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  • ERC Consolidator Grant for a project that studies same sex and different sex couples with children 2017-12-11 Marie Evertsson, Professor at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 million euros over 5 years for her project GENPARENT: Revealing Sources of Gendered Parenthood: A multi-method comparative study of the transition to parenthood in same-sex and different-sex couples.
  • How the cat parasite exploits immune cells to reach the brain 2017-12-07 Scientists have previously shown that a parasite from cats can infect people's brain and affect our behaviour. Now, researchers at Stockholm University have discovered how the parasite takes control of our cells.
  • Stockholm University 81 in the world within Physical Sciences 2017-11-30 Stockholm University is found at position 81 in Physical Sciences in the newly released 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject.
  • 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.
  • Early farming may have spread over Europe from Greece 2017-11-22 The Neolithization, when societies were restructured during the Stone age and people turned from hunting and gathering to farming, is probably the most important process in our history. For a century researchers were much guessing how the process happened, and only during the recent years have they been able to work out how the process occurred, with the help of DNA from ancient remains.
  • 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.
  • Generous people listen with their heart 2017-11-15 Some people like to share with others. Why is this so? New research shows that sometimes generosity goes hand in hand with “listening to your heart.”
  • Research on Arctic permafrost is funded within Horizon 2020 2017-11-24 How does climate change affect the Arctic coastal environment? And how can the challenges be met by people who live there? These are some of the issues that will be investigated in the project Nunataryuk, which is being funded within the EU Horizon 2020 program.
  • 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.
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