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Intense heat causes health problems among sugar cane workers

2014-10-23
Hard work under hot sun causes health problems for sugar cane workers in Costa Rica, such as headache, nausea, and renal dysfunction. The presence of symptoms is also expected to increase in line with ongoing climate changes, according to a dissertat...

University Network of European Capitals of Culture meet in Umeå

2014-10-22
UNEeCC (University Network of European Capitals of Culture) has its annual conference in Umeå October 23 to 24. Members of UNEeCC's are universities in cities that have been or are applying to become capitals of culture.

Campanas / Woods

2014-10-16
The Brazilian design duo Fernando and Humberto Campana is world famous for their colorful, individual and experimental furniture influenced by traditional crafts. Taking inspiration from nature, they created a site-specific installation exclusively f...

Unique catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells synthesized in ordinary kitchen microwave oven

2014-10-13
Swedish and Chinese researchers show how a unique nano-alloy composed of palladium nano-islands embedded in tungsten nanoparticles creates a new type of catalysts for highly efficient oxygen reduction, the most important reaction in hydrogen fuel cel...

Cold sore virus increases the risk of dementia

2014-10-13
Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Umeå University claim this in two studies in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

Environmental taxes encourage lower consumption

2014-10-09
Tobacco taxation and environmental taxes on electricity and gasoline is the most effective way for politicians to get consumers to understand the problems of smoking and pollution. Expenditure on media campaigns from government and industry, and lobb...

Neurons in human muscles emphasize the impact of the outside world

2014-10-09
Stretch sensors in our muscles participate in reflexes that serve the subconscious control of posture and movement. According to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, these sensors respond weakly to muscle stretch caused by one's volu...

Sweden's new Prime Minister is a Umeå University alumnus

2014-10-06
A new government has been formed in Sweden. It is led by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who studied social work at Umeå University during 1978-1979. Additionally, Umeå University alumnus Ibrahim Baylan has been named the new Minister for Energy. He st...

Nano-engineering enhances charge transport and promises more efficient future solar cells

2014-09-30
Solar cells based on semiconducting composite plastics and carbon nanotubes is one of the most promising novel technology for producing inexpensive printed solar cells. Physicists at Umeå University have discovered that one can reduce the number of c...

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