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Donating to charity not only about sympathy

Arvid Erlandsson In the run-up to Christmas, a lot of us consider donating to charities. But what motivates us to actually follow through? Too much focus on encouraging sympathy in potential charity donors can actually have the opposite effect, according to new research from Lund University in Sweden.

Quantum world without queues could lead to better solar cells

Khadga Karki and Tönu Pullerits In a recent study from Lund University in Sweden, researchers have used new technology to study extremely fast processes in solar cells. The research results form a concrete step towards more efficient solar cells.

China, UK, and US at centre of global ”land grabbing” trade

China, UK, and US at centre of global ”land grabbing” trade Nearly two out of three countries in the world now participate in a new kind of “virtual land trade”, where not only the goods produced but land ownership itself is traded internationally, according to a study from Lund University in Sweden.

Virtual sphere is new ”touch-free keyboard”

Örs-Barna Blénessy A group of Lund University engineering students have designed a touch-free interface that enables advanced control of digital devices – simply by twisting and tapping an imaginary sphere.

How fast you age depends on your parents

Great reed warblers In the hunt for better knowledge on the aging process, researchers from Lund University have now enlisted the help of small birds. A new study investigates various factors which affect whether chicks are born with long or short chromosome ends, called telomeres.

Type 2 diabetes risk starts in pregnancy

Scan The risk of developing type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease is affected by exposures in the uterus. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden are now calling for updated guidelines in light of research evidence from the past decades.

ERC Starting Grant for researcher in combustion

Edouard Berrocal Edouard Berrocal, a researcher in combustion physics at Lund University, has been awarded one of the most prestigious grants available to young researchers: an ERC Starting Grant.

Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression and anxiety

Jan Sundquist Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and Region Skåne. This is the first randomised study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioural therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary health care.

Glassy protein solution may cause eyesight deterioration

Viscosity increases by 6 orders of magnitude upon an increase of the lens protein concentration Long-sightedness caused by age could be due to proteins in the lens of the eye that are converted from a fluid solution to a solid, glassy state. This has been shown in a study by researchers from institutions including Lund University.

Oat oil preparation makes you feel fuller

Oat oil Oats contain more fat than other cereals, and oat oil has a unique composition. A new study from Lund University, Härröd Research and Swedish Oat Fiber AB, shows a special oat oil preparation can produce greater satiety.