2017.11.27 |

Zebrafish used to identify disease mechanism for heart disease

In a large collaborative study between the Department of Clinical Medicine, the Department of Biomedicine, and the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, among others, the researchers have succeeded in identifying and characterising the consequences of a newly discovered mutation associated with cardiac arrhythmia.

2017.11.23 |

Sapere Aude grants awarded to five researchers at Science and Technology

Five of the seven grant recipients at Aarhus University are researchers at Science and Technology. The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) awards grants to excellent applicants with relevant and original research ideas and the ambition to be research leaders.

The new agreement was signed by (from left) Thomas Bjørnholm (University of Copenhagen), Katrine Krogh Andersen (Technical University of Denmark), Niels Christian Beier (Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education), John Womersley (European Spallation Source), Henrik Bindslev (University of Southern Denmark) and Niels Chr. Nielsen (Science and Technology, Aarhus University).

2017.11.22 |

More collaboration between ESS, the universities and the government

Aarhus University has entered into an agreement with six of the other Danish universities, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education, and the European Spallation Source (ESS) to strengthen collaboration and knowledge sharing between ESS and the research environments in Denmark.

2017.11.21 |

Super design for buildings based on artificial intelligence

Computing power is now so strong that it can design building constructions with such a degree of perfection that architects and engineers have to give up. Students are responsible for the super algorithm that controls everything, and can revolutionise building procedures when it is launched early next year. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.11.20 |

New knowledge will get companies to take part in the fourth industrial revolution

Aarhus University will use a new programme to ensure that knowledge about digitalisation and materials technology will benefit Danish companies. This will prepare them for developing smarter products and production methods, so they can ride the Industry 4.0 wave.

Laser scan (LiDAR) of the savannah-like area in Argentina.

2017.11.09 |

Big data – when reality acts as an experiment

The new BIOCHANGE research centre at Aarhus University has the task of collecting and analysing large amounts of data from and about nature. The centre will continually carry out detailed studies of the impact of global environmental changes on the Earth’s plant and animal life. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) combines laser light and ultra-sensitive cameras that send signals into an individual molecule. This signal spreads to the other colour molecule on the pump, which begins to transmit light of another colour. The group focuses on the relationship between the different colours, which is registered in a specially built light microscope. These measurements provide information about the pump’s movements. (Photo: Mateusz Dyla)
Illustrated here is the timeline for the pump function, which is now revealed in high time resolution. The curve shows the relationship between the measured fluorescent colours emitted from dyes bound to the pump. At left, the pump is open towards the interior of the cell and has bound calcium ions and absorbed the ATP molecule – in other words, it is ‘charged’. The next step is the new, key result: in the red field, the pump is in the previously unknown closed state, where it has enclosed the ions to be sent out of the cell. The final stage illustrated shows that the pump has opened and released calcium ions into the surroundings. From here, it cannot return to the highlighted state. (Illustration: Daniel Terry/Dyla)

2017.11.09 |

The end of ‘Pump Fiction’

Our cells are capable of moving energy and material around to the places where they are required, and ensuring that the body works properly. But how do the cells do this in real time from the perspective of the individual molecule? A Danish research team has succeeded in revealing basic insights into this previously unknown world by carrying out…

All the happy finalists are assembled. The winners received DKK 10,000 and the prize for second and third was DKK 2,500. (Photo: ‎Vincente Kenrice Klehr)
The Nanopaper team: Deby Fapyane, Isabel Alvarez-Martos and Hector Raposo Vega. (Photo: ‎Vincente Kenrice Klehr)
The Independent Elder entry: Magnus Graf Skou. (Photo: ‎Vincente Kenrice Klehr)
The Merry Berry team: Assela Ongarbayeva and Eric Sutherland. (Photo: ‎Vincente Kenrice Klehr)

2017.11.08 |

Dean’s Challenge: a festive event with fruit snacks, degradable plastic and walking frames

On Monday 6 November, the final of the Dean’s Challenge – an annual case competition – was held for the third time. During the course of twenty-four days, the students attended workshops to help them develop and fine-tune their ideas, so they were well prepared for presenting them to the jury. Of all the submitted solutions, three were selected in…

2017.11.08 |

Atmospheric sulphur also comes from farming

Aarhus University researchers have been able for the first time to identify the extent to which manure contributes to the atmospheric content of sulphur.

Professor and Director Jochen Förster, Carlsberg Research Laboratory, hopes that the new technology will enable him to develop novel types of brewer’s yeast and new beers. Photo: Carlsberg

2017.11.07 |

Big investment in beer research based on sensors and artificial intelligence

Scientists at iNANO, Aarhus University, are collaborating with Carlsberg, Microsoft and DTU on a research study with the purpose of measuring and sensing flavours and aromas in beer. The project aims at establishing a sensor platform that reduces time and cost to develop new beers with diverse flavours based on the most advanced services and…

2017.11.06 |

Danish Agriculture and Food campaign poisons relationship between researchers and farmers

The interest organisation Danish Agriculture and Food has led a negative campaign aimed at Aarhus University researchers. This is spoiling the otherwise historically good relationship between researchers and farmers in Denmark. In an article featured in the online Danish newspaper Altinget, Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen, Head of Department…

The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark has awarded a contract to Aarhus University and the Natural History Museum in Aarhus to carry out systematic monitoring of wolves in Denmark. (Photo: Colourbox)

2017.11.03 |

Aarhus researchers will monitor wolves in Denmark – and are asking the public for help

The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark has just awarded a contract to Aarhus University and the Natural History Museum in Aarhus to carry out systematic monitoring of wolves in Denmark. The researchers are now inviting the Danes to join in the hunt for wolves.

WattsUp Power in Hvidovre already produces flywheel systems for energy storage. Using better magnets, they will be able to store energy for much longer periods. 
The cubes around the rotor are permanent magnets. Photos: WattsUp Power A/S

2017.11.06 |

Renewable energy to be stored in floating flywheels

Better magnets can help store renewable energy from solar cells and wind turbines in magnetic flywheels. The new technology for energy storage could help remove one of the really big obstacles to further distribution of renewable energy. Innovation Fund Denmark is investing DKK 12 million in the project.

2017.10.17 |

Danish air has become cleaner over the last three decades

The negative impact of air pollution on human health in Denmark has been reduced by more than a third in the last 30 years, but air pollution causes about 3,600 premature deaths every year and costs millions in external expenses. This is shown in a report from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.10.16 |

Why do physicists blur their images before showing them to biologists?

How can cartoon images aid in understanding bacterial biological processes? How did Hollywood contribute to quantum physics? How do aesthetics, art, and design influence scientific visualization and vice versa? These are just some of the questions that a new book raises. Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, Ebbe Sloth Andersen and Ditte Høyer Engholm from MBG…

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