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2017.10.17 |

Danish air has become cleaner over the last three decades

The negative impact of air pollution on human health in Denmark has been reduced by more than a third in the last 30 years, but air pollution causes about 3,600 premature deaths every year and costs millions in external expenses. This is shown in a report from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.10.16 |

Why do physicists blur their images before showing them to biologists?

How can cartoon images aid in understanding bacterial biological processes? How did Hollywood contribute to quantum physics? How do aesthetics, art, and design influence scientific visualization and vice versa? These are just some of the questions that a new book raises. Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, Ebbe Sloth Andersen and Ditte Høyer Engholm from MBG…

Greenland’s ice sheet melts and sends large amounts of fresh water into the coastal waters, where it is of major importance for local production but potentially also for global ocean currents. Photo from Young Sound, Northeast Greenland. (Photo: Mikael Sejr).
1A. Changes in summer salinity from 2003 to 2015 in Young Sound, NE Greenland. The graph show how the heavy, nutrient rich saline water is being restricted to the deeper layers due to inflow of fresh melt water from the Greenland Ice Sheet. 1B. Inter-annual changes in the integrated total freshwater content in the water column of Young Sound showing an increase from approximately 1 m of pure freshwater in 2003 to almost 4 m in 2015.

2017.10.13 |

The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline

For the first time, ocean data from Northeast Greenland reveals the long-term impact of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. The observed increase in freshwater content will affect the conditions in all Greenland fjords and may ultimately affect the global ocean currents that keep Europe warm.

2017.10.13 |

Molecular Velcro helps to assemble functional nuclear pore complexes

An international research team now explains how one of the largest molecular machineries - the nuclear pore complex – is being assembled using natively unfolded FG-repeats as molecular Velcro.

Photo: Poul Ib Henriksen, Aarhus University

2017.10.09 |

Aarhus University introduces grade point averages for all science and engineering degrees

In future, students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 7.0 on the Danish 7-point grading scale to be directly admitted via quota 1 to a degree programme at Science and Technology. The new requirement is intended to strengthen the quality of the degree programmes, reduce the dropout rate, and produce better graduates.

MegaMan will monitor and control the mega-constellations of the future, consisting of hundreds or thousands of small satellites. Graphics: GomSpace
Small satellites are really tiny. Aarhus University’s Delphini-1 will be launched into orbit in 2018, and measures 10x10x10 cm. Here it is packed in a protective Plexiglas<sup>®</sup> case. Photo: Victoria Antoci, Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC), Aarhus University

2017.10.09 |

Danish satellite expertise will revolutionise global mobile coverage

Two companies in North Jutland – 2operate and GomSpace – will work together with Aarhus University to create a new monitoring platform for mega-constellations. Using hundreds of tiny satellites, these can create better signals than the giant satellites of today, and they are both cheaper and more efficient.

2017.10.06 |

Aarhus University awarded contract for wildlife management

The university won the competition in the latest tender for public sector consultancy in wildlife management in Denmark.

Professor Jacob Schach Møller has been appointed head of the Department of Mathematics as of 1 October 2017. Photo: Lars Kruse, Aarhus University

2017.10.06 |

New head of the Department of Mathematics

Deputy Head of Department Jacob Schach Møller has been appointed head of the Department of Mathematics (MATH) as of 1 October 2017.

2017.10.04 |

Playground for ideas

Three of the winning concepts last year were synthetic meat, innovative breast pumps as a healthcare innovation, and inexpensive storage for sustainable energy. This year, the dean has once more challenged the students, and the fruit of their efforts can soon be enjoyed.

The Centre for Water Technology (WATEC) will be inaugurated on 6 October. (Photo: Colourbox)
Fresh water is one of the most limited resources on our planet. It is therefore essential to use our resources in the most sustainable way, and to prevent pollution of both surface water and groundwater. WATEC will study and develop technology for the flow of water from the underground to the tap and back again. (Illustration: WATEC)

2017.10.03 |

The world’s most valuable resource strengthened by Aarhus University research

Clean water is without comparison the most limited resource on a global scale. Without water, there would be no society. Danish expertise and research into water technology are in an international class of their own in all aspects of the water cycle. With a new strategic research initiative, Aarhus University now further strengthens this work when…

2017.10.02 |

Llama-derived nanobodies as a new tool in solving crystal structure

Aarhus University scientists have developed miniature antibodies (nanobodies) that can be labelled on certain amino acids. This provides a direct route for solving new X-ray crystal structures of protein complexes important for gaining mechanistic understanding of cellular processes, which is important in the development of drugs.

2017.10.02 |

Positive evaluation of marine researchers’ work

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council mixes business interests with scientific arguments in its criticism of research that forms the basis for aquatic plans. This is stated by Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen and Vice-Dean Kurt Nielsen, Science and Technology, in a contribution to debate in the Danish newsletter Altinget. This follows a report by…

Reality is not what it was. Aarhus University is now heading for digital horizons with a strategic research centre aimed at creating new recognitions and knowledge about important aspects of the digital reality of the future.

2017.09.27 |

Aarhus University will boost digital understanding

Progress in electronic technologies during the last five decades has fundamentally changed society on a global scale, and has been of radical importance for industry and business. The digital ‘revolution’ is in full swing, and will only escalate in the coming years. Denmark is in a good position at the front and, with the establishment of a…

2017.09.26 |

Danish discovery can pave the way for more effective cholesterol medicine

Research from Aarhus University sheds new light on how the body converts the bad kind of cholesterol. The discovery could lead to new and potentially more effective medicine.

Many people are under more pressure in their everyday lives, and this means that ready-prepared dishes end up in their shopping baskets when cooking becomes too much of a burden on a Wednesday night. But what are the nutritional values in such food? What strain do our altered eating habits put on the production chain – can agriculture keep up? What about the climate and nature? And our health? The new research centre now focuses sharply on the foods of the future. iFOOD opens on 25 September. (Photo: Colourbox)
All the way. By providing an interdisciplinary platform with research-based solutions, iFOOD will be able to collaborate with ingredients and food producers, the retail industry, consumers, and the health sector. iFOOD can be of significant importance for the entire production chain in modern food production. This graphic shows (in Danish) how interdisciplinary research covers the journey from field to table, and on to our perception of the nutritional importance. (Illustration: iFOOD)

2017.09.25 |

New research centre focuses on the foods of the future

While the demand for food products is increasing, consumer confidence in food is on the decline. The population of the world is increasing every year at a rate corresponding to the population of Germany. This places demands on the food production of the future if there will be enough food to go round. With its new strategic centre for food…

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