A picture of dark sunspots and bright diffuse faculae (best seen around the edges). The study shows how the larger mix of heavy elements leave the spots unchanged, while increasing the contrast of the bright diffuse faculae. Photo: NASA / SDO

2018.01.18 |

Special star is a Rosetta Stone for understanding the sun's variability and climate effect

A new study of a star almost identical to the Sun brings us closer to understanding the physical mechanism behind the solar cycle, and could help us understand how the Sun affects our climate.

2018.01.03 |

Researchers reveal dual role for human RNA decay factor

Rearchers at Aarhus University have characterized the human RNA decay factor ZC3H18 and discovered its unanticipated role in the production of protein-coding RNA. The new study, published this week in Cell Reports, therefore reveals a double-faced activity of ZC3H18 in nuclear RNA fate decisions.

2017.12.18 |

A Channel in the Heart of the Matter

How cells control the movement of ions, electrically charged species, in and out of the cell is a grand puzzle, whose completion will allow a thorough fundamental understanding of human physiology. A Danish-American team of researchers has found a piece of the puzzle with their determination of two structures of the human calcium-activated cation…

2017.12.12 |

Aarhus University opens large new innovation factory

Engineering students are full of good ideas that can help solve some of the world’s many problems. The Aarhus University School of Engineering is therefore kicking off a new initiative that – in collaboration with researchers and companies – will get the students’ ideas to flourish.

2017.12.11 |

Bill Gates met with researchers from Aarhus University

Bill Gates recently met with researchers from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University to discuss the sustainable use of biological nitrogen fixation that allows legumes to use atmospheric dinitrogen as a nitrogen source.

2017.12.12 |

Researchers will turn grass into a gold mine

With a multi-million grant, researchers can speed up development of the world’s largest and most advanced biorefinery facility. Here they will convert ordinary grass to feed, food products, fuel and plastic.

2017.12.06 |

Highly educated men are more disposed to eating insects

Almost a third of Danish consumers are positively inclined to eating insects, and the majority of these are males living in the Copenhagen area. The consumers prefer processed products rather than whole insects. This is shown in a new report from Aarhus University.

The iClimate research centre covers a wide scope, and will carry out studies of areas such as the North Pole with unmanned drone missions, which will provide new insight into the processes resulting from climate change. (Photo: Colourbox) 
The centre has a holistic approach to the climate to find details in a larger perspective. This illustration shows how the different focus points will be included in the overall work. (Illustration: iClimate)

2017.12.04 |

Renewed focus on climate research at Aarhus University

A sound knowledge base is required if Denmark is to hold onto its leading position in climate research and adaptation. By establishing a strategic research centre, Aarhus University will now combine classical science, research-based public sector consultancy, engineering and social sciences, to create the prerequisites for studying the challenges…

Professor Lars Peter Nielsen flanked by Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen and Professor Liselotte Højgaard, chair of the Danish National Research Foundation. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, Aarhus University
Head of Department Hans Brix, Department of Bioscience, welcomes both CEM and guests to the lecture theatre. Photo: Lise Balsby
Professor Lars Peter Nielsen demonstrates how long the cable bacteria can become. Photo: Lise Balsby
Professor Liselotte Højgaard, chair of the Danish National Research Foundation, is pleased with the new basic research centre – and is certain that CEM will be worth the DKK 56 million, even if the researchers are unable to find answers to all of the questions. Photo: Lise Balsby

2017.12.04 |

Opening of the Centre for Electromicrobiology

A new basic research centre – the Centre for Electromicrobiology – was officially opened on 1 December at an event in the Lakeside Lecture Theatres. The Danish National Research Foundation is financing the centre with an initial grant of DKK 56 million.

(Photo: Colourbox)

2017.12.05 |

The soil needs carbon

For the sake of both the climate and soil fertility, it is necessary to maintain or increase the carbon content in the soil. Aarhus University researchers are taking part in a new international project to develop and disseminate knowledge in this area.

2017.11.29 |

DCE director appointed chair of PEER network

Denmark takes over the chair of the EU’s largest network for nature and environment research. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.11.29 |

Researchers account for criticism of nitrogen calculations

In a new report, Aarhus University researchers account for the criticism raised by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation in connection with calculations carried out in 2015 for the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark. Read more (in Danish only) here.

(Photo: Colourbox)

2017.12.04 |

New understanding of the well-being of climate-stressed plants

As a result of climate change, there is an increasing need for more intelligent, efficient and safe farming. A soon-to-be completed EU project – ModCarboStress – might have taken an important step in this work: getting to understand the stressed plants better. The project indicates the work to be carried out at iClimate – the forthcoming research…

2017.11.29 |

Aarhus University takes criticism of public sector consultancy seriously

On Saturday 25 November, the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende published an article in which a former employee criticised the calculations provided by the university in connection with the approval of the Danish Agricultural Package. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.11.28 |

New research continues to support figures for marginal leaching used in connection with the Danish Agricultural Package

For a number of years, more measurements have been requested and more knowledge wanted regarding the impact of fertilisers and crops on nitrogen leaching from cultivated soil. Read more (in Danish only) here.

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