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Lund University helps to strengthen school pupils’ rights in Africa

Lund University helps to strengthen school pupils’ rights in Africa In late October, Lund University arranged a follow-up seminar in Rwanda on children’s rights at school. Some 30 representatives from the school sector in six different countries in West and East Africa participated and presented change projects that they have been working on with professional supervision for almost a year. One of the mentors from the National Resource Centre for Physics Education (NRCF) and the Teacher Education Program at Lund University, Lassana Ouattara, who was born and raised in Ivory Coast, says: “They have made an impressive journey in a very short time.”

Sea traffic pollutes our lungs more than previously thought

Boat on the sea New data presented by researchers at Lund University and others in the journal Oceanologia show that the air along the coasts is full of hazardous nanoparticles from sea traffic. Almost half of the measured particles stem from sea traffic emissions, while the rest is deemed to be mainly from cars but also biomass combustion, industries and natural particles from the sea.

Launching new Lund University Press

Welcome to Lund University Press: an academic publisher for the 21st century The scholarly book isn't dead. Researchers have long been under pressure to publish articles rather than monographs, but complex issues call for a larger format than the article provides. The new Lund University Press testifies to that fact. In collaboration with the third largest University Press in Britain, it will spread top-class Lund research world-wide, publishing its books simultaneously online (Open Access) and in print.

Pupils learn poorly with the help of computer programs

Pupils in front of computers “Most digital learning tools used in schools are unsatisfactory and only test the knowledge the pupils already have”, says Björn Sjödén a PhD researcher at Lund University, who has reviewed a large number of computer programs in his doctoral thesis “What Makes Good Educational Software?”

Sausages with antioxidants from berries to prevent cancer

Making processed meats healthier is a high priority among the world’s food researchers. In the phot, researcher Eva Tornberg. An EU-funded research project is to make sausages, patties and other meat products healthier in the future. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and four other European research institutions have launched a joint project to reduce the risk of colon cancer – the most common cancer of the gastrointestinal tract in Sweden.

Mucus – the first line of defence

White and red blood cells. By licking a wound it heals faster – this is not simply popular belief, but scientifically proven. Our saliva consists of water and mucus, among other things, and the mucus plays an important role. It stimulates white blood cells to build a good defence against invaders, according to a group of researchers at Lund University in Sweden together with colleagues from Copenhagen and Odense in Denmark.

Formation of new blood vessels may explain intractable symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Unwanted formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) in the brain is likely to be the cause of intractable walking and balance difficulties for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Unwanted formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) in the brain is likely to be the cause of intractable walking and balance difficulties for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. This conclusion is supported by new research from Lund University in Sweden.

The brain forgets in order to conserve energy

Model of a brain Our brains not only contain learning mechanisms but also forgetting mechanisms that erase “unnecessary” learning. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has now been able to describe one of these mechanisms at the cellular level.

Traces of enormous solar storms in the ice of Greenland and Antarctica

Sun over the NEEM research station in Northern Greenland. Photo by Raimund Muscheler Solar storms and the particles they release result in spectacular phenomena such as auroras, but they can also pose a serious risk to our society. In extreme cases they have caused major power outages, and they could also lead to breakdowns of satellites and communication systems. According to a study published today in Nature Communications, solar storms could be much more powerful than previously assumed. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now confirmed that Earth was hit by two extreme solar storms more than 1000 years ago.

Breakthrough for iron based dyes can lead to cheaper and environmentally friendly solar energy applications

Sunrise, Photo: Pixabay Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found a new way to capture energy from sunlight – by using molecules that contain iron. The results are presented in the latest issue of Nature Chemistry. The hope is to develop efficient and environmentally friendly solar energy applications.

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