Mads C. Forchhammer’s evocative and artistic black and white photos depict the daily lives of a small group of rugged researchers who take on the High Arctic winter. Photo: Mads C. Forchhammer
Photo: Mads C. Forchhammer
Photo: Mads C. Forchhammer
Photo: Mads C. Forchhammer
Photo: Mads C. Forchhammer
Photo: Mads C. Forchhammer

2013.08.30 |

Mads Forchhammer’s book about the Zackenberg Research Station is being released today

Mads C. Forchhammer’s artistic book Zackenberg – on the edge of winter is about Aarhus University’s research station at Zackenberg in North-East Greenland. The book provides interesting insight into the lives and fieldwork of the researchers in the High Arctic.

Tongass National Forest, Alaska. The researchers predict that forests of this type will be able to grow in the southern parts of Greenland in the future. Photo: John Schoen, Anchorage.
Professor Jens-Christian Svenning in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA. Engelmann spruce can be seen in the background – one of the species that has been planted successfully in Greenland. According to the researchers’ models, they will be able to thrive in large parts of southern Greenland in a future warmer climate. Photo: Else Magård, Aarhus University.
Postdoctoral Fellow Signe Normand doing fieldwork at the bottom of Nuup Kangerlua fjord (Nuuk inlet). She headed the work to analyse the possibilities for the future increment in Greenland, Photo: Urs Treier.

2013.08.27 |

Researchers predict a greener Greenland

In 2100, a warmer climate will allow the growth of trees and bushes in large parts of Greenland that are currently ice-free. This will mean both risks and opportunities for the Greenlanders, according to a new analysis led by researchers from Aarhus University.

2013.08.28 |

Waste converted to energy in Vietnam

Current research being carried out in Vietnam by scientists from the Can Tho University and Aarhus University will ensure that developing countries in Asia can use waste straw from rice production for the inexpensive and sustainable production of biogas. Read the story (in Danish only) in the latest edition of RØMER.

(Photo: Colourbox)

2013.08.22 |

Weather forecast with bacteria

The atmosphere is full of bacteria that are blown there from the Earth’s surface – from the surface of plant leaves, for example. Some bacterial cells can play an important role in the atmosphere, in meteorological phenomena such as clouds and rainfall.

The European Spallation Source (ESS) particle accelerator will be the world’s largest and most advanced centre for neutron-based research. ESS will be based at Lund University, Sweden, and construction of the ultra-modern facility starts next year. The idea behind the CATE project is that the universities enter into collaboration with Scandinavian companies, thereby combining strong research and know-how with the companies’ demand for expertise in very specialised areas. (Illustration: Henning Larsen Architects)

2013.08.22 |

Scandinavian know-how in European finale

There are major communities of interest between the world of research and companies. Aarhus University is taking part in a project that will ensure development and knowledge sharing between Scandinavian universities and companies.

We enjoy using barbecue charcoal to grill sausages over the glowing embers on a warm summer evening. However, the charcoal could also be put to good use if we buried it in the ground instead. Researchers at Aarhus University are currently studying this. (Photo: Colourbox)

2013.08.16 |

Put charcoal in the ground instead of on the barbecue

A pitch-black future sounds more like a doomsday prophecy than a dream scenario, but this is nevertheless what we should possibly be aiming at. At least if we are to believe new research from Aarhus University, which indicates that a several thousand-year-old Indian trick that involves putting charcoal in the ground could not only provide better…

The colonies build nests around bushes and trees, and are localised in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Up to 200 spiders are found in each colony. Lena Grinsted discovered 18 colonies and picked out 40 spiders from each colony to be included in her research project. Each was then given a unique colour code so she could follow the behaviour of each individual spider. (Photo: Lena Grindsted)

2013.08.19 |

Spiders’ social life

Social spiders have individual personalities. Some are responsible for hunting prey, while others stay at home in the nest and attend to other activities. Lena Grinsted has studied the social structure of spiders.

Sweet, bitter, dark, light? A perfect beer depends, of course, on preferences, but it always has the taste of the chosen corn, roasting, bitterness and nothing else. In what is probably Denmark’s most advanced, high-technology microbrewery, scientists and students have achieved something resembling the formula for beer with no aftertaste. From left: Catharine Oestberg Christensen, Christian Dannesboe, Alberte Bundgaard Andersen and Chgeendran Sivanendiran. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)
After six months of intense work, researchers and engineering students from Aarhus University have come very close to being able to reveal the formula for the perfect beer with no aftertaste whatsoever. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)

2013.08.12 |

Hunting for the formula for the perfect beer

What is it that actually means something for the pure taste of beer? Using technological hardware worth several hundred thousands, scientists and students set out on a hunt to find the formula for the absolutely perfect brew with no aftertaste.

2013.08.09 |

Small adrenal tumours cause high blood pressure

In collaboration with a Cambridge research group, Danish researchers from the PUMPkin research centre at Aarhus University have revealed why up to 10 per cent of the population has high blood pressure.

Chemistry students and performers Ida Gjerlevsen (in foreground) and Lise Ibsen (behind table) sent two beautiful foam sausages towards the radiant summer morning sky, while TV host Kristian Gintberg (far left in white lab coat, cap and bare legs) kept a safe distance. Photos: Lise Balsby, AU Communication.
The foam explosions were not noisy, but they caused a start among the smaller visitors ...
...some of whom preferred to hold hands at a distance from the high jinks.
Even though the show was short, it provided Kristian Gintberg and the audience with an introduction to foam chemistry.

2013.08.13 |

High-flying foam sausages in Aarhus

A short but crisply executed chemistry show had the children’s programme frothing over at Wednesday morning’s SommerSummarum TV special.

A Jerusalem artichoke is not just a Jerusalem artichoke. There are many different varieties Here are two of them – each with its own colour and other properties.

2013.08.13 |

Old gold in the bank

Aarhus University has a bank – a gene bank – where important clones of Jerusalem artichokes, hops and other plants are stored for the future.