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Porpoises are the only whale species that breed in Danish waters. Researchers from Aarhus University have discovered that porpoises use their clicking sounds to find food and to communicate. Photo: Peter Verhoog.
A porpoise tagged with a sound recorder on its back. Photo: Department of Bioscience - Marine Mammal Research, AU.

2018.08.14 |

Porpoises communicate in high-frequency Morse code to avoid killer whales

Denmark's only whale, the harbour porpoise, makes use of the same high-frequency Morse-code-like clicking they use to find food to communicate with other porpoises, according to new research from Aarhus University. These new findings provide entirely new insight into the social life of the porpoise.

Professor Claudio Orlandi has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth €1.5M. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, Aarhus University

2018.08.10 |

ERC Starting Grant for research in next level cryptographic protocols

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Associate Professor Claudio Orlandi from the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University a starting grant worth €1.5M for research into private and efficient secure multiparty computation (MPC).

The last Tasmanian tiger (Thylacine) died in 930. By Unknown photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
The maps show the diversity of Australian big herbivorous marsupials (a mammalian infraclass) as is today, and as it would be today, had most of the species not been extinct. The phylogenetic tree to the right shows the evolutionary relationships among a sample of extant and extinct species, while the circles illustrate the size of each species as well as their status: EP = Extinct in prehistory, CR = Critically Endangered, NT = Near Threatened, LC = Least Concern. Graphics: Soeren Faurby, University of Gothenburg.
The blue colour shows the range of brown bear today. The red colour shows, where you would also find brown bears today, had they not been driven away by human activity. Graphics: Soeren Faurby, University of Gothenburg.

2018.08.07 |

For the first time, scientists are putting extinct mammals on the map

Researchers from Aarhus University and University of Gothenburg have produced the most comprehensive family tree and atlas of mammals to date, connecting all living and recently extinct mammal species – nearly 6,000 in total – and overturning many previous ideas about global patterns of biodiversity.

There are plenty of cod around a sunken oil rig. Photo: Jon Svendsen
A brittle star has occupied a subsea installation less than one year old. Photo: D. Jones.
Fishing vessels cannot trawl the seabed in areas with oil rigs. This creates higher biodiversity in areas with artificial structures. Photo: Jonas Teilmann.

2018.07.09 |

Oil rigs may end their days as valuable artificial reefs

A large group of international researchers have just published a scientific article in which they encourage environmental authorities across the globe to rethink the idea of removing oil rigs, wind turbines and other installations in the sea when they are worn out.

(Ill: Henning Larsen Architects)

2018.07.06 |

Aarhus University selected as the first Danish ‘lighthouse’ research environment in Lund

Denmark has invested billions of DKK in state-of-the-art research facilities around the European Spallation Source (ESS) near Lund in Sweden. Bo Brummerstedt will now be the first research director of a Danish lighthouse environment that will work towards realising the ambitions behind the huge Danish investment. The appointment is accompanied by…

NFRe contributes to nitrogen-fixing symbiotic signalling. In the presence of native soil rhizobia, wild-type plants (WT) are larger, have more shoots (arrow), more flowers and formed pods (arrowhead), while nfre mutant plants are shorter, and have just started to develop flowers, indicating a lower fitness.

2018.07.04 |

New receptor involved in symbiosis between legumes and nitrogen-fixing rhizobia identified

Legumes are able to grow in nitrogen-poor soils due to their ability to engage in symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria. There is a great interest in using the knowledge about this symbiosis, to enable transfer to other non-symbiotic plants. An international research team has come a step further to understanding this complex biological process.

Senior researcher Carlos A. Arias from the Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University and the project consortium of INCOVER have been rewarded a 2018 Water Industry Award. Private photo.

2018.07.02 |

British Water Industry Ward to Bioscience-project

Senior researcher Carlos A. Arias and his international partners of wastewater-project INCOVER have been rewarded a British 2018 Water Industry Award.

[Translate to English:] Foto: AU Foto

2018.07.02 |

New professor in innate immunology

Rune Hartmann is appointed professor of “Innate Immunology” at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, effective from 1 June 2018.

Photo:Ole Mortensen

2018.07.05 |

Aarhus University enters into new partnership with Chinese hi-tech region

Science and Technology at Aarhus University and Viborg municipality have signed a cooperation agreement with the Chinese region, Wuhan East Lake National High-Tech Development Zone (WEHDZ). The aim is to establish a partnership based on the activities at Foulum.

Professor Ulrik Uggerhøj will be the new head of the Physics and Astronomy department. He begins on the 1st of July. (Photo: Magnus Uggerhøj)

2018.06.27 |

New head of department at the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Ulrik Uggerhøj has been recruited as the new head of department at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He starts on 1 July 2018.

(photo: Lars Kruse AU Foto)

2018.06.27 |

Bridging the gap between human and artificial intelligence

Jacob Sherson has received a Semper Ardens grant of DKK 15 million from the Carlsberg Foundation for a project seeking to combine human intuition and computing power. This will provide new opportunities to shape the future of artificial intelligence.

Figur: Annita Louloupi og Evgenia Ntini.

2018.06.20 |

Encrypted messages in biological processes

RNA modifications can encrypt the RNA code and are responsible for a very sophisticated control of RNA function. A Danish-German research team has shown that modified RNA bases have a great impact on the dynamics of gene expression from DNA to functional RNA. The study yields important new insight into how the basis of RNA modifications can affect…

Atom-resolved STM image of an r-CoMoS nanocluster (Vt = −0.71 V, It = −0.60 nA) after dosing pyridine at 300 K. Scale bar is 1 nm. Graphics: AU

2018.06.12 |

Catalysts for reduction of sulphur emissions under pressure

Strict regulations for Sulphur emissions call for improved catalytic processes of reducing Sulphur content in crude oil. Scientists from iNANO and Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University have revealed, how molybdenum disulpfide-based catalysts are able to remove Sulphur.

Glaciers crush rocks and stones to fine particles. The resulting glacial flour may possibly be used to optimise agricultural soil in Greenland. Photo: Janne Hansen

2018.06.07 |

Can agricultural soil in Greenland be improved?

Researchers from the universities in Aarhus, Aalborg and Copenhagen are investigating if glacial flour can be used to optimise agricultural land in South Greenland.

Coincidentally(?), the rocket on the students' t-shirts tied in rather nicely with the Dean's speech, which linked the Open Science platform with the research behind the Apollo 11 mission. In this photo, the students are listening to lead materials specialist Allan Hjarbæk Holm from Grundfos, who is talking about the Grundfos group's long-term goals and expectations in connection with Open Science. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, AU
As head of product development at SP Group A/S, Jens Hinke (left) was the first recipient of the Open Science Industry Award, being presented here by Dean Niels Christian Nielsen. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, AU

2018.06.01 |

Open Science Festival 2018 - launchpad for new ideas

Researchers, students and industry representatives met on Thursday, 31 May at iNANO for the Open Science Festival 2018 to celebrate open research collaboration.

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