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A sperm whale jumps out of the water off the coast of the Azores. Photo: Per Henriksen, AU
The data logger the size of a large smart phone collects data about surface position, pressure, acceleration and sound. Photo: Per Henriksen, AU.

2020.12.01 | Department of Biology

Picky sperm whale uses long-distance sonar to find food in the deep ocean

The sperm whale is the world's largest toothed predator, and they consume as many fish and squid as the entire global fishing industry. However, we have not, until recently, understood how such large predators find their food in the deep ocean. By putting a data logger on the tip of the nose of a sperm whale, researchers from Aarhus University…

A boiling sulphur pool on Iceland where Sulfolobus thrives. This is what the landscape might have looked like when life began on Earth approx. 3.5 billion years ago (Colourbox).

2020.11.25 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

New insights into how the CRISPR immune system evolved

With new insights into how the genetic tool CRISPR – which allows direct editing of our genes – evolved and adapted, we are now one step closer to understanding the basis of the constant struggle for survival that takes place in nature. The results can be used in future biotechnologies.

2020.11.23 | Computer Science, Department of Geoscience, Department of Mathematics

Three new Sapere Aude research leaders at NAT

The Independent Research Fund Denmark has just awarded some of the foremost research talents, Sapere Aude research leader grants. There are three recipients from the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NAT), and they will help renew Danish research and create the foundation for future centres of excellence and research breakthroughs.

The purpose of the Delphini-1 satellite programme was to train students to carry out satellite missions: from mission planning to construction of the satellite, launch, orbit and analysis of data collected. (Photo: SAC, AU)
The Delphini-1 mission was – and is – the basis for a new satellite programme called DISCO, in which four universities have joined forces to educate even more graduates in high-tech competencies. The students themselves will also be able to get their hands on all aspects of a satellite mission. In the picture, the Delphini-1 CubeSat is under construction in the cleanroom at Aarhus University. (Photo: SAC, AU)

2020.11.18 | Department of Physics

Aarhus to become part of the national student satellite programme

Aarhus University is collaborating with three Danish universities to establish a national satellite programme in collaboration with the Danish Industry Foundation. The programme is designed to generate even more graduates with high-tech skills, and it will be part of students' degree programmes. A grant of DKK 4.25 million from the Danish Industry…

Ill: Christian Kroun Damgaard

2020.11.12 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Circular RNA regulates neuronal differentiation by scaffolding an inhibitory transcription complex

In a screening for a functional impact to the neuronal differentiation process, Danish researchers identified a specific circular RNA, circZNF827, which surprisingly “taps the brake” on neurogenesis. The results provide an interesting example of co-evolution of a circRNA, and its host-encoded protein product, that regulate each other’s function,…

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University. Photo: Ida Marie Jensen, AU Foto

2020.11.03 | Department of Physics

Two new professors in theoretical physics appointed

Georg Bruun and Nikolaj Thomas Zinner have both been appointed professors in theoretical physics at Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University.