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2015.02.27 |

Do you use sugar in liquid manure?

Adding sugar to liquid manure can presumably reduce the emission of hazardous ammonia vapour by half. New research from Aarhus University indicates that sugar can replace sulphuric acid to remove ammonia vapour – for the benefit of organic farming and biogas production.

Carsten Suhr Jacobsen has been appointed new head of the Department of Environmental Science. Photo: Benny Schark, GEUS

2015.03.03 |

New head of the Department of Environmental Science

Carsten Suhr Jacobsen has been appointed new head of the Department of Environmental Science as of 1 April 2015. He comes from a position as research professor at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the University of Copenhagen.

Professor Lars Birkedal

2015.02.25 |

Elite Research Prize awarded to Professor Lars Birkedal

Professor Lars Birkedal’s work is ground-breaking and invaluable for the understanding of modern complex programming language. On this basis, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has awarded him an Elite Research Prize 2015 valued at DKK 1.2 million.

Christian Kraglund Andersen, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Simon Frølich, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO).
Morten Bormann Nielsen, Department of Chemistry and iNANO.

2015.02.25 |

Three Elite Research travel grants awarded to Science and Technology students

Of the five Elite Research travel grants awarded to Aarhus University in 2015, no fewer than three went to PhD students at Science and Technology.

2015.02.26 |

Wine’s invisible friends and foes under scrutiny

An international collaboration between researchers from a wide range of universities, research institutions, vineyards and private companies in Denmark and abroad will describe the community of microorganisms at the heart of wine production. A better understanding of this micro-community could have great importance for wine production.

2015.02.25 |

Danish university inaugurates the most northerly research station in Greenland

The Villum Research Station in Greenland is set to be officially inaugurated on 2 March 2015 by the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building. The Arctic research station primarily deals with climate research, and is located north of the Arctic Circle in the north-eastern corner of Greenland.

2015.02.24 |

Protein found to be the cause of small growth

The stanniocalcin-2 protein is very important for cellular growth, and a team of researchers has now discovered how it works. This could be significant for understanding growth in tissue such as cancer cells.

The public lectures at Science and Technology are a rapidly growing success, and more than 27,000 guests signed up for last year’s series. (Photo: AU Communication)
Some of the lectures are video transmitted to cinemas and local halls in Denmark and as far away as Nuuk, Greenland. (Photo: AU Communication)

2015.02.25 |

New season of popular science lectures

The public lectures at Science and Technology have become an enormous success with audiences. The new season kicks off with lectures on salt in cells and dark matter in the universe – and the Ig Nobel Prizes once more.

Aarhus University, Foulum. Photo: Danish Building and Property Agency and Hans Henrik Thostrup

2015.02.23 |

Apple will be Aarhus University’s neighbour in Foulum

In collaboration with the Municipality of Viborg, the computer giant Apple has chosen to locate a data centre in Tjele, close to the Foulum Research Centre – a decision that is welcomed by Aarhus University.

2015.02.24 |

The Sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods

The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler. Read more (in Danish only) here.

A photo taken from a helicopter at Frederikshab Isblink in West Greenland, showing a small lake that previously received meltwater from the glacier when it was further advanced. Photo: Nicolaj Larsen.
Nicolaj Larsen and Kurt Kjær in South-East Greenland with a newly recorded core. The surface of the lake bed can be seen, and the transition to water. Photo: Anders Bjørk.

2015.02.23 |

The ice sheet of the past tells about the future

A team of Danish researchers has succeeded in very precisely quantifying how the ice in Greenland reacted to a warm period 8,000–5,000 years ago, when the temperature in Greenland was 2–4 degrees warmer than it is today. The results have just been published in the renowned scientific journal Geology, and are very interesting because we…

2015.02.18 |

Engineering degree programme available online

As of August 2015, Aarhus University is offering an online degree programme in Electronic Design Engineering. This is the first time that students in Denmark can take an engineering degree without attending a university. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication

2015.02.18 |

When design surpasses evolution

A new generation of biological medicine is on the way – specially constructed recombinant antibodies that are far more effective and versatile than those formed by the body itself. Read the story (in Danish only) in the latest issue of RØMER from Aarhus University.

New research from institutions including Aarhus University challenges the ‘selfish gene’ theory and points instead towards the ribosomes as ‘selfish’. Above is an illustration of E. coli ribosomes. (Illustration: Wikimedia Commons)

2015.01.15 |

Forget the selfish gene—the evolution of life is driven by the selfish ribosome

Since the discovery of how DNA encodes genetic information, most research on the evolution of life has focused on genes. According to the “selfish gene” theory, cells and organisms exist simply as packages to protect and transmit genes. New research challenges this idea, proposing instead that if anything is “selfish” it must be the ribosome. That…

(Photo: Colourbox)

2015.02.17 |

Energy storage – the key to a fossil-free future

Denmark probably has enough sustainable energy to do without fossil fuel. However, it means that enormous amounts of energy must be stored. Hydrogen may be the key to achieving just that.

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