Piloting an aviation revolution
Remote-controlled air travel isn’t a fly by night idea. Fiber-optic cables are linking remote areas to airports many miles away, setting the scene for a potential aviation revolution. And it’s happening in Sweden. Air traffic controllers in Ornskoldsvik and Sundsvall, on Sweden’s eastern coast, are testing technology that many expect will eventually transform the way air traffic is managed worldwide. It is a concept that experts say has uses not only for the world’s out-of-the way places but could also enhance efficiency and safety at sprawling urban airports where increasing air traffic places ever-greater demands on human controllers. Örnsköldsvik Airport will soon be remotely operated from Sundsvall, Sweden, which makes it the world’s first remotely controlled airport.

A study in contraception
Researchers at Umeå's University Hospital in Sweden are conducting a two-year study with 300 women to identify whether they experience negative mood side effects while taking concraceptive pills or whether the side effects may be imagined. Compared with what used to be available, today’s pill shouldn’t cause the decreased libido or mood swings that have been known to cause women to go off the pill. "Perceived side effects make women stop, sometimes abruptly leading to unplanned pregnancies or choosing less secure methods," said Marie Bixo, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, who is leading the study. During the trial, some women will be given sugar pills while others will be given birth control pills.