2014.09.02 |

Renewed agreement with Greenland: DCE will increase environmental knowledge in the mineral resource area

DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, will boost the knowledge base even more and thereby its expertise in areas where Greenland needs stronger specialised advice in the form of research-based environmental consultancy regarding mineral resources.

2014.08.21 |

DKK 15 million for new start-up factory in the innovation environment at Navitas

A new start-up factory is opening at Navitas in September. With a grant of DKK 15 million, Aarhus will gain a brand new and visionary innovation environment with a strong thematic association with the cleantech branch.

Lise Kjær Andersen’s diploma shows 12 points (the highest mark possible on the 7-point Danish grading scale) thirty times. She is pictured here at Navitas – her new workplace. She works at the Department of Engineering, and will carry out research into vertical concrete construction such as the columns seen in the background. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication)

2014.08.21 |

Impressive student achievement from graduate engineer

An unusual diploma will be presented to an MSc graduate at Aarhus University on Friday. Lise Kjær Andersen achieved top marks in all her exams from the first to the last term of her studies. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2014.08.21 |

Research provided entrance ticket to search engine giant

Asger Feldthaus, Department of Computer Science, got through the eye of the needle and secured a three-month internship at Google in Aarhus. In addition to being part of a network spanning the world, he had a unique opportunity to be in the front row of the development of Dart – Google’s new programming language. Read more (in Danish only) here.

There is a need to look at the combined effects of land use decisions and climate change to understand the future risks to ecosystem and society. (Photo: iStock)

2014.08.19 |

The double threat of climate and land use change enhances risks to biodiversity

Combined effects of climate and land use change may intensify the exposure of species and ecosystems to global change. There is an urgent need to develop relevant metrics of global change that integrate multiple types of threats facing ecosystems, to improve risk assessment, measure the exposure of species to emerging threats, and improve…

Artist’s impression of RNA nanostructures that can fold up while they are being synthesized by polymerase enzymes that read DNA templates. Once formed, the RNAs assemble into hexagonal lattices on the mica surface below. Artwork by Cody Geary.

2014.08.18 |

Scientists fold RNA origami from a single strand

RNA origami is a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale. Using just a single strand of RNA, many complicated shapes can be fabricated by this technique. Unlike existing methods for folding DNA molecules, RNA origamis are produced by enzymes and they simultaneously fold into pre-designed shapes. These features may allow designer RNA…

The research group is the first to show the function of the zinc pump when it forces zinc ions across the cell membrane. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)

2014.08.19 |

Don’t zink it – do it!

Aarhus University’s PUMPkin Centre – a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation – has just succeeded in ‘taking’ the first photos of the mechanism that transports zinc out of the cells of organisms such as bacteria and plants. The study has just been published in Nature.

The Aarhus City Council, the Central Denmark Region and Aarhus University Hospital borrowed Aarhus University’s combined engineering research squad for two days. The result was a number of new product ideas for improving current rehabilitation efforts. Pictured here are three of the researchers behind the idea that ran away with the victory this year – a docking system for wheelchairs. From left they are PhD student Simon Lind Kappel, Associate Professor Lars Ottosen and Assistant Professor and PhD student Annette Beedholm Rasmussen.

2014.08.15 |

Science competition gave a boost to welfare innovation

No fewer than eight completed innovation concepts are ready and waiting for the East Jutland health and care sector following Aarhus University’s annual science competition for engineers.

(Illustration: NASA)

2014.08.15 |

Young scientists search for life in space

If you were to look for life in the universe, it would be a good idea to know what it actually looks like should you stumble across it out there. This is why a two-week summer school for young researchers at Aarhus University is currently in full swing. Astronomers and biologists are at work on topics such as understanding the conditions found in…

This section of the spiral galaxy NGC 1309 is where the ‘main character’ in the new study – SN 2012Z – is located. Images from 2005 have revealed a bright spot at exactly the same place the supernova exploded. (Photo: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA)

2014.08.12 |

Glimpse of a new type of supernova

Astronomers have possibly caught the first glimpse of how a new type of supernova explodes. The observations have just been published in Nature.

2014.08.08 |

Researchers will rethink rehabilitation

In an intensive innovation session of just two days, seventy Aarhus University researchers will propose new solutions to help improve the rehabilitation of children, elderly people and brain-damaged patients.