2016.03.01 |

Students construct self-supporting tower

Two engineering students have worked out how to make curved buildings using facade plates with no other supporting structure. This can bring the building industry closer to shapes that have previously been impossible.

2016.02.25 |

Finding hidden treasures in our DNA

The human genome is promiscuously transcribed yielding RNA from >75% of its DNA, and throughout the years, researchers world-wide have tried to find out how much of this material is functional. Danish researchers have now received a prestigious grant from the Lundbeck Foundation to address this problem.

Associate Professor Liv Hornekær has received the  EliteForsk award 2016 for her work at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University.

2016.02.25 |

EliteForsk award presented to Liv Hornekær

The Aarhus physicist finds new knowledge between the largest stars and the smallest atoms, and she is working on developing technology that can benefit us all. The EliteForsk award is valued at DKK 1.2 million and it is being presented today (25 February).

PhD student Alexander Holm Kiilerich, Department of Physics and Astronomy
PhD student Rasmus Østergaard Pedersen, Department of Bioscience
PhD student Jean-Pierre Desforges, Department of Bioscience

2016.02.24 |

Three EliteForsk travel grants awarded to Science and Technology students

Three PhD students at Science and Technology have been awarded travel grants of DKK 200,000 each in the 2016 EliteForsk (Elite Research) awards.

2016.02.23 |

More green gas on the way

In the coming years, Aarhus University will contribute with new knowledge about how to ensure better integration of gas in Denmark’s energy supply for the benefit of the climate. Innovation Fund Denmark is investing DKK 18.6 million in the project.

The European Spallation Source particle accelerator will be the world’s largest and most advanced facility for neutron-based research. (Illustration: Henning Larsen Architects)

2016.02.23 |

The world’s most powerful neutron and X-ray microscopes will help Danish industry

Three universities are working in partnership to help Danish industry by utilising completely new methods of product development. The LINX project – Linking Industry to Neutrons and X-rays – is backed by a grant of DKK 50 million from Innovation Fund Denmark.

2016.02.22 |

Potatoes as a sustainable alternative to animal protein

Research will make it possible to replace animal protein with potato protein extracted from the production of potato starch. The potatoes will thereby be better exploited and contribute to more sustainable feeding of the world’s growing population.

2016.02.22 |

Building renovations will provide better quality of life

With a grant of DKK 21.2 million from Innovation Fund Denmark, the Aarhus suburb of Gellerup will be the centre of a comprehensive experiment with energy renovation. Researchers will study what it means for the quality of life of the residents when their housing becomes ‘green’. Read more (in Danish only) here.

In this picture you can see a star igniting in the nebula BHR71. It is in regions such as this that the new finding can explain what happens in the darkness, before there is light. (Photo used by kind permission of João Alves, University of Vienna)

2016.01.15 |

Giving stars a kick start

Combine an outworn theory for star formation with a novel phenomenon from the world of experimental physics and you can achieve a deeper understanding of why we have stars in our cosmos. Recent new data from Aarhus and Heriot-Watt Universities give us a better grasp of how the Sun and its solar system may have formed.

Collecting large amounts of data, and then analysing and applying the information has far-reaching societal potential. (Illustration: Colourbox/Rasmus Rørbæk)

2016.02.12 |

New research centre will provide innovation via big data

Innovation Fund Denmark is granting DKK 45 million to launch a new community partnership – the Danish Centre for Big Data Analytics driven Innovation (DABAI). With the strongest computer science research environments backed by the participation of Aarhus University, Denmark is hereby taking a leading role in exploiting big data to solve industrial…

2016.02.11 |

Simple technology makes elevators ‘green’

Having a guilty conscience about the climate makes us choose to take the stairs instead of the energy-devouring elevator – at least to a certain extent. This is the conclusion of a research project involving almost 200 residents in a 12-storey building in Aarhus.

2016.02.10 |

New types of faba bean for Danish production of protein

Faba beans have great potential as a protein crop, and researchers will now optimise the cultivation of beans to replace imported soya bean protein with locally produced faba bean protein for animal feed and food ingredients.

Forest ants patrol apple blossom before it opens. (Photo: Jesper Stern Nielsen)
You might have to put up with a tingling sensation when you dig up an ant nest and move it to an apple orchard in small mini nests. (Photo: (Jesper Stern Nielsen)
Forest ants have caught a larva in a fruit tree and are carrying it back to the nest. The larvae can eat enormous amounts of leaves and buds, thereby reducing the amount of fruit. (Photo: Jesper Stern Nielsen/Anne Aagaard)

2016.02.08 |

Forest ants will safeguard organic apples

As small and mobile hunters, forest ants will protect the apple orchards of the future, devouring the pests that can decimate a good harvest of pears, apples and other fruit. These small orchard workers also effectively combat fungi and other pests, just as they fertilise the plants. The mission applies to increased production of organic Danish…

80% of the world’s largest continuous rainforest area – the Amazon – is located in Brazil. The remainder is spread over adjacent lowland areas in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The rainforest plays a major and well-documented role in the world’s climate. (Photo: Colourbox)
Secondary forests are areas where the forest regenerates naturally following deforestation or phased out agriculture. Shown here is such an area in Costa Rica. An international team of researchers can now demonstrate that that this type of growth can consume large amounts of carbon. (Photo: Robin L. Chazdon)

2016.02.04 |

New rainforest can consume large amounts of carbon

How can mankind reduce climate change by minimising or removing sufficiently large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere? This was one of the major topics at the latest climate top meeting – COP21 in Paris. An international team of researchers has now come up with a good proposal.

2016.02.04 |

Wind turbine blades of the future will be recyclable

In the DreamWind project, researchers will develop a chemical substance that will make it possible to separate composite materials from each other. This means that the large and expensive fibreglass components from wind turbines will be recyclable in the future.

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