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WATCH: How studying bats' flight technique could lead to drone development

Long-eared bat flying in a wind tunnel to learn how it uses its wings and ears to maneuver. Photo: Anders Hedenström Long-eared bats are assisted in flight by their ears and body, according to a study by researchers at Lund University in Sweden. The recent findings improve researchers’ understanding of the bats’ flying technique and could be significant for the future development of drones, among other things.

Project finds ways to better care for the world's forests

Hanging bridges are practical when studying leaves in tree crowns. Photo taken in Peru. Photo: Jake Bryant When physical geographer Daniel Metcalfe explains what he does in the simplest possible way, he says he examines holes in leaves. However, the project is far more sophisticated than that, and could lead to a better way of caring for the forests of the world in the future.

Demographic changes increase the risk of natural fires

As demography changes, more and more people will be affected by forest fires study shows. Photo: André Bessa In many parts of the world, grass and forest fires pose a threat to animals and humans. According to a new study from Lund University in Sweden, while climate change is likely to cause more and larger fires, in the future, more and more people will become directly affected as a result of demographic changes.

Possible substitute for antibiotics to treat dangerous infections

A recently published paper identifies a new therapeutic target for the treatment of bacterial infections that regulates the immune response. Photo: K. Ruona A recently published paper identifies a new therapeutic target for the treatment of bacterial infections that regulates the immune response. Researchers at Lund University have now found an "off" switch for destructive inflammation in infected kidneys that does not impair the anti-bacterial defense

WATCH: Ravens just as clever as chimps despite having mini brains

Raven A study led by researchers at Lund University in Sweden shows that ravens are as clever as chimpanzees, despite having much smaller brains, indicating that rather than the size of the brain, the neuronal density and the structure of the birds’ brains play an important role in terms of their intelligence.

Cartilage protein may contribute to the development of breast cancer

 High expression of COMP in breast cancer cells, seen here in brown, is associated with poor clinical prognosis for the patient. Cancer cells expressing COMP become more invasive and change their metabolism, which allows them to survive better and spread Research from Lund University in Sweden shows that the protein COMP, which mainly exists in cartilage, can also be found in breast cancer tumours in patients with a poor prognosis. Studies on mice also showed that COMP contributed to the development and metastasis of the breast cancer.

Using targeted missiles against aggressive cancer cells

The “gatekeeper” caveolin-1 (purple-coloured in the picture) makes its way to the surface of a stressed cell, and prevents endocytosis, that is, it prevents most proteins from entering the cell. However, the proteins marked green are able to get past the Targeted missiles that can enter cancer cells and deliver lethal cell toxins without harming surrounding healthy tissue. This has been a long-standing vision in cancer research, but it has proved difficult to accomplish. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has now taken some crucial steps in this direction.

Immune cells can help the brain to self-heal after a stroke

New findings indicate that a previously thought harmful inflammation in the brain after a stroke might actually support self-healing. Photo: MostPhotos After a stroke, there is inflammation in the damaged part of the brain. Until now, the inflammation has been seen as a negative consequence that needs to be abolished as soon as possible. But, as it turns out, there are also some positive sides to the inflammation, and it can actually help the brain to self-repair.

Economic development does mean greater carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions

Infographic illustrates the close link between increased country prosperity and greater carbon footprints that a recently released article has analysed. Graph by Aron Strandberg Must greater prosperity necessarily lead to a greater carbon footprint and increased greenhouse gas emissions? “In theory, no, but in practice this seems to be the case”, says researcher Max Koch from Lund University in Sweden. His study of 138 countries is the first ever to take a global approach to the connections between growth, prosperity and ecological sustainability. The study was recently published in the journal article Global Environmental Change.

Insect eyes enable drones to fly independently

Bees use light to navigate through heavy vegetation. In the future, this navigation technique could be used for robots. Photo: E. Baird After studying how insects navigate through dense vegetation, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have come up with a system that can be applied to flying robots. By adapting the system to drones, they can be made to adjust their speed to their surroundings and fly on their own– completely without human intervention and control.

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