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Water filter from wood offers portable, eco-friendly purification in emergencies

A bacteria-trapping material developed from wood by researchers KTH Royal Institute of Technology is now being tested for use as a water purification filter. The aim is to use it in places where there is no infrastructure or clean water supply.


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How the malaria parasite makes mosquitoes bite the infected hosts

That the malaria mosquitoes prefer the blood people aldready infected with malaria is known, but now KTH professor Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson along with researchers from SLU and Stockholm University have been able explain why. In a study published in Science, the researchers show that a molecule that the malaria parasite secretes, HMBPP, makes the infected host secrete more carbon dioxide and other mosquito-attractive substances.

Read the article in Science here! (subscription needed)

They make silk from milk

By all appearances, cows have little in common with spiders. Yet despite the two species’ obvious differences, new research shows that ordinary milk can be used to spin artificial silk – a breakthrough that could open new doors for alternative plastics and regenerative medicine. Researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the German research center, DESY, recently reported they have spun strands of proteins derived from ordinary milk proteins, namely whey powder.

KTH gets funding for 60 MSEK project on smart materials

Smart materials with the potential to clean air, water and land from hazardous substances is in the focus of Mistra (the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) new research TerraClean. The project with a budget of 60 million SEK will last for four years and is led by Ulrica Edlund at Fibre and Polymer Technology. Congratulations Ulrica!

Read more at KTH news (in Swedish)

Read more at Mistra's homepage (in Swedish)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Nobel Laureate held lecture at CHE

On December 12th the CHE school had a distinguished visit by Nobel Laureate Berard Ferringa who held a lecture. He started by thanking the audience for bringing him back to his normal environment science after spending days of celebrations with royalties and suchlike.

The lecture was about molecular switches and motors and the potential use of these, such as directed cancer treatment and antibiotics that are activated in vivo and then switched off as they leave the body (and hence not increasing the resistance to abtibiotics).


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