2014.10.20 |

Researchers embark on new nanocomputer

Researchers at Aarhus University will play a key role in a new international collaboration to develop next-generation computer chips. They will design new types of integrated circuits for nanocomputers with super memory capacity and ultra-low power consumption.

Financial incentives can regulate people’s environmental behaviour.

2014.10.23 |

Climate policy initiatives under the microscope at global conference

Charging a price for CO2 in combination with reducing income tax could contribute to the battle against global climate change and environmental degradation without adversely affecting employment and welfare.

Schematic illustration of the MhsT transporter, which consists of many thousands of atoms shown here in a surface representation. Red and blue areas are negatively and positively charged, respectively, and grey areas are neutral. The black lines indicate where the protein is located in the cell membrane, and IN and OUT indicate the inside and outside of the cell. The enlarged panel shows the MhsT surface in a semi-transparent version, so you are viewing a centrally located Na<sup>+</sup> ion that, in a crystallised state, achieves entry to the inside of the cell through a narrow tunnel, which opens when the transporter slams completely into the outside. The Na<sup>+</sup> ion can now escape and, because the intracellular environment has a very low content of Na<sup>+</sup>, this drives the transporter to transport into the cell – in this case with amino acids and, for the closely related neurotransmitter transporter, with neurotransmitters from the synaptic cleft. (Figure produced by Lina Malinauskaite)

2014.10.30 |

New knowledge about neurotransmitter pathways in the brain

Insight into transport mechanisms in brain cells is extremely important in connection with disorders such as schizophrenia, epilepsy and depression, as well as in connection with producing the right medicine. Defects in proteins responsible for the transport of neurotransmitters are actually related to psychological and neurological disorders, and…

2014.10.20 |

New robotic telescope revolutionizes the study of stars

In the last eight months, a fully robotic telescope in Tenerife has been carrying out high-precision observations of the motion of stellar surfaces. The telescope is the first in the SONG telescope network and a milestone in a new global stellar research project, aiming at making it possible to follow the stars twenty-four seven.

The Holuhraun eruption from the Bárðarbunga volcano in central Iceland on 8 September 2014. Lava fountains along the eruption fissure. The fountains reach 60–80 metres over the edge of the flank. Craters along the edge feed several lava channels at the same time. The part of the flank with the most intense fountains is now covered by a sea of lava with modest bubbling activity. (Photo: Dr Morten S. Riishuus, senior researcher at the Nordic Volcanological Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland)
The Holuhraun eruption on 4 October 2014. At left in foreground: Degassing and modest bubbling activity in the lava sea. Middle: Degassing from faster lava streams that are fed from the north-northwestern end of the flank and from the lava channel in the mountain. At right in background: The main lava channel – at this time the only lava channel – flows in an easterly direction and feeds the lava front at Jökulsá á Fjöllum. (Photo: Dr Morten S. Riishuus, senior researcher at the Nordic Volcanological Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland)
Schematic illustration of the structure of the Earth showing different types of mantle diapers. (Graphics: Ulla Vibeke Hjuler after Arndt (2000)

2014.10.21 |

Icelandic volcano eruptions testify to processes deep down in the Earth that are millions of years old

New research links processes hundreds of kilometres below the Earth’s surface to violent historical eruptions of large amounts of lava, the destruction of supercontinents, and dramatic changes in the Earth’s climate and ecosystems.

The transmitter is glued to the fur on the seal’s head. When the seal sheds its fur in late-summer, the transmitter falls off. The researchers expect to follow the eleven seals for about 8–10 months before they lose their transmitters. Photo: Rune Dietz
Seal with a small satellite transmitter that communicates via Argos – a worldwide tracking and monitoring system. The seals were unfortunately too small to carry the larger and more accurate GPS/SMS transmitters. Information is transmitted when the seal is on the surface of the water or on land. Photo: Rune Dietz
Anholt Offshore Wind Farm is the largest in Denmark with 111 wind turbines. It was opened in September 2013. Photo: Rune Dietz

2014.10.09 |

Seals will tell their own story of what they think of offshore wind turbines

Eleven harbour seals from Anholt have been fitted with a satellite transmitter that will provide researchers at Aarhus University with information about their whereabouts for the next 8–10 months. The aim of the research project is to study the impact of a new offshore wind farm on the seals.

Professor Troels Skrydstrup has been appointed director of the CADIAC basic research centre. Photo: Lise Balsby, AU Communication)

2014.10.07 |

New basic research centre at ST with a focus on sustainable CO2

Professor Troels Skrydstrup has been appointed director of CADIAC (Carbon Dioxide Activation Centre), a basic research centre at Science and Technology with a focus on research into ways to use CO2 as a valuable resource rather than a waste product.

2014.10.07 |

Large grant for brain research

The Danish Council for Independent Research has just awarded a grant of almost DKK 6.5 million to Associate Professor Lisbeth Schmidt Laursen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, to study the molecular mechanisms that help ensure protection of the brain’s nerve cells. In the long term, she hopes that her results will make it possible to…

A 3D drawing of the interior of Arla’s coming global innovation centre. Photo: Arla

2014.10.09 |

New collaboration on research into food

Arla is investing DKK 62.5 million in a new research collaboration with Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen. The five-year investment goes to research into the nutrition and health effects of dairy products, and it will create a total of 40 PhD and postdoctoral positions at the two universities.

In the statement regarding the reason for making the awards, it says that the Greenhouses add to the existing homogeneous facilities in a pleasant way

2014.10.08 |

Greenhouses awarded architectural prize

The Greenhouses in the Botanical Garden have been awarded the Aarhus City Council’s architectural prize for good and attractive building work.

2014.10.09 |

Grundfos Prize awarded to Aarhus University professor

The Grundfos Prize 2014 valued at DKK 1 million has been awarded to Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen, Department of Chemistry and iNANO, Aarhus University, in recognition of his materials research.