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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 for Bildmuseet.

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 cells. Their results are published in the scientific ...

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 lobbying by the industry, most effectively influences ...

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 voluntary action, and most strongly to stretch that is...

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 studied public administration during 1993-1997.

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 carbon nanotubes in the device by more than 100 tim...

Erasmus+ student exchange programme boosts employability and job mobility

2014-09-25
A new study on the impact of the European Union's Erasmus student exchange programme shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market. They are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and, fiv...

Umeå University again #1 in Sweden and the Nordic region in young universities ranking

2014-09-25
Umeå University is ranked 24th in the world in the 2014/15 ‘QS Top 50 under 50’ league table. This represents a top ranking among higher education institutions in Sweden and the Nordic countries. The ranking list focuses on the highest performing young institutions established in the past 50 years.

Environmental archaeologist appointed to the Steering Committee of the Swedish National Data Service (SND)

2014-09-23
Philip Buckland, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology and Deputy Head at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University, has been appointed as a member of the steering committee of the Swedish National Data Service (SND).

Unforeseen dioxin formation in waste incineration

2014-09-18
Dioxins forms faster, at lower temperatures and under other conditions than previously thought. This may affect how we in the future construct sampling equipment, flue gas filtering systems for waste incineration and how to treat waste incineration fly ash. These are some of the conclusions Eva Weid...

Umeå University climbs in world ranking list

2014-09-17
Umeå University jumped 22 places – to 267th – in the latest QS World University Ranking 2014/2015. This is the university’s best result ever in this ranking, which also represents a placement of 124th in Europe and 7th in Sweden.

Smokers with high salt intake are at 'double the risk' of rheumatoid arthritis

2014-09-11
Smokers who also have a high sodium intake may be at double the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study published in the journal Rheumatology.

UID Ranked as Best Design School for 3rd consecutive year

2014-09-08
For the third year in a row, Umeå Institute of Design (UID) at Umeå University has been ranked as the best design school in Europe, North and South America by the organization Red Dot.

Think and Aktum – in Swedish Publishing Prize final round

2014-09-04
Umeå University has two productions that have made it to the final round of the Swedish Publishing Prize 2014. The employee magazine Aktum and Think magazine have a chance to take home the prestigious award.

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