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Zackenberg in northeastern Greenland is threatened by climate changes. Photo: Konsta Punkka

2020.06.30 | Department of Bioscience

Climate research station at risk of falling into the river in a climate-affected landscape

One of Denmark’s most northern research stations is in danger. The permafrost in the surrounding landscape is thawing, leaving the cliffs bare and at risk of being swept away by the river that has moved closer to the research facilities. The Zackenberg research station has become very real and sad proof of what it was designed to investigate: the…

"Generally speaking, the whole initiative is about inspiring and engaging young people in the natural sciences. Remember that we can only solve this crucial problem for mankind through scientific and technical research and development," says Assistant Professor Thomas Tørring from Aarhus University. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Foto.

2020.06.29 | Department of Engineering, Grant

Massive grant brings upper secondary school students into the fight against antibiotic resistance

Danish upper-secondary school students can now try their hand at scientific research and perhaps even help in a discovery that could have a major impact on millions of people all over the world. A grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation has given Aarhus University the opportunity to let school students take part in important research to find new…

A new study published in SCIENCE shows that the sled dog is almost 10,000 years old. Photo: Carsten Egevang / QIMMEQ

2020.06.25 | Department of Bioscience

Sled dogs with almost 10,000-year-old genes

Muscle, kidney and liver samples have been taken for analysis from Greenlandic sled dogs. Researchers have compared the DNA from the dogs with DNA from the 9,500-year-old Siberian Zhokhov dog, and a 33,000-year-old Siberian wolf. The analysis shows that humans were able to use the tough sled dog to conquer the brutal Arctic almost 10,000 years ago.

The wolf spider Pardosa glacialis is extremely common in the Arctic tundra. If, in future, it produces two generations of offspring during a season, these may have a significant effect on the prey on which the spider lives. Photo: Jörg U. Hammel
The snow disappears earlier and earlier from the Arctic tundra and climate change therefore entails a longer growth season for Arctic plants and animals. Photo: Toke T. Høye.

2020.06.24 | Department of Bioscience

Spider baby boom in a warmer Arctic

Climate change leads to longer growing seasons in the Arctic. A new study, which has just been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, show that predators like wolf spiders respond to the changing conditions and have been able to produce two clutches of offspring during the short Arctic summer.

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2020.06.22 | Department of Environmental Science

Environmental impacts in the wake of the corona outbreak in Italy

Researchers from Aarhus University and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology have quantified and described the environmental consequences of the lockdown in Italy. The study has also estimated greenhouse gas emissions in relation to possible economic recovery scenarios in connection with the Italian reopening.

Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Foto

2020.06.23 | Faculty of Technical Sciences

Larger intake: The faculty has been allocated more student places

More students are to have the opportunity to study a technical-scientific degree programme at Aarhus University, and after the summer holidays, 231 more applicants will be able to take one of the new student places at the Faculty of Technical Sciences.

The project Drones4Safety has a total of nine partners from all over Europe. Associate Professor Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen (left) is participating from Aarhus University. Photo: Peer Klercke.

2020.06.23 | Department of Engineering

Drone swarms to inspect infrastructure throughout Europe

A new Danish-led research project will allow swarms of advanced, autonomous drones to keep a watchful eye on bridges and railways and report if something needs to be repaired.

Photo: Olden Kombucha

2020.06.23 | Department of Food Science

Kombucha startup receives support from Future Food & Bioresource Innovation

The Food eHub at the Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, has helped a local start-up company to secure funding from Future Food & Bioresource Innovation. The funding will support the development of the product Olden Kombucha, a fermented drink made with tea, in cooperation with the Aarhus University School of Engineering and the company…

Photo: Colorbox

2020.06.23 | DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, Sustainability

How do consumers respond to sustainable packaging?

Aarhus University focuses on developing sustainable packaging solutions for food. In a new research project, the MAPP Centre will be involved in investigating how consumers respond to sustainable packaging.

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2020.06.10 | Department of Environmental Science, People

Flemming Ekelund takes up position as honorary professor

Department of Environmental Science is now one soil biologist richer. Flemming Ekelund, an associate professor at the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, has been appointed an honorary professor at Aarhus University.

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