31. August 2018

Other August News in Brief

CENPERM researchers discover the release of volatile gases from permafrost

Gases released from thawing permafrost are one of the hottest topics in climate research and the global warming debate today. Until now, the focus has mostly been on the release of carbon dioxide and methane, but other gases caught in the permafrost also have a major impact on the climate of the future. In a scientific article recently published in the journal Nature Communications, a group of researchers from the DNRF Center for Permafrost (CENPERM) has examined a number of gases that are characterized by volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs react fast in the atmosphere, affecting, among other things, the production of ozone and of small particles that affect the formation of clouds.


Lone Gram writes about antibiotics, bacteria and fungi at Videnskab.dk

Why do bacteria and fungi form antibiotics? This is one of the basic biological questions that head of center Lone Gram, together with colleagues at the Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites (CeMiSt), hopes to answer during the coming years. At the Danish science website Videnskab.dk, Gram has written about her research area and, among other things, explains why microorganisms are the biggest hope we have in terms of identifying new antibiotics.

Read more at Videnskab.dk here (in Danish)

More about CeMiSt here 


Researchers zoom in on the chemistry of the solar system’s childhood

The head of the Center for Star and Planet Formation (STARPLAN) is one of the main forces behind a new study whereby an international research team, for the first time, has targeted the chemical composition of the solar system’s childhood. The measurements are made on chondrules – millimeter-sized glasslike beads – found in meteorites and asteroids. The scientific article was published in the journal PNAS.

Read more about the research at Videnskab.dk here (in Danish) 


Head of center Rubina Raja has co-authored a book on research in urban societies of the past

Professor and head of center Rubina Raja, together with Professor Søren Sindbæk, has edited a book that, through 40 contributed articles, reviews new approaches to the study of urban societies of the past. These approaches combine classic archaeological methods with new technological and scientific methods.


Research communication prize awarded to M. T. Frandsen from CP3-Origins

Associate Professor Mads Toudal Frandsen, from the DNRF Center CP3-Origins at the University of Southern Denmark, recently received the Research Communication award of the Faculty of Natural Science. Frandsen, a particle physicist, has initiated special physics courses at Odense Youth School. The prize entails 25,000 DKK for the development of teaching or research.

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