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  • A renewable and biodegradable alternative to Styrofoam

    This prototype bicycle helmet is made entirely from forest products — particularly the foam shock absorbing material, which was developed at KTH. (Photo: Cellutech)
    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 helm...

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  • 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" proj...

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  • 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 t...

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  • Farming the sea for food, and more

    You could fill up a dinner table with products from seaweed. The fact is, we already consume a lot of it.
    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 ...

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  • 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.

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  • Changing meat "norms" will require political decisions

    Meat taxes are one way KTH researcher Annika Carlsson Kanyama suggests to reduce consumption. (Photo: Issei Kato/TT)
    Published Dec 16, 2015
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  • Insects creeping closer to western dinner tables

    Christmas crickets could be standard fare in the future. (Illustration: Ida Björs)
    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 platt...

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

    Ethics researcher Payam Moula says arguments against genetically-modified foods don't add up when weighed against the benefits. (Photo: Peter Larsson)
    Published Dec 15, 2015

    Nearly 800 million people in the world are chronically undernourished. One possible solution to worldwide hunger and malnutrition is genetically-modif...

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  • An array of research takes aim at climate change

    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.
    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 ...

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  • Research needed to realise UN development goals

    For the first time, more is invested in renewable energy than in fossil fuels, which is important for creating a sustainable future. (Photo: Patrik Pleul)
    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 lev...

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  • 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 proc...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Blocking body's endocannabinoids may be effective treatment for liver cancer

    Published Nov 23, 2015

    The liver's cannabinoid receptors could be targeted to fight liver cancer in some patients, according to a new study that also offers a way to predict...

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  • Swedes turn to app to guard their neighbourhoods

    Published Nov 20, 2015

    It's every parent's nightmare. You lose track of your 4-year-old at a playground, and the next thing you know, and you're running around, frantically ...

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  • Everything is thermodynamics

    Published Nov 10, 2015

    Given her great passion for physics and chemistry, PhD student Sedigheh Bigdeli left Iran to study at KTH and do research on thermodynamic modelling. ...

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  • Engineered protein prevents dementia in mice carrying Alzheimer's genes

    Published Oct 21, 2015

    A newly-developed protein has successfully prevented dementia from occurring in lab mice carrying human Alzheimer's genes, raising the possibility for...

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  • Study reveals a key role your gut bacteria play in body's self-defense

    A diagram illustrates the relationship between the mouse's gut bacteria and the regulation of glutathione in the liver and colon.
    Published Oct 20, 2015

    Chalk up another reason why your gut bacteria are so critical to your health—and why these microorganisms could be the key to staying healthy. A new s...

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  • Cashless future for Sweden?

    Swedish consumers' embrace of Swish is one reason the country is moving toward a cashless society, says KTH researcher Niklas Arvidsson. (Photo: PetraD)
    Published Oct 14, 2015

    Sweden is on track to becoming the world's first cashless society, thanks to the country's embrace of IT, as well as a crackdown on organized crime an...

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  • New method for dynamic, stable skyrmions is developed

    The vector field of two, two-dimensional magnetic skyrmions. (Image: Karin Everschor-Sitte and Matthias Sitte (The Authors) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Published Oct 13, 2015

    A KTH researcher is part of an international team that has unlocked the secret to creating stable dynamic skyrmions – the nanoscale magnetic whirls th...

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  • Vinnova’s national medical engineering venture is conducted from KTH

    Published Oct 08, 2015

    Reidar Gårdebäck has found his place at the Center of Technology in Medicine and Health (CTMH) at KTH and his new role as Programme Director of MedTec...

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