Marta Gruca interviews Ghanaian women about the medicinal use of the palm’s roots (in the tub) against malaria, while they eat its orange fruit, which can just be discerned in the saucepan on the bench. (Photo: Patrick Amoateng)

2014.12.19 |

African palm species is the root of all good

The roots of a certain species of palm have a surprisingly positive effect against malaria. The palm grows in areas of Africa where malaria is widespread, but access to Western medicine is limited. New Danish research indicates that the roots could be refined to be very effective. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Engineering students have developed a new form of neighbourhood watch to set off an alarm in case of burglary. (Photo: Anders Trærup)

2014.12.19 |

Text messages prevent break-ins

Christmas is approaching and the season’s traditions are also accompanied by numerous burglaries in Danish homes. Two engineering students at Aarhus University developed the Lenio alarm system for residents of Ryomgaard – a modern form of neighbourhood watch to reduce the number of break-ins in the town. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, director of the Centre for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces (QGM), is spearheading the mathematical breakthrough in protein analysis. Photo: QGM

2014.12.19 |

New mathematical twist in protein research

Researchers at Aarhus University have developed a new mathematical method to analyse the 3D structure of proteins. This can be an important tool in developing new drugs, and is a step towards solving the problem of folding, which science has struggled with for 50 years. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2014.12.19 |

New antibodies for cancer treatment

Out of a library with billions of artificial antibodies, researchers have identified ten that can possibly prevent cancer tumours from growing.

The 2.5-metre-long underwater drone is ready to be launched through the hole in the sea ice. Photo: Lars Chresten Lund Hansen
Ice algae have a fantastic ability to grow with very little light. Even under several metres of sea ice, mats of ice algae are formed. Photo: Lars Chresten Lund Hansen
Ice cores reveal that ice algae are also found in the sea ice. Diatoms grow in small channels full of very salty sea water and form the basis for small ecosystems with bacteria and small fauna in the ice. Photo: Lars Chresten Lund Hansen

2014.12.18 |

Underwater drones map ice algae in Antarctica

New robot technology leads Antarctic exploration into a new epoch. It is now possible to study the underside of sea ice across large distances and explore a world previously restricted to specially trained divers only.

2014.12.18 |

New robot can be a benchmark for the wind industry

Researchers and companies have come up with an idea that could have far-reaching implications for the wind turbine industry. They will make a portable robot that can process the largest wind turbine components. If successful, it could save billions. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Associate Professor Kenneth Howard, iNANO. Photo: Maria Randima, AU Communication

2014.12.19 |

The body’s own transport protein can make drugs more effective

Innovation Fund Denmark is investing DKK 9 million in research into albumin to get drugs into the cells where they are needed – without being broken down by the body. This will make it possible to manufacture pharmaceuticals that are more effective and safer.

2014.12.17 |

Control of protein degradation in biology and medicine

Protein aggregation in cells is a symptom of many diseases. Ian Max Møller, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, will try to solve this problem during the next three years with a grant amounting to more than DKK 6.4 million from the Danish Council for Independent Research | Technology and Production Sciences.

The group of physicists (from left): Nikolaj Zinner, Manuel Valiente, Aksel Jensen, Dimitri Fedorov and Artem Volosniev. Manuel Valiente is also co-author of this article. (private photo)
Physicists can now control how atoms interact with each other and transfer information and energy from one end of the row to the other – just like the well-known Newton’s cradle adorning many desktops. In the world of quantum physics, however, it takes place on a scale that is very much smaller. (Illustration: Colourbox)

2014.12.17 |

‘Personality test’ at a quantum level

A group of physicists based at Aarhus University has succeeded in finding a solution to how to calculate the mutual ‘behaviour’ of atoms located opposite each other on strands. The results have just been published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications.

Søren Ulstrup has been awarded a Sapere Aude grant. (Photo: Peter Gammelby, Aarhus University)

2014.12.14 |

The materials of the future need to be built now

There is a comprehensive focus in Søren Ulstrup’s work discovering new properties in new types of materials. With a prestigious Sapere Aude grant, the young physicist can now focus even more intensely on studying the physical properties of the building blocks of the future.

Milena Laban (Photo: Aarhus University)
Amanda Marie Garmin Bundgård (Photo: private)

2014.12.14 |

Two Science and Technology students awarded Novo Scholarships

Two MSc students at Science and Technology have been awarded Novo Nordisk and Novozymes Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to students to support their academic work.

Kasper Andersen Borup. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication)

2014.12.14 |

Sapere Aude grant awarded to chemistry graduate

Postdoctoral Fellow Kasper Andersen Borup, Department of Chemistry, is one of five young researchers at Aarhus University to be awarded a Sapere Aude Research Talent grant.

2014.12.11 |

AU Energy gains strength

Aarhus University is increasing its activities in the AU Energy network (AU-ESM). The aim is to strengthen interdisciplinary research collaboration regarding energy.

Associate Professor Mogens Christensen, Centre for Materials Crystallography, Department of Chemistry and iNANO, Aarhus University, is head of the ‘Green chemistry for producing advanced materials’ project. The Innovation Foundation has awarded the project a grant of DKK 21 million.

2014.12.11 |

Green chemistry for producing advanced materials

A new project will replace organic solvents with water, which becomes a supercritical fluid under special pressure and temperature conditions. The Danish National Innovation Foundation has awarded the project a grant of DKK 21 million. Heading the project is Associate Professor Mogens Christensen, Department of Chemistry and iNANO, Aarhus…

Professor Kurt Gothelf, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, is leading the DETECT project. The project has been granted DKK 24.3 million from the Innovation Foundation.

2014.12.11 |

Improved measurement of medication levels in patients

Rapid measurement of the concentration of antibiotics, chemotherapy and anaesthetic agents in the blood of acutely ill patients is critical for the outcome of the therapy. A new research project led by Professor Kurt Gothelf, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, is to develop a method for rapid, inexpensive and accurate…

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