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Research project SATURN will result in new standards for ships that bother marine animals as little as possible with noise. Foto: Colourbox.
A pilot whale with a D-tag attahced. The tag records the noise to which the whale is exposed, and registers its movements by means of e.g. GPS, depth gauge and motion sensors. This is one of the tasks that researchers from AU are responsible for. Photo: Pernille Tønnesen, AU
Based on measurements, TNO has calculated the noise level in the North Sea. The map shows so-called Excess, which is a measure of how much the ship noise has raised the background noise above the natural noise from wind and waves. Yellow color indicates a high noise level, dark blue a low noise level. Graphics: TNO

2020.12.07 | Department of Biology

New major research project to bring about quiet seas

Over the next four years, a major new EU project will examine how noise from shipping affects the marine environment and identify solutions to make ships quieter. Project SATURN has participants from ten countries, and researchers from AU will play a key role.

2021.01.06 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Researchers from the Faculty of Natural Sciences receive DKK 27,3 million from the Carlsberg Foundation

At the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NAT) 22 researchers have received grants from two of the Carlsberg Foudation programmes for a total sum of DKK 27,3 million.

Senior Researcher Peter Henriksen is the new director of the WATEC Research Centre from 1 December 2020. (Photo: AU)

2020.12.04 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

New head for strategic research centre

Peter Henriksen, senior researcher at the Department of Bioscience will take up the position as the new head of WATEC on 1 December 2020. The research centre was founded in 2017, and is now among the research elite, with close collaboration relations near and far. The new head of the centre is looking forward to being in charge of the centre,…

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.

Illustration: Colourbox

2020.11.03 | Faculty of Natural Sciences, Sustainability

Researchers at NAT receive DKK 38 million for research into the green transition

Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) has just published the 65 research projects on the green transition that have been awarded grants. At the Faculty of Natural Sciences, seven projects are to receive a total of DKK 38 million, and can now focus on this socially important research area.

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