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Barcodes show the blood family tree

By assigning barcodes to stem cells, researchers can see how individual stem cells in the blood differ from one another, and how their functions change with age. Photo: MostPhotos By assigning a barcode to stem cells, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have made it possible to monitor large blood cell populations as well as individual blood cells, and study the changes over time. Among other things, they discovered that stem cells go through different stages where their ability to restore immune cells varies. The new findings provide important information for the research and treatment of leukaemia and autoimmune diseases.

Orangutans can predict future experiences

21-year-old orang-utan Naong in furuvik Zoo, which demonstrated that he can predict the taste sensations. Photographer: Tomas Persson A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that orangutans can imagine whether or not a certain juice blend is good or not, based on its ingredients. Predicting an experience of something that has not yet occurred can be done by using so-called affective forecasting – an ability that was previously considered unique to humans.

Why do some people find it easier to accept torture and assault than others?

Study uncovers what exactly makes authoritarian and socially dominant people have an increased tendency to accept torture. Photo: F. Mariani A research group of psychologists from Lund University in Sweden have shown that authoritarian people and those who perceive their own group as socially superior to others are often more inclined to accept the use of torture. The thing that unites them is not primarily the urge to defend their own group, but their strong tendency to dehumanise people who do not resemble their own kind.

Prescription drug abuse in Europe

Abuse of addictive prescription drugs is increasing, and is at risk of becoming a major public health problem in Europe. Photo: MostPhotos The largest study of prescription drug abuse in Europe shows that more than 12 per cent of Swedes over age 12 have abused prescription medication.

The dragonfly’s flight technique uncovered

An American emperor dragonfly accelerates streaks of smoke down when it flaps its four wings. The photo has been edited. PHOTO: IGOR SIWANOWICZ/HUAI-TI LIN The complicated structure of the dragonfly’s wings makes them sturdier and increases their stability and flexibility in the air, without affecting the aerodynamics. The research results may become applicable in the wind power industry and in the development of new, lightweight and strong materials.

Birds fly faster in large flocks

Scientists have been able to show that birds fly faster in flocks. Photo: Beninfreo New research at Lund University in Sweden shows that the flight speed of birds is determined by a variety of factors. Among the most sensational is that the size of the flock has a significant impact on how fast the birds can fly. The larger the flock, the higher the speed.

LU welcomes students from around the world on Arrival Day

Students arriving at Lund University with their suitcases Tuesday 16 August 2016 is "Arrival Day" for over 2,000 new international students at Lund University.

Researchers set new 5G-world record and earn multiple awards

5G world record set by Lund University and Bristol University researchers Researcher Steffen Malkowsky, together with research colleagues from Lund University, Sweden, and the University of Bristol, UK, has achieved a new world record in 5G technology, thereby surpassing the previous record that he himself contributed to last spring. The successful experiment is an important step towards a new type of wireless communication – a system where extremely weak radio signals manage to provide radically improved connectivity.

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.

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