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  • Switching to off-peak delivery times reduced city congestion

    Night deliveries were found not to be as disruptive as expected, in most cases. (Photo: courtesy of ITRL)
    Published May 23, 2017

    In some businesses – like supermarkets and restaurants – local restrictions on nighttime deliveries leave distributors no choice but to dispatch truck...

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  • Strongest artificial spider silk synthesized with cellulose from wood

    “The strength of the fiber is significantly better than any man-made, silk-based material to our knowledge, and on the same level as what can be found in nature from spiders,” says Daniel Söderberg, a researcher with the Wallenberg Wood Science Center at KTH.
    Published May 16, 2017

    The strongest yet hybrid silk fibers have been created by scientists in Sweden using all renewable resources. Combining spider silk proteins with nano...

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  • Cell Atlas study reveals new insights into human biology

    The new Cell Atlas generated more than 100,000 images to systematically resolve the spatial distribution of human proteins in cultivated cell lines.
    Published May 11, 2017

    The first analysis of the physical arrangement of proteins in cells was published today in Science, revealing that a large portion of human proteins c...

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  • Antioxidants and plastics could be made from byproducts of wheat milling

    A new wheat bran extraction process yields valuable biomolecules that can be used in nutrition, medicine and even making alternatives to plastic packaging. (Photo: Peter Ardell)
    Published Apr 12, 2017

    It’s usually used as livestock feed, but wheat bran’s value in human nutrition and medicine may soon reach its full potential with a new sustainable p...

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  • New flu test easy as breathing, with faster results

    The new technique is capable of detecting influenza infection after the patient breathes for only a few minutes into the container, says Laila Ladhani, PhD student in Micro and Nanosystems at KTH.
    Published Mar 29, 2017

    A method for diagnosing flu virus from breath samples could soon replace invasive nasal swabs and deliver better results faster.

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  • Plasma could cut wind resistance for trucks

    Tests at KTH show that trucks could reduce fuel consumption by up to 5 percent by using plasma to cut wind resistance.
    Published Mar 28, 2017

    For road vehicles, wind resistance increases fuel consumption. But one way to fight wind is with wind. Researchers in Sweden are experimenting with re...

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

    Researcher Anna Ottenhall compares samples after running dirty water through the wood-based antibacterial filter. (Photo: David Callahan)
    Published Mar 21, 2017

    What can the forests of Scandinavia possibly offer to migrants in faraway refugee camps? Clean water may be one thing.

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  • New treatment attacks liver disease and type 2 diabetes

    The cocktail burned up fat in liver cells in a proof of concept test on human patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. (Image: courtesy of Adil Mardinoglu)
    Published Mar 02, 2017

    Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology are planning the clinical trial of a new treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and type 2 di...

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  • Heart’s hydraulics proven for the first time

    Elira Maksuti set out five years ago to find a way to measure and prove the hydraulic forces in the heart. Her work culminated in a major international research project that published its findings today in Scientific Reports. (Photo: courtesy of Elira Maksuti)
    Published Mar 02, 2017

    While scientists agree that the heart relies on hydraulic forces to fill up with blood, for whatever reason these forces have never been measured – th...

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  • 24 million to “New Directions in Learning Dynamical Systems”

    Published Mar 02, 2017

    In the end of February, the Swedish Research Council announced their decision regarding grants in Natural and Engineering Sciences. Four research grou...

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  • Closer look at atomic motion in molecules may benefit biotech researchers

    The new technique enables scientists to break down the collective atomic motion in a molecule into elementary components. (Image: courtesy of Victor Kimberg)
    Published Feb 15, 2017

    Every molecule holds a complex landscape of moving atoms – and the ability to single out and examine individual nuclear vibrations may unlock to the s...

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  • New theory explains how Earth’s inner core remains solid despite extreme heat

    Seismic waves traveling in between the Earth's poles travel faster than those between the equator - one sign of the textured nature of Earth's solid iron inner core. A recent study from KTH explains how the core retains its unique solid form. (Image: Dixon Rohr)
    Published Feb 13, 2017

    Even though it is hotter than the surface of the Sun, the crystallized iron core of the Earth remains solid. A new study from KTH Royal Institute of T...

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  • Silk from milk? New method binds proteins into threads

    A depiction of the artificial silk strands created by researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and DESY. (Photo: DESY/Eberhard Reimann)
    Published Feb 08, 2017

    By all appearances, cows have little in common with spiders. Yet despite the two species’ obvious differences, new research shows that ordinary milk c...

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  • Now drivers can hear ambulances no matter how loud their music is playing

    You may never have to worry about not hearing ambulance sirens again - Swedish drivers will soon get audio warnings that interrupt their music, as well as a text, when an ambulance is approaching.
    Published Jan 16, 2017

    If you’ve ever been startled by the sudden appearance of an ambulance while blasting music in your car, then you appreciate the value of a loud siren....

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  • With new tool, cities can plan electric bus routes, and calculate the benefits

    A wireless-charging electric bus in the greater Stockholm area city of Södertälje.
    Published Jan 09, 2017

    The rollout of Sweden’s first wireless charging buses earlier this month was coupled with something the rest of the world could use – namely, a tool f...

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  • Unveiling of Cell Atlas points to new understanding of health and disease

    Published Dec 14, 2016

    Researchers from Science for Life Laboratory at KTH have achieved another significant milestone in the wake of the completion of the human genome in 2...

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  • Skin patch with microneedles proves effective alternative to injections

    A flexible base, combined with stainless steel needles, could make the patch created at KTH an effective alternative to injections.
    Published Dec 12, 2016

    It’s only a matter of time before drugs are administered via patches with painless microneedles instead of unpleasant injections. But designers need t...

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  • Probe offers more accurate detection of biomarker for cancer and other diseases

    A close-up image of hypochlorous acid (HOCI) generated in an injured mouse liver. The image on the right shows illuminated HOCI overlayed with an image of the surrounding liver tissue.
    Published Dec 07, 2016

    A new technique offers better sensitivity and accuracy in detecting an essential biomarker of cancer and inflammatory diseases.

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  • New research shows one way LED efficiency is far from optimal

    LED efficiency is impeded by trace amounts of iron, a byproduct of production of the semiconductor structures in light emitting diodes.
    Published Nov 25, 2016

    Even though LED lights are among the most energy efficient available, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Researchers recently found that li...

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  • Risks with aneurysm surgery made clearer with mathematical model, researchers say

    Patients aged 65 to 80 years with aneurysms sized 30 to 55 mm stood to gain the most significant improvement from surgery, report researchers Antti Siika, left, och Robert Mattila. Photo: Peter Ardell
    Published Nov 10, 2016

    Even though operating on an abdominal aortic aneurysm can be risky, there are no patient-specific guidelines for deciding the optimal time for surgery...

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