The University of Helsinki (Finnish: Helsingin yliopisto, Swedish: Helsingfors universitet, Latin: Universitas Helsingiensis, abbreviated UH) is a university located in Helsinki, Finland since 1829, but was founded in the city of Turku in 1640 as The Royal Academy of Turku, at that time part of the Swedish Empire. It is the oldest and largest university in Finland with the widest range of disciplines available. Around 35,000 students are currently enrolled in the degree programs of the university spread across 11 faculties and 11 research institutes. As of August 1, 2005, the University complies with the standards of the Europe-wide Bologna Process and offers Bachelor, Master, Licenciate, and Doctoral degrees. Admission to degree programmes is usually determined by entrance examinations, in the case of bachelor degrees, and by prior degree results, in the case of master and postgraduate degrees. Entrance is particularly selective (circa 15% of the yearly applicants are admitted). It has been ranked a top 100 university in the world according to the 2011 QS, Times Higher Education and the Academic Rankings of World Universities.
Cytoskeletons shaking hands
Animal cells harbor three types of cytoskeletal elements: actin filaments, intermediate filaments and microtubules. Despite their name, cytoskeletons are very dynamic structures, which undergo rapid reorganization in cells ...
Citizen science helps protecting nests of a raptor in farmland
During recent years it has become increasingly common that volunteer citizens help to collect ecological information and carry out conservation actions over vast geographical areas that scientists alone could not cover.
Ensuring that protected areas are more than "paper parks"
Protected areas are the cornerstone to prevent species extinctions. The Convention on Biological Diversity have set a target to protect 17% of all terrestrial land by 2020.
Climate change attitudes are reflected on social networks
People who believe in climate change have more Facebook friends than those who do not consider climate change a problem. Juha Itkonen's dissertation in economics shows that values and social networks are linked to opinions ...
Risk of a collision-related oil spill on the Gulf of Finland could up to quadruple in the future
A single oil spill can release 30,000 tonnes of oil into the ocean if two vessels collide. In grounding the high weight can lead to oil disaster, in the Baltic Sea up to 120 000 tonnes. This estimate does not include the ...
Mobile battery life can be prolonged with system settings
Mobile devices have a large number of different adjustable system settings whose energy impact can be difficult to understand for the average user, and even for the expert.
Pathogen strains competing for the same host plant change disease dynamics
The epidemics caused by coinfection of several pathogen strains in a plant population is more severe than epidemics caused by single strains.
New mechanism for growth control discovered
Research on Drosophila reveals that once activated during starvation, this regulatory system prevents the secretion of insulin like peptides, the counterparts of IGF and insulin in mammals.
A legal trade in horn would improve rhino protection and help sustainable development
The extinction in the wild of the southern white rhino population could be prevented by letting local communities take responsibility of the animals and giving them permission to harvest horns in a controlled manner through ...
Retaining forests where raptors nest can help to protect biodiversity
Raptors can affect the distribution of other species and they can also be used to find forests with high biodiversity value.