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2015.03.26 |

Towards low-impact high-yielding cows

Burps, behaviour, blood and milk are some of the traits that can give us an indication of how efficient and eco-friendly a cow is. Scientists at Aarhus University are developing tools that can identify the most cost-effective cows. This will benefit the farmer’s economy and the environment.

Associate Professor Jacob Sherson (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication)
The new game – Quantum Minds – will help the researchers study the human ability to solve problems in the game. This screenshot shows what it looks like. (Photo: CODER)

2015.03.18 |

Atlas of thoughts

Using a computer game, a research group at Aarhus University has found a way to gain deeper insight into the human thought process. The results have amazed the research director, who has discovered a kind of ‘atlas of thoughts’. And that is not all. The group can also reveal which gender is best at solving quantum problems.

Professor Michael Drewsen (photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)
Ion trapping takes place in combination with a Hyper-EBIT (electron beam ion trap) and a cryogenic ion trap via three steps. The electrons are first ‘peeled off’ atoms in the Hyper-EBIT, where the ions are also extracted and trapped. In the next step, collections of ions are passed through a vacuum tube, where they are slowed down and made ready for the final step. Here the ions are carefully selected and passed into a cryogenic ion trap – CryPTEx – which in essence was designed by Michael Drewsen’s group. In this trap, the highly charged ions (HCIs) are met by singly charged beryllium ions that are laser cooled. Via the Coulomb interaction between the two types of ions, kinetic energy is removed from the HCI, which finally becomes part of a Coulomb crystal and is ready to undergo ultraprecise spectroscopic measurements. (illustration: Drewsen et al.)

2015.03.19 |

When quantum neighbours ‘sneak in’

During the last decade, physicists throughout the world have developed and refined laser spectroscopy research to such an extent that it is now possible to carry out experiments with just one atom or molecule. A group involving Danish researchers has now created the basis for extending this research to a completely new class of atomic systems,…

Signe Normand is the first Dane to receive a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talent Grant.

2015.03.18 |

Aarhus biologist awarded international L’Oréal-UNESCO research prize

Signe Normand, Department of Bioscience, is the first Danish woman to receive a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Rising Talent Grant for her research.

2015.03.17 |

Anders Møller receives ERC Consolidator Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) established by the European Commission has just awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of EUR 2 million to Associate Professor Anders Møller for the project Automated Program Analysis for Advanced Web Applications.

Vice-Dean Kurt Nielsen, Science and Technology. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication)

2015.03.17 |

Public sector consultancy meets its targets

When the sector research institutions were amalgamated with the universities in 2007, the targets included more education and business collaboration, as well as greater international impact. A new report shows that the universities are living up to their expectations to a great extent.

2015.03.16 |

DCE wins environmental consultancy contracts for the EU

DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, was awarded two framework contracts in February 2015 regarding consultancy services for EU institutions. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2015.03.15 |

Darkened sun over Aarhus

– or almost dark at any rate. On Friday morning 20 March, we will experience the darkest solar eclipse since 1999. Aarhus University is celebrating this partial eclipse with a momentous event on the sloping grass-covered roof at Moesgaard Museum.

Merete Bilde has an impressive experience in the field of aerosol science where her work has significantly improved our knowledge on central processes affecting aerosol particles and their effects on the climate. Photo: Niels Jørgen Hansen

2015.03.13 |

The Nordic Aerosologist Award goes to Professor Merete Bilde

The Nordic Society for Aerosol Research (NOSA) has awarded Professor Merete Bilde, Department of Chemistry, the Nordic Aerosologist Award 2015 for her contributions to promoting Nordic aerosol science, understanding the physical chemistry of aerosols, and educating young aerosol scientists.

2015.03.10 |

Mentor project creates social mobility

University education is not the natural choice for young people from backgrounds with no university tradition, but it pays to work on their relationship with universities. This is the main conclusion in a recently completed mentor project called Spotted for Uni (Udvalgt til Uni).

2015.03.09 |

Reality is not what it was

While processors are getting more powerful, the human world is being virtually reinvented by technological advances. We add different layers with smartphones and other technologies, but we will not need to carry these around in the future. The world of augmented reality will ‘accommodate’ us. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Associate Professor Jacob Sherson (photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication)

2015.03.06 |

Quantum physics for one and all

By developing a game for one and all, Associate Professor Jacob Sherson, Department of Physics and Astronomy, makes it possible for anyone to carry out research into quantum physics. He has just been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant to help with further research into developing new quantum technologies and improving artificial intelligence.

2015.03.03 |

Mapping lizard venom facilitates drug development

Lizards and other reptiles are not normally considered venomous, but a number of lizard species actually do produce and use venom. The most classic venomous lizard is no doubt the gila monster – a heavy-bodied lizard. As the first in the world, a group of researchers at Aarhus University has made a comprehensive description of the proteins in the…

Photo: Stephan Bernberg

2015.03.02 |

Inauguration of the Villum Research Station postponed

Due to the airline strike in Denmark, it will not be possible to carry out the inauguration of the Villum Research Station in Greenland as planned on 2 March.