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2012-02-15 21:43:32

Laser light in combination with certain drugs — known as photodynamic therapy — can destroy cancer tumours, but is today used mostly to cure skin cancer. The reason that internal tumours are not treated with the method is that the technology does not exist to check that the precise amount of light is administered. However, software developed by researchers in atomic physics at Lund University in Sweden looks like being able to solve the problem. "I think we are about to see a...

Zebra Stripes Repel Bloodsucking Flies
2012-02-10 06:00:32

In an amazing discovery, researchers report they have discovered that Zebra´s stripes repel bloodsucking horseflies, otherwise known as tabanids. The tabanids, which are a major nuisance for zebras, cows, horses and other related creatures, irritate the animals while grazing and carry deadly blood-borne diseases. Susanne Akesson, an evolutionary ecologist at Lund University in Sweden previously discovered that the flies were more attracted to dark animals than to light ones,...

2012-01-27 10:50:31

Good news for the 13 per cent of the population with depressive personality traits: their negative outlook does not have to be permanent. This has been shown by psychologist Rachel Maddux in new research from Lund University in Sweden. Depression is a serious and sometimes devastating health problem which affects millions of people worldwide. In her previous work with depressed patients, Rachel Maddux often felt frustrated that treatments were not helpful for all of those diagnosed with...

Dung Beetles Dance To Provide Crucial Navigation Cues
2012-01-19 13:41:58

The dung beetle dance, performed as the beetle moves away from the dung pile with his precious dung ball, is a mechanism to maintain the desired straight-line departure from the pile, according to a study published in the Jan. 18 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE. The purpose of this dance, in which the beetle climbs to the top of the ball and rotates, had previously been unknown, so the authors of the PLoS ONE study, led by Emily Baird of Lund University in Sweden, investigated the...

2012-01-03 12:19:39

The first changes in the brain of a person with Alzheimer´s disease can be observed as much as ten years in advance — ten years before the person in question has become so ill that he or she can be diagnosed with the disease. This is what a new study from Lund University in Sweden has found. Physician Oskar Hansson and his research group are studying biomarkers — substances present in spinal fluid and linked to Alzheimer´s disease. The group has studied close to 140...

2011-10-21 13:54:02

A common argument against global warming is that the climate has always varied. Temperatures rise sometimes and this is perfectly natural is the usual line. However, Svante Björck, a climate researcher at Lund University in Sweden, has now shown that global warming, i.e. simultaneous warming events in the northern and southern hemispheres, have not occurred in the past 20 000 years, which is as far back as it is possible to analyze with sufficient precision to compare with...

2011-10-17 14:16:24

When a new drug is developed, the manufacturer must be able to show that it reaches its intended goal in the body´s tissue, and only that goal. Such studies could be made easier with a new method now established at Lund University in Sweden. The method is a special type of mass spectrometry which can be used on drugs ℠off the shelf´, i.e. without any radioactive labeling which may change the behavior of the drug. With this method, researchers György Marko-Varga...

2011-09-12 14:20:32

A new method is set to help doctors diagnose osteoarthritis at such an early stage that it will be possible to delay the progression of the disease by many years, or maybe even stop it entirely. The joint disease osteoarthritis is one of our most common chronic diseases and one of the primary causes of disability for people around the world. "Osteoarthritis often attacks the knee and hip joints and breaks down the impact absorbing cartilage found there. For those affected, the...

2011-09-09 14:41:49

Children are more reliable eyewitnesses than had previously been thought, according to witness psychologist Gunilla Fredin at Lund University in Sweden. She also questions a common method used for police identity parades (line-ups) with children. Young children who witness crimes are good at recounting the events. It is true that they include fewer details than older children and adults, but what they say is more accurate. This has been shown in a study which Gunilla Fredin has carried out...

2011-09-08 15:10:11

Almost one third of students at a university in Uganda say that they have been subject to sexual coercion, an experience which was often linked to risky sexual behavior. This is shown in a study from Lund University in Sweden. The study´s findings could lead to a new approach in the work to combat HIV in Uganda. The link between being subjected to sexual coercion and engaging in risky sexual behavior by making an early sexual debut and having many sexual partners is significant in the...


Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin