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2012-03-05 23:25:56

Clouds have a profound effect on the climate, but we know surprisingly little about how they form. Erika Sundén, researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has studied how extremely small cloud particles can dispose of excess energy. This knowledge is necessary to understand processes in the atmosphere that affect global climate change. The models that have been built to describe climate change contain a major source of uncertainty, namely the effects of clouds. The...

2012-02-14 11:38:10

Performance practice within the Swedish song type known as "visa" changed during the 20th century from rural romanticism to protest song in the service of the left-wing political movement. A common trait for the whole period, however, is that the visa often has been associated with intimacy, authenticity and unpretentiousness. A thesis published by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, discusses the change of the visa as presented on public stages from 1900 to 1970. "Most people in Sweden...

2012-02-14 11:36:49

Carbon nanotubes and graphene consist of just a couple of layers of carbon atoms, but they are lighter than aluminium, stronger than steel and can bend like spring-coils. Physicist Niklas Lindahl at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has been studying the unique properties of the materials, which in future may result in improved electronics and light, strong material. Nanotechnology could revolutionize the manufacture of new types of materials. Niklas Lindahl has studied carbon...

2012-02-14 11:30:06

The birds in the Iliad help warriors and kings make difficult decisions and satisfy the basic human need for self-esteem and security. This is the conclusion of a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, that analyses 35 bird scenes in Homer's Iliad from around 700 B.C. In the Iliad, gods use birds to disguise themselves and as transmitters of messages to humans. Similarly, humans use birds as signs and symbols that they interpret to acquire knowledge about the...

2012-02-14 11:11:19

Some call it 'the immigrant corner', the place in the school corridor that is reigned by loud immigrant boys. The students who hang out there seem to be eager to demonstrate their disinterest in schoolwork and disapproval of the adult view of integration. They are wondering why they have to be mixed with other students in school when the entire society is so segregated. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg looks at adolescents' views of life in light of the value base of...

2012-02-14 11:10:02

Physical exercise in the early twenties improves bone development and may reduce the risk of fractures later in life, reveals a study of more than 800 Swedish men carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The strength of our bones is determined early in life. The more bone mass we put on when young, the smaller the risk of fractures as we grow older. Previous research has shown that exercise before and during puberty is particularly important for bone...

2012-02-14 10:17:35

Intelligence — what does it really mean? In the 1800s, it meant that you were good at memorizing things, and today intelligence is measured through IQ tests where the average score for humans is 100. Researchers at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have created a computer program that can score 150. IQ tests are based on two types of problems: progressive matrices, which test the ability to see patterns in...

2012-02-06 22:31:33

A large Scandinavian study, that has been running for 30 years, has finally provided convincing evidence that the combined oral contraceptive pill does, indeed, alleviate the symptoms of painful menstrual periods reports scientists from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The research is published in Europe´s leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction. Although some previous studies and anecdotal evidence have suggested that the combined oral contraceptive pill could...

2012-02-06 22:29:28

The language that adolescents use is often described as sloppy, with an air of 'What's going to happen to all these kids who can't even talk properly?' Yet research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that young people indeed possess a high level of language competence, and also a good ability to adapt to different persons and situations. However, there are also features of their language that do not change according to the situation and that indicate that they have a specific...

2012-02-06 22:26:54

French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote several noted works during the period 1940-1960, discussing human corporeity and what it means for a human to have a body. International philosophical research into Merleau-Ponty has primarily focussed on his relationships with other philosophers. A thesis published by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, presents him instead from the perspective of the history of ideas, focussing on the human corporeity and carnality. The work Helena...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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