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The Huffington Post: Biggest Ever Dataset on Causes of Death in Africa and Asia

2014-10-30
A landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia has been published by the INDEPTH Network. Over 110,000 deaths have been tracked and followed up in 22 population surveillance sites. Peter Byass, professor of global health at Umeå University, is one of the researchers involved in the study.

Europe’s leading plant scientists call for urgent action to defend research

2014-10-30
More than twenty of Europe's most prominent plant scientists today signed a joint letter warning that Europe may lose its research lead unless plant science is adequately funded, GM (genetically modified) plant varieties that have been found safe are allowed and field trials are protected from vanda...

Emmanuelle Charpentier receives Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award

2014-10-27
Emmanuelle Charpentier, group leader at MIMS and guest professor at Umeå Centre for Microbial Research, Umeå University, is one of the awardees of the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine.

European CBRNE Center trains customs and border staff in the Balkans

2014-10-27
The European CBRNE Center at Umeå University, Sweden, will conduct a training course for border staff and customs in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on 28-30 October within the framework of the project on “Building Capacity to Identify and Respond to Threats from Chemical, Biological, Radiological and...

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 dissertation from Umeå University.

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 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.

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