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Major investment in more environmentally friendly solar energy

Iron molecule Chemistry professor Kenneth Wärnmark at Lund University in Sweden has been awarded SEK 35 million for a research project about using iron molecules to develop solar cells and solar fuel. The grant is aimed at producing cheaper and more environmentally-friendly materials that can capture the energy of the sun.

Millions invested in new beamline at MAX IV

Karin Lindqvist The Novo Nordisk Foundation recently made the announcement to grant DKK 225 million to Lund University for the construction and operation of MicroMAX, a new beamline for the MAX IV research facility in Lund, Sweden. The beamline will become one of the world’s strongest protein microscopes and an important tool for researchers studying proteins.

How IKEA’s founder exported a certain image of Sweden – from frugality to ‘fika’

Photo: Mikael Risedal Sweden is trending right now, with cultural concepts such as “lagom” (just enough) and “fika” (coffee break) selling everything from books to fashion. The nation is often seen as a social democratic model country, where people are egalitarian, wealthy and happy. As Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of the Swedish multinational furniture retailer IKEA, recently passed away, it is interesting to reflect on how he and IKEA may have contributed to exporting this image.

LISTEN: Unknown language discovered in Southeast Asia

Photo: Niclas Burenhult A previously unknown language has been found in the Malay Peninsula by linguists from Lund University in Sweden. The language has been given the name Jedek. “Documentation of endangered minority languages such as Jedek is important, as it provides new insights into human cognition and culture”, says Joanne Yager, doctoral student at Lund University.

Inadequate follow-up for many cardiac arrest patients

Gisela Lilja (Photo: Roger Lundholm) A major international study shows that if cardiac arrest patients are treated like heart attack patients only, this will potentially have negative consequences on their rehabilitation and return to working life. These patients often lack follow-up of the injuries they may have suffered to the brain in connection with their cardiac arrest, the researchers found.

Colourful photo reveals cannibalism in galaxy cluster

Colourful clutter of both distant galaxies and foregrounded stars in our own galaxy. Stephan’s Quintet can be seen in the right-hand corner. Photo: CFHT, Pierre-Alain Duc (Obs. De Strasbourg) & Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CEA Saclay/Obs. De Paris). Astronomers have managed to take unusually colourful images of a group of galaxies using a telescope in Hawaii. The photos reveal new facts about this spectacular galaxy cluster. Remnants of star matter attest to a phenomenon known as galactic cannibalism.

Physicist is awarded millions for research on X-rays using nanowires

This nanowire is three micrometres long and connected to two rectangular metal contacts. Image: Lert Chayanun. Researcher Jesper Wallentin at the Department of Physics at Lund University in Sweden has received a grant of approximately SEK 15 million for a research project on the ability of nanowires to act as detectors for X-ray radiation. If successfully developed, this technology could enable X-rays of single cells, for example.

Researchers optimise sugar beet for bio-fertilisers

Sugar beets Certain microorganisms are used to stimulate cultivated plants’ growth and disease resistance. Sometimes such bio-fertilisers works well, sometimes not. Now, researchers at Lund University, Sweden, are to study the exact requirements for improving the growth of sugar beet. If they succeed, biological fertilisers of crops will provide more benefits and bigger harvests.

Thousands of visitors search the Ravensbrück archive for information

Photo: Charlotte Carlberg Bärg Last autumn, the unique Ravensbrück Archive was opened to the general public as well as to researchers. Now requests are flooding in from all over the world to the archive in Lund, Sweden. “We are touched by the response”, says Håkan Håkansson at the University Library.

Assessing 40 Years of Reform and Opening in China: conference

Photo: Nicholas Loubere Nicholas Loubere at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, shares some reflections on the major achievements as well as the downsides of China’s reform period ahead of the upcoming conference “Assessing 40 Years of Reform and Opening in China”

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