2017.09.04 |

The Kepler Satellite discovers stellar variability in the Seven Sisters (Pleiades cluster)

The Seven Sisters have been used as a guinea pig for a new method of stellar photometry. Tim White, Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the lead author of a new article in the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS).

Weaver ants excrete nutrient-rich waste when lured to the leaves of, for instance, coffee plants. Photo: Kim Aaen, NatureEyes.
The leaves of the coffee plant are full of small dark faecal droppings – ant waste containing urea and amino acids that the plants can absorb and exploit for growth. Photo: Joachim Offenberg.
The forest ants that were moved from the forest to an apple orchard immediately began to examine the apple trees in their new "home". Here on flower buds. Photo: Jens Henrik Petersen.
The forest ants immediately began to search for prey in the orchard’s apple trees. Here an ant has caught an insect pest – a winter moth larva. Photo: Jesper Stern Nielsen.

2017.08.31 |

Profitable cooperation: Ants protect and fertilise plants

In a new article, researchers from Aarhus University describe how the waste left by ants on plant leaves serves as a valuable fertiliser for the plants – handed on a silver platter.

(Photo: Colourbox)

2017.08.30 |

We hope your pot plant has had a pleasant trip

Danish gardeners produce 600 million pot plants every year. However, some of them suffer a sad fate en route from the greenhouse to the consumer’s window sill. Some of the culprits leading to the plant damage have been identified, and a research project at Aarhus University will now look at ways to reduce the waste in transit. A laboratory shaped…

2017.08.24 |

DNA sensor system developed for specific and sensitive measurement of cancer-relevant enzyme activity

The development of DNA sensor systems is of great importance for advances in medical science. Now another piece of the puzzle for the development of personalized medicine has been found with the results of a highly sensitive monitoring of cancer-related topoisomerase II enzymes.

Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen, Science and Technology, Aarhus University. Photo: Lars Kruse

2017.08.21 |

Investment in education provides digital skills

To keep up with technological development, there is a need for investment in education with a focus on digital technology, according to Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen, Science and Technology, in a contribution to debate.

Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen is director of iMAT, the strategic research centre at Aarhus University. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)

2017.08.16 |

Aarhus University focuses on materials research for building the future

Developing new materials with special properties is of crucial importance for scientific progress in areas such as energy, construction, environmentally responsible technologies, transport and electronics. Aarhus University has therefore established the interdisciplinary Centre for Integrated Materials Research (iMAT), which opened on 15 August.…

The viewer first enters the real world gallery space, then walks around and interacts with physical objects. The viewer can then put on a VR headset and enter the virtual work in the picture. In that virtual work, the viewer meets the virtual Libby Heany, who is the guide in that world. (Illustration: Libby Heany)

2017.07.31 |

Journey to an unknown world

Travel to a marvellous universe when Aarhus University and British artist Libby Heaney invite you to take a walk in the unpredictable world of quantum physics. The Quantum Breathing exhibition breaks the walls between art, science and reality in an unprecedented way.

Graphics: Astrid Reitzel, Aarhus University

2017.08.03 |

The Danish reference genome can change our view of treatment

After five years, the GenomeDenmark consortium has finished work on establishing the Danish reference genome. By thoroughly sequencing the genomes of 150 Danes, researchers have succeeded in creating a reference genome containing far more details than are found in other international studies. The consortium consists of researchers from three…

2017.08.16 |

Is it wise to subject public sector consultancy services to competitive bidding?

Minister for the Environment and Food of Denmark, Esben Lunde Larsen, has decided that all the ministry’s contracts with universities offering research-based public sector consultancy must be subjected to competitive bidding. Is this a wise move or is he selling off the family silver?

Photo: Melissa Bach Yildirim

2017.07.24 |

Increased number of applications for degree programmes at Science and Technology

The number of applications for engineering and science degree programmes at Science and Technology, Aarhus University, has once more increased this year.

Professor Kim Daasbjerg hopes that the Open Science platform will develop into a movement for openness in basic research. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication
Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen, Science and Technology, would like to see more willingness to take risks in Danish research policy. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication
The Danish Industry Foundation is providing DKK 2.5 million to get the new platform started.

2017.07.24 |

Aarhus University and industry open patent-free playground

Along with a number of leading Danish industrial companies, Aarhus University has opted out of the rat race in a new collaboration on industrially relevant basic research. Researchers and companies from all over Denmark publish all their results and data on the innovative Open Science platform, where the information is available free of charge to…

2017.07.20 |

Follow a minke whale on its long voyage

For the first time in 15 years, Danish researchers have succeeded in tagging a minke whale. Follow it live here.

The Tollund man lived at the same time as Socrates. Photo: Silkeborg Museum
Researchers have individually carbon-14 dated two samples from the Tollund man: one from a thigh bone (pictured) and one from a rib. The average of these two dates and two earlier ones from AMS helped make the result more accurate. Photo: Silkeborg Museum

2017.07.29 |

Tollund man updated

Using a new technique, researchers at Aarhus University and Silkeborg Museum have carbon-14 dated the Tollund man with unprecedented accuracy. He was hanged and laid in the bog near Bjældskovdal between 405 and 384 BC – about the same time that the philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death and drank hemlock in Athens.

2017.07.03 |

57 graduates celebrated at the Department of Computer Science

On Friday 30 June, family, friends and teachers gathered at the Department of Computer Science to celebrate 57 new MSc graduates in Computer Science and IT Product Development.

Scanning tunnel microscope image and model of self-assembled graphene quantum dots. (Illustration: DTU/AU)

2017.06.30 |

Carbon atoms assemble themselves on command

Using a new method that gets carbon atoms to assemble themselves, researchers open up for opportunities to create quantum dots that can revolutionise the information technology of the future.

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