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Ocean toxicity hampered the rapid evolution of complex life

By examining rocks at the bottom of ancient oceans, an international group of researchers have revealed that arsenic concentrations in the oceans have varied greatly over time. But also that in the very early oceans, arsenic co-varied with the rise of atmospheric oxygen and coincided with the coming and going of global glaciations. The study was recently published in the Nature Group Journal, Scientific Reports.

Åsa Boholm receives prestigious award from the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Åsa Boholm, Professor in Soical Anthropology at SGS, has been awarded by The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) for her substantial achievements in science or public policy relating to risk analysis and substantial service to the society. The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) awarded six prestigious scholarly and service awards and named five new Fellows at its annual meeting in December in San Diego. These awards recognize 14 individuals for their outstanding contributions to the society and to the science of risk analysis.

Evidence for dark matter in the inner Milky Way

A new study is providing evidence for the presence of dark matter in the innermost part of the Milky Way, including in our own cosmic neighbourhood and the Earth’s location. The study demonstrates that large amounts of dark matter exist around us, and also between us and the Galactic centre. The result constitutes a fundamental step forward in the quest for the nature of dark matter.

Major Viking Hall Identified in Sweden

A Viking feasting hall measuring almost 50 metres in length has been identified near Vadstena in Sweden. Archaeologists from Stockholm University and Umeå University used ground-penetrating radar, a non-invasive geophysical method, to locate and map the house foundation. The study was published today in the journal Archaeological Prospection.

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