Swedish instruments on space journey


A team of scientists at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics are developing two instruments that will be used on ESA’s Jupiter mission, which will launch in 2022. One instrument will measure the different particles around Jupiter and its icy moon. The second instrument will measure radio waves, electric and magnetic fields as well as charged gases to see if there could be life under Jupiter’s icy moon.

LKAB unable to help


The group of Swedish industrialists that last week bought the Kaunisvaara processing plant from bankrupt miner Northland Resources had hoped to strike a deal with state-owned LKAB to buy iron ore below the market price . However, LKAB is not interested, saying it cannot afford to indulge the industrialists, merely to save jobs in northern Sweden.

“A state-owned company does not have the right to give any kind of support to a private company, and we cannot afford to either. We are ourselves working hard to save money in order to keep profitability at a reasonable level,” remarks LKAB chairman Sten Jakobsson.

According to Mats Leifland, the spokesman for the industrialists, who include BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, the aim within the next 3-6 months is to find a solution with LKAB that is beneficial to both parties. If this does not happen, operations will be discontinued.

Growing interest in electric cars

New car registrations were up 11% in the first half of 2015, while new registrations of electric or plug-in hybrids rose by 56%, according to Bil Sweden, the association that represents manufacturers and importers of cars, trucks and buses.

Above all, it is car buyers in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö who are showing a growing interest in cars with carbon emissions of less than 50g/km.

Nevertheless, electric and plug-in hybrids still represent a small part of the total market, accounting for just 2% of car sales in Sweden.