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Using snus doubles the risk of alcohol dependency

2015-02-25
People who use snus run twice the risk of developing alcohol dependency compared with non-users, and the more one uses snus, the higher the risk. This has been found in a study from Umeå University which was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Future vehicles will be virtually tested before the first prototype is built

2015-02-25
Future cars and trucks will be tested in a virtual environment long before the first vehicle prototype is built. UMIT Research Lab at Umeå University plays a key part when the vehicle manufacturers Scania and Volvo Cars and the simulation companies Algoryx Simulation and Modelon join forces to devel...

Short hospital stay linked to increased risk of death following hip fracture

2015-02-25
Older patients are more likely to die following a short hospital stay for a hip fracture, finds research published in the British Medical Journal today.

End Ecoside

2015-02-20
Environmental lawyer Polly Higgins talks about the fight against life-pollution, Wendsday March 18 at 3 pm at Lindellhallen, audiotorium A, Umeå University.

Climate change influences the distribution of organic pollutants in the Baltic Sea

2015-02-18
Regional climate change models predict an increased freshwater runoff into the Baltic Sea. This will result in increased inflow of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon. According to Matyas Ripszam, Umeå University, this change will have high impact on the organic pollutants on the organic pollutants...

DNA-damage causes immune reaction and inflammation and is linked to cancer development

2015-02-17
For the first time scientists from Umeå University show the importance of DNA damage in fine tuning of our innate immune system and hence the ability to mount the optimal inflammatory response to infections and other biological dangers. The study is published on 17th February in the very prestigious...

Climate change can cause loss of important ice dynamics in streams

2015-02-16
In her thesis, Lovisa Lind shows that ice and winter floods are important natural disturbances for maintaining species-rich riparian zones along northern watercourses. If the climate becomes warmer this disturbance might be lost. This could potentially lead to a less diverse riparian zone. She defen...

Patterns in large data show how information travels

2015-02-16
According to Fariba Karimi, network scientist at Umeå University, analysis of massive online data can reveal what information matters to us and with whom we have most in common. For example, networks can be used to study how information travels from one part of the world to another. She defends her ...

Breakthrough research in environmental chemistry is celebrated after 27 years

2015-02-12
Terry Bidleman, Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemistry, was one of the first environmental scientists to realize that the atmosphere is an important contributor to persistent organic pollutants in aquatic systems. The most prestigious scientific journal in this field, Environmental Scienc...

VA: Swedish children to help climate scientists by burying teabags

2015-02-09
Is it possible to read the future in tea leaves? This is what scientists at Umeå University are hoping to find out and they are now looking for school classes across Sweden to participate in a mass experiment that will help to inform climate change research. The so-called ‘Teabag Experiment’ is part...

Contemporary art from Havana at Bildmuseet

2015-02-06
How is life in Cuba today, beyond the headlines of the last few months about the thaw in international relations and political promises about lifting the trade embargo? Can art reflect a society? On Sunday, 22 February, Bildmuseet will open an exhibition of contemporary art from Havana.

Global research network in early language learning launched

2015-02-02
Janet Enever, Professor of Language Teaching and Learning, Umeå University, has been successful in her application to AILA (International association for applied linguistics) to coordinate a new global Research Network in Early Language Learning.

Ingenious fine-tuning of plant photosynthesis

2015-02-02
Malgorzata Pietrzykowska has investigated the specific roles of the two most abundant membrane proteins on Earth, Lhcb1 and 2. Both of them are responsible for light harvesting which is the basis of photosynthesis, the process which sustains life on Earth by providing the oxygen we breathe and the f...

Dolly Jørgensen new blogger for Curie research magazine

2015-01-22
Dolly Jørgensen, historian and researcher at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, is guest blogging for Curie, a Swedish web magazine devoted to the world of research. She is going to take readers on ”An Expedition into the Heart of the Humanities."

What does a Capital of Culture year mean?

2015-01-19
How has the Swedish cultural policy changed over time? How are cultural and democratic issues united? What future awaits the local cultural policy in a globalized world? The public is welcome to attend a panel discussion on Wednesday 21 January.

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