskapsakademi How does a warmer climate affect marine ice sheets? 2016-12-01 Wallenberg Academy Fellow Sarah Greenwood will study how ice sheets that flow into the sea are affected by the surrounding environment. One important aim is to make better predictions of how the Greenland and Antarctic marine ice sheets will react as the climate gets warmer.
  • Abraham Mendoza. Foto: Markus Marcetic/Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse/Kungl. Vetenskapsakademi More effective and environmentally-friendly methods for chemical synthesis 2016-12-01 Chemical synthesis of everything from pharmaceuticals to new materials often requires the use of toxic solvents and metals. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Abraham Mendoza will expand the chemists’ toolbox with more sustainable methods. Inspired by nature, he uses the energy of light to control and catalyzecatalyse environmentally friendly chemical reactions.
  • Photo: Lawrence Hislop Amid rapid change, major Arctic study highlights need to prepare for surprises 2016-11-25 The Arctic Resilience Report, published today, is the first comprehensive assessment of ecosystems and societies in the region. It identifies 19 “tipping points” in natural systems that could radically reshape the Arctic in the coming century, and calls for urgent cooperation to build local communities’ resilience and capacity to adapt to rapid and widespread change.
  • Wayfinding: a photoethnography of indigenous migration Photo exhibition begins tour of India and Nepal 2016-11-22 Gangtok in the Indian state of Sikkim is the first stop for the mobile photo exhibition “Wayfinding: a photoethnography of indigenous migration”. The exhibit makes two more stops in India before it concludes in Kathmandu.
  • farmer working the land Drought-tolerant species thrive despite returning rains in the Sahel 2016-10-19 Following the devastating droughts in the Sahel region south of the Sahara desert, vegetation has now recovered. What surprises the researchers is that although it is now raining more and has become greener, it is particularly the more drought resistant species that thrive. The conclusion is that not only rain but also agriculture and human utilization of trees, bushes and land affect the plants recovering.
  • Erik Olsson Diaspora – a concept in development 2016-10-19 A new study by Delmi contributes to policy relevant knowledge in the areas of diaspora, transnationalism, migration and development. It is written by Erik Olsson, Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Social Anthropology.
  • Ann-Zofie Duvander. Foto: Privat "Parental leave is not funded by income tax" 2016-10-19 Ann-Zofie Duvander, Associate professor of Sociology and Demography, was interviewed on her expert area Swedish parental leave policies in the podcast "From Sweden". In contrast to what one might think, the generous parental benefit is not funded by income tax, Ann-Zofie Duvander explains.
  • Solens atmosfär, bild tagen med instrumentet CHROMIS. A new instrument examines how the sun’s magnetic field heats its atmosphere 2016-10-18 Contrary to what you might think, the surface of the sun isn’t as hot as the atmosphere that surrounds it. Thanks to a 33.95 million kronor (3.8 million USD) grant, Jorrit Leenaarts and his group at Stockholm University are researching why the chromosphere gets hotter further away from the sun’s surface.
  • Övergången från koldioxid till koloxid och syre. X-ray lasers could solve energy and environmental challenges 2016-10-18 Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels present a major challenge. But what if this carbon dioxide could be converted into something that’s actually useful? Professor Anders Nilsson from Stockholm University will examine this process in detail with the help of a 32 million kronor grant.
  • En skräddarsydd in situ-reaktor för synkrotron röntgendiffraktion och absorptionsmätningar. Making chemicals without dangerous intermediate by-products 2016-10-18 Plastic, fertiliser and medicines from renewable sources like carbon dioxide and water. No need to handle the dangerous chemicals created at the intermediate stage of the process. That’s the goal of Belén Martín-Matute from Stockholm University. With the help of an almost 36 million kronor grant, she’s well on her way.
  • Moln i olika skikt i Arktis. Better climate models through new measuring techniques 2016-10-18 Are we heading for ice-free Arctic summers regardless of whether we can suppress global warming? Thanks to a grant of 29.9 million kronor, Professor Michael Tjernström and his colleagues at Stockholm University are on their way to an answer.
  • Electra - play thumbnail New research vessel to help reduce Baltic Sea pollution 2016-10-18 Researchers are celebrating the inauguration of Stockholm University’s new research vessel Electra af Askö. Packed with high-tech equipment, it will give a more complete picture of pollution in the Baltic Sea.
  • Nordenskioldbreen på Svalbard. Foto: Martin Jakobsson Research across disciplines aims to understand the climate 2016-10-06 The Bolin Centre for Climate Research gathers researchers from Stockholm University, KTH and SMHI.
  • Meeting place for environmental law 2016-10-04 When the Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre was established in 2004, the aim was to create meeting places for researchers and professionals working with issues relating to environmental law. The Centre wanted to disseminate its research results and highlight the relevance of research on environmental law. Furthermore, it aimed to create a platform for inviting researchers from other universities.
  • Georgia Destouni. Foto: Niklas Björling Climate change is studied from a wide perspective 2016-10-03 What happens to water and soil conditions, ecology and biodiversity when the temperature rises? And how are species of plants and animals affected? Researchers at the interdisciplinary research programme Ekoklim at Stockholm University are looking for answers to these questions.
  • Professor Neus Visa. Foto: Mediaproduktion, Stockholms universitet Better knowledge of cells often leads to unexpected progress 2016-09-28 Neus Visa, Professor at the Wenner-Gren Institute, Department of Molecular Biosciences.
  • gästprofessorn Alf Norkko Alf Norkko honoured with Royal Baltic Sea professorship 2016-09-27 It is now decided that Alf Norkko will receive the visiting professorship in Baltic Sea research which Stockholm University gave the King as a 70-year-gift. Professor Alf Norkko from the University of Helsinki is an internationally renowned scientist in the field of ecological Baltic Sea research.
  • CAMP, Center for Art on Migration Politics, Deportspora: When deportation becomes a way of life 2016-09-23 What is it like to live with the imminent threat of deportation? What happens to deportees, who have been returned to their country of origin? And what makes people migrate again despite the prospect of being deported once more.
  • Zhandang-glaciären på tibetanska högplatån. Foto: Chaoliu Li Uncovering the sources of the Himalayan glacier melt 2016-08-29 A Swedish-Chinese study has determined the source of the soot particulates which are causing the Himalaya-Tibet glaciers to melt, according to an article in Nature Communications. The researchers can not only determine the causes of the soot, e.g. wood burning or fossil fuels, but also its geographical origin.
  • Ann-Zofie Duvander. Foto: Privat “The cost of parental benefit is rarely discussed” 2016-08-10 Ann-Zofie Duvander, senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology, was interviewed in the Sunday Times Magazine last week. The feature gave an insight on Swedish fathers and their take on parental leave and gender roles.
  • Kvinna med ofödd baby funnen i Boncuklu i Anatolien. Foto: Douglas Baird (Boncuklu Project). Hunter-Gatherers Experimented with Farming in Turkey before Migrating to Europe 2016-08-04 Clusters of hunter-gatherers spent much of the late Stone Age working out the basics of farming in what is now Turkey before taking this knowledge to Europe. In an analysis of ancient genomes in Current Biology, researchers at Stockholm University and Uppsala University in Sweden and Middle East Technical University in Turkey report that at least two waves of early European settlers belonged to the same gene pool as farmers in Central Turkey.
  • Förhistoriska DNA avslöjar hundens ursprung Prehistoric DNA reveals dog origin 2016-07-15 Man's best friend, the dog, may have been around far longer than we thought. A new study shows that the dog's predecessor was separated from the wolf already sometime between 27 000 and 40 000 years ago.
  • Airplanes make clouds brighter Airplanes make clouds brighter 2016-06-23 Clouds may have a net warming or cooling effect on climate, depending on their thickness and altitude. Artificially formed clouds called contrails form due to aircraft effluent. In a cloudless sky, contrails are thought to have minimal effect on climate. But what happens when the sky is already cloudy?
  • Skog New light into our climate’s cloudier past 2016-05-26 In two new papers published in Nature, researchers from Stockholm University along with colleagues from Europe and the USA, imply that the baseline pristine pre-industrial climate may have been cloudier than presently thought. New results from the CLOUD experiment at CERN, Switzerland, shows that organic vapours emitted by trees produce abundant aerosol particles in the atmosphere in the absence of sulphuric acid.
  • Liane Colonna. Foto: Stockholms universitet. Need for international convention on data surveillance 2016-05-24 The personal data of EU citizens is insufficiently protected by US law from being data mined within the context of American national intelligence programs. This is the conclusion of a dissertation from the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University.
  • Babyhand. Mostphotos Large research initiative on children, migration and integration 2016-05-17 Stockholm University plans to invest 15 million Swedish kronor on a concerted research effort on children, migration and integration.
  • Environmental toxins accumulate in wild animals in China 2016-05-11 Many animal species in southern China carry high levels of organohalogen contaminants. Most common is DDT, which has been banned for a long time in many parts of the world. New types of PCBs as well as polychlorinated carbon compounds and chloroparaffins were also found.
  • Illustration av hur ljus omvandlas av galaxen till ALP Dark matter does not contain certain axion-like particles 2016-04-22 Researches at Stockholm University are getting closer to understanding dark-matter particle models. Observations can rule out some axion-like particles in the quest for the content of dark matter.
  • Group photo Baltic Bridge collaboration Baltic Bridge - bridging gaps in Baltic Sea science 2016-04-21 Last week researchers from Stockholm University and the University of Helsinki met to discuss concrete collaboration on Baltic Sea research and education. This initiative is part of the strategic collaboration between the two universities. The meeting was held in perfect spring weather at beautiful Askö.
  • Eroderande kustnära permafrost från Laptevhavet. Foto: Denis Kosmach. Severe Arctic Ocean acidification via permafrost thawing and river runoff 2016-04-20 When organic material from thawing permafrost is transported to the sea and breaks down in the seawater it contributes to a more rapid acidification of the Arctic Ocean, finds new research by scientists from Stockholm University and colleagues.
  • klippor och hav Copper gives an answer to the rise of oxygen 2016-04-18 A new study presents evidence that the rise of atmospheric oxygenation did indeed occur 2.4–2.1 billion years ago. It also shows that biological usage of copper became prominent after the so called “Great Oxidation Event”. An international team of researchers has recently published the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
  • Anders Nilsson, professor What molecular structures give water its unusual properties? 2016-04-07 Anders Nilsson, Professor in Chemical Physics.
  • Professor Jonas Ebbesson, Profile Area Economy & Environment Environmental regulations must be adapted to local as well as global conditions 2016-04-07 Jonas Ebbesson, Professor in Environmental Law, at Department of Law.
  • Torkkänsliga tusenåriga träd från bergen i Grekland. Indirekta belägg för variationer i neder-börd o Large variations in precipitation over the past millennium 2016-04-06 According to a new study in Nature, the Northern Hemisphere has experienced considerably larger variations in precipitation during the past twelve centuries than in the twentieth century. Researchers from Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland have found that climate models overestimated the increase in wet and dry extremes as temperatures increased during the twentieth century. The new results will enable us to improve the accuracy of climate models and to better predict future precipitation changes.
  • Bengt G. Karlsson North-east India’s Struggle with National Identity 2016-04-06 Bengt G. Karlsson, Professor in Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.
  • Peter Gillgren How Art Was Perceived and Experienced in the 16th and 17th Century 2016-04-06 Peter Gillgren, Professor in Art history at Stockholm University.
  • Photo: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2016 Successful launch of Sentinel-3 - the ocean satellite 2016-02-17 ESA:s third satellite within the Copernicus mission was successfully launched from Siberia on the 16th of February. A series of satellites will be carried into orbit over the coming two decades to provide a ‘bigger picture' for the environment programme.
  • Kilometertjockt istäcke över hela Norra ishavet för 140 000 år sedan Kilometre-thick ice covered the Arctic Ocean 140 000 years ago 2016-02-12 For the first time, researchers at Stockholm University, in collaboration with researchers in Gothenburg, United States and Russia, have been able to show that the Arctic Ocean was covered by a one kilometre thick layer of ice during glacial periods. The discovery provides, among other things, an insight into the stability of floating glacier ice of a type now mainly found around the Antarctic.
  • Bolin centre and Baltic Sea centre workshop Bolin Centre and Baltic Sea Centre meeting 2016-02-01 30 experts from the Bolin centre for climate research and the Baltic Sea Centre met for two days in late January to discuss possible synergies, infrastructure use and on-going research.
  • grafik Recent summer temperatures in Europe are likely the warmest of the last two millennia 2016-02-01 Most of Europe has experienced strong summer warming over the course of the past several decades, accompanied by severe heat waves in 2003, 2010 and 2015.
  • Yanhang Ma och Peter Oleynikov har många modeller av material på sitt kontor. Men inte någon modell av det nya materialet. First material to be woven at nano level 2016-01-22 For the first time, scientists have been able to weave a material at molecular level. The research is led by University of California Berkeley, in cooperation with Stockholm University.
  • Illustration Elvis-projektet , barn med väska Children in joint physical care have better health than children living with one parent 2016-01-21 In Sweden one in ten school children live in joint physical custody, that is, they move between their parents. The trend suggests that it will be even more common in the future. How do kids who move between their parents actually feel? A recently completed research project shows that they are fine compared to children living alone with one parent.
  • Övre delen av ett skelett ur grav 6 i Kumtepe. Foto: Project Troia, Peter Jablonka. The first European farmers are traced back to Anatolia 2016-01-11 When farming spread throughout Europe some 8000 years ago, Anatolia functioned as a hub, spreading genes and the new ideas westward. An international study coordinated from Stockholm and based on DNA from Anatolian remains indicates the importance of the role Anatolia played, and also in attracting attention both from the east and the west.
  • Post-glaciala sjöar i Stordalen, Abisko. Foto: Jo Uhlbäck. Large methane emissions from northern lakes 2016-01-07 Climate-sensitive regions in the north are home to most of the world’s lakes. New research shows that these northern freshwaters are critical emitters of methane.
  • Refugee Studies Centre workshop Video available from RSC Workshop: Refuge from Syria 2015-12-15 On December 9, the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford organised the one-day workshop “Refuge from Syria”. Professor Annika Rabo was there to present her research on formal and informal education in Syria, 1980-2010.
  • Havsbild vid kusten med klippor Ocean toxicity hampered the rapid evolution of complex life 2015-12-04 By examining rocks at the bottom of ancient oceans, an international group of researchers have revealed that arsenic concentrations in the oceans have varied greatly over time. But also that in the very early oceans, arsenic co-varied with the rise of atmospheric oxygen and coincided with the coming and going of global glaciations.
  • Fataneh Farahani Fataneh Farahani: What are the limits and terms for hospitality? 2015-12-03 The refugee crisis is one of the most significant civil rights issues of our time. Fataneh Farahani, researcher at Stockholm University and new Wallenberg Academy Fellow, will compare the work with asylum seekers and migrants, and investigate what shapes hospitality in three multicultural cities: London, Stockholm and Sydney.
  • Ilona Riipinen Ilona Riipinen: How are particles removed from the air and atmosphere? 2015-12-03 The amount of particles in the atmosphere is decisive for both our health and the Earth’s climate. Researchers have spent a great deal of time investigating what causes the emission of particles, but knowledge about how they leave the atmosphere is not as advanced. Ilona Riipinen, researcher at Stockholm University and new Wallenberg Academy Fellow, will now study how clouds and rain, for example, contribute to cleaner air.
  • Emil Bergholtz. Emil Bergholtz: Mathematics that may lead the way to quantum computers 2015-12-03 If researchers succeed in building quantum computers, today’s computers will appear as hopelessly old fashioned as typewriters do now. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Emil Bergholtz is developing mathematical theories that may guide the development of a particular form of quantum matter, which has special properties that researchers believe may be a platform for quantum computers.
  • metankamera in action utomhus New camera can measure methane 2015-12-01 A camera so advanced that it can photograph and film methane in the air around us is now presented by researchers Stockholm University and Linköping University. It can be an important part of the efforts to measure and monitor greenhouse gases. A study was recently published in Nature Climate Change.
  • Sediment från gammal sjöbotten Melting Scandinavian ice provides missing link in Europe’s final Ice Age story 2015-11-18 Molecular-based moisture indicators, remains of midges and climate simulations have provided climate scientists with the final piece to one of the most enduring puzzles of the last Ice Age.
  • Osamu Terasaki New behavior of gases in metal-organic frameworks observed 2015-11-11 Metal-organic frameworks are materials useful for capturing and storing gas. An international team, led by scientists from Stockholm University and University of California, Berkeley, have been able to show how gases organize in the material, a completely new finding and important for further development. The result was recently published in the scientific journal Nature.
  • bild_1 Workshop: Indigenous Migrants in Asian Borderlands 2015-11-09 Please note, the time and venue for the workshop have changed. It will now take place from 13.00 to 15.00 in room B600 at the Department of Social Anthropology.
  • Gift i kläder Toxins remain in your clothes 2015-10-23 Thousands of chemicals are used in clothes manufacturing. Researchers at Stockholm University have examined if there are chemicals in the clothes we buy as well.
  • Osamu Terasaki och Peter Oleynikov New crystal captures carbon from humid gas 2015-10-16 A new material with micropores might be a way to fight climate change. Scientists have created crystals that capture carbon dioxide much more efficiently than previously known materials, even in the presence of water. The research was recently published in a report in the scientific journal Science.
  • Researchers want to find what is uniquely human 2015-10-14 Why did humanity turn out so different from other animals? What is uniquely human? These are some of the questions that an interdisciplinary research team from Stockholm University has been awarded a SEK 22 million grant to attempt to answer.
  • Mohamed Bourennane Quantum physics to ensure secure communication 2015-10-14 Mohamed Bourennane, researcher at Stockholm University, wants to develop a completely secure way to transfer information while learning more about the basics of quantum physics. In order to do this, the research team has now been awarded a grant of about SEK 34 million.
  • ESO-bild Unique structures found around nearby star 2015-10-08 With the help from pictures by the ESO Very Large Telescope and NASA/ESA space telescope Hubble, astronomers have discovered never-before-seen structures within a dusty disc surrounding a nearby star. The fast-moving wave-like features in the disc of the star AU Microscopii are unlike anything ever observed, or even predicted, before now. Among the researchers behind the results, published in Nature, is Markus Janson at Stockholm University.
  •  A DOM being lowered into the hole of an IceCube string Credit: Jim Haugen, IceCube/NSF  The IceCube Nobel Prize puts focus on the Antarctic ice 2015-10-08 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 to Takaaki Kajita, Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan and Arthur B. McDonald, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada for “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.
  • David Drew Breakthrough in understanding sugar uptake 2015-09-30 Researchers from Stockholm University, in international collaboration with UK and Japan, has reached a breakthrough in understanding how fructose is transported into our cells. This could be a potential benefit for the development of novel treatments against some forms of cancer, obesity and diabetes. The results are published as an article in the scientific journal Nature.
  • Johan Rockström. Foto: Peter Dimsel/DBU German Environmental Award to Johan Rockström 2015-09-24 Johan Rockström, professor in Natural Resources Management at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, is one of two rewarded with the German Environmental Award 2015 (Deutsche Umweltpreis).
  • Open-plan offices more distracting for friendly personalities 2015-09-15 Large open-plan office provides more distractions and increase stress for employees. And most affected are those who are friendly, according to a new thesis from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University.
  • Karin Sandwall About learning Swedish – and learning in Swedish 2015-09-04 As more people come to Sweden from other countries, schools’ teaching practices require more development. The National Centre for Swedish as a Second Language works to give children, young people and adults a better future in Sweden.
  • Stephen Hawking: ”Om några forskare kan hitta ett svart hål så kommer jag att få Nobelpris.” Stephen Hawking in Stockholm: ”Black holes ain’t as black as they are painted” 2015-08-27 There is a way out of black holes. That was the message communicated by Professor Stephen Hawking in a public lecture in Stockholm which attracted more than 3000 people to the audience.
  • New book on language learning of migrants 2015-08-19 A new anthology shows clear links between integration and the acquisition of language and cultural phenomenon in the new country.
  • Gronlandsis Scientists on the way to Petermann glacier 2015-07-20 On July 27, Swedish polar scientists set off to Greenland to meet the icebreaker Oden in Thule. The mission this time is to examine the Petermann Glacier in north-western Greenland.
  • Bild biokemi New family of chemical structures can effectively remove CO2 from gas mixtures 2015-07-15 A newly discovered family of chemical structures, published in Nature, could increase the value of biogas and natural gas that contains carbon dioxide.
  • Norris damm Global freshwater consumption crossing its planetary boundary 2015-07-06 Planetary boundaries have been proposed to describe a safe operating space of humanity. Human consumption of freshwater is the used control variable for a freshwater planetary boundary. Research from Stockholm University is now showing that global freshwater consumption has already pushed beyond its boundary. The article is published in Science.
  • Sleep Promoting healthy sleep may be an effective strategy to improve life at work 2015-07-06 A new study suggests that there may be a reciprocal, causal pathway between job strain and disturbed sleep, implying that interventions to treat sleep problems may improve work satisfaction.
  • Guppies Single gene controls fish intelligence 2015-06-26 The gene Angiopoietin-1 could play an important role in the brain development of other vertebrates, including humans.
  • Drakhuvud (tumnagelbild) Viking dragon head found at Birka 2015-06-18 Archaeologists from Stockholm University and Germany made an unexpected discovery last week when they were digging in the port of the Viking town of Birka, on Björkö in Lake Mälaren.
  • Navarino Environmental Observatory Environmental award to research observatory NEO 2015-06-10 Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO), a research observatory at Stockholm University has been awarded the "Ecopolis Award 2015 for Environmental Projects" for its research on climate change in the Mediterranean region.
  • Interruption of the Gulf Stream may lead to large cooling in Europe 2015-06-04 A new record of past climate change shows that a warm climate in northern Europe can be hit by a sudden cooling associated with an interruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation and the Gulf Stream. This is shown in a new study published in Quaternary Science Reviews, investigating the development of northern European climate about 120 thousand years ago.
  • A thousand and one languages – word for word 2015-06-01 Finding word classes in Swedish Sign Language and 1,001 other languages is one of the problems that Robert Östling has focused on in his thesis on computational linguistics.
  • Sand-hopper (Gammarus locusta). Photo: Johan Eklöf. High biodiversity gives healthy seagrass beds 2015-05-20 Loss of algal-feeding invertebrates have surprisingly large effects on health of valuable seagrass meadows. These are the new results from a unique set of coordinated experiments.
  • Water droplets cooling rapidly by falling in vacuum and are probed by a shot from the x-ray laser be Research grant to explain the water mystery 2015-05-20 Why does water have so many remarkable properties? Professor Anders Nilsson will seek answers to the question with support by an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, ERC.
  • Low grades increase risk of alcohol-related disease 2015-03-27 The risk of alcohol-related disease in adulthood is greatly increased among populations with low final grades in primary school. This according to a new study from Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet now published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
  • Foto: Christer Åhlin/SHMM (the Swedish History Museum) New discovery in old ring shows connection between the Vikings and Islam 2015-03-27 A new analysis shows an Arabic inscription on a Viking ring and only little wear on the ring. It may be a proof that there was a direct link between the Viking Age Scandinavia and Islam.
  • Fjällsjöar i Stordalen, Abisko. Northern lakes’ history can predict future methane emissions 2015-03-26 More and more methane gas is being released from northern lakes in Sweden. Now, a link has been found between methane bubbling and total summer sunshine. This new research result from Stockholm University enables improved predictions of future methane emissions.
  • Skövling av Amazonas The world’s most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change 2015-03-20 Today Friday 20 March a new study by a team of researchers is published in Science magazine. One of the researchers is Professor Carl Folke, Science Director at Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.
  • Skalle. Foto: Anna Arnberg New findings from DNA traces the emergence of languages 2015-03-13 Christos Economou, a PhD student at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University is one of the researchers who participated in the international research team that did the study.
  • IngMarie Nilsson How blood group O protects against malaria 2015-03-11 It has long been known that people with blood type O are protected from dying of severe malaria. In a study made at Karolinska institutet, where several researchers from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (DDB) took part, the mechanisms behind the protection that blood type O provides are explained. The study is published in Nature Medicine.
  • Per Holmlund awarded this year’s ÅForsk prize 2015-03-03 The ÅForsk Foundation has a yearly prize worth SEK 100,000 for achievements in the dissemination of knowledge. This year’s prize goes to Professor Per Holmlund at Stockholm University.
  • Kung Carl XVI Gustaf och Ray Pierrehumbert. Foto: Eva Dalin Leading climate Professor: Sweden is a model 2015-02-17 Emissions of carbon must be reduced and in this, Sweden can be a model. This was the message when climate Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert held a public lecture in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf.
  • Rotationskurvans spår över Vintergatan sedd från södra halvklotet. Spårämnena är färgkodade i blått Evidence for dark matter in the inner Milky Way 2015-02-13 A new study is providing evidence for the presence of dark matter in the innermost part of the Milky Way, including in our own cosmic neighbourhood and the Earth’s location.
  • New insights into protein secretion through cell membranes 2015-01-09 For the first time ever scientist have succeeded in measuring the electric force that influence charged amino acids in a protein when the protein chain passes through the cell membrane of a bacterium.

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