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Local measures could save our water as the climate heats up

Local measures could save our water Global environmental changes caused by a warmer climate can be combatted on a local level. The quality of our drinking water can be improved before it reaches water purification facilities and consumers through local efforts that minimise the growth of toxic algae and cyanobacteria in lakes.

New discoveries about photosynthesis may lead to solar cells of the future

New discoveries about photosynthesis For the first time, researchers from Lund University have successfully measured in detail the flow of solar energy, in and between different parts of a photosynthetic organism. The result is a first step in research that could ultimately contribute to the development of technologies that use solar energy far more efficiently than what is currently possible.

New findings concerning hereditary prostate cancer

New findings indicate that men whose father or brother have an indolent, untreated prostate cancer increases their own risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. Photo: Uni. of Michigan For the first time ever, researchers have differentiated the risks of developing indolent or aggressive prostate cancer in men with a family history of the disease. Researchers from the Swedish universities of Lund, Uppsala and Umeå now present new and somewhat surprising results.

Antidiabetic effects discovered in the appetite hormone CART

Associate Professor Nils Wierup, Lund University Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that the appetite hormone CART is regulated by glucose and is found in greater quantity in people with type 2 diabetes. “This could be the body’s own defence mechanism to lower blood sugar levels in case of type 2 diabetes”, says Associate Professor Nils Wierup, in charge of the study.

New discoveries on evolution can save endangered species

Male and female of the beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) in the so-called ' mating wheel ". The male has dark blue wings, while the female has brown. New study finds unexpected mating preferences in damselflies. Photo: E. Svensson Traditionally, the evolutionary development of an insect species has been explained by the notion that the female insect chooses her male partner based on size and other factors, so-called assortative mating. These mating patterns have also been believed to partially explain how the isolation between different species is maintained. However, new research from Lund University in Sweden shows just the opposite: assortative mating breaks down the sexual barrier between species rather than preserves it, which could lead to species becoming extinct. This discovery can be of significance within nature and species conservation.

MAX IV is ready to make the invisible visible

MAX IV MAX IV – the most modern synchrotron radiation facility in the world – is now ready to open. Over 2,000 international researchers will use the Swedish-based laboratory each year to conduct groundbreaking experiments in materials and life sciences using the most brilliant X-ray light ever generated.

Urban bird species at risk dying prematurely due to stress

Great tit. Photo: Kev Chapman Birds of the species Parus Major (great tit) living in an urban environment are at greater risk of dying young than great tits living outside cities. Research results from Lund University in Sweden show that urban great tits have shorter telomeres than others of their own species living in rural areas. According to the researchers, the induced stress that the urban great tits are experiencing is what results in shorter telomeres and thereby increases their risk of dying young.

Smoking can hamper common treatment for breast cancer

New study finds that treatment for breast cancer works less well in patients who smoke, compared to non-smokers. Photo: MostPhotos We know that individuals who smoke take major health risks. Now a new research study from Lund University in Sweden shows that common treatment for breast cancer works less well in patients who smoke, compared to non-smokers.

The School of Economics and Management continues to climb the Financial Times ranking

Finance programme The Master’s programme in Finance at the Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM) is ranked number 32 in the world in the Financial Times ranking of finance programmes that was released today. This is a climb from place 38 last year.

Apply now for spring 2017 studies

Girl sitting in the grass typing on her laptop The application period is open for a selection of study programmes at Lund University, which start in spring (January) 2017. The deadline to apply is 15 August 2016.

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