An Aarhus University researcher has discovered a little flower fossil that resembles a rose in every detail – and that is exactly what it is. (Illustration: Else Marie Friis)
Reconstruction of a cross-section of the flower the way the researchers believe it looked like, based on the scientific data. (Illustration: Pollyanna von Knorring)
Fig.1: The 100-million-year-old early ancestor of a rose – <em>Caliciflora mauldinensi</em> – viewed from the side and above. The flower became fossilised and preserved for posterity as a bud about to open. These images were taken with a scanning electron microscope. (Illustration: Else Marie Friis)
Fig. 2: Cross-section of the fossilised flower based on data from synchrotron radiation microtomography. (Illustration: Else Marie Friis)

2016.12.22 |

Discovery of the earliest ancestor of the rose

Geologists have found and described a flower fossil that is 100 million years old – the origin of the most species-rich group of flower plants today.

2016.12.21 |

Researchers reveal the secret code language of bacteria

Antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria is a growing global challenge. Danish researchers have now discovered that bacteria use a code language to avoid being controlled. Understanding this code language will be paramount to developing new antibiotics in the future.

2016.12.20 |

Brainnovation Day sets focus on smart products

The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Engineering would like to invite the business sector to Brainnovation Day on 19 January 2017.

2016.12.20 |

Welcome to the antiworld!

For the first time in history, scientists have succeeded in illuminating antihydrogen and carrying out spectroscopic measurements of antimatter. These important results have been the ambition of antimatter physicists for many years, and a research team with Danish leadership has now succeeded. A major step has therefore been taken in revealing…

Photo: Colourbox

2016.12.19 |

Millions to Central Jutland for environmental projects

Dozens of climate projects have just been granted EU funds. DCE will gather and distribute knowledge. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Three goal-conscious students: (from left) Simon Fabrin Winther, Joachim Beck and Nikolaj Juul Madsen. Photo: Melissa Bach Yildirim, AU Photo.

2016.12.15 |

Statistics – leave the penalty shots to Lind and Mikkelsen

Gudmundur Gudmundsson – head coach of the Danish men’s handball team – has the statistics against him when he selects the players to take the penalty shots. He chooses neither the best team player nor the best goalkeeper according to calculations made by three goal-conscious mathematics students.

2016.12.13 |

Danes use less energy on heating

With data from 28,000 single-family houses, researchers have analysed the historical development of our actual energy consumption for heating private houses. They can thereby document a clear effect of energy-saving requirements in the current building regulations.

The Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) research programme has launched a new five-year strategy that will reveal how the future looks for Greenland and the rest of the Arctic region. (Photo: GEM Strategy)

2016.12.10 |

New measurements will predict changes in the Greenlandic community

The Arctic region is currently experiencing temperatures that are far above normal. The sea ice is disappearing at an alarming rate and the heat is affecting the entire climate of Greenland and thereby living conditions in this enormous country. A new measuring programme will reveal the way in which many complex processes are interconnected and…

2016.12.06 |

Smart lid on the way for coffee drinkers

A specially designed lid can solve the problem of burning your tongue when you drink hot coffee. A group of engineering students is behind the invention and they have just started production of the first prototype.

PCBs are transported by air and sea currents over long distances from industrialised areas of the northern hemisphere to the Arctic region. Here they accumulate in the fatty and slow-growing marine food chains, and have the highest concentrations in polar bears, orcas and humans. Even though PCBs have been prohibited for the last two to three decades, the levels are stable. This is partly because climate change has an impact on the food chain dynamics, as well as the fact that polar bears have begun eating more polluted seals (harp seals and hooded seals).

2016.12.05 |

PCBs threaten the polar bear population

New research from the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University shows that PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) affect the mating success and population growth of polar bears.

2016.12.01 |

New energy laboratory opens in Aarhus

A new energy laboratory at Aarhus University will provide new knowledge about how to optimise a sustainable electricity supply in Denmark and the rest of Europe. Both researchers and students, as well as companies in Denmark and abroad will have access to the state-of-the-art technical facilities.