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2015.09.01 |

Ants are as effective as pesticides

A new scientific review from Aarhus University shows that when farmers use ants as pest controllers, it is just as effective as using chemicals. In addition, the method is sustainable – and far cheaper.

2015.09.01 |

Technology was a big hit during the Aarhus Festival

The harbourside near the Navitas Building was buzzing with activity at the weekend when Aarhus University invited visitors to see engineering art and experiment with modern technology. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2015.09.01 |

Coloured light helps elderly people to sleep better

Researchers at Aarhus University are studying the effect on the elderly of a special form of circadian rhythm lighting. The light changes colour during the day, and the first tests indicate that it can provide a better quality of sleep.

Andreas Mogensen will become the first Danish astronaut. (Photo: NASA/ESA-J.Blair)

2015.08.26 |

Space Journey 2015 – take part in Danish history in the making!

At 06:34 on 2 September, Andreas Mogensen will become the first ever Danish astronaut. In connection with this historic event, the Lakeside Lecture Theatres in Aarhus will be open from 05:30 for everyone interested, with breakfast rolls, large screens and a number of experts.

2015.08.24 |

Congratulations to 150 new engineering graduates

On Friday 21 August, five and a half years of study came to an end for a group of graduate engineers.

2015.08.24 |

Researchers identify mechanism that repairs damage to our genome

One of the most common forms of damage to our genome is a break in one of our DNA strands. Researchers have now found a mechanism that can repair these breaks naturally and thereby help to suppress the development of cancer.

2015.08.24 |

Aarhus University to research the correlation between air pollution, health and well-being in the Nordic countries

Are some population groups in the Nordic countries more susceptible to illness and premature death due to air pollution and, if so, what is the impact on the distribution of welfare? A large NordForsk grant will help researchers find the answers. Read more (in Danish only) here.

The temperate-zone straight-tusked elephant (<em>Elephas antiquus</em>) is one of the many large mammals that a new study from Aarhus University estimates would have occurred in present-day northern Europe if modern humans had never existed. Unfortunately, the species is now globally extinct and this illustration only a reconstruction. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Fig 1: The natural diversity of large mammals as it would appear without the impact of modern man (Homo sapiens). The figure shows the variation in the number of large mammals (45 kg or larger) that would have occurred per 100 x 100 kilometre grid cell. The numbers on the scale indicate the number of species (Illustration: Søren Faurby).
Fig 2: The current diversity of large mammals. It can clearly be seen that large numbers of species virtually only occur in Africa, and that there are generally far fewer species throughout the world than there could have been. (Illustration: Søren Faurby).

2015.08.10 |

Without humans, the whole world would look like Serengeti

The fact that the greatest diversity of large mammals is found in Africa reflects past human activities – and not climatic or other environmental constraints. This is determined in a new study, which presents what the world map of mammals would look like if modern man (Homo sapiens) had never existed.

You can go on a tour of discovery in the Danish countryside right in the heart of Aarhus when the Danish Plant Community opens in the Botanical Garden. (Photo: Susanne Kirkfeldt)

2015.08.20 |

New communication initiative at the Botanical Garden provides the public with insight into the Danish countryside

On Friday 21 August, Aarhus University is welcoming the Danish Plant Community to the Botanical Garden. You can thus go on a tour of discovery in the Danish countryside right in the heart of Aarhus.

Crowds formed in front of the Lakeside Lecture Theatres, where some of the 1,700 new students were officially welcomed by Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen. (Photo: Christina Troelsen)
Welcome ceremony in the Lakeside Lecture Theatres. (Photo: Sofie Lystlund)
One of the first-day rituals: name game in a circle. (Photo: Sofie Lystlund)
About three hundred ‘older’ students make great efforts as tutors to help the new students get off to a good start with their student life. They received special thanks for their work from the dean (in the front row). (Photo: Casper Dam)

2015.08.20 |

Welcome to the new students

This year’s studies got off to a start on Wednesday 19 August, when 1,700 new students were welcomed to Science and Technology.

2015.08.18 |

Bacteria’s secret weapon against pesticides and antibiotics revealed

Bacteria exhibit extreme adaptability, which makes them capable of surviving in the most inhospitable conditions. New research results produced by Danish and British researchers now reveal the molecular details behind one of the secret weapons used by bacteria in their battle to survive under very nutrient-poor and even toxic conditions.

In 1883, the Krakatau (Krakatoa) volcano erupted with such force that most of the island disappeared. The explosion could be heard in central Australia – 4800 kilometres away. Large amounts of volcanic ash were flung into the atmosphere, dimming the sunlight so much that the average global temperature fell by approximately 0.5°C. This lithography is from the report <em>The eruption of Krakatoa, and subsequent phenomena</em>, prepared by the Krakatoa Committee for the Royal Society (London, Trubner & Co., 1888).

2015.08.17 |

Global warming counteracts 1800 years of cooling

An international research team has shown that sea surface temperatures have been cooled down over a period of 1800 years, and that the cooling during the last 1000 years (from 800 to 1800) is presumably due to volcanic eruptions. The water was coldest during the Little Ice Age – i.e. before human-induced global warming cancelled out the cooling…

Ask a researcher about anything between heaven and earth on board Aarhus University’s research vessel – the <em>Aurora</em>. (Photo: Aarhus University)

2015.08.18 |

Aarhus University answers everything between heaven and earth at the Aarhus Festival

During the Aarhus Festival, the research vessel Aurora will be the place to be if you would like to get closer to science and find answers to your specific questions. This will take place on 3 and 4 September, when ‘Ask a researcher’ will be held on board Denmark’s newest research vessel – the Aurora. Researchers from Aarhus…

2015.08.18 |

Engineering and medical students pick each other’s brains

Engineering and medical students are attending a summer school in interdisciplinary health technology at Aarhus University. The aim is to find new ideas for telemedical solutions in the hospital sector. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2015.08.12 |

Students from all over the world in Denmark to learn about wind energy

When the engineering students of the world want to learn about wind turbine technology, they turn to Denmark. Forty-four talented young students are attending Aarhus University to take part in the international Wind Power Summer School.

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