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Giant prehistoric worm discovered

Illustration: James Ormiston Researchers from Lund University, among others, have recently discovered a giant prehistoric worm with massive jaws. The worm lived in the sea 400 million years ago and is estimated to have been up to two metres long. The newly discovered species’ scientific name was inspired by a bassist in an American hard rock band.

Nanotubes that build themselves

Nanotube Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have succeeded in producing nanotubes from a single building block using so-called molecular self-recognition. The tube can also change shape depending on the surrounding environment. The results can contribute to the future development of transport channels for drugs through the cell membrane.

Honey bees see better than has been known

Photo: Elisa Rigosi Honey bees have much better eyesight than research previously has shown. With their eyes the bees effectively can discover predators, obstacles and other dangers. The new findings from Lund University can be applicable in developing artificial vision- and steering systems for robots and smart cars.

Two ERC Advanced Grants to the Faculty of Science

Warrant and Hasselquist Two biology researchers at Lund University have been awarded a prestigious grant worth almost SEK 50 million from the European Research Council.

Modern alchemy creates luminescent iron molecules

Molecular design. 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.

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.

Researchers receive funding from an investment in mathematics

Sandra and Eskil The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation continues its major investment in Swedish mathematics research. Professor Sandra Pott and doctoral student Eskil Rydhe are two of the people who have been awarded grants in this year’s round of applications.

Spiders eat more insects than humans eat meat

Spider. Photo: Klaus Birkhofer Spiders around the world eat between 400 and 800 million tons of insects and springtails every year, compared to the 400 million tons of meat and fish consumed annually by the human population. Spiders thereby help regulate the amount of pest insects in forests as well as other types of landscapes.

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.

Asteroid impacts on Earth are random

Asteroids Calculating when asteroid impacts on Earth will occur on the basis of a particular frequency is not possible, as they are completely random. This has been shown in a new study by researchers at Lund University in Sweden and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The interest in calculating time is partly due to the fact that the impacts could lead to mass extinctions on our planet.

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