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Visby, Sweden

Uppsala University - Campus Gotland is a campus of Uppsala University and a former university college previously known in English as Gotland University located in Visby on Gotland, Sweden. The school became a part of Uppsala University on July 1, 2013, from whence the entity is known.The university college was originally established in 1998 and had around 4 300 registered students in 2007, many of them part-time and distance students. The main building which used to be an old Whiskey distillery is located in the central part of Visby, between the city marina and the Almedalen park. The Rindi Student Union, which organises the students, has its own building, called Rindi-borgen. Wikipedia.

Rosenqvist G.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Rosenqvist G.,Gotland University College

Anthropogenic disturbance is currently altering the environment of terrestrial as well as aquatic organisms. Those changes affect a variety of animal behaviours, which in turn may cause changes in species interactions, population dynamics and evolutionary processes. In marine ecosystems, nutrient enrichment may elevate pH, while it is reduced by carbon dioxide-induced ocean acidification. These two processes are not expected to balance one another but rather to affect the environment at different times and scales. We here show experimentally that an increase in water pH has a negative effect on mating propensity in the broad-nosed pipefish Syngnathus typhle, whereas lowered pH did not elicit the same detrimental effect. This study provides, to our knowledge, the first evidence that mating propensity is impaired by an increase in pH, suggesting that anthropogenic nutrient enrichment in aquatic ecosystems may change the processes of sexual selection and population dynamics solely on the basis of altered water pH. © 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH. Source

Faisal A.,Imperial College London | Stout D.,Emory University | Apel J.,Gotland University College | Bradley B.,University of Exeter

Background: Early stone tools provide direct evidence of human cognitive and behavioral evolution that is otherwise unavailable. Proper interpretation of these data requires a robust interpretive framework linking archaeological evidence to specific behavioral and cognitive actions. Methodology/Principal Findings: Here we employ a data glove to record manual joint angles in a modern experimental toolmaker (the 4th author) replicating ancient tool forms in order to characterize and compare the manipulative complexity of two major Lower Paleolithic technologies (Oldowan and Acheulean). To this end we used a principled and general measure of behavioral complexity based on the statistics of joint movements. Conclusions/Significance: This allowed us to confirm that previously observed differences in brain activation associated with Oldowan versus Acheulean technologies reflect higher-level behavior organization rather than lower-level differences in manipulative complexity. This conclusion is consistent with a scenario in which the earliest stages of human technological evolution depended on novel perceptual-motor capacities (such as the control of joint stiffness) whereas later developments increasingly relied on enhanced mechanisms for cognitive control. This further suggests possible links between toolmaking and language evolution. © 2010 Faisal et al. Source

Nakajima M.,Gotland University College | Nakajima M.,Tokyo Institute of Technology
ITE Transactions on Media Technology and Applications

In this invited research paper, I will describe the Intelligent CG Making Technology, (ICGMT) production methodology and Intelligent Media (IM). I will begin with an explanation of the key aspects of the ICGMT and a definition of IM. Thereafter I will explain the three approaches of the ICGMT. These approaches are the reuse of animation data, the making animation from text, and the making animation from natural spoken language. Finally, I will explain current approaches of the ICGMT under development by the Nakajima laboratory. Copyright © 2013 by ITE Transactions on Media Technology and Applications (MTA). Source

Falavarjani B.R.,Gotland University College
European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2012, EWEC 2012

The Global Wind Energy Council annual market statistics published on February 2012, show that the wind industry installed just over 41,000 MW of new clean, reliable wind power in 2011, bringing the total installed capacity globally to more than 238,000 MW at the end of last year. [1] European wind power has recorded an average annual market growth of 15.6% from 1995, with a cumulative capacity of 94 GW in 2011. [2] Corresponding to the growth of wind turbine industries, wind turbine blades are also growing fast in both size and number. The problem that now arises is how to dispose of the blades at the end of their lifecycle. There are currently three available methods considering disposing blades as waste materials: Landfill, incineration and recycling. Based on environmental, economical and technological concerns these three methods are not completely applicable for blades considering the different materials uses in their structures. [3] In order to promoting of artificial reefs in fishery and coastal management, this paper considers blade material as a positive resource for the environment and introduces an alternative way of disposal using as artificial reef structure in the sea. The feasibility of applying wind turbine blades as artificial reefs can have a major effect on worldwide development of wind power regarding creation of specific relation between wind power management and coastal management. Source

Stahl B.,Gotland University College
Nordic Journal of Botany

A new species, Tropaeolum sparrei Ståhl (Tropaeolaceae), is described from submontane cloud forest habitat in western Ecuador. It differs from T. papillosum Hughes (the species it resembles most) by having thinner, tomentose stems, smaller, glabrous or subglabrous leaves with the petiole inserted relatively closer to the lower leaf margin, and flowers with uniformly coloured and straight calyx spurs. In leaf shape it is also similar to T. repandum Heilborn, from which it differs in its larger flowers with entirely black petals and blue anthers. © 2010 The Authors. Source

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