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MAX IV in Lund is one of the latest young branches on the family tree of technology. Following a grant from the Pool for Research Infrastructures, an AU-led research group can now construct a new instrument to find extremely small, but very valuable, defects in materials. (Press photo: Perry Nordeng, Lund University)

2021.03.04 | Department of Chemistry

New Nordic X-ray facility

Following a grant from the National Committee for Research Infrastructures (NUFI) of DKK 25 million, an Aarhus research group headed by Professor Bo Brummerstedt can now study defects and disorder in crystals in a completely new way. This is using the DanMAX beamline at Lund, which, with its intense radiation can reveal the tiniest details inside…

Greater mouse-eared bats at the Orlova Chuka cave in Bulgaria photographed before the researchers caught 10 of them and glued electronic rucksacks to their backs. Photo: Stefan Greif, Max Plack Institut

2021.03.03 | Department of Biology, Research

Tiny computers reveal how wild bats hunt so efficiently

The bats' echolocation is more advanced than previously thought. Bats muffle their screams almost to a whisper when hunting, so echoes from trees and buildings do not drown out echoes from the prey. This is revealed by an international research team led by Aarhus University using miniature computers that they have put on the backs of wild bats.

Photo: Jørgen Weber

2021.03.10 | Department of Physics, Department of Chemistry, iNANO

DKK 17.5 million for six research projects

For the first time ever, the Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted project funding earmarked specifically for basic research within the natural and technical sciences. Six researchers at the Faculty of Natural Sciences have received grants totalling more than DKK 17.5 million.

Picture of a part of the Aarhus experiment, where atoms are initially trapped and cooled. Photo: Lars Kruse/AU foto.

2021.03.02 | Department of Physics

Watching the birth of a quasiparticle

New paper in Nature Physics: A collaboration in the “Center for Complex Quantum Systems” at Aarhus University has successfully observed the formation of a quasiparticle.

Thibaud Dieudonné (photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)

2021.02.25 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Thibaud Dieudonné receives the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship

Postdoc Thibaud Dieudonné from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives the highly prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to study how a human lipid transporter is linked to a rare inherited liver disease.

Frans Mulder and his consortium, BOUNDLESS, has received DKK 14.4m from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Besides Frans Mulder, the consortium consists of Lene N. Nejsum, and Magnus Kjærgaard from Aarhus University as well as Siewert Jan Marrink from University of Groningen (NL). (Photos: private)

2021.02.25 | iNANO

New interdisciplinary consortium at AU will study membrane-less organelles

Associate Professor Frans Mulder is heading a new consortium, BOUNDLESS, funded by the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. With the grant the consortium will study how membrane-less organelles control key biological processes.

In order to describe the structure of properdin oligomers, the researchers used two independent techniques. In the panels with a dark background, the properdin molecule is seen as a light triangular molecule with an "eye" in each corner. This image was obtained by electron microscopy. The panels with a light background show the corresponding results obtained with small angle scattering. The results from the two independent techniques fit surprisingly well with each other. Figure: Dennis Vestergaard Pedersen and Gregers Rom Andersen

2021.02.18 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Dennis tamed the protein from hell in seven years

After seven years of intense research, a research group from Aarhus University has succeeded - through an interdisciplinary collaboration - in understanding why a very extended structure is important for an essential protein from the human immune system. The new results offer new opportunities for adjusting the activity of the immune system both…

Backwards planets in double star system. Illustration: Christoffer Grønne.

2021.02.16 | Department of Physics

Astronomers discover exoplanets orbiting their star "backwards"

In a recently published scientific article, a research group led by the Stellar Astrophysics Centre at Aarhus University describes a very special exoplanet system. Two exoplanets run "backwards" around their star, and scientists' studies suggest that they originally orbited the other, more common way around.

2021.02.12 | Department of Physics

New knowledge from old method

As quantum technology makes its inroad, we need to be able to use new materials to capture and tame the promising new opportunities offered by the technology. This means we must be able to examine the interior of exotic quantum materials, and so far this has proved rather difficult. A research team with Danish participation has now found a method.

The Lundbeck Foundation is giving the DANDRITE neuroscience centre at Aarhus University DKK 75 M (EUR 10 M) to spend on research up to 2028. Photo: Colourbox

2021.02.10 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Grant worth DKK 75 M for neuroscience in Aarhus

The Lundbeck Foundation is giving the DANDRITE neuroscience centre at Aarhus University funding to spend on research up to 2028. The funds worth DKK 75 M (EUR 10 M) will primarily be spent on recruitment of five new DANDRITE group leaders to head individual neuroscience research programmes.

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