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Research at the Faculty of Science is outstanding in many areas. It covers a wide range of fields - from elementary particles in the atomic nucleus, to the outer limits of the universe - from the amazing microcosm of the cell, to the complex ecosystems in the oceans.

greenland

A song of ice sheets and fire

Past volcanic eruptions triggered abrupt melting events on ancient ice sheets, according to an article published in Nature Communications this week. The findings imply the deposition of ash on ice surfaces could result in an increase in the contribution of ice sheet melt water to global sea level rise.

stadshuset

Inspirational examples of how to get a job in Sweden

Rodrigo Garay, founder of Working for Change is a social entrepreneur working to highlight the business benefits of cultural competence and diversity.

KAW

World leading researchers in Life Science spoke in Aula Magna

This year Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation celebrates 100 years. A Symposium to celebrate the anniversary was held in Aula Magna on September 15 with several world-leading researchers. The whole symposium was filmed.

Underwater plants can contribute to a better water quality. Photo: Joakim Hansen

The underwater jungles of the sea give clearer water

When you take a swim in the sea and entangle your toes in underwater plants you can stay calm, they are doing good.

The Bacteria Thermus thermophilus lives in hot springs. Photo Peter Brzezinski

Bacteria from hot springs solve mystery of metabolism

Combustion is often a rapid process, like fire. How can our cells control the burning process so well? The question has long puzzled researchers. Using bacteria from hot springs, researchers from Stockholm University now have the answer.

Danmark och Tyskland bryter mot fiskeförbud

Fastest speciation event of a marine vertebrate, reported in the Baltic Sea

In a new paper from University of Helsinki, Baltic Sea Centre and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences the fastest event of speciation for any marine vertebrate is reported. The European flounders in the Baltic Sea exhibiting different breeding behaviors are, in fact, a species pair arising from a recent event of ecological speciation.

Space

Dark matter comes closer to the light

Dark matter – what it is, what it does, what it’s made of – is one of the most fascinating and hotly contested subjects in astrophysics today. A team from the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics at Stockholm University, headed by Manuel Meyer, has come one step closer to cracking the code.

Pinetree

Pine oldest living inhabitant in Europe

A Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing in the highlands of northern Greece has been dendrocronologically dated to be more than 1075 years old. This makes it currently the oldest known living tree in Europe. The millenium old pine was discovered by scientists from Stockholm University (Sweden), the University of Mainz (Germany) and the University of Arizona (USA).

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Changing seasonality of the Baltic Sea

Summer season in the Baltic Sea starts earlier. The number of days with sea water warmer than 17°C have almost doubled over the past 30 years. The productive season has also been prolonged. These findings are based on satellite data and the results demonstrate how such indicators of seasonality can be used to detect long-term changes.

Digital höjdmodell som visar Norrströms avrinningsområde.

Article in the Europen Commissions newspaper

An article by Gia Destouni from the Department of Physical geography is being recognized in the European Commission's newsletter - Science for Environmental Policy

Sörmland

Regional-scale land-cover change during the 20th century and its consequences for biodiversity

For the past 100 years semi-natural grassland cover has decreased by over 96 % in a study area in Sörmland due to afforestation.

Isberg

Expedition at Western Ross Sea, Antarctica

From January–March 2015, the US icebreaker and research vessel Nathaniel B Palmer will be home to marine geologists, geophysicists and palaeo-glaciologists on expedition in the western Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Illustration av satelliten MATS

New Swedish satellite to study waves in the atmosphere

The Atmospheric Physics Group at the Department of Meteorology, Stockholm University, leads the scientific work with a new Swedish satellite project called MATS. The satellite will be sent up in 2017 to investigate waves in the atmosphere.

Oden

SWERUS-C3 Arctic expedition

SWERUS-C3 is an international research expedition using the icebreaker Oden in the Arctic Ocean. In this Swedish–Russian–American collaborative effort, some 80 researchers will study matters including climate change and how the Arctic was formed.

NEO

First documentary about NEO activities!

See the first of two documentaries about Navarino Environmental Observatory in Greece.

Varg

Important to save the world’s largest Carnivores

Bodil Elmhagen is a co-author of an article in the newpaper Science that show that large carnivores are necessary for the maintenanceof biodiversity and ecosystem function.

Oden

With Oden to the Arctic Ocean

This summer, an international research expedition with the icebreaker Oden will travell to the Arctic Ocean to study the changing climate and how the Arctic once was formed.

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Methane bubbling from thawing seabed in Arctic Siberia

In this week’s issue of Nature Geoscience, Russian and Swedish researchers show that there are much larger emissions than previously thought of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from the East Siberian Sea, an area four times the size of Sweden.

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Physics Prize: Stockholm University researchers active at CERN

Both Englert and Higgs took part in this summer's major physics conference at Stockholm University's Aula Magna. Several researchers at the University are also active in the work of the CERN laboratory which confirmed the existence of the Higgs particle.

Enzym

Artificial enzyme makes fuel from water

An entirely new method of producing hydrogen gas from water has been developed by a research team that includes researchers from Stockholm University. This unique method could eventually make us less dependent on coal and oil.

Bananfluga

Flies and butterflies will reveal more about natural selection

By studying fruit flies researchers are hoping to be able to explain how different genes interact in order to produce a complete and adapted organism

Bennet Island surrounded by pack ice. Photo NASA

Research expedition to the Russian Arctic

The research expedition to the De Long Islands in the Russian Arctic is the final piece in a research project that examines the tectonic evolution north of Siberia.

Tundran

New insights into the Arctic permafrost carbon complexities

Permafrost thawing and the release of carbon stored in it can generate greenhouse gases that, in turn, reinforce global warming. However, the extent of this reinforcing effect has been heatedly debated over the years.

Älg

Unravelling the mystery of dead elk in southern Sweden

Roughly 30 elk turn up dead from various diseases across Sweden every year. But last year as many as 80 dead elk were found in the region of Blekinge, South Sweden, alone.

Ny Ålesund

Carbon dioxide levels pass 400 ppm

Readings taken by ITM scientists at the Zeppelin Observatory near Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, revealed that global carbon dioxide (CO2) levels topped symbolically important milestone for five consecutive months since the beginning of 2013.

Regional climate change

Regional climate changes over the last 2,000 years mapped for the first time

The results were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience and reveal both large regional similarities and differences in the evolution of Earth's climate.

Norrsken är vanligt i polarområdena Foto Sven Lidström

IceCube

IceCube is a neutrino observatory located at the South Pole. After six years of construction it was completed in December 2010. About 250 researchers are involved and among these researchers from Stockholm University play an important role.

Antarctica

New map of the sea floor around Antarctica

A new digital bathymetric model and map of the sea surrounding the Antarctic continent has been completed within the project "The International bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO)".

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Institute for Solar Physics to be established at Stockholm University

With a Swedish telescope, researchers study the Sun from La Palma, the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands. As of 1 January 2013, the Institute for Solar Physics, which conducts the research, will be established at Stockholm University, which then takes over the running of the Institute from the Royal Academy of Sciences.

LARS

Unique study shows light’s (roundabout) way through galaxies

Researchers at the stockholm university have investigated how ultraviolet light of a certain wavelength travels through galaxies, and the results show that the light often takes a detour before it reaches us. One effect of this is that the galaxies appear larger and more diffuse than they really are.

Solfläckar

World-leading Swedish telescope designed to study the Sun's upper atmosphere

Astronomers at Stockholm University are currently installing a custom-made filter on the Swedish Solar Telescope at La Palma in a search for answers to one of the unsolved mysteries of the Sun.

Education and research in a Mediterranean environment

Education and research in a Mediterranean environment

The Mediterranean region is densely populated and has a sensitive environment. The area has a very long history of human environmental impacts, especially deforestation, and its climate is expected to get both warmer and drier in the future. Water quality and water supply are therefore important issues, as are human impacts on land use, the atmosphere and the marine environment.