PCBs are transported by air and sea currents over long distances from industrialised areas of the northern hemisphere to the Arctic region. Here they accumulate in the fatty and slow-growing marine food chains, and have the highest concentrations in polar bears, orcas and humans. Even though PCBs have been prohibited for the last two to three decades, the levels are stable. This is partly because climate change has an impact on the food chain dynamics, as well as the fact that polar bears have begun eating more polluted seals (harp seals and hooded seals).

2016.12.05 |

PCBs threaten the polar bear population

New research from the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University shows that PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) affect the mating success and population growth of polar bears.

2016.12.01 |

New energy laboratory opens in Aarhus

A new energy laboratory at Aarhus University will provide new knowledge about how to optimise a sustainable electricity supply in Denmark and the rest of Europe. Both researchers and students, as well as companies in Denmark and abroad will have access to the state-of-the-art technical facilities.

All the happy finalists gathered together. Each winning team received DKK 10,000 and the teams in second and third place received DKK 2,500 each. 
The ‘LactoPure’ team: Mikkel Vind Lorenz, Ida Bæk and Magnus W. Meyer.
The ‘A Meaty Solution’ team: Anders Lund and Anders Dahlin.
The ‘CompAir’ team: Søren Roesgaard Nielsen, Kristoffer Juhler Nielsen and Ram Sarusie.

2016.11.30 |

The Dean’s Challenge – from sustainable steaks to baby-saving breast pumps

The final of the Dean’s Challenge 2016 was held on Friday 25 November. During the 28-day process, the dean’s case competition attracted students from many of the different study programmes at Science and Technology. Nineteen finalists were ready on Friday with nine innovative ideas to solve the world’s major problems.

Clive Sabel has been appointed Professor of Environmental Geography at the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University.

2016.11.22 |

New professor finds the links between geography and health

Clive Sabel has been appointed Professor of Environmental Geography at the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University. Professor Sabel comes from a position at the University of Bristol, UK.

2016.11.24 |

Insects move into the stable

The aim of a new project is that Denmark should be a pioneer country for the sustainable industrial production of insects for feed and food products. Aarhus University researchers will collaborate with colleagues and industry to use organic residues and waste products to raise insects on a large scale. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2016.11.23 |

The battle against salty cheese

The salt content of a classic Danbo cheese can be reduced by 25 per cent without negatively affecting the taste or texture. This is shown in new research that can help the cheese acquire the Keyhole Label in the future. Read more (in Danish only) here.

The Director Ib Henriksen Foundation’s Researcher Award 2016 goes to Professor Poul Nissen

2016.11.22 |

The Director Ib Henriksen Foundation’s Researcher Award 2016 goes to Professor Poul Nissen

Professor Poul Nissen has won the prestigious Director Ib Henriksen Foundation’s Researcher Award 2016 for his outstanding efforts in structural biology. The foundation justifies the choice of Professor Nissen with his ability to promote interdisciplinary and international cooperation in his field of research.

One of the harbour porpoises at the Fjord & Belt Centre in Kerteminde on the cover of <i>Current Biology</i>. Access to the trained porpoises made it possible to study their cognitive heart rate regulation. (Photo: Marie-Anne Blanchet, ©Fjord&Bælt)
Siri Lander Elmegaard and Jakob Højer Kristensen take the pulse of a harbour porpoise that gets a message about how long it should be submerged. (Fjord & Belt Centre, photo: Antje Hempelmann)
A porpoise dives down to a station where it will spend the next 20 or 80 seconds, during which times its pulse will be recorded by a small computer mounted on its back. (Fjord & Belt Centre, photo: Siri Lander Elmegaard)
This figure shows the porpoise’s pulse when it dives for two periods of time (20 and 80 seconds). Prior to the dive, the porpoises are given a message about the duration. The pulse is lowered most during an 80-second dive, even when just the first 15 seconds of the dives are compared. The only difference is the porpoise’s expectation of how long it should remain submerged.

2016.11.21 |

Whales have conscious control of their heart rate

New research shows that Denmark’s resident whale – the harbour porpoise – can consciously control its pulse. The new results provide a closer understanding of how harbour porpoises survive beneath the surface.

2016.11.22 |

New natural substance against cancer: rakicidin’s sharp sister

Through extensive chemical detective work, Danish researchers have rediscovered a natural substance that is far more effective against particularly aggressive cancer cells than previously known natural products. And they made a Japanese patent unusable. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2016.11.21 |

Nitrogen fixing symbiosis is crucial for legume plant microbiome assembly

New findings from the study of legumes have identified an unknown role of nitrogen fixation symbiosis on plant root-associated microbiome, which agriculture may benefit from in the future.

2016.11.16 |

Researchers intend to find a better treatment for corneal dystrophy

Corneal dystrophy is an eye disease causing protein deposits in the cornea leading to decreased or complete lack of vision. The existing treatment options are not sustainable, and therefore Danish researchers intend to find a better and long lasting treatment for the disease.

Marianne Thomsen has been appointed Professor of Industrial Ecology at the Department of Environmental Science. (Private photo)

2016.11.16 |

New professor carries out research into sustainable solutions for the environment

Marianne Thomsen has been appointed Professor of Industrial Ecology at the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, as of 1 November 2016.

Photo: Steen Petersen
Photo: Jens Vinge
Photo: Jens Vinge

2016.11.10 |

Follow in the footsteps of the moose and the red deer

Moose and red deer that were released in Lille Vildmose in summer 2016 have been fitted with GPS collars so that scientists and keepers can track their movements. However, a new initiative enables nature lovers to follow the animals’ comings and goings via the Lille Vildmose Centre’s website.

2016.11.07 |

Full house at Navitas for Industry 4.0 Conference

More than 200 participants from leading Danish technology companies and knowledge institutions attended the conference and workshops at Aarhus University on Thursday 3 November.

2016.11.04 |

AU Engineering opens new tech space

AU Engineering is opening a new laboratory – the Orbit Lab – packed with advanced technological hardware. The Orbit Lab is an offer to the university’s brightest and most creative IT and engineering students.

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