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Electrons are now spinning at MAX IV

MAX IV – an electron beam has completed a full circle around the large ring. Photo: Leif Jansson The Max IV facility, set to become the brightest x-ray source in the world, and the world’s first ‘fourth generation’ particle accelerator, has reached a major milestone. The accelerator group has now succeeded in directing the electron beam all the way around the large 3 GeV ring for the first time.

Future climate models greatly affected by fungi and bacteria

Photo: Johannes Rousk Researchers from Lund University, Sweden, and USA have shown that our understanding of how organic material is decomposed by fungi and bacteria is fundamentally wrong. This means that climate models that include microorganisms to estimate future climate change must be reconsidered.

Successful antibody behind the billion crown Life Science deal

Carl Borrebaeck (Photo: Kennet Ruona) An antibody that did not fulfil its purpose against the disease multiple sclerosis, MS, instead made its big break in cancer research and is now starring in southern Sweden’s largest licensing agreement in Life Science history. The “father” of the antibody is Professor Carl Borrebaeck.

Language is the key to understanding the diversity of our senses

Niclas Burenhult Linguist Niclas Burenhult has been awarded close to SEK 14 million by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for his field project Language as key to perceptual diversity: an interdisciplinary approach to the senses.

FoPo founder: How studies helped us become entrepreneurs

FoPo team Kent Ngo, one of the Lund University students who founded FoPo Food Powder, talks about the product and how their studies have helped them launch their own business.

Important regulation of cell invaginations discovered

Mari Ekman,Karl Swärd, Nikolay Oskolkov, Catarina Rippe and Rebecka Grantinge Lack of microinvaginations in the cell membrane, caveolae, can cause serious diseases such as lipodystrophy and muscular dystrophy. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now discovered a “main switch” that regulates the formation of these invaginations.

Most adolescents feel better after gastric bypass

Kajsa Järvholm Teenagers suffering from severe obesity generally feel worse than their peers, but after undergoing gastric bypass nearly all experience improved mental health. One in five, however, still suffers from symptoms of depression – some quite seriously. These are the results of a new study from Lund University in Sweden, published in Obesity.

Anti-stress hormone may provide indication of breast cancer risk

Olle Melander and Mattias Belting A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that women with low levels of an anti-stress hormone have an increased risk of getting breast cancer. The study is the first of its kind on humans and confirms previous similar observations from animal experiments.

The quantum physics of artificial light harvesting

Image by Apelöga Plants and bacteria make use of sunlight with remarkably high efficiency: nine out of ten absorbed light particles are being put to use in an ordinary bacterium. For years it has been a pressing question of modern research whether or not effects from quantum physics are responsible for this outstanding performance of natural light harvesters.

The success of Nordic Noir literature

Nordic Noir books Need some tips for your summer reading list? Kerstin Bergman, a researcher in comparative literature at Lund University, discusses why Scandinavian crime fiction has become such a global success, and recommends a few Swedish authors for this summer.