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Spiders eat more insects than people eat meat and fish

The male stegodyphus bicolor is "the most beautiful spider in the world" according to Klaus Birkhofer. The photo is taken in Namibia. Photo: Klaus Birkhofer Spiders eat between 400 and 800 million tons of insects and springtails each year. In comparison, people worldwide eat 400 million tons of meat and fish per year.

Watch: Student develops bracelet that is a personal safety alarm

Student develops bracelet that is a personal safety alarm A bracelet with a unique ”panic grip” - featuring a built-in mobile phone and GPS system - has been developed by a former industrial design student at Lund University in Sweden. The device doesn’t require a base station in your home.

Electrons used to control ultrashort laser pulses

Samuel Bengtsson and Johan Mauritsson in the laser lab We may soon get better insight into the microcosm and the world of electrons. Researchers at Lund University and Louisiana State University have developed a tool that makes it possible to control extreme UV light - light with much shorter wavelengths than visible light. The new method uses strong laser pulses to direct the short bursts of light.

Biological supercomputers to be powered by molecular motors

Illustration of a network-based biocomputer (Till Korten) Crashing computers or smartphones - and security loopholes that allow hackers to steal millions of passwords - could be prevented if it were possible to design error-free software. To date, this is a problem that neither engineers nor current supercomputers have been able to solve.

No publication bias found in climate change research

Johan Hollander Rarely do we encounter a scientific fact that stirs public controversy and distrust in science as much as climate change. However, the theory is built on honest reporting of facts. This emerges from a new study from Lund University in Sweden.

Never before seen images of early stage Alzheimer’s disease

Illustration: Per Uvdal Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have used the MAX IV synchrotron in Lund – the strongest of its kind in the world - to produce images that predate the formation of toxic clumps of beta-amyloid, the protein believed to be at the root of Alzheimer’s disease. The unique images appear to contradict a previously unchallenged consensus. Instead of attempting to eliminate beta-amyloid, or so-called plaques, the researchers now suggest stabilizing the protein.

Watch: What cancer research can learn from military strategy

David Gisselsson Nord (Photo: Kennet Ruona) When David Gisselsson Nord, a cancer researcher at Lund University in Sweden, read a history book last summer, he was struck by the similarities between how cancer and insurgencies evolve over time. Could military strategy be used as inspiration for cancer treatment? He teamed up with Robert Egnell at the Swedish Defence University to find an entirely novel approach to his field.

Top 100 rank for 20 Lund University subjects in new QS Subject Ranking

Lund University's main building and fountain under a cloudy sky In the QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2017 released today, Lund University once again reinforces its position as a top 100 University.

Fish, selective hunting strategies and a delayed-return lifestyle among ancient foragers

Photo: Blekinge Museum A unique trove of bone material from the 9,200 year old coastal settlement Norje Sunnansund in Blekinge, Sweden, has revealed that surpisingly sophisticated hunting strategies were used at the time. One key find was that the early Mesolithic humans practiced so-called selective hunting – seemingly in order to maximize gain and preserve the local population of certain species.

Science week: Is the world becoming a better place?

Science week Lund University celebrates its 350th anniversary by organising the first out of five science weeks, starting with the topic: Is the World Becoming a Better Place? The week takes place 6–12 March 2017 in Lund, Sweden, and includes almost 20 open seminars, activities and debates.

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