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Your mobile phone can reveal whether you have been exposed to radiation

Therése Geber-Bergstrand (Photo: Björn Martinsson) In accidents or terror attacks which are suspected to involve radioactive substances, it can be difficult to determine whether people nearby have been exposed to radiation. But by analysing mobile phones and other objects which come in close contact with the body, it is possible to retrieve important information on radiation exposure. This has been shown by a new thesis from Lund University in Sweden.

Lund alumnus Anders Arborelius to become Sweden’s first cardinal

Anders Arborelius (Photo: Per Englund) “I was somewhat shocked when I received the message”, says Bishop Anders Arborelius who, in addition to his degree in theology from Rome, has a Master’s degree in modern languages from Lund University. His studies in Lund have enabled him to translate books and give sermons in other languages as a priest and a bishop.

Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge

The illustration shows sheets of perovskite, side view. The coloured pattern represents perovskite and the grey lines symbolise the water-repelling surfaces. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material’s ability to self-organise by standing on edge.

Even non-migratory birds use a magnetic compass

Photo: Atticus Pinzón-Rodríguez Not only migratory birds use a built-in magnetic compass to navigate correctly. A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that non-migratory birds also are able to use a built-in compass to orient themselves using the Earth’s magnetic field.

LU student named "Global Swede 2017"

Global Swede 2017 recipient Rajeshwari Yogi with Ann Linde, the Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Congratulations to Rajeshwari Yogi, a student in the Master’s in Wireless Communications at Lund University, who was awarded the title Global Swede at a ceremony at the Swedish Institute last week.

Stem cells in plants and animals behave surprisingly similarly: study

Photo: Johan Persson A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the behaviour of stem cells in plants and animals is surprisingly similar. The researchers were able to produce mathematical equations that reveal very small differences in the behaviour of the proteins. The results can hopefully be used in stem cell research involving humans.

New findings may explain the advantages of polyunsaturated fat

Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/MalmöBild Previous research has demonstrated that saturated fat is more fattening and less muscle building than polyunsaturated fats. A new study shows that the choice of fat causes epigenetic changes which in turn could contribute to differences in fat storage.

New defence mechanism against bacteria discovered

The authors of the article at the Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Lund University: (from the left) Finja Hansen, Mariena van der Plas, Artur Schmidtchen and Jitka Petrlova (lead author). Photo: Manoj Puthia Researchers in dermatology at Lund University in Sweden believe they have cracked the mystery of why we are able to quickly prevent an infection from spreading uncontrollably in the body during wounding. They believe this knowledge may be of clinical significance for developing new ways to counteract bacteria.

Bravery may cost fish their lives

Photo: Jakob Brodersen Fish that show bravery often become prey themselves, whereas shyer individuals survive to a greater extent. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now successfully established a connection between bold personalities and the risk of being killed by a predator in the wild.

The world’s fastest film camera: when light practically stands still

Elias Kristensson (Photo: Kennet Ruona) Forget high-speed cameras capturing 100 000 images per second. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has developed a camera that can film at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second, or events as short as 0.2 trillionths of a second. This is faster than has previously been possible.

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