There is plenty of pollen in the air around this Cock’s-foot. New Danish studies show that the amount of pollen peaks at different times of the day through the pollen season. Cock’s-foot is an example of a species which emits most pollen in the morning. Photo: Carsten Ambelas Skjøth

2014.05.28 |

Scientists map the worst times of day for people allergic to grass pollen

The grass pollen season is not just one 7-9 week period of agony for people allergic to grass pollen. The concentration of pollen in the air varies not only with the weather. According to a new Danish study, the flowering season can be divided into three different periods with different daily patterns. Based on this, the researchers provide…

You can wait and see, gather experience, and follow the progress of cardiac patients in the years following surgical intervention. Or you can simulate a procedure and gain insight here and now into its strain on the heart over time. The latter is possible using advanced measuring equipment that registers movements in the interior of the heart with no fewer than nine sensors. (Photo: Anders Topp)

2014.05.28 |

Researchers simulate heart surgery complications

Using a specially built simulator, it is now possible to study the long-term impact on cardiac function following surgical interventions on the aorta. This could pave the way for better treatment of patients with certain heart diseases.

Ole Eiler Barndorff-Nielsen developed a number of ground-breaking formulae and models for dynamic processes, in which randomness, turbulence and volatility play crucial roles – such as in the desert and the world of finance. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication

2014.05.26 |

Same formula for desert sand and share prices

On Wednesday, Professor Emeritus Ole E. Barndorff-Nielsen is being presented with the prestigious Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research 2014 for his ground-breaking contribution to research into Mathematical Statistics and its application. His models are used in physics, geology, economics, cancer research and the exploration…

2014.05.22 |

No need for Danish researchers to fear tightening of data protection

The EU has proposed stringent guidelines for protecting personal data, but Danish researchers should not be concerned that this will prevent their use of registers, according to a computer science professor at Aarhus University. Read more (in Danish only) here.

A fine layer of the well-known Aarhus University blue now concludes hundreds of hours of work designing a vehicle that could be the most efficient of its kind in the world. We will find out in the next few days when a group of engineering students called Team AU competes for the second year in a row in the Shell Eco-marathon. The aim is to drive 10,000 kilometres on the equivalent of 1 litre of fuel. (Photo: Team AU)

2014.05.20 |

Team AU ready for the Shell Eco-marathon

A team of engineering students called Team AU has arrived in Rotterdam to give full gas at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon. They aim to drive 10,000 kilometres on the equivalent of 1 litre of petrol in their Zenith 33.

The polar bear developed from the brown bear less than 500,000 years ago. Photo: Rune Dietz
Polar bears tolerate a very high-fat diet without getting clots (thrombi) or calcified blood vessels. Analyses of polar bear genes can hopefully be used to understand major health problems in humans. This image is from the front page of <em>Cell</em>. Photo: Rune Dietz
Most of the samples were taken from polar bears caught in Greenland, including Scoresbysynd. The best Arctic time series are from this region. Photo: Rune Dietz

2014.05.20 |

Evolution of the polar bear – from brown bear to white bear

Genetic studies reveal when the polar bear became an independent species, and provide important hints for understanding cardiovascular diseases.

The velvet spider’s genome has now been mapped. This image shows a group of social velvet spiders jointly killing their prey. Photo: Peter Gammelby, Aarhus University.
Kristian Wejse Sanggaard and Jesper Smærup Bechsgaard with a tarantula. Photo: Peter Gammelby, Aarhus University.
We now know more about the tarantula. Its silk and venom are particularly interesting for the researchers. Photo: Aarhus University.

2014.05.06 |

Mapping the spider genome

For the first time ever, a group of Danish and Chinese researchers has sequenced the genome of the spider. This knowledge provides a much more qualified basis for studying features of the spider. It also shows that humans share certain genomic similarities with spiders.

2014.05.20 |

Decline in the number of eiders due to fewer nutrients in the sea

The number of eiders has declined in North-West Europe during the last 20–25 years, partly due to a reduction in the amount of fertiliser used by farmers.

2014.05.05 |

New knowledge about muscular dystrophy

Researchers at Aarhus University have revealed a previously unknown function of a cellular enzyme that can disperse toxic aggregates in the cells of patients with muscular dystrophy.