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2016.04.26 |

Prestigious grant of DKK 11 million to molecular biologist

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded the prestigious Hallas-Møller Scholarship valued at DKK 11 million to Thomas Birkballe Hansen to study which role so-called circular RNAs play in cells and their potential impact on neurological disorders. The project will be carried out at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics/iNANO, Aarhus…

2016.04.25 |

Engineering researchers receive international award for new substance

Using enzyme technology, researchers at Aarhus University have succeeded in producing a group of new substances with properties including the transport of certain types of medicine in the body.

The <em>Enchytraeidae</em> family includes at least 600 species and is found in abundance in the upper five centimetres of soil with dead organic material. The <em>Chamaedrilus</em> grows to one to two centimetres in length. Photo: Karina Fisker
The CLIMAITE experiment in Brandbjerg on the Danish island of Zealand provided the researchers with a unique opportunity to study the reaction of the worms to climate change in nature. Photo: Kim Pilegaard

2016.04.26 |

Slow worms react quickly to climate change

Evolution can go quickly when it has to – at least for small organisms. Researchers exposed a natural setting in Denmark to artificial climate change and discovered that soil just half a degree warmer caused the genome of small worms to change surprisingly quickly.

2016.04.21 |

Urban dwellers can look forward to less noise

A good sound environment promotes well-being and health. Researchers will now study the way noise behaves in urban space, and come up with new standards for acoustic quality.

There is a variation in the pressure exerted by gravity on the different layers of the surface of the Earth. This means that by using Einstein’s general theory of relativity, it is possible to calculate that the atoms at the centre of the Earth are up to 2.5 years younger than those at the surface. (Illustration: NASA)

2016.04.25 |

The Earth is a larger ‘time machine’ than we thought

Like something worked out on the back of an envelope, Danish researchers have just shown that the interior of the Earth in theory is younger than the surface by an appreciable amount. This not only rectifies an error, but also provides food for thought that can be used for teaching purposes.

Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication

2016.04.21 |

Queen Margrethe II’s Science Award goes to Aarhus University biologist

Professor Jens-Christian Svenning is the first recipient of Queen Margrethe II’s Science Award, presented to an outstanding researcher by the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

The indigenous population of the rainforest in West Africa has been converting nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland for centuries by adding charcoal and kitchen waste. The method can potentially be used as a climate-friendly and sustainable alternative to other soil improvement methods. Photo: Victoria Frausin

2016.04.19 |

Age-old African soil improvement method is climate friendly and sustainable

For centuries, villagers in West Africa have converted nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland by adding charcoal and kitchen waste. Researchers have now for the first time analysed the soil and studied the method, which could possibly provide a partial solution to food challenges in the tropics. The results were obtained in an unusual…

2016.04.14 |

Are humans the new supercomputer?

Today, people of all backgrounds can contribute to solving serious scientific problems by playing computer games. A Danish research group has extended the limits of quantum physics calculations and simultaneously blurred the boundaries between man and machine further. We are still superior – in some ways.

2016.04.14 |

Walk through your building before it has been built

A special 3D cinema has opened at Aarhus University. It makes it possible to experience a building both inside and out while it is still on the drawing board.

A cross-sectional view of MAX IV  in Skåne. Graphics: FOJAB Architects

2016.04.13 |

Unique opportunity for Danish companies in the competition to develop materials of the future

An agreement has just been finalized on Danish co-financing of the coming X-ray facility in Lund, Sweden – MAX IV. The agreement gives Danish companies and researchers direct access to use some of the world’s finest equipment for materials research, and will thus contribute to a Danish leading position within the development of new, advanced…

2016.04.13 |

Can we treat cancer through reduced sugar uptake?

New research reveals the mechanism behind a cancer-relevant inhibition of human sugar transporting protein. The hope is that this will guide future drug design targeting sugar uptake mechanisms. This will ultimately lead to progress in a number of important common conditions, such as diabetes and cancer.

(Illustration: Peter Devine)

2016.04.12 |

Exoplanets ‘strip off’ in the heat

‘Don't get too close to the fire if you do not wanna get burned’. The Stellar Astrophysics Centre at Aarhus University has now shown that the words of this song also apply to exoplanets orbiting distant stars.

This illustration shows how the Philae landing should have attached itself to the surface of the comet. The lander carried a number of scientific instruments to transmit information to Earth about the comet’s molecular composition. (Illustration: ESA/ATG medialab)

2016.04.07 |

The sugar of life found on a comet

The essential building blocks for life are presumably ‘easy’ to find out in the Universe. This spectacular discovery was made thanks to information transmitted from the comet 67P/C-G by the Philae lander. The discovery came about via an international collaboration with the participation of Aarhus researchers, and can challenge our perception of…

Foto: Ola J. Joensen, Niels Bohr Institutet

2016.04.11 |

Massive investment puts Denmark on track for new quantum leaps

Aarhus University is part of a new national centre for quantum physics, supported by an investment of DKK 80 million from Innovation Fund Denmark.

2016.04.11 |

Welcome to more transparency regarding public sector consultancy

Vice-Dean Kurt Nielsen and DCE Director Hanne Bach comment on the current debate on the contracts for public sector consultancy undertaken by the universities. Read more (in Danish only) here.

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