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2013.12.03 |

Aarhus researchers initiate collaboration to ensure the EU against surveillance

An international network of researchers will ensure European citizens, companies and governments against Internet surveillance. The network was initiated by Claudio Orlandi, a cryptography researcher at the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2013.11.29 |

Nanorobot for transporting drugs in the body

The first step has been taken towards developing a nanorobot that – in the long run – will enable the targeted transport of medications in the body.

Dean Niels Christian Nielsen, Science and Technology. (Photo: Lars Kruse/AU Communication)

2013.11.28 |

Science and Technology has to save – the dean’s speech

On Wednesday 27 November, Dean Niels Christian Nielsen addressed the staff at Science and Technology about the coming cost-reduction measures.

2013.11.24 |

Proteins suppress useless gene activity in human cells

A new study shows how our cells sort the wheat from the chaff in a tangle of useful and useless gene molecules. In collaboration with international research groups, a Danish research team from Aarhus University has now found a mechanism that helps the cells prevent accumulation of the many useless RNA molecules being constantly produced by runaway…

The Nano Creators study Nanoscience, Molecular Biology or Chemistry at Aarhus University. The team consists of Ane Helene Langvad Andreassen, Minh Lon Lu, Caroline Filippa Langfeldt Knabe, Malthe Hansen-Bruun, Mikkel Bach Skovsgaard, Nadia Nasser Petersen, Veronica Liv Andersen and Julie Stokkebro Schmøkel.
Nano Creators with their prize at Harvard. (Copyright BIOMOD)

2013.11.22 |

Students win the hearts of the audience with nanomedicine

A team of Aarhus students – Nano Creators – won the Audience Choice Award for their Bachelor’s project at Harvard University’s bio-molecular design competition. The Nano Creators combined good research with creative communication.

A golden-mantled ground squirrel – one of the six species included in the article. (Photo: Inge Grønvall Revsbech)
Inge Grønvall Revsbech catching a ground squirrel on Mt Evans, Colorado. (Photo: Joana Projecto-Garcia)

2013.11.21 |

Chip and Dale do not behave as expected

Ground squirrels have surprised researchers, who have discovered that the oxygen binding in their blood has unusual properties. This has resulted in a prize for one of the researchers – a PhD student at Aarhus University.

Jacob Sherson has just been awarded a Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship valued at DKK 10 million for his research into the mystical world of atoms. (Photo: Lundbeck Foundation)

2013.11.18 |

The quantum age comes a giant step closer

Jacob Friis Sherson, who has just been awarded a Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship, succeeded in trapping a cloud of atoms and making the world’s coldest crystal. He thereby created a quantum simulator that is a major step in the development of potent quantum computers and superconductors.

Impression of Titan. (Photo: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy)
Professor Poul Jørgensen, Department of Chemistry. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication)

2013.11.20 |

Aarhus researcher allocated access to one of the world’s largest computers

Professor Poul Jørgensen, Department of Chemistry, has been allocated access to the Titan supercomputer in the USA – one of the largest computers in the world. He applied for 122 million core hours to study molecules, and received the first 24 million core hours as of next year. The grant is valued at approximately DKK 25 million.

2013.11.18 |

Bacteria use lethal cytotoxins to evade antibiotic treatment

Bacteria that cause infectious diseases produce a number of cytotoxins, and an international research team has now found the mechanism behind one of these toxins. The new results could make it possible in future to develop new treatment methods to impair the cytotoxic activity and thereby reduce the severity of infectious diseases.

Pontus Gourdon, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, has just been awarded a Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship. (Photo: Lundbeck Foundation)

2013.11.15 |

When human cells are unable to protect themselves

Pontus Gourdon, Aarhus University, has just been awarded a Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship, and he will study what happens when the transport of substances in and out of the cells does not work. Dreaded dementia diseases can occur if there is an imbalance in a number of substances in human cells.

Charles E. Lesher taking samples of mountain types in East Greenland. They are subsequently CT scanned for use in texture studies. (Photo: Eric Brown, Aarhus University)
Charles E. Lesher is taking up his position as Niels Bohr Professor at the Department of Geoscience and giving a lecture to mark the occasion on 14 November. (Photo: Charles Lesher)

2013.11.14 |

Niels Bohr Professor at Aarhus University will research the Earth’s deep processes

Professor Charles E. Lesher (University of California, USA) has just been appointed Niels Bohr Professor at Aarhus University, where he will carry out research into the Earth’s deep processes for a period of five years. His inaugural lecture is on Thursday 14 November at 16.15.

Jeremy David Silver, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, has just been awarded the Lundbeck Foundation’s Talent Prize 2013. (Photo: Lundbeck Foundation)

2013.11.15 |

Lundbeck Foundation’s Talent Prize awarded to pollution scientist

Jeremy David Silver, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, has been awarded the Lundbeck Foundation’s Talent Prize 2013. The prize is awarded to scientists under 30 years of age who have distinguished themselves in their field of science.

2013.11.12 |

Protein with potential role in the fight against hepatitis C virus

An international team of researchers under Danish leadership is the first in the world to culture and purify an interferon (protein) called lambda 4 – a protein that behaves like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Paradoxically, it increases the risk of getting hepatitis C (HCV) and reduces the chances of being cured, but nevertheless has a potent effect…

Professor MSO Michael Drewsen will be leading the COMIQ network for the next four years. It is a European collaboration, which aims at educating the future generation of scientists that will lift cold molecular physics and chemistry to a new level. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)
Academic partners: Aarhus University, University of Basel, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), University of Oxford, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), University of Innsbruck, University of Ulm, University of Bonn. Industrial partners: HighFinesse, Alpes Lasers, Stahl-Electronics. Read about the partners on the COMIQ website (find link below)
Cold Molecular Ions at the Quantum Limit (COMIQ) is financed by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme’s PEOPLE initiative under Marie Curie Actions. The project provides an opportunity to employ thirteen PhD students and one postdoctoral fellow spread throughout Europe. At Aarhus University, one PhD student and one postdoctoral fellow will focus particularly on combining ultracold molecules with femto laser technology. The education and training will take place at nine universities and laboratories, as well as three private companies in six European countries altogether.

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Cool molecular research – towards new horizons

With a grant of DKK 28 million from the European Union’s Marie Curie Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), cold molecular physics ion and chemistry researchers of the future will be educated and trained by the Cold Molecular Ions at the Quantum Limit (COMIQ) network, led by Professor Michael Drewsen, Aarhus University.

2013.11.06 |

New bridge provides safe crossing over the Zackenberg River

The Zackenberg Research Station in North-East Greenland has opened a new bridge to extend climate research to the western side of the Zackenberg River. The construction team experienced enormous challenges in building the 45-metre-long bridge across the rapidly flowing and freezing cold river in one of the most desolate areas in the world.

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