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The platform under the open sky can also be used by visitors during the light hours of the day. Illustration: MP Design.

2020.06.09 | Department of Physics

Aarhus University signs partnership agreement on observatory at Mandø

Aarhus University and Esbjerg Municipality join forces to establish an observatory at Mandø. This is happening as part of Esbjerg Municipality 's plans to get the Wadden Sea Island certified as a Dark Sky Park. The official partnership agreement has just been signed.

Mikkel Slot Nielsen from the Department of Mathematics has been awarded Aarhus University Research Foundation's PhD Award 2020. Photo: Anne Kring.

2020.06.04 | People, Department of Mathematics

PhD Award for better use of big data in probability calculations

Mikkel Slot Nielsen from the Department of Mathematics has been awarded Aarhus University Research Foundation's PhD Award 2020. The prize will be awarded 4 June.

A project team from Aarhus University and Fida Biosystems will use advanced microfluidic techniques in the search for compounds, which can block the contact between SARS-CoV-2 virus and receptors on human cells. Click on the graphic to see it full size. (Graphics by Daniel Otzen)
Daniel Otzen is heading a collaborative project with DKK 3.8 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark for combating COVID-19. Photo: Jesper Rais, AU.

2020.06.02 | iNANO

DKK 3.8 million for collaboration on fighting COVID-19

Daniel Otzen and collaborators, Jørgen Kjems and Victoria Birkedal from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and the company Fida Biosystems, have received DKK 3.8 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark to develop a screening system to identify drugs that are able to combat COVID-19.

2020.05.20 | People, Grant

Independent Research Fund Denmark awards more than DKK 97 million to Natural Sciences

Independent Research Fund Denmark (IFRD) grants DKK 97.6 million to 23 research projects at Natural Sciences.

2020.05.18 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Grant

Increased funding for research into the mechanisms of cholesterol uptake

With a grant of DKK 6,181,260 (USD 900,000) from the Independent Research Fund Denmark, Associate Professor Bjørn Panyella Pedersen can now increase his research efforts to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms behind cholesterol uptake.

The Delta Scuti-star beta Pictoris. Photo: ESO

2020.05.13 | Department of Physics

The variable delta Scuti stars reveal some of their secrets

Danish National Research Foundation centre in Aarhus has a central role in some newly discovered details of the remarkable delta Scuti stars. To be published in Nature Wednesday 13. May

“An intravital microscopy image depicting blood vessels, macrophages and nanoparticles. Interested in how they move in real-time? See the movie featured at the end of this article (image: Yuya Hayashi)

2020.05.13 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, News

Zebrafish let you see the biological fate of nanoparticles in vivo

Ever wondered if you could see through the body of a living organism and observe the dynamic interplay between cells and nanoparticles injected into the bloodstream? This is now possible as the use of transgenic zebrafish embryos now offers a unique opportunity for intravital microscopy at imaging resolutions unrivalled by existing mammalian…

It is spring, the trees are turning green, and suddenly winter returns. Admittedly, just for a short visit, but many plant species cannot withstand this sudden change. Photo: Colourbox.
By integrating data on the climate and the properties of plants, the researchers created this map, which shows how the risk of frost damage to trees changes over time. The red areas are of particular concern. The frequency of late spring frosts increases drastically over time in these areas, and the trees have leaves with low resistance to frost. Graphic: Constantin Zohner, ETH Zürich

2020.05.12 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

Global warming means more frost damage to trees in Europe and Asia

A global research project has demonstrated that climate change entails a higher risk of freezing temperatures late in the spring. This can damage forests in Europe and Asia, where plants are not accustomed to this kind of fluctuation in the temperature and therefore start to blossom and grow leaves as soon as it is warm enough. In North America,…

One third of the world's population are in risk of being exposed to temperatures like the hottest parts of the Sahara desert within 50 years, if the human greenhouse gas emmissions continue unabated. Photo: Colourbox.
Expansion of extremely hot regions in a business-as-usual climate scenario. In the current climate, mean annual temperatures >290C are restricted to the small dark areas in the Sahara region. In 2070 such conditions are projected to occur throughout the shaded area following the RCP 8.5 scenario. Without migration, that area would be home to 3.5 billion people in 2070 following the SSP3 scenario of demographic development. Background colours represent the current mean annual temperatures. Graphics: Xu Chi

2020.05.04 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

‘Near-unlivable’ heat for one-third of humans within 50 years if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut

Areas of the planet home to one-third of humans will become as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, according to research by an international team of scientists with participation from Aarhus University published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. The…

2020.05.01 | Department of Geoscience

Geology professor elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society

Else Marie Friis elected as Foreign Member of the Royal Society

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