The research group led by Professor Varpu Marjomäki of cell and molecular biology at the University of Jyväskylä is investigating how various surfaces and materials can reduce the spread of viral diseases.

Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland have made a breakthrough in the battle against the spread of infectious diseases by developing surfaces tailored to combat viruses, including the coronavirus. Their latest study has discovered that an ingredient found in pine resin significantly reduces the infectivity of coronaviruses on plastic surfaces, offering a promising solution for public spaces and medical facilities.

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The Finnish Quantum Flagship received its first round of funding from the Research Council of Finland in January 2024. Photo: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University

Finland is making a bold move in the realm of quantum technology with the Research Council of Finland announcing a significant €13 million funding boost for the Finnish Quantum Flagship (FQF). This substantial investment marks the beginning of an ambitious eight-year project, set to commence in March 2024, with the first five years seeing this initial funding bolstered by equal contributions from member organizations.

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An octopus living in Antarctica. Photo: Peter Enderlein, Dave Barnes, and Katrin Linse (British Antarctic Survey)

Researchers have made a groundbreaking discovery using the DNA of the Turquet octopus (Pareledone turqueti) to unearth evidence of a probable collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) during the last Ice Age, about 120,000 years ago. This finding is crucial as it parallels current global temperatures and supports the theory that the tipping point of the WAIS may be reached, even under the Paris Agreement’s target to limit warming to approximately 1.5-2 degrees Celsius.

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The OL3, the third and newest reactor of the nuclear power plant Olkiluoto. LEHTIKUVA

Finland is at the forefront of nuclear safety innovation with the development of new methods for controlling spent nuclear fuel, a crucial step ahead of commissioning the world's first disposal facility in Olkiluoto, Eurajoki. This significant advancement is the result of a collaboration between the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) in Finland and the Helsinki Institute of Physics.

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DNA has already used the technology to test speeds of more than 10 gigabits per second in its commercial mobile network. In the test phase, two receiving 5G terminal devices combined have been used in the speed measurements, as commercial terminal devices supporting this 5.5G technology will not be available until later in 2024. Photo: DNA

In a significant technological advancement, Finnish telecommunications company DNA has successfully tested 5.5G technology in its commercial mobile network, achieving speeds of more than 10 gigabits per second. This development marks a pivotal step towards the 5.5G standard, also known as 5G Advanced, which is set to be released for commercial use in early 2024. 5.5G represents the transition phase from the current 5G to the future 6G era, offering enhanced capabilities and numerous benefits for both consumer and corporate users.

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Finnish doctoral researcher Jaakko Ahola has developed a groundbreaking method to enhance climate change predictions using artificial intelligence. His work focuses on improving the accuracy of cloud phenomena simulations, a key factor in understanding and forecasting climate change.

Ahola, who conducted his research at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, has significantly advanced the institute's numerical cloud model.

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Hedar Al-Terke has been a pioneer in new cancer imaging technology using microbubbles. He received the 2023 Physics Innovation of the Year award from the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University. Photo: Gavin Pugh, Aalto University

A groundbreaking method for early cancer diagnosis has been developed by researcher Hedar Al-Terke from Aalto University. This innovative technique, utilizing enhanced microbubbles in conjunction with ultrasound imaging, marks a significant advancement in cancer detection and promises to be more affordable and widely accessible.

Originally from Iraq and now based in Finland, Al-Terke's interest in medical technology led to the development of this novel method.

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In a groundbreaking doctoral study, artificial intelligence (AI) has proven its ability to accurately distinguish malignant skin lesions from benign ones using hyperspectral imaging (HSI). Prior to AI analysis, the skin lesions were imaged using hyperspectral cameras.

Skin cancers are among the most common cancers, and their incidence is steadily increasing in Finland and worldwide.

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Macrophages in the tumor. Photo: University of Turku

Researchers from the University of Turku's InFLAMES flagship program have made a breakthrough in cancer treatment with the development of Beksmarilimab, a new drug that reactivates white blood cells within tumors that have been hiding from the immune system. This promising discovery offers a new avenue for cancer immunotherapy, particularly for patients who have shown a favorable response to the drug.

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Google has launched its most ambitious and sophisticated AI model yet, named 'Gemini,' marking a significant stride in the generative artificial intelligence (AI) arena. Reported by CNN, Gemini is designed to be a formidable competitor against OpenAI's GPT models and aims to revolutionize applications across Google's consumer apps, Android smartphones, and beyond, including the latest Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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Astronaut Andreas Mogensen taking chocolate mousse for dessert at the space station. Photo: European Space Agency ESA

On December 4, 2023, Finland's renowned science center Heureka will connect with the International Space Station (ISS) in a unique event titled "Do You Copy, Orbit?". Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen will answer questions sent in advance by Finnish schoolchildren, focusing on space and technology, directly from the ISS's orbit.

The "Do You Copy, Orbit?" event, tailored for school groups, will run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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