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Modern alchemy creates luminescent iron molecules

Iron molecule A group of researchers at Lund University in Sweden have made the first iron-based molecule capable of emitting light. This could contribute to the development of affordable and environmentally friendly materials for e.g. solar cells, light sources and displays.

Unique study of 1,000 modern burials

Assistens Cemetery (Photo: Sian Anthony) When the city of Copenhagen decided to build a new underground station in the Assistens Cemetery where many famous Danes are buried, they had to remove part of the entire north-eastern corner of the cemetery and re-bury the people who had been laid to rest in this area. This presented a unique opportunity for archaeologists at the Museum of Copenhagen, under the leadership of Sian Anthony from Lund University in Sweden, to study the graves dating from the 1810s to 1980s.

Cells grow more naturally in “spaghetti”

When stem cells are cultivated in the fibre network they enter between the fibres and develop into neurons (red) or glial cells (green). The blue structures are cell nuclei. (Picture taken with a confocal microscope) The usual way of cultivating cells is to use a flat laboratory dish of glass. However, inside a human body, the cells do not grow on a flat surface, but rather in three dimensions. This has lead researchers at Lund University in Sweden to develop a porous “spaghetti” of tissue-friendly polymers with cavities in which the cells can develop in a more natural way.

Spiders eat more insects than people eat meat and fish

The male stegodyphus bicolor is "the most beautiful spider in the world" according to Klaus Birkhofer. The photo is taken in Namibia. Photo: Klaus Birkhofer Spiders eat between 400 and 800 million tons of insects and springtails each year. In comparison, people worldwide eat 400 million tons of meat and fish per year.

Watch: Student develops bracelet that is a personal safety alarm

Student develops bracelet that is a personal safety alarm A bracelet with a unique ”panic grip” - featuring a built-in mobile phone and GPS system - has been developed by a former industrial design student at Lund University in Sweden. The device doesn’t require a base station in your home.

Electrons used to control ultrashort laser pulses

Samuel Bengtsson and Johan Mauritsson in the laser lab We may soon get better insight into the microcosm and the world of electrons. Researchers at Lund University and Louisiana State University have developed a tool that makes it possible to control extreme UV light - light with much shorter wavelengths than visible light. The new method uses strong laser pulses to direct the short bursts of light.

Biological supercomputers to be powered by molecular motors

Illustration of a network-based biocomputer (Till Korten) Crashing computers or smartphones - and security loopholes that allow hackers to steal millions of passwords - could be prevented if it were possible to design error-free software. To date, this is a problem that neither engineers nor current supercomputers have been able to solve.

No publication bias found in climate change research

Johan Hollander Rarely do we encounter a scientific fact that stirs public controversy and distrust in science as much as climate change. However, the theory is built on honest reporting of facts. This emerges from a new study from Lund University in Sweden.

Never before seen images of early stage Alzheimer’s disease

Illustration: Per Uvdal Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have used the MAX IV synchrotron in Lund – the strongest of its kind in the world - to produce images that predate the formation of toxic clumps of beta-amyloid, the protein believed to be at the root of Alzheimer’s disease. The unique images appear to contradict a previously unchallenged consensus. Instead of attempting to eliminate beta-amyloid, or so-called plaques, the researchers now suggest stabilizing the protein.

Watch: What cancer research can learn from military strategy

David Gisselsson Nord (Photo: Kennet Ruona) When David Gisselsson Nord, a cancer researcher at Lund University in Sweden, read a history book last summer, he was struck by the similarities between how cancer and insurgencies evolve over time. Could military strategy be used as inspiration for cancer treatment? He teamed up with Robert Egnell at the Swedish Defence University to find an entirely novel approach to his field.

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