News

2013.09.30 |

Planet Earth has heatstroke: What now?

Planet Earth is getting hotter – but what can we do about it? Read interviews with a number of Aarhus University researchers on the theme of climate change and its consequences.

2013.09.30 |

Changes at the top of the world

Aarhus University plays a central role in understanding the major environmental changes taking place in the Arctic. This forms part of the basis for the decision-making process for future developments of the societies of the Arctic.

The helicopter-borne SkyTEM geophysical instrument scans the ground using an electromagnetic field, and can thereby see where the groundwater is hiding. (Photo: Aarhus University/Karen Engell Dalsgaard)
(Photo: Aarhus University/Karen Engell Dalsgaard)
(Photo: Aarhus University/Karen Engell Dalsgaard)
(Photo: Aarhus University/Karen Engell Dalsgaard)

2013.09.30 |

SkyTEM will find clean water for India

Technology from Aarhus University will now provide the Indian population with what they are thirsting for – clean water. Some of the sharpest brains in groundwater research in Denmark, India and France are working on a plan for how the helicopter-borne SkyTEM system can make India’s water supply sustainable.

2013.10.01 |

Basic research centres to continue

After a thorough midway evaluation, the Danish National Research Foundation has decided to grant a five-year extension to the Centre for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces and the Centre for Materials Crystallography.

2013.09.27 |

How the immune system cells dispose of microorganisms and damaged tissue

Danish researchers have determined in atomic detail how an important mechanism of the immune system functions. These findings may provide the basis for improved drugs.

Professor Niels Peter Revsbech has been awarded the Grundfos Prize 2013 for his long-standing efforts in developing microsensors for research purposes in areas such as seabed microbiology. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication).

2013.09.26 |

Grundfos Prize goes to Mr Microsensor

At a festive ceremony at Grundfos in Bjerringbro, Mr Microsensor – Professor Niels Peter Revsbech, Department of Bioscience – was honoured with the prestigious Grundfos Prize 2013, amounting to DKK 1 million.

Collaboration between computer scientists and cardiologists could provide faster and – for the cardiac patient – more comfortable MRI scanning in future. (Photo: Colourbox)

2013.09.26 |

Heart patients can look forward to more efficient MRI scanning

Collaboration between computer scientists and cardiologists could provide faster and – for the cardiac patient – more comfortable MRI scanning in future.

2013.09.26 |

Uphill for the trees of the world

You’ll need to get out your mountain boots to go for a walk in the woods in the future. A new study at Aarhus University shows that forests are to an increasing extent growing on steep slopes all over the world.

Most homeowners would probably agree that ladybirds are beneficial to their gardens. However, there are no rules without exceptions. The harlequin ladybird has gradually developed into a plague. Research now shows that this pest carries another pest that can reduce egg production and thereby keep the population down. (Photo: Susanne Harding)
This map shows the distribution of harlequin ladybirds in Denmark as of January 2013. (Illustration: Aarhus University)

2013.09.26 |

Natural new enemy discovered in unwanted ladybird

Researchers at Aarhus University have found a new species of roundworm, which lives as a parasite in the harlequin ladybird. This type of ladybird is a nuisance in Danish homes during the autumn – but the roundworm can help to keep the population at bay.

2013.09.19 |

Crucial new insight into the secrets of Nobel Prize-winning pump

Jens Christian Skou was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the sodium-potassium pump. A team of Aarhus researchers has now completed the description of its structure, the result which is of vital importance for an understanding of the body’s functions and illness, and for the development of new medicines.

Professor Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University (Photo: Anders Trærup, AU Communication)

2013.09.18 |

Outstanding honour to star scientist

Professor Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard has been a leading figure in international research into stellar physics for many years. He has now been awarded the Carlsberg Foundation’s Research Prize in natural sciences for his ground-breaking research.

The ice algae secrete gel-like substances in response to environmental stress. New research shows that this micro-gel plays an important role in polar ocean carbon budgets. (Photo: David Thomas)
The gels promote the clumping together of cells when they are released from the ice when it melts. These sticky masses fall more rapidly to the seafloor, taking carbon (and food) out of the surface water. (Photo: David Thomas)

2013.09.10 |

Micro-gels from tiny Arctic and Antarctic ice algae play an important role in polar ocean carbon budgets

Secretion of polysaccharides from the micro-community living within the sea ice sticks organisms together and forms greater particles, introducing a rapid transport of carbon to the seafloor. New research now makes it possible to forecast the importance for the global carbon budget of this transport.

2013.09.18 |

What are you eating?

The Department of Food Sciences provided this year’s Food Festival with a few surprises and secrets.

The research expedition is being carried out on board the 94-metre-long drilling vessel <em>Greatship Manisha</em>. Photo: Geoquip Marine, courtesy of Island Drilling Singapore Pte Ltd

2013.09.05 |

Drilling expedition to reveal the hidden past of the Baltic Sea

How did the Baltic climate and environment develop during the course of time? An international research expedition with Danish participation is now finding out.