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Major Finnish breakthrough in the production of clean water

Major Finnish breakthrough in the production of clean water | Finland | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, have developed a new cost-efficient technology to produce separation membranes for the purification of water, at less than half the previous cost.

 

Soiled or salty water can be made potable by current technologies, but these are either costly or unreasonably energy-intensive. The most promising, but also the costliest, alternative is offered by separation with nanoporous membranes.

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Altered brain function behind weight gain - Zee News

Altered brain function behind weight gain - Zee News | Finland | Scoop.it

Researchers have found new evidence for the role of the brain in obesity and weight gain.

Although obesity typically results simply from excessive energy intake, it is currently unclear why some people are prone to overeating and gaining weight.

Because the central nervous system is intimately involved in processing of hunger signals and controlling food intake, it is assumed that the cause of weight gain and obesity might be in the brain.

In a new study researchers at the University of Turku and Aalto University measured the functioning brain circuits involved in processing of rewards with multiple brain imaging methods...

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Russian women face old prejudices

Russian women face old prejudices | Finland | Scoop.it

According to an ongoing study at the University of Eastern Finland, Russian women living in Finland face traditional forms of discrimination on a daily basis. Still, most generally enjoy living in the country -- and many have praise for their Finnish husbands.
Researcher Pirjo Pöllänen of the University of Eastern Finland's Karelian Institute in Joensuu is preparing her doctoral dissertation on the everyday lives of Russian women who have moved to Finland. So far she has carried out ethnographical interviews with 18 Russians married to Finnish men...

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Mini Moons? Small Asteroids Found to be Orbiting Earth - DigitalJournal.com

Mini Moons? Small Asteroids Found to be Orbiting Earth - DigitalJournal.com | Finland | Scoop.it
 Helsinki - A team of astronomers at the University of Helsinki in Finland, headed by Mikael Granvik, have run computer simulations determining that Earth has more than one moon...kind of. Thousands of tiny asteroids, pulled into Earth's orbit, have been found.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/317420#ixzz1ishm8llZ 

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Finnish researchers head for the Antarctic

Finnish researchers head for the Antarctic | Finland | Scoop.it

A four-man Finnish expedition party has departed on a visit to an Antarctic research station at Aboa close to the South Pole in Queen Maud Land. Two researchers from the Finnish geodetic Institute have been working in the area since December. The team is investigating changes in gravity, movement of seismic plates and glaciation. They will stay in the region for two months.

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Study: Babies sleep better in subzero temps

Study: Babies sleep better in subzero temps | Finland | Scoop.it

The old Finnish custom of putting babies to sleep outdoors in winter now has scientific backing. A study by the University of Oulu finds that babies who take their naps outside in the fresh air sleep up to three times as long as those slumbering indoors.
“Yesterday when it was -11 degrees Celsius, ten-month old twins Anni and Aatu slept 3.5 hours outside, but this morning they just took a one-hour nap inside,” says mom Outi Rajanen, echoing study findings.
Special precautions should, however, be taken when putting infants to sleep outdoors, notes researcher Marjo Tourula. Babies need to be bundled warmly and should not be left out for extended periods.

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'Terminator'-Style Contact Lens Projects Info Before Your Eyes

'Terminator'-Style Contact Lens Projects Info Before Your Eyes | Finland | Scoop.it

Those info-streaming retinal displays from the Terminator movies may be closer to fact than fantasy, according to researchers at the University of Washington and Aalto University, in Finland, who are developing a computerized contact lens that could be used to display data — like emails and text messages — right in front of your eyes...

 
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Study finds nudity gives the brain a tune-up - DigitalJournal.com

Study finds nudity gives the brain a tune-up - DigitalJournal.com | Finland | Scoop.it
 The finding comes from researchers at the University of Tampere and the Aalto University, Finland, who explain until now it was unknown whether the brain processes nude and clothed bodies differently....
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Finnish researchers discover regulator of human cell activity | Human Health and Science

Finnish researchers discover regulator of human cell activity | Human Health and Science | Finland | Scoop.it

ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2011) Research teams headed by Prof. Johanna Ivaska (University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) and Prof. Marko Salmi (University of Turku and the National Institute for Health and Welfare) have discovered that the SHARPIN protein regulates human cell activity.

Published in Nature Cell Biology, the study concludes that SHARPIN regulates the movement and activity of inflammatory cells and of lung and prostate cancer cells. It is likely that the discovery will also have significant implications for other conditions such as Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, rheumatism and even MS.

 

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Pesticide Side Effects May Increase Diabetes Risk: Study - AboutLawsuits.com

Pesticide Side Effects May Increase Diabetes Risk: Study - AboutLawsuits.com | Finland | Scoop.it

Researchers from Finland say that some types of pesticide appear to be associated with an increased risk of adults developing type 2 diabetes.

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Prepregnancy Obesity Linked to Asthma in Teens - WebMD

Prepregnancy Obesity Linked to Asthma in Teens - WebMD | Finland | Scoop.it

Researchers in Britain, Finland, and Sweden say their study suggests that being overweight during pregnancy may interfere with normal fetal development, though it does not prove a cause-and-effect...

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Finnish find throws new light on cancer - YLE News

Finnish find throws new light on cancer - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of Turku and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have found a new type of mechanism in cancer cells preventing the spread and growth of cancer.

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Discovery of gene in truffle dogs advances epilepsy research

Discovery of gene in truffle dogs advances epilepsy research | Finland | Scoop.it
Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group has discovered a new Lgi2 epilepsy gene in the Lagotto Romagnolo breed of dogs famous for their ability to sniff out truffles. The discovery by the research group from the University of Helsinki ...
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Mammalian cell-cultured flu vaccine safe, effective for children and adolescents - Pediatric SuperSite

Mammalian cell-cultured influenza vaccine may prove to be a safe and effective alternative to egg-derived influenza vaccine for children and adolescents, according to study results from Finland.

Timo Vesikari, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the Research Center of the University of Tampere Medical School in Finland examined data of 3,604 healthy children divided into two groups: 2,630 were aged 3 to 8 years and 974 were aged 9 to 17 years...

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2011 Global R&D Funding Forecast

2011 Global R&D Funding Forecast | Finland | Scoop.it

  

Size of circle reflects the relative amount of annual R&D spending by the country noted 

http://www.battelle.org/aboutus/rd/2011.pdf 

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Breakthrough for researchers into aging mechanisms

Breakthrough for researchers into aging mechanisms | Finland | Scoop.it

According to research carried out by the University of Helsinki, the energy metabolism is unexpectedly important in regulating stem cell function. The research showed that aging-related tissue degeneration can be caused by mitochondrial dysfunction in tissue stem cells. The research was published in the eminent international journal Cell Metabolism.

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Earth may be surrounded by hundreds of tiny moons

Earth may be surrounded by hundreds of tiny moons | Finland | Scoop.it
Researchers say, hundreds of temporary moons may be orbiting earth, which are too tiny and small to be detected easily.

 

Researchers have since long supposed that wandering asteroids might seldom approach earth close enough to get snagged by gravity and become temporary moons.

Mikael Granvik of the University of Helsinki in Finland and colleagues ran computer simulations of the abundance of asteroids of various sizes in Earth’s neighbourhood and the likelihood of their capture in a close encounter, New Scientist reported.

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Listening To Music Lights Up The Whole Brain

Listening To Music Lights Up The Whole Brain | Finland | Scoop.it

Finnish researchers have developed a groundbreaking new method that allows to study how the brain processes different aspects of music, such as rhythm, tonality and timbre (sound color) in a realistic listening situation. The study is pioneering in that it for the first time reveals how wide networks in the brain, including areas responsible for motor actions, emotions, and creativity, are activated during music listening. The new method helps us understand better the complex dynamics of brain networks and the way music affects us.

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Finnish tourist industry urged to prepare for snowless winters

Finnish tourist industry urged to prepare for snowless winters | Finland | Scoop.it
Fresh research published on Tuesday shows that climate change could have a
definitive effect on the tourism industry in the north of Finland.

 

The lack of ice and snow could also necessitate the construction of new artificial skiing trails and ice rinks.

Climate change will affect winter weather more than summer conditions in Finland. The hottest days currently experienced during summer will become more common, heatwaves will lengthen, and winter will be shorter than they are now.
Researchers point out, though, that the changing climate could bring new tourism opportunities to the north of Finland because of the shortened winter and lower precipitation levels. They also advocate year-round tourism, as opposed to reliance on the shrinking winter.
Artificial winter facilities will require energy, and the researchers see possibilities to use bio and geothermal sources to help power new winter sports attractions.

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Downshifting reinforces traditional gender roles

Downshifting reinforces traditional gender roles | Finland | Scoop.it
Up to 40 percent of working parents are exhausted, according to a fresh study
by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).
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Human brain wired to react to nudity

Human brain wired to react to nudity | Finland | Scoop.it

Nature has programmed the human brain to respond to the sight of a naked body very fast. Such were the findings of research conducted at the University of Tampere and the Aalto University.

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Finland world’s third most egalitarian country

Finland world’s third most egalitarian country | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland ranks third in the World Economic Forum’s global survey of gender equality.  Finland figures strongly, particularly with regard to the education of women and the number of ministerial posts they hold.  A total of 135 countries were surveyed...

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Zinc lozenges treat common cold - The Times of India

Zinc lozenges treat common cold - The Times of India | Finland | Scoop.it
A University of Helsinki scientist has indicated that zinc lozenges may shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40 per cent.
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Brain training increases dopamine release - HealthCanal.com

Brain training increases dopamine release - HealthCanal.com | Finland | Scoop.it

In a new study in Science, researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Umeå University, Åbo Akademi University, and the University of Turku show for the first time that working-memory training is associated with an increased release of the neurotransmitter dopamine in specific brain regions...

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Researchers identify new plasma membrane sculpting protein - News-Medical.net

The research group of Professor Pekka Lappalainen at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, has identified a previously unknown mechanism which modifies the structure of plasma membranes in intestinal epithelial cells.
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