Research news

  • Animals inspire innovations in science and engineering

    Published Mar 14, 2016
    Furry airplanes, submarines modeled after penguins and wind turbine blades based on whale fins. KTH research is replete with examples of inspiration from the animal kingdom.

  • KTH and Wikipedia develop first crowdsourced speech engine

    Published Mar 10, 2016
    By 2017, English, Swedish and Arabic speakers will find that Wikipedia is talking their language — literally. The online free encyclopedia is collaborating with KTH Royal Institute of Technology to develop the world's first crowdsourced speech synthesis platform.

  • Material enables more reliable and meaningful self-screening

    Published Feb 25, 2016
    Paper-based diagnostics enable rapid medical test results at minimal cost — and now they're about to get even better. A new synthetic paper developed by KTH researchers could enable simultaneous screenings for multiple conditions, with more reliable results.

  • Breakthrough for lab-on-a-chip material

    Published Feb 24, 2016
    Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new polymer suited for photostructuring — a technique for creating micro-scale shapes. The discovery opens new possibilities for medical diagnostics, biophotonics and 3D printing.

  • MPC allows heavy-duty vehicles to drive by themselves

    Published Feb 11, 2016
    Autonomous vehicles have become a popular research field in the last decade. Mostly, the research is conducted with private cars or other small vehicles in mind. But where does that leave the industry with their larger vehicles such as trucks? Pedro Lima, a PhD-student at the Department of Automatic Control, has designed and implemented a Model Predictive Control (MPC) for trucks that will allow them to drive safely and accurately on their own.

  • Carbon fibre from wood is used to build car

    Published Feb 09, 2016
    Remember wood paneled station wagons? Well, wood is back, but this time it's not for aesthetics — it's for reducing vehicle weight with renewable materials. Swedish researchers have just produced the world's first model car with a roof and battery made from wood-based carbon fibre.

  • Method for tiny cracks in electrodes may mean big boost for nanoelectronics

    Published Feb 03, 2016
    The next generation of electronics, as well as ultra-sensitive medical diagnostics, could depend on near atomic scale cracks — or nanogaps — in electrodes. Now there's a method that could pave the way for mass production of nanogap electrodes.

  • Going to market with health research

    Published Feb 02, 2016
    In order to make an impact on society, a researcher also must play the role of entrepreneur. In the latest edition of KTH Tech Talks, two experienced innovators in the health field tell their stories.

  • A renewable and biodegradable alternative to Styrofoam

    Published Jan 15, 2016
    Maybe soon we can say goodbye to polystyrene, the petroleum-based material that is used to make Styrofoam. In what looks like an ordinary bicycle helmet, Swedish designers have replaced Styrofoam with a new shock-absorbing material made with renewable and biodegradable wood-based material.

  • Underwater kites could be next wave in clean energy

    Published Jan 14, 2016
    Moored to the ocean floor, they glide in the slow-moving currents to reap energy. A KTH researcher involved in Europe's biggest "underwater kite" project explains how it works.

  • Next generation of cancer treatment: small proteins

    Published Dec 21, 2015
    Imagine there was a drug for cancer treatment with almost zero side effects. And you wouldn´t have to take your medicine every fourth hour but every third week. We're closer to developing this kind of treatment than you might think.

  • Farming the sea for food, and more

    Published Dec 21, 2015
    Imagine being able to enjoy a Christmas dinner and, at the same time, make a difference for the environment. Today you can buy caviar and crisp bread made from seaweed, and that's only the beginning for algae-based foods. Seafarm is a project that could help put Sweden in the forefront of seaweed farming worldwide.

  • DNA dates dogs' origins to SE Asia 33,000 years ago

    Published Dec 16, 2015
    A new DNA study confirms that dogs descended from grey wolves, probably in China, about 33,000 years ago.

  • Changing meat "norms" will require political decisions

  • Insects creeping closer to western dinner tables

    Published Dec 16, 2015
    "Please pass the ... crickets." Some Christmas dinner in the not-too-distant future, you just might be asking for someone to pass you a steaming platter of insects.

  • Growing genetically-modified food is a "moral obligation"

    Published Dec 15, 2015
    Nearly 800 million people in the world are chronically undernourished. One possible solution to worldwide hunger and malnutrition is genetically-modified food, argue ethics researchers at KTH.

  • An array of research takes aim at climate change

    Published Dec 10, 2015
    There's no silver bullet to stop global warming. Getting climate change under control will require an array of energy systems and solutions. As COP21 wraps up, we take a look at some of the most interesting recent research at KTH that addresses global warming.

  • Research needed to realise UN development goals

    Published Dec 07, 2015
    Climate change is linked to at least six of the UN's 17 goals for sustainable development. Making these goals a reality requires commitment at all levels — both at COP21 in Paris, and in our own daily lives, says KTH Professor Måns Nilsson.

  • A closer look at how climate policy gets derailed

    Published Dec 02, 2015
    On the long and winding road toward climate policy action, scientific evidence is often the first casualty. A KTH study reveals how the political process loses its way in Sweden.

  • Let there be light!

    Published Nov 24, 2015
    It gets pretty dark in Stockholm during late November, but this week the campus is focused on light. The Festival of Light at the KTH Dome of Visions is being held November 23-28 in conjunction with the UN’s International Year of Light.

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