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2014.01.07 |

New professor is a specialist in air pollution modelling

Senior Scientist Ole Hertel has been appointed Professor with special responsibilities (MSO) in Atmospheric Modelling at the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University.

Professor Flemming Besenbacher

2013.12.20 |

Flemming Besenbacher receives new recognition from China

Professor Flemming Besenbacher has just been appointed member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which provides consultancy services for the Chinese government.

Carbon forestation project in Patako, Senegal. The project is being coordinated through the Undesert Project, which is coordinated by Aarhus University. It involves planting indigenous trees in a degraded area and getting carbon credits from these. (Photo: Fatimata Niang-Diop)
As part of the forestation project in Patako, Senegal, the local community is being educated about the project. (Photo: Anne Mette Lykke)

2013.12.18 |

Big Data project reveals where carbon-stocking projects in Africa provide the greatest benefits

In order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere it is necessary to make sure that carbon is stored on the ground to the greatest extent possible. But how do you qualify the potential of landscapes to stock carbon? Researchers now present the first continental-scale assessment of which areas may provide the greatest direct and…

2013.12.17 |

New Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry

Senior Scientist Henrik Skov has been appointed Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Department of Environmental Science and the Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University. The professorship was established to strengthen research into the fate and impact of pollutants on the Arctic and globally.

2013.12.18 |

New professor specialises in air pollution

Senior Scientist Jørgen Brandt has been appointed Professor of Atmospheric Modelling at the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University. The professorship was established to strengthen research into air pollution and its impact on health, nature and the climate.

2013.12.18 |

Three Science and Technology researchers awarded Sapere Aude grants

The names of three recipients of DFF-Research Talent grants have just been announced. They are from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), the Department of Bioscience and the Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC), Aarhus University.

Characterisation of graphene nanoribbons using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Photo: <em>Nature Chemistry</em> 2013
Michael Ryan Hansen took part in the project at the Max Planck Institute in Mainz – and continued after returning to Aarhus this year.

2013.12.17 |

Recipe for graphene ribbons with bandgaps

An international research team including scientists from Aarhus University has taken a further step in the race to prepare the wonder material graphene for the microchips and solar cells of the future.

A helicopter-borne geophysical instrument that can scan the subsurface right down to a depth of 500 metres and thereby map the groundwater stores will meet the challenge of finding clean drinking water in different geological areas. (Photo: Anders Vest Christiansen, Aarhus University)

2013.12.17 |

Grant of millions to ensure clean water

The battle to ensure clean water for the world’s growing population has now been given a booster shot – or rather a groundwater shot. A strong business collaboration between SkyTEM Surveys and Aarhus University has just been awarded a grant of DKK 15 million from the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation to develop advanced technology for…

2013.12.13 |

Ghost of uranium from the Cold War

Uranium mining in Greenland is currently in the news, but the hunt for uranium began sixty years ago, leading to tension during the Cold War. Read more (in Danish only) about a comprehensive research project led by Aarhus University in the latest edition of RØMER.

2013.12.12 |

Avoid liver injury and drink milk with your Christmas schnapps

Collaboration between Danish, Japanese and American researchers has shown that the milk protein osteopontin can slow down the development of liver injury caused by alcohol abuse.

The newly developed permanent magnet has the same colour as its properties – green. Shown here is the magnet that has now been mounted on the ASTRID2 particle accelerator, beside one of the electromagnets used on the ring. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk, Aarhus University)
Here the working partners get together to check out the magnet. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk, Aarhus University)

2013.12.10 |

‘Green’ magnets in ASTRID2

Researchers collaborated with companies to develop permanent magnets that can replace the energy-intensive electromagnets currently used in accelerators for research using X-rays and for dating archaeological samples. The ASTRID2 accelerator at the Department of Physics and Astronomy recently had one of its energy-guzzling electromagnets replaced…

Copper is a heavy metal that is essential for a number of the body’s vital functions, but harmful in excessive amounts. Human health therefore depends on the body’s ability to regulate the level of copper in the cells. This regulation takes place by means of the copper pump, which researchers have now come one step closer to understanding (Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NatCopper.jpg">Wikipedia</a>)
It may not look like much, and it is no more than a couple of nanometres in size, but it is nevertheless this copper pump that safeguards the body’s cells against copper poisoning. When the individual parts of the copper pump (indicated in different colours) turn in relation to each other, the passage of copper ions is opened and shut in the cell membrane, marked between the grey and turquoise parts in the membrane. The turquoise and grey elements are the copper pump’s membrane-bound part with markings of individual segments of the amino acid sequence (MA, MB, M1–M6) and a couple of specific amino acids (E189 and M717), which are crucial for the excretion of copper. The yellow spheres mark the copper’s route through the protein and out of the cell, as analysed by computer simulations by the Californian working partners in the research project. (Illustrations: Daniel Mattle and Magnus Andersson)
In addition to Postdoctoral Fellow Pontus Gourdon (left) and PhD Student Oleg Sitsel (right), Professor Poul Nissen, PhD Student Daniel Mattle, and Laboratory Technicians Tetyana Klymchuk and Anna Marie Nielsen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, are co-authors of the scientific article. Also participating were researchers at the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, and the University of California, Irvine.

2013.12.09 |

How the cells remove copper

New research from Aarhus University provides deeper insight into causes of serious diseases involving copper metabolism. Mapping the mechanism that regulates the transport of copper across the cell membrane and out of the body’s cells actually provides a new understanding of conditions related to chronic imbalance in the body’s level of copper.

MicroRNA-128 is the microRNA that controls the most mRNAs in mouse brains – specifically in the neurons. (Photo: Colourbox)
Professor Jørgen Kjems. (Photo: Aarhus University)
Postdoctoral Fellow Morten Trillingsgaard Venø

2013.12.09 |

New research provides insight into epilepsy

Experiments using mice have led to new research results showing that the amount of microRNA-128 has a great impact on the musculoskeletal system. If the level of microRNA-128 is increased, it leads to lower neuron activity and can thereby help reduce uncontrolled movements in connection with epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease. MicroRNA-128 can…

2013.12.03 |

The secrets of hibernating bears

Bears can hibernate for six to seven months each year, yet they show no sign of osteoporosis or muscular dystrophy. In the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project, researchers are learning from the secrets of the bears to benefit humans. Read more (in Danish only) here.

The hummingbird is known for its ability to remain hovering in one place in the air by flapping its wings very fast. Due to the rapid wing beats, the bird has a very high metabolic rate and this normally requires lots of oxygen. However, certain hummingbird species are capable of flying over mountain tops where the oxygen is scarce. Scientists have now discovered why. (Photo: Colourbox).

2013.12.04 |

Aarhus scientists discover the oxygen secret of hummingbirds

Hummingbirds can fly in mountains at an altitude of up to 4,000 metres, even though their rapid wing beats require considerable energy. This should not be possible, but it is, and Aarhus University researchers have now helped find out how it is done.

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