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2016.09.05 |

New packaging will reduce food waste

More than 700,000 tons of food are thrown out every year in Denmark. In collaboration with colleagues and companies, Aarhus University researchers are developing and testing new packaging to ensure that fruit and vegetables do not rot so quickly. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Industrialisation was accompanied by the burning of vast amounts of coal and other fuels, and thereby the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Researchers can now determine that global warming began as early as the 1830s, at the same time that industrialisation really gained momentum. Picture by Henry G. Gastineau, c. 1830. (Wikimedia Commons)

2016.08.29 |

Humans have been warming the climate for 180 years

The climate is more sensitive to greenhouse gases than previously thought, and reacts almost immediately to even small changes. Global warming actually began as early as the 1830s, when industrialisation gained momentum. This is demonstrated in a new international study with the participation of Aarhus University.

This illustration shows a chlorosome on the bacterium, which makes it possible for the bacterium to live in extreme places where it has found its niche. Here you can see how the light energy is trapped and transferred to the organism. (1.) is the chlorosome itself, which holds up to 200,000 light-harvesting molecules – known as bacteriochlorophyll molecules – which capture photons from the Sun. The molecules transfer the photon’s energy down to the baseplate, which is the structure identified by the Danish-led group. (2). The nanotubes are located in the baseplate, and they form the basis for the light-harvesting molecules, as well as efficiently transferring energy towards the rest of the reaction centre in the bacterium (shown here in grey), where photosynthesis can take place. Visible in the enlargement (a) is the way the red strands – consisting of proteins – encapsulate the actual light-harvesting molecule that transfers the energy. In a way, this is reminiscent of a wire, where the protein is the insulation and the molecule is the copper inside – this ‘wire’ is more clearly visible in (b). The baseplate’s nanotubes are shown here lined up in a row in the baseplate. (Illustration: Jakob Toudahl Nielsen)

2016.08.25 |

Something new has been found under the Sun!

Bacterial photosynthesis is brilliant at the same time as being treacherously difficult to understand. By combining ultra-modern technology with an unusual series of methods, an international team of researchers has succeeded in finding the last piece in an important puzzle – thereby achieving a breakthrough in the work to understand how one of…

2016.08.16 |

Generation of complex gene architectures in the human genome

Intense investigations during the past 10-15 years have revealed that the human genome is transcribed in a manner that is much more complicated than previously appreciated. A collaboration between researchers from Aarhus and Copenhagen now reveals some underlying principles leading to such promiscuous genome activity.

The Greenland shark can live to be several hundred years old. (Photo: Julius Nielsen)

2016.08.12 |

Greenland sharks live for hundreds of years

While the more than 5-metre-long Greenland shark is one of the world’s largest sharks, it is also one of the least understood animals on our planet. The Greenland shark’s general biology and way of life have been a mystery to biologists for many years. However, marine biologists at the University of Copenhagen have now deployed an epoch-making…

Jacob Sherson and his group are inviting people to join them in the work on building the next generation of computers. Literally. (Photo: AU)

2016.08.11 |

DIY quantum computers?

To date, more than 150,000 players have solved puzzles in a virtual universe, ScienceAtHome, to help researchers take steps towards the creation of a quantum computer. Now an opportunity is given to everyone to move real atoms remotely via their own computer.

Illustration of Heimdal. The neutron rays come from the left and cross at the sample (in the green cylinder). Diffraction data is collected by the detector surrounding the sample. Small-angle data is detected in the long horizontal cylinder. Note the size of the instrument. The person in the illustration is in true size.

2016.08.16 |

First stage of Heimdal

The advanced three-in-one Heimdal instrument, which is to be installed at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Sweden, has come one important step closer to reality.

There were lots of questions last year when the <em>Aurora</em> invited inquisitive guests on board. Answers were provided to questions ranging from black holes to the Danish mentality. There is plenty of opportunity once more this year to find answers to many things. (Photo: Aarhus University)
The <em>Aurora</em> is the first Danish research vessel to be built for more than thirty years. It is open to the public during the Aarhus Festival, where visitors can take part in different events. (Photo: Aarhus University)

2016.08.24 |

Ask us about anything at all

The Aurora – Aarhus University’s research vessel – will bring the university into the city centre during the Aarhus Festival. Aarhus University has a number of top researchers ready to answer literally any question between Heaven and Earth – and even more. In this way, Denmark’s latest research vessel will be the venue where you can get…