On the left, a scanning tunnelling microscope image captures the bright shape of the molybdenum sulfide nanocluster on a graphite surface. The grey spots are carbon atoms. Together the moly sulfide and graphite make the electrode. The diagram on the right shows how two positive hydrogen ions gain electrons through a chemical reaction at the moly sulfide nanocluster to form pure molecular hydrogen. (Image credit Jakob Kibsgaard). 1 nm, nanometre = 10<sup>-9 </sup>metre

2014.01.27 |

Danish researcher develops promising catalyst to produce hydrogen

Catalysts made of molybdenum sulfides have been used for the desulphurisation of oil since World War II. However, Jakob Kibsgaard has now revealed promising results to produce hydrogen from water by means of nanoparticles of Mo3S13 in a collaboration between the universities in Aarhus and Stanford. What is so smart about…

2014.01.27 |

Upper secondary school pupils get to grips with the mysteries of mathematics at Aarhus University

What is it that gets upper secondary school pupils from all over Denmark to drop their parties and spend a whole weekend as mathematics geeks? The answer is the QGM Math Club Weekend, run by the Centre for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces (QGM). The curiosity of the pupils is aroused by topics such as knot theory, cryptography and combinatorial…

Alexander Zelikin has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant valued at EUR 2 million.

2014.01.24 |

Tiny soft medicine factories

Researchers at Aarhus University have developed a new method to build tiny degradable ‘medicine factories’ inside the body.

Dark matter and dark energy are largely a theoretical research area as yet – quite simply because nobody can explain them. To be perfectly blunt, scientists are unable at present to account for what approximately five per cent of the universe consists of. (illustration: IFA)

2014.01.24 |

New physics with ‘secret’ meetings

Let us face facts. We only understand very little of the universe around us. In a newly developed theory, researchers try to take a peek at the unknown part, and possibly help us to take the first step into the dark side of the universe.

While most people in Denmark take clean drinking water for granted, researchers from institutions including Aarhus University are right now furrowing their brows to find out how we can ensure our groundwater for future generations by preventing contamination from sources such as waste dumps (Photo: Colourbox)

2014.01.23 |

We must ensure clean water for the future

The new GEOCON research project will help save our precious water resources from pollution by developing methods to assess the risk of spreading hazardous substances from contaminated areas to ground and surface water.

Using data from the Kepler satellite, researchers at Aarhus University have found a new exoplanet 425 light years from the Earth. Graphics: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech 
Vincent Van Eylen comes from Belgium and is a PhD student at Aarhus University. He headed the project that pinpointed the new planet.
The graphic provides an impression of the newly discovered planet Kepler-410A b’s orbit around the star Kepler-410A. At bottom right is a close-up of the planet’s passage in front of the star, where it briefly blocks the light and is thereby detected by the Kepler telescope. The other part of the double-star – Kepler-410B – is approximately 10,000 times further away from the planet and is therefore not included in the image. (Click on the graphic to see the full-sized image)

2014.01.22 |

Aarhus scientists find new planet

Using data from the Kepler satellite, a team of researchers at Aarhus University has pinpointed yet another exoplanet. The planet is the size of Neptune and is located in orbit around a star in a double-star system 425 light years from the Earth.

Professor Ole Hertel, Aarhus University.

2014.01.21 |

More diseases from air pollution uncovered by improved data material

Good health and personal registers in combination with model calculations of air pollution down to an individual address have helped Danish researchers to become among the very best in the world to detect harmful diseases deriving from polluted air.

Anne-Marie Lund Winther. (Photo: Stine Heilman, L’Oréal)
Anne-Marie Lund Winther in the laboratory. (Photo from video in connection with the twist project)

2014.01.16 |

Award for research into the importance of the calcium pump for the heart

Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow Anne-Marie Lund Winther, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, has been awarded a L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her research into the importance of calcium balance for muscle contraction – with particular focus on the heart.

Signe Normand collecting samples of <em>Betula nana</em> (dwarf birch) for dendroecological analyses (tree-ring analyses) in Nuuk Fjord. (Photo: Urs Treier)
Signe Normand. (Photo: Stine Heilman, L’Oréal)

2014.01.16 |

Award for research into vegetation changes in time and space

Assistant Professor Signe Normand, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, has been awarded a L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her research into vegetation changes in time and space – from local observations to large-scale patterns and models of changes throughout Europe and Arctic regions, as well as thousands of years from…

The VILLUM FOUNDATION has just awarded almost DKK 19 million to four young researchers at Aarhus University (Photo: VILLUM FOUNDATION)

2014.01.15 |

VILLUM FOUNDATION awards millions to talented young researchers

The VILLUM FOUNDATION has just awarded a total of approximately DKK 19 million to four talented young researchers at Aarhus University. The grants are for scientific research projects leading to new knowledge about the ice sheet, Arctic vegetation, water cleavage, and rechargeable batteries.

A new book produced by researchers from institutions including Aarhus University shows photos of changes to Greenland’s ice sheet during the last eighty years. Shown here is a calving glacier that has retreated onto the land. (Photo: Hans Henrik Tholstrup, Natural History Museum of Denmark)
Here is the same calving glacier shown in the colour photo above, but eighty years earlier, when the glacier had not retreated so far. The smaller glacier at left has melted so much during the last eighty years that its front is right up at the top of the mountain. (Photo: Danish Geodata Agency)
Flying at a height of up to 4300 metres at temperatures down to -40°C, the work was an ordeal for the crew in the open cockpit aircraft. (Photo: Arctic Institute)
Lauge Koch (centre) with his airmen and their Heinkel no. 87. East Greenland 1932. (Photo: Arctic Institute)

2014.01.15 |

New book shows eighty years of climate change viewed from the air

A new book with excellent before and now photos of Greenland shows how glaciers and the ice sheet have changed during the last eighty years. The book is called Indlandsisen – 80 års klimaændringer set fra luften (The ice sheet – 80 years of climate change seen from the air) and it was produced with the participation of geologist Nicolaj…

<em>Yubio</em> is a new biology textbook for upper secondary schools. It was produced in close collaboration with researchers from institutions including the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University.

2014.01.15 |

Close collaboration with researchers leads to new textbook

A new electronic biology book has just been published for upper secondary schools, higher preparatory institutions (HF), adult education centres (VUC) and teacher’s training colleges, etc. Researchers from a number of different disciplines were involved so that the authors could ensure a high academic standard and up-to-date knowledge.

2014.01.10 |

More food per hectare

To provide more food for everyone, there is a need to utilise the Earth’s resources even better, partly by boosting yields per hectare. Food wastage and population growth must also be reduced to ensure a sustainable food supply. Aarhus University researchers can provide much of the necessary knowledge. Read more (in Danish only) here.

The project group (from left to right): Peter Ogilby, Henrik Stapelfeldt, Michael Drewsen, Jan Arlt, Søren Rud Keiding, Peter Balling. (Photo: Jesper Buch Rais, AU Communication)
Light from plasma formed by intense laser beams. (Photo: Niels-Jørgen Hansen)

2014.01.09 |

New national laser centre to communicate and coordinate knowledge about laser technology

The Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has just granted DKK 20.3 million to DANLASE – a new laser centre that will develop, coordinate and communicate knowledge about advanced laser technology and the application of lasers in industry and research. DANLASE (Danish National Laser Centre) is an interdisciplinary centre with…

2014.01.08 |

Brent geese affected by climate change

Plant-eating coastal birds are under pressure. The water level is rising due to less grazing and increased temperatures, so salt marshes are rapidly disappearing and there is less food and energy for migratory birds. Read more (in Danish only) here.

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