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Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge

The illustration shows sheets of perovskite, side view. The coloured pattern represents perovskite and the grey lines symbolise the water-repelling surfaces. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material’s ability to self-organise by standing on edge.

Even non-migratory birds use a magnetic compass

Zebra finch Not only migratory birds use a built-in magnetic compass to navigate correctly. A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that non-migratory birds also are able to use a built-in compass to orient themselves using the Earth’s magnetic field.

Stem cells in plants and animals behave surprisingly similarly: study

Young plants A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the behaviour of stem cells in plants and animals is surprisingly similar. The researchers were able to produce mathematical equations that reveal very small differences in the behaviour of the proteins. The results can hopefully be used in stem cell research involving humans.

Bravery may cost fish their lives

Photo: Jakob Brodersen Fish that show bravery often become prey themselves, whereas shyer individuals survive to a greater extent. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now successfully established a connection between bold personalities and the risk of being killed by a predator in the wild.

Completed mapping of barley’s DNA stands to revolutionise plant breeding

Barley. Photo: Christoph Dockter. For ten years, researchers in as many countries have collaborated to map the collective DNA sequence, i.e. the genome, of barley. Their work is now complete. The result will revolutionise plant breeding.

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.

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