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[en] The morpheme nano in languages such as Swedish and English is a constituent of many words. This article linguistically analyses the meaning potential of nano by focusing on word use in a Swedish newspaper corpus comprising 2,564 articles (1.6 million words) covering a 22-year period (1988–2010). Close to 400 word forms having nano as a constituent have been identified and analyzed. The results suggest that nano covers a broad and heterogeneous conceptual field: (i) as a prefix of the SI system; (ii) in relation to the scientific activities of nanoscience and nanotechnology, including their sub-processes and actors; and (iii) in relation to objects. The identified meanings of nano, besides the standard definition (i.e. ‘billionth part’ in relation to SI units), are ‘operating at the nanometre level’ in relation to activities and their actors and ‘nanometre sized’ and ‘nanotechnological’ in relation to objects; in addition, the less precise and non-technical meaning ‘very small’ is identified. We discuss the implications of the findings for a hypothesis about media influence on public understanding of technology, suggesting that repeated findings in Europe and the USA of little self-reported understanding and knowledge of nanotechnology or nanoscience among the public make sense in light of the polysemy of nano reflected in its broad variety of verbal forms and usages.
[en] A network of four stations covering southeastern Sweden has been operated for the period Oct 1, 1986 - Mar 31, 1987. Three events were aftershocks to the strong Skoevde event, 860714, ML=4.5. This made it necessary to include the Skoevde main event together with a couple of earlier aftershocks in the analysis presented in this report. Thus the present study gives 10 new earthquake mechanisms. Three of these events are in the range ML=3.5-4.5. Of the earlier about 170 earthquake mechanisms available for southern Sweden the largest is ML=3.2. The earthquakes of the present study thus give significant new information about Swedish seismic activity. (orig./DG)
[en] This standard gives a survey of norms for nuclear measuring instruments beta-, gamma- and x-radiation. Included are: 1. Normes in Swedish. 2. International recommendations published by the International Electrotechnical commission, IEC, which are valid as Swedish standards Translations into Swedish of these recommendations do not exist, but they are available in English and French in the IEC publications. 3. Information on other norms. (K.K.)
[en] The peat summer 1991 in Sweden was almost the same as peat summer 1991 in Finland. The total peat production remained clearly below that of the previous year, the sod peat production was only 2/3 of the amount of 1990. The amount of milled peat, however, increased about 7 %. The June 1991 was coldest during this century in Sweden. The total area of fuel peat production fields in Sweden was 6 100 ha, of which 3 200 ha was in sod peat production and 2 900 ha in milled peat production. About 1 850 ha of bogs was prepared for peat production, but was not yet taken into production, and 360 ha was under preparation. The total production of energy peat was 2 606 000 m3, of which 1 493 000 m3 sod peat and 1 113 000 m3 milled peat. The mean production was 430 m3/ha. About 785 000 m3 of horticultural peat was produced in Sweden in 1991, mainly on the Goetaland