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Consumers who have reduced their meat consumption mention environmental, climate, health and animal welfare considerations as the most important motives for reducing meat consumption. Photo: Colourbox

2021.01.27 | DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, Sustainability

Almost a third of Danes have cut down on the meat in their diets

A new study from Aarhus University shows that almost a third of the Danes have reduced or stopped their meat consumption. Among these are, in particular, people with higher education, people in larger cities, women and young people.

2021.01.26 | Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electric car of the future to be developed in Denmark

Aarhus University is to head development of the next generation of electric car batteries with a recharging time of just six minutes. The EU is investing a total EUR 11.5 million in the project.

Chemical plant for Haber-Bosch production of ammonia and nitrogen fertilization. Photo: Istock.

2021.02.04 | Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Sustainability

The road to future zero emissions demands a new form of ammonia production

A new global collaboration to examine new ways of producing green ammonia is to receive DKK 21 million from the EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020. The project is being headed by engineering researchers from Aarhus University

Shweta Agarwala (Photo: VILLUM)
Kasper Vita Kristensen (Photo: VILLUM)

2021.01.21 | Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Two new VILLUM Young Investigators at Faculty of Technical Sciences

Since 2011 the Young Investigator-programme from the VILLUM Foundation has supported the carriers of young and ambitious researchers. This year two new promising talents has received a grant amounting to approx. 12 mio. DKK.

Spring arrives earlier and earlier in North-East Greenland and alters the interplay among plants and insects. (Photo: Toke T. Høye)

2021.02.04 | Department of Bioscience, Sustainability

No insect crisis in the Arctic - yet

Climate change is more pronounced in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet, raising concerns about the ability of wildlife to cope with the new conditions. A new study shows that rare insects are declining, suggesting that climatic changes may favour common species.

Associate Professor Xuping Zhang and his research team have developed a customised and very versatile robotic gripper for the robot, that was demonstrated at Jydsk Emblem Fabrik on the 18th. of January 2021. Photo: Peer Klercke.

2021.01.20 | Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Robotic colleague takes over the production line at Aarhus factory

Monday 18 January was demo day at Jydsk Emblem Fabrik A/S in Malling – a 135-year-old family-owned company, which was demonstrating an intelligent, self-propelled, collaborative mobile robot manipulator system in its production processes.

2021.01.19 | Department of Agroecology, Sustainability

Is rattail fescue the new super weed?

A new grass weed species has in recent years become a bigger and bigger problem in winter cereals and grass seed crops. Knowledge about rattail fescue has so far been very limited, but researchers from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Flakkebjerg have investigated the rattail fescue's biology, phenology, competitive ability,…

Insect monitoring cameras in a remote area in East Greenland (photo credit: Toke T. Høye)

2021.01.14 | Department of Bioscience, Sustainability

Artificial intelligence puts focus on the life of insects

Scientists are combining artificial intelligence and advanced computer technology with biological know how to identify insects with supernatural speed. This opens up new possibilities for describing unknown species and for tracking the life of insects across space and time.

"PFAS are some of the worst environmental pollutants, and unfortunately we don’t yet have green methods that can completely break the very strong carbon-fluorine bonds that make the substances extremely resistant to natural decay," says Assistant Professor Zongsu Wei. Photo: Zongsu Wei.

2021.01.13 | AU Engineering, Sustainability

Research project to eliminate ‘forever chemicals’

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted funding to a project to develop a multi-step system to treat water for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The method is based on nature's own enzymes and a completely new nanomaterial being developed by researchers at Aarhus University.

"Autonomous drone technology is an area in rapid development. There are many positive aspects of using this technology in offshore industries where the cost of manual labour is very high,” says Associate Professor Erdal Kayacan, Aarhus University, who is one of those working to develop new intelligent technologies for the maritime sector. Photo: Istock

2021.01.12 | Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Drone technology gaining ground in the maritime sector

The potential of autonomous solutions for offshore operations in the maritime sector is huge. The Danish drone company Upteko is collaborating with researchers from Aarhus University to develop next-generation drone technologies and artificial intelligence for everything from rescue operations to 3D scans and inspections of entire ships.

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