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The earliest stages of life might be simpler than we thought

13 July 2017

In the very earliest stages of life, mammalian cells multiply and form the embryo. New research from the University of Copenhagen suggests that this process might be much simpler than we thought.

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KU researcher with bad climate news won the Danish Research Result of the Year

28 April 2017

Gary Shaffer, Professor Emeritus at the Niels Bohr Institute, and Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen from DTU have made the year’s most important scientific discovery, according to the users of Videnskab.dk.

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Large ERC grant for Kim Sneppen

05 April 2017

Large ERC grant for Kim SneppenAn advanced ERC grant for Kim Sneppen of DKK 16.500.000 was awarded for development of new methods and models to explore the diverse and complex world within and between cells, for investigating how diversity emerges and is maintained...

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The Villum Foundation invests 80 MDKK in the dark universe and climate change

20 March 2017

Niels Bohr Institute Professors Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Centre for Ice and Climate and Jens Hjorth, Dark Cosmology Centre, have obtained a grant of nearly 40 million Danish crowns each, from the new Villum Investigator program.

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Newly discovered mechanism in cells can regulate the immune system

21 December 2016

Special proteins are important for the function of cells and play an important role in processes and effectiveness of the immune system. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have observed how concentrations

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Scientific ‘facts’ could be false

20 December 2016

When is a scientific result true or false? Experiments always have a certain proportion of positive results and negative results, but scientific journals prefer to publish the positive results and new research from the Niels Bohr Institute...

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Trust fosters networking and knowledge sharing

11 October 2016

Trust fosters networking and knowledge sharing A group of researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have examined how a communication network can arise within a new experiment called Expert Game. They discovered that the driving mechanism for...

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Tracking the amount of sea ice from the Greenland ice sheet

27 September 2016

Tracking the amount of sea ice from the Greenland ice sheetBy analysing ice cores drilled from deep inside the Greenland ice sheet, researchers have started to calculate how much Arctic sea ice there was in the past. The results have just published in the research journal Scientific

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Acidity in atmosphere minimised to preindustrial levels

19 September 2016

Acidity in atmosphere minimised to preindustrial levels New research shows that human pollution of the atmosphere with acid is now almost back to the level that it was before the pollution started with industrialisation in the 1930s. The results come from studies of the Greenland

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Researchers unravel process for the formation of rainstorms

29 August 2016

Researchers unravel process for the formation of rainstorms Violent thunderstorms can often cause torrential rain, which poses a threat for both humans and the infrastructure. Until now such extreme weather phenomena have been very poorly understood.

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Gentle cancer treatment using nanoparticles works

02 August 2016

Cancer treatments based on laser irridation of tiny nanoparticles that are injected directly into the cancer tumor are working and can destroy the cancer from within. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute and the Faculty

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Bacteria avoid age defects through collective behaviour

14 July 2016

As they age, more and more defects arise in most organisms. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have discovered that microorganisms like bacteria can keep a colony young by practicing a common strategy...

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Warning from the past: Future global warming could be even warmer

27 June 2016

Future global warming will not only depend on the amount of emissions from man-made greenhouse gasses, but will also depend on the sensitivity of the climate system and response to feedback mechanisms.

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Site on Mars named after Mars researcher Jens Martin Knudsen

07 June 2016

The Danish Mars researcher Jens Martin Knudsen has had an area on Mars named after him. The site has been named Knudsen Ridge and has a very beautiful location by Endeavour Crater near the equator.

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Insulating layer of air above the Greenland ice sheet reduces precipitation

29 April 2016

Isolerende luftlag over Grønlands iskappe mindsker nedbørThe Earth’s climate has been warming, but even though the Greenland ice sheet is melting rapidly in the coastal regions, there are large parts of the ice sheet where there has hardly been any melting on the surface.

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Mogens Høgh Jensen new president of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

19 April 2016

Mogens Høgh Jensen ny præsident for Videnskabernes SelskabMogens Høgh Jensen, a professor of biophysics at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen has been appointed president of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
 

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Climate variations analysed 5 million years back in time

16 March 2016

When we talk about climate change today, we have to recognise the natural variations to be able to distinguish them from the human-induced changes. Researchers from the NBI have analysed the natural climate variations over

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Diversity of nature formulated

01 February 2016

We humans are affecting nature to a greater and greater degree and this is contributing to the reduction of biodiversity globally. To better assess the consequences requires a better understanding of the environmental

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Seven researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute receives grants from the Villum Foundation

21 January 2016

Seven researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute receives grants from the Villum FoundationThe Niels Bohr Institute has obtained seven grants from the Villum Foundation’s Young Investigator Programme which is awarded to young up-and-coming scientific researchers. The awards are typically worth between 5 and 7 million kroner

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Very high silicon content surprises Mars researchers

17 December 2015

Very high silicon content surprises Mars researchers New results from the Mars rover Curosity show that some rocks in Gale Crater have a high content of the element silicon. Since the accumulation of silica typically require a combination of both heat and water, this place might once

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The past shows how abrupt climate shifts affect Earth

09 November 2015

New research shows how past abrupt climatic changes in the North Atlantic propagated globally. The study, led by researchers from The Niels Bohr Institute, shows how interaction between heat transport in the ocean and the...

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The Greenland ice sheet contains nutrients from precipitation

04 November 2015

The Greenland ice sheet contains nutrients from precipitationNew research shows that the ice sheet on Greenland contains the nutrient phosphorus, which was carried by the atmosphere across the country, where it fell with precipitation. This new knowledge is important for...

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KU students win gold in the United States for Mars moss project

05 October 2015

Can we develop a moss that can survive and grow on Mars? A group of students from the Center for Synthetic Biology and the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen decided to try.

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Volcanic eruptions are important for world climate

08 July 2015

Volcanic eruptions are important for world climate Large volcanic eruptions release huge clouds of ash and acid into the atmosphere. These clouds spread across the globe and block out the Sun, resulting in a colder climate for decades afterwards. Climate researchers have known

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Lise Arleth appointed professor of experimental biophysics

01 July 2015

Lise Arleth appointed professor of experimental biophysics Lise Arleth has been appointed professor in the research group Neutron and X-ray Scattering at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.
 

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Pól Martin Bendix receives Sapere Aude grant

23 June 2015

Associate professor of biophysics at the Niels Bohr Institute, Pól Martin Bendix has received a Sapere Aude grant from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation’s special research career programme for research leaders. The grant is for 7 million

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Risk of major sea level rise in Northern Europe

18 June 2015

Risk of major sea level rise in Northern EuropeGlobal warming leads to the ice sheets on land melting and flowing into the sea, which consequently rises. New calculations by researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute show that the sea level in Northern Europe may rise more than

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New Greenland ice core drilled through the Renland ice cap

17 June 2015

New Greenland ice core drilled through the Renland ice capAn international research team led by the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have drilled an ice core through the ice cap on the Renland peninsula in the Scoresbysund fjord in Eastern Greenland in record time.

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Research station moved nearly 500 km across the Greenland ice sheet

28 May 2015

The entire research station NEEM has been moved 465 km across the Greenland ice sheet on skis to the new camp EGRIP, where there will be a future international drilling camp and a gateway to research programmes in East

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Thomas Heimburg appointed Professor

28 April 2015

Thomas Heimburg appointed ProfessorThomas Heimburg, head of the Membrane Biophysics Group at the Niels Bohr Institute, has been appointed professor of theoretical and experimental biophysics. He researches how the signals of nerve pathways function using waves in the form of a sound pulse

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Namiko Mitarai receives prestigious Japanese elite researcher award

07 April 2015

Namiko Mitarai receives prestigious Japanese elite researcher award Namiko Mitarai, associate professor and researcher in biophysics in the research group BioComplexity at the Niels Bohr Institute, has been awarded the prestigious Japanese elite researcher award, The Young Scientists’ Prize in the Commendation for Science and

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Mars has belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water

07 April 2015

Mars has belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water Mars has distinct polar ice caps, but Mars also has belts of glaciers at its central latitudes in both the southern and northern hemispheres. A thick layer of dust covers the glaciers, so they appear as surface of the ground, but radar

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A.P. Møller Foundation donates 25 million kroner to ice core research

20 March 2015

Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, head of the Centre for Ice and Climate at NBIhas received a grant of 25 million kroner from the A.P. Møller Foundation for a major new research project in Greenland.

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Biophysicist receives EliteForsk Award 2015

26 February 2015

Biophysics professor Lene Oddershede of the University of Copenhagen's Niels Bohr Institute at the Faculty of Science will receive an EliteForsk Award - Denmark's largest public research award - on Thursday, February 26. Lene Oddershede's work mainly focuses on an interdisciplinary research domain where physics, biology and medicine merge. 

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Lene Oddershede appointed professor

19 January 2015

Lene Oddershede appointed professorLene Oddershede, head of the research group Optical Tweezers at the Niels Bohr Institute, has been appointed professor of experimental biophysics. In the last year, Lene Oddershede has received a grant from the Danish National Research Foundation

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14.5 million DKK for interdisciplinary cancer therapy project led by Lene Oddershede

07 January 2015

A new research project will work to develop a treatment that only affects cancer tumours locally. The treatment involves injecting tiny nanoparticles into the tumour, where they are irradiated and destroy the cancer from within.

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Cells ‘feel’ their surroundings using finger-like structures

22 December 2014

Cells ‘feel’ their surroundings using finger-like structuresCells have finger-like projections that they can ‘feel’ their physical surroundings with using ultrasensitive sensors. New research from NBI shows how the structures, called filopodia can extend themselves, contract and bend in...

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Celldivision induces tissue ordering

08 December 2014

Celldivision induces tissue ordering If there is a blood clot preventing blood from flowing across the endothelial cells, they begin to divide actively. New research from NBI demonstrates that cell division is very ordered and create a dynamic movement with...

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Jérôme Chappellaz receives the Niels Bohr Institute’s Medal of Honour

26 November 2014

Jérôme Chappellaz receives the Niels Bohr Institute’s Medal of HonourJérôme Chappellaz is a glaciologist and the director of LGGE in Grenoble, France. He researches ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland and analyses the atmospheric composition in order to reconstruct past natural climate variations compared to the

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Rising sea levels of 1.8 meters in worst-case scenario

13 October 2014

Rising sea levels of 1.8 meters in worst-case scenarioThe climate is getting warmer, the ice sheets are melting and sea levels are rising – but how much?  Now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute and their colleagues have calculated the risk for a worst-case scenario. The results indicate that

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60 million kroner for a new Center of Excellence, StemPhys led by Lene Oddershede

08 October 2014

60 million kroner for a new Center of Excellence, StemPhys led by Lene OddershedeStem cells have the potential to develop into any type of cell and now the Danish National Research Foundation has awarded 60 million kroner for a new Center of Excellence, StemPhys, that will conduct research into how to control stem cell

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Namiko Mitarai part of a new Center of Excellence, BASP

07 October 2014

Bacteria are hardy and can survive in the most extreme stress conditions. The Danish National Research Foundation has allocated 50 million DKK for a new Center of Excellence, Center for Bacterial Stress Pesponse and Persistence.

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New book about life as seen from physics

29 September 2014

New book about life as seen from physics The book ’Models of Life’ is a non-traditional biophysics textbook and it describes how life functions. The book is written by a professor of biophysics, Kim Sneppen, Niels Bohr Institute.
 

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Peter Ditlevsen receives EU grant to research abrupt climate change

11 September 2014

Peter Ditlevsen receives EU grant to research abrupt climate changeThe EU has allocated four million Euros (29.7 million kroner) to an international network of researchers who will try to understand critical changes in complex dynamic systems in nature, in technology and in society

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Nerve impulses can collide and continue unaffected

10 September 2014

Nerve impulses can collide and continue unaffected New research from the Niels Bohr Institute now shows that two colliding nerve impulses simply pass through each other and continue unaffected. This supports the theory that nerves function as sound pulses.

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Past temperature in Greenland adjusted

04 September 2014

During a period of several thousand years up until the last ice age ended approximately 12,000 years ago, the climate pattern in Greenland did not fit and this was a mystery to researchers. Now researchers from the Niels Bohr

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Biophysicist Pernille Yde receives prestigious award

18 August 2014

Biophysicist Pernille Yde receives prestigious awardThe Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science, SNU has awarded the prestigious Kirstine Meyer Grant to Pernille Yde for her research in biophysical computer models with special focus on inflammation and diabetes.

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Grants from FNU to Astrophysics and Biophysics

30 June 2014

Grants from FNU to Astrophysics and BiophysicsTwo researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute, Marianne Vestergaard at the Dark Cosmology Centre and Lene Oddershede in Optical Tweezers have both received grants of approx. 6-6½ million kroner from FNU

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FNU grants to Biophysics and Oceanography

25 June 2014

FNU grants to Biophysics and OceanographyTwo professors at the Niels Bohr Institute, Mogens Høgh Jensen, Professor of Biophysics, and Markus Jochum, Professor of Oceanography, have both received a grant of 2.4 million kroner from FNU

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Dorthe Dahl-Jensen receives European Agassiz Medal

08 May 2014

Dorthe Dahl-Jensen receives European Agassiz MedalProfessor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, head of the Centre for Ice and Climate at NBI, has been awarded the Louis Agassiz Medal by the EGU (European Geoscience Union). She is receiving the medal for her outstanding scientific contributions in glaciology and...

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Klaus Mosegaard new professor of geophysics - again

30 April 2014

Klaus Mosegaard new professor of geophysics - againKlaus Mosegaard is a geophysicist and researches the Earth’s internal processes and the geological structure of the subsurface using mathematical modeling. Now he is back at the Niels Bohr Institute as professor and head of the research group...

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Mars research receives FNU grant

13 February 2014

Mars research receives FNU grant Morten Bo Madsen, who leads the Mars Group in Astrophysics and Science at the Niels Bohr Institute, has received a grant of just over 3.8 million kroner from FNU, the Danish Council for Independent Research | Natural Sciences.

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Rounded stones on Mars evidence of flowing water

30 May 2013

Observations by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity have revealed areas with gravel and pebbles that are characteristic of a former riverbed. Researchers, including members of the Niels Bohr Institute, have analysed their...

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Today's global warming follows more than 1000 years of colder climates

22 April 2013

A new international study of past climate shows that the global temperature was getting colder and colder for more than 1000 years until the year 1900, after which global warming raised the temperature significantly in just...

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More hurricane surges in the future

18 March 2013

How many extreme storm surges like that from Hurricane Katrina, which hit the U.S. coast in 2005, will there be as a result of global warming? New research from the Niels Bohr Institute show that there will be a tenfold increase

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Greenland ice cores reveal warm climate of the past

22 January 2013

New research from the NEEM ice core drilling project in Greenland shows that the warm Eemian period - 130,000 and 115,000 years ago was warmer than previously thought.

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Massive volcanic eruption puts past climate and people in perspective

05 November 2012

The largest volcanic eruption on Earth in the past millions of years took place in Indonesia 74,000 years ago and researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute can now link the colossal eruption with the global climate

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Turbulent flows in 2D can be calculated in new model

23 October 2012

Turbulent flows have challenged researchers for centuries. It is impossible to predict chaotic weather more than a week in advance. Now, however, researchers from NBI have succeeded in developing a

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Tropical cyclones are occurring more frequently than before

16 October 2012

Are there more tropical cyclones now than in the past? New research from the Niels Bohr Institute clearly shows that there is an increasing tendency for cyclones when the climate is warmer

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Methane emissions can be traced back to Roman times

03 October 2012

Emissions of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere can be traced back thousands of years in the Greenland ice sheet. The results go all the way back to Roman times and up to the present

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The Mars rover Curiosity finds an old riverbed on Mars

01 October 2012

The rover Curiosity, which landed on Mars on the 6th of August, has found deposits formed in the Martian past by a fast moving stream of water with a depth between ankle and hip height

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Mars's dramatic climate variations are driven by the Sun

06 September 2012

Researchers from NBI have related the layers in the ice cap on Mars’s north pole to variations in solar insolation on Mars, thus established the first dated climate history for Mars

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Warming and melting on top of the Greenland ice sheet

03 August 2012

On top of the approximately 3 km thick ice sheet in Greenland the temperature is normally around minus 10-15 degrees C in the summer. This year, researchers from NBI observed temperatures above zero

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Rise in temperatures and CO2 follow each other closely in climate change

23 July 2012

Rise in temperatures and CO2 follow each other closely in climate change New research from the Niels Bohr Institute indicates that, contrary to previous opinion, the rise in temperature and the rise in the atmospheric CO2 follow each other closely in terms of time.

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