Debt narratives to break free

Getting out of poverty can be tricky.

For over-indebted individuals in Sweden, getting out of poverty can be tricky because of the country’s debt-reconstruction rules. A new study by Professors Pernilla Liedgren and Christian Kullberg at Mälardalen University, Sweden, finds how debtors tell their story could have a profound effect on whether their application is successful. Heavily indebted individuals living in Sweden may turn to the country’s […]

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When control is lost: Studying the interactions of ATP and acetylcholine in the urinary bladder

The inner lining of the bladder, known as the urothelium, triggers the reflex controlling urination.

The inner lining of the bladder, known as the urothelium, not only serves as a passive barrier but also triggers the reflex controlling urination (the micturition reflex). The neurotransmitter ATP released from the stretched urothelium activates the bladder afferent nerves and evokes the release of acetylcholine that substantially contributes to the contractile response. Prof Gunnar Tobin from the University of […]

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On the solvability of the mind–body problem

On the solvability of the mind–body problem

The mind-body problem is one of the most enigmatic issues in philosophy that has yet to be resolved. Professor Jan Scheffel from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden analyses the mind–body problem from a physicalist perspective. He finds that consciousness is epistemologically emergent and shows that this result overlaps with the problem of free will. If a theory for consciousness […]

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V2A2: A tool to promote patient agency through effective patient information

MPNE has developed its own methodology to rapidly and accurately disseminate relevant research findings across its network.

The Melanoma Patient Network Europe (MPNE) attaches particular importance to effective scientific patient information. As a patient community with a keen research interest, the network has over the years developed its own methodology and standards on how to rapidly and accurately share scientific information even across language boundaries. Bettina Ryll, Gilliosa Spurrier and Violeta Astratinei, founders of MPNE, have developed […]

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Shaping a regional offline esports market: Jönköping’s success

Shaping a regional offline esports market

Esports, also known as electronic sports, is a form of competitive sport played through video games. These sports are incredibly popular and have a growing audience of around 600 million people. Dr Brian McCauley from the Media, Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), with his co-authors Dr Kieran Tierney and Dr Dinara Tokbaeva, have studied […]

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Pipefish male pregnancy: Why do females prefer large mates?

Pipefish male pregnancy: Why do females prefer large mates?

Parental care is an important factor to reproductive success, and studies of care quality can help in understanding mate choice and other reproductive decisions. In the broad-nosed pipefish, males become ‘pregnant’ and care for their embryos until birth. Large and small male pipefish adopt different parental care strategies, and females favour larger mates. Researcher Ines Braga Goncalves at the University […]

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The return of religion or the end of religion?

The return of religion or the end of religion?

Jayne Svenungsson, Professor at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University examines the relationship between religion and secularism and the ideological underpinnings of the European concept of religion. She demonstrates that the term religion is a historical product of a secular but mainly Christian Europe, and that it is now more meaningful as an agent of disunity, and […]

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