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"This means that it looks as if the human-like heel-to-toe gait may have developed 3.5 million years ago because the TTA developed at this time. Moreover, this is also in line with the preserved footprints found in parts of Ethiopia from that epoch," says Marcelo Dias, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: M. Venkadesan, Yale University.

2020.02.29 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Previously overlooked part of the human foot is the key to its development and function

A new discovery has turned our entire perception of the function and evolution of the human foot upside-down. The discovery has recently been published in the scientific journal Nature.

"There's a lot going on in the engineering area in Aarhus. We're developing an engineering setup that can compete with the best in Europe. And ear-EEG is one area where, in collaboration with the real world, we’re showing that we can take the lead," said Thomas S. Toftegaard, head of department at the new Center for Ear-EEG at the university. Photo: Jesper Bruun
Ear-EEG provides completely new possibilities to measure brain activity, and hopes are that it can take is a step forward in understanding the human brain. Photo: Jesper Bruun

2020.03.02 | Department of Engineering

Center for Ear-EEG officially opened

There was standing room only when the world's first centre for ear-EEG was inaugurated at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University on Friday 28 February.

The Department of Engineering's new profile magazine 2020 is now out.

2020.02.28 | Department of Engineering

New magazine on engineering science at Aarhus University

If you are interested in the green transition, sustainable technologies and solutions to society’s major issues, then take a look at the Department of Engineering Profile 2020, which is now out.

The first three-dimensional structures of the IgE antibody triggering allergic reactions. To the left is shown the experimental data obtained with electron microscopy that were combined to yield the three dimensional structure of IgE itself. To the right is depicted the experimental data and the resulting three dimensional structure for IgE bound to a fragment of the drug candidate Ligelizumab. Illustration: Rasmus K Jensen

2020.02.24 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Electron microscopy allows scientists to understand the molecular trigger of allergic reactions

An international research team has been able to describe the overall structure of the antibody type IgE, which is the key molecule in allergic diseases. This is a scientific breakthrough which provides important insights into basic mechanisms of allergic reactions and may pave the way for more effective allergy medicine. The new research results…

"Denmark is currently one of the best places to conduct research on timber structures, because so much is going on right here, right now. This is where we can help make a difference in the buildings and construction sector, which is currently responsible for more than a third of the global CO2 emissions," says Assistant Professor Markus Hudert. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Foto. .

2020.02.21 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

New researcher to investigate novel ways of building with timber

Markus Hudert is a new assistant professor at the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University. With his background in architecture and research into timber structures, he will introduce new knowledge to the area of tectonic design, an important area of research at the university.

The forests around Aarhus, here Riis Skov at Aarhus C, are the focal point of the engineering students in their hunt for brand new antibiotic-producing bacteria. In February, the first soil samples were collected, but soon the students will return to the forests to collect even more, which hopefully will help solve the world's major problems with antibiotic resistance. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Photo.

2020.02.20 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Aarhus students part of world-wide hunt for new antibiotics

Aarhus University is the first Danish university to join the Tiny Earth global crowdsourcing initiative which, with the help of teaching staff and thousands of students all over the world, is trying to combat antibiotic resistance.

Test material during trials where the two ends (left) are slowly pulled in each direction. Using Digital Image Correlation movements are measured optically. The vertical movement of the test piece is thus shown with colored contour lines. Photo: Simon Heide-Jørgensen.

2020.02.19 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

When less is more: Designer slits make glasslike materials much stronger

By making specially designed slits in Plexiglas, Danish researchers have made it stronger, lighter and more flexible. The new knowledge could be used to make microchips much more durable.

Stine Skou Nielsen is a student counsellor at Aarhus University School of Engineering, and she is always ready to talk to young people interested in applying for a programme. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2020.02.18 | AU Engineering

Doubts about what course to take? Most people overlook the student counsellor’s best advice.

Are you in doubt about what programme to choose, where to study, or when to apply? Stine is student counsellor at Aarhus University, and she has a lot of good advice if you are in the process of finding out what you want to study.

"Research into digital twins is of growing importance for all types of companies, both Danish and foreign, and we're experiencing a keen interest to participate from a large number of companies," said Professor Peter Gorm Larsen about open house event at the university's Centre for Digital Twins. Photo: Lars Kruse.

2020.02.13 | Department of Engineering

Huge interest in AU Centre for Digital Twins

On 6 May 2019, Aarhus University opened its doors to Denmark's first centre for digital twins. The centre hosted an open house event on 27-29 January, which attracted visitors from all over Europe.

Assistant Professor Diego F. Aranha, an expert in blockchain technology from the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2020.02.11 | AU Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

New project to teach Danish business about blockchain technology

A network of blockchain experts is to teach the Danish business community how to exploit safely the many new opportunities offered by the technology