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For Mathias Kraft Mathiasen, it was a dream come true when his admission ticket to studies in Computer Science at Aarhus University came crashing through the letterbox. Photo: Mathias Kraft Mathiasen

2013.08.13 |

Mentor project to combat social inheritance

Aarhus University’s Udvalgt til Uni (Selected for University) mentor project makes it easier for young people with no academic background to complete a university science degree. One of those to break out of the social mould is Mathias Kraft Mathiasen, who participated in the project, graduated from the Technical Upper Secondary School in…

A total of 1,706 young people were pleased to find they had been offered a student place in one of the Bachelor’s degree programmes at Science and Technology. Photo: Colourbox

2013.08.13 |

Record intake at Science and Technology

This year, Aarhus University is admitting the largest number of students to date to Bachelor’s degree programmes in science and technology. A total of 1,706 young people were offered student places today.

Dry ice gives off an attractive white mist while it is sublimating. If you pour it into water or a drink, the mist is quite impressive. In this demonstration, Peter Hald is actually using water. Photos: Jesper Buch Rais, AU Communication. (Click on the images to see them in full size)
Ice lollies (popsicles) can be kept frozen for a long time if you put them in a cooler bag or polystyrene container with a little dry ice.

2013.08.13 |

Summer tips with dry ice

Dry ice can be perfect to take along on family outings in the summer countryside. And if the summer weather lets you down, it can also be used for indoor entertainment. Just remember to take a pair of gloves.

Scientists have been monitoring the polar bear for contaminants in East Greenland over the past 30 years. They are worried by the findings of bioaccumulated perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in the brain. Photo: Rune Dietz, Aarhus University.

2013.07.23 |

Environmental toxins enter the brain tissue of polar bears

Scientists from Denmark and Canada are worried by their new findings showing that several bioaccumulative perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are crossing the blood brain barrier of polar bears from Scoresby Sound, East Greenland.

When the Danish summer is so kind as to let its countenance shine upon them, the Danes rush to enjoy the sun at the beach, in parks or other public places. (Photo: Colourbox)
There is a noticeable difference. These two photos show the same little corner of a popular park in Aarhus. Until now, it has been necessary to send someone out to ‘manually’ count the number of users, but with the new technology from Aarhus University, the process can be automated using electronics and a complicated algorithm. In future, this will make it more enjoyable for users, and provide smarter resource consumption for heads of operations, who can automatically get an overview of user behaviour in public places. (Photo: André Schmidt, Aarhus University)
This graph shows how many people were present in a corner of the Botanical Gardens in Aarhus one Tuesday evening in summer. It shows that more than 120 residents enjoyed the warm weather with phones switched on, and most were there at about 20.00. The technology makes it possible to see how long the phones are in the area. By setting up more counters, it would also be possible to see how the phones move around in the area. On the basis of this information, it would be possible to assess whether this corner needs more tidying up – or more rubbish containers in future. (Illustration: André Schmidt, Aarhus University)

2013.08.15 |

New technology finds holiday pitfalls

Here is a way of putting an end to long queues, overloaded rubbish containers and poor parking conditions in public areas.

Our two sun protection experts: Professor of Dermatology Christian Grønhøj (left) and Professor of Chemistry Peter Remsen Ogilby. Photo: Jesper Buch Rais, AU Communication

2013.08.13 |

Suntan lotion can itself lead to skin cancer – if you do not use enough

Some types of suntan lotion can increase the risk of melanoma if you do not watch out. In any case, the best way of protecting yourself from the damaging rays of the sun is to avoid them completely, according to two experts.

Marie Kanstrup harvesting and collecting old corn varieties grown at Askov to measure their uptake of nitrogen-15 with and without added manure. Photo: Askov Research Station, Aarhus University.
Taking samples for flotation in an archaeological dig. Lighter organic material (where charred corn kernels can be hiding) is sorted from gravel and stones. Photo: Moesgård Museum.
Marie Kanstrup weighs small corn samples to prepare them for analysis for nitrogen-15. Photo: Bente Philippsen, Aarhus University.

2013.08.15 |

The first Stone Age farmers used manure

Animal husbandry was more important as a source of manure for ancient agriculture than previously assumed. Researchers at Aarhus University and Moesgård Museum have contributed with new research that changes our view of the first agriculture in Denmark and the rest of Europe.

Redcurrants, gooseberries and blackcurrants may soon become a new hit with consumers. Researchers at Aarhus University have developed a new method that will enable the production of luxury berries that consumers can use as snacks or decoration for cakes and other food products. Pictured here are gooseberries ready to be picked. (Photo: Connie Krogh Damgaard)
Blackcurrants have a high content of health-promoting substances and can have a preventive effect on cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancer, inflammatory conditions, some eye disorders and Alzheimer’s disease. And they taste good. This variety is called Big Ben (Photo: Helle K. Sørensen)
Until now, redcurrants have mainly been used for making jam and juice. In future, we might get used to eating them as snacks. (Photo: Connie Krogh Damgaard)

2013.08.14 |

Redcurrants, gooseberries and blackcurrants about to become the new luxury berries

In the years ahead, consumers can look forward to seeing healthy new berries being sold as snacks in the shops. Results from a recently completed research project at Aarhus University show that redcurrants, gooseberries and blackcurrants are well-suited to cultivation as high-quality new products.

“Our aim with this experiment was to find out whether the graphene has the physical properties necessary to use the material for solar cells,” says PhD student Søren Ulstrup. And the preliminary results are promising. (Photo: Colourbox)

2013.08.14 |

Can carbon now be used to harvest solar energy?

The wonder substance graphene, consisting of carbon that is only one atom thick, could prove to be the key to a new generation of high-efficiency solar cells. A research team including scientists at Aarhus University has just shown that the substance can be extremely efficient at converting sunlight to electricity.

Young people have been very social-minded in their choice of studies, and they have applied for the degree programmes demanded by the labour market, according to Dean Mette Thunø, who is responsible for education at Aarhus University. This has resulted in an increase in the number of applications for degree programmes at Science and Technology.

2013.08.14 |

More young people want to study science and technology

Young people commencing their higher education studies are showing more interest in Aarhus University’s Bachelor’s degree programmes in science and technology. Compared with last year, almost 20% more students have chosen a degree programme at Science and Technology as their first priority.

2013.07.09 |

How human gene promoters become directional

An international research team has disclosed how cellular gene transcription and RNA degradation processes collaborate to achieve a directional output from human genes.

Agriculture has a prominent place in typical Danish landscape photos – in fact, more than 60% of Denmark’s land involves agriculture. A new study shows that society benefits from better solutions when the impact of agriculture on the environment is included in the basis for decision-making. Photo: Aksel Bo Madsen, Aarhus University.
The British have been at the forefront with their 1465-page National Ecosystem Assessment report, completed in 2011.

2013.08.13 |

Researchers map the economic value of ecosystems

Our land use – agriculture, forestry and the countryside – contribute to our welfare in different ways. Better societal solutions are achieved by involving more of nature’s contributions. This is stated in the most thorough survey of this area to date.

For the first time ever, a summary has been made of the genetic variation among anthropoid apes. Graphics: Ian Bickerstaff, Paul Sesink Clee, Jenn Drass, Elizabeth Gadsby, Aniare Idoaga and Peter H Sudmant

2013.08.12 |

The great map of the apes – now with even more variations

The largest mapping to date of the genetic variations of anthropoid apes provides new insight into the development of the species millions of years ago – and can become an important tool in the work to preserve the threatened species.

The content of potatoes can be determined by connecting them to an electric current. Photo: Newtec A/S

2013.07.02 |

Potatoes charged to reveal their content

Scientists are running electric currents through potatoes to reveal tuber contents and distribution of water, starch and sugar, among other things. This means that production can much more quickly be adjusted to the most suitable end use for the potatoes.

Scientists are developing bacteria to be targeted drug messengers. Photo: Colourbox

2013.07.02 |

Bioengineered bacteria for drug delivery

Lactic acid bacteria will be used to treat chronic bowel disease. The bacteria act as carriers of medicine.

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