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Example of a 2D solid-state NMR spectrum of the AβCC oligomer (left), which supplemented with data from several other spectra leads to determination of the structure of the peptide in the oligomeric state – seen from two different perspectives (right). Click to see the full figure.

2014.09.30 |

INANO scientists publish structure of peptide associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists at iNANO and the Department of Chemistry determine structure of an Aβ peptide in the oligomeric state with implications for the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

Photo: Colourbox

2014.10.01 |

Arctic collaboration is strengthened

The stage is set for a significant strengthening of Danish efforts in Arctic research and education following the two-day conference held at Hindsgavl Manor in Middelfart, which was attended by eighty researchers and representatives from authorities in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The aim was to kickstart the Arctic Initiative, which…

Photo: Haukur Sigurdsson

2014.10.01 |

Concerns over killer whales on the menu in Greenland

More and more killer whales (orcas) forage along the east coast of Greenland and are hunted by local families for their own use and dog food. Researchers suspect that they contain the highest concentrations of pollutants in the Arctic region.

Developing a new protein feed can reduce Denmark’s import of soy. Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.10.08 |

Pork chops from greenhouse gas

Instead of contributing to global warming, the greenhouse gas methane can be turned into pork. Researchers are working together with industry to produce a ground-breaking and environmentally responsible protein feed for pigs.

Photo: Colourbox

2014.09.24 |

Workshop kickstarts new Arctic initiative

At the end of September, researchers from institutions in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland will meet with authorities connected with the Arctic region. The meeting is the start of joint Danish efforts in Arctic research and education initiated by the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.

2014.09.24 |

Environmental toxin makes worms sensitive to cold

Some pollutants are more harmful in cold climates than in warm ones because they affect the temperature sensitivity of certain organisms. Researchers at three Danish universities have now demonstrated how. This can provide more accurate risk assessments of pollution in the Arctic. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2014.09.20 |

Nanoscience makes your wine better

One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. The sensor measures how you experience the sensation of dryness in the wine.

2014.09.20 |

Sweetness is not just a matter of taste

How do you get calorie-free sweeteners to taste like sugar? Researchers measure in the brain how sweet flavours are unconsciously detected. The aim is to remove the unusual taste of ‘light’ products.

The many species of trees in the tropical rainforests cannot be explained by major differences between the species. This is because the trees in cooler regions have developed greater differences in their ways of coping. (Unknown artist – via Wikimedia Commons)

2014.09.22 |

Our trees are more varied than those in the tropics

New research shows more variation in trees in temperate zones than in the tropics. Until now, it was considered to be just the opposite because there are more species in tropical areas. This means that the classical theories about plant diversity are incorrect.

Photo: Colourbox

2014.09.22 |

Infrared laser light can detect bad foods

Researchers at DTU and Aarhus University have set a record in how far a laser light can reach into the infrared part of the optical spectrum. They have developed an apparatus that can transmit an infrared light that is stronger than conventional infrared light sources and, what is more, it can fit into a schoolbag. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Atomic force microscopy image of a transition alumina film grown on a magnesium aluminate substrate. Image recorded by PhD student Thomas N. Jensen.

2014.09.15 |

iNANO scientists solve an important oxide surface structure for heterogeneous catalysis

Heterogeneous catalysis plays a crucial role in today’s modern society. It protects the environment, for example, by cleaning up the exhaust gas from cars, and it serves as the backbone technology for the production of almost all chemicals. In order to develop new and better catalysts, it is important to understand the detailed structure of…

Maxim Kontsevich (Photo: MC Vergne/IHÉS)

2014.09.11 |

Appointment of honorary doctor

Professor Maxim Kontsevich is affiliated with the Centre for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces (QGM) and he works at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) in Paris.

Mads Bøttger Hansen (Photo: Anders Trærup)

2014.09.11 |

Travel grant awarded to chemistry student

The travel grant was established in 2010 and Mads Bøttger Hansen, Department of Chemistry, is one of this year’s four recipients.

2014.09.15 |

Danish red deer die young

According to a report from DCE – National Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, red deer hunters do not get enough out of herds of red deer in terms of trophy size because most of the deer are shot before they reach full body and antler size. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2014.09.11 |

Inauguration of the Greenhouses in Aarhus

Aarhus University can welcome citizens of Aarhus, tourists and green associations to unique new premises when the Science Museums open the Greenhouses in the Botanical Gardens on 12 September. One of the city’s popular attractions re-opens after extensive renovations that have created a modern information centre. Read more (in Danish only) here.

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