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Hidden infection shortens life

Great reed warbler Recent research shows that mild infections without symptoms of illness can still lead to serious consequences by reducing the lifespan of the infected individuals. The study at Lund University in Sweden has been carried out on malaria-infected migratory birds. The infection is thought to speed up the ageing process by shortening the telomeres (i.e., the chromosomes ends) at a faster rate and thereby accelerating senescence.

Why someone else should make your financial decisions

Why someone else should make your financial decisions When it comes to economic and financial decision-making, do you know what is best for you? Or is it wise to delegate decisions to someone else? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and other institutions have demonstrated that letting someone else be in charge of your personal finances can help you avoid costly mistakes. In a large-scale experiment they show that people who make decisions on behalf of others are less prone to loss aversion, one of the most well established departures from rational decision-making.

Extra-short nanowires best for brain

Nanowires If in the future electrodes are inserted into the human brain – either for research purposes or to treat diseases – it may be appropriate to give them a ‘coat’ of nanowires that could make them less irritating for the brain tissue. However, the nanowires must not exceed a certain length, according to new research from Neuronano Research Center at Lund University in Sweden.

Archaeologists make unique discoveries in Egypt

Photo: Gebel el Silsila Survey Project A team of archaeologists in Egypt has made a number of exceptional discoveries, including a stela – a relief design carved into a stone wall – with what are believed to be 2500-year-old inscriptions. The project is led by Maria Nilsson from Lund University in Sweden.

Do viruses make us smarter?

Students at Lund University A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterise the human brain.

Donating to charity not only about sympathy

Arvid Erlandsson In the run-up to Christmas, a lot of us consider donating to charities. But what motivates us to actually follow through? Too much focus on encouraging sympathy in potential charity donors can actually have the opposite effect, according to new research from Lund University in Sweden.

Quantum world without queues could lead to better solar cells

Khadga Karki and Tönu Pullerits In a recent study from Lund University in Sweden, researchers have used new technology to study extremely fast processes in solar cells. The research results form a concrete step towards more efficient solar cells.

China, UK, and US at centre of global ”land grabbing” trade

China, UK, and US at centre of global ”land grabbing” trade Nearly two out of three countries in the world now participate in a new kind of “virtual land trade”, where not only the goods produced but land ownership itself is traded internationally, according to a study from Lund University in Sweden.

Virtual sphere is new ”touch-free keyboard”

Örs-Barna Blénessy A group of Lund University engineering students have designed a touch-free interface that enables advanced control of digital devices – simply by twisting and tapping an imaginary sphere.

How fast you age depends on your parents

Great reed warblers In the hunt for better knowledge on the aging process, researchers from Lund University have now enlisted the help of small birds. A new study investigates various factors which affect whether chicks are born with long or short chromosome ends, called telomeres.