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  • 14.05.2020

    Researchers want to phase out waiting time for hearing tests

    Patients with hearing loss wait for months for a hearing test. This must end. Researchers are developing a new hearing test that will save time for both patients and hospitals.

  • 13.05.2020

    You cannot avoid microplastics

    No human being on this earth comes through life without breathing, drinking water and consuming salt. For the vast majority of us, this also means involuntary ingestion of microplastics.

  • 07.05.2020

    Cannibalism helps invading invertebrates survive severe conditions

    Investing in the future: Researchers show how cannibalism among the invasive comb jelly enables adults to survive severe conditions at the edge of their ecological range with implications for the use and evolutionary origins of cannibalism.

  • 07.05.2020

    SDU helping to ensure clean drinking water in India

    India is thirsty. Almost half the population is at risk of water shortages. The Indian government is therefore rolling out an epic water plan, which researchers in environmental technology are going to help put into practice.

  • 01.05.2020

    Breakthrough in molecular machines

    Molecular machines have the potential to revolutionize the future - if we can find a way to control them. SDU researchers now report that they have found a way to control the small machines so that they move in a certain direction - for example, into the bloodstream.

  • 30.04.2020

    Sea wrack on the beach: Disgusting or valuable?

    Insulation, fertilizer and animal feed: For centuries, humans have been using sea wrack and washed-up eelgrass on the beach in a myriad of ways that also make sense today, scientists say and call for better utilisation.

  • 17.04.2020

    SDU and Engineers Without Borders provide face masks in Africa

    Scientists from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute and the Department of Clinical Research at SDU have initiated a collaboration with Engineers Without Borders to produce and distribute face masks in Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. The purpose is to limit contamination of COVID-19 and test the effectiveness of the masks.

  • 07.04.2020

    New test under development: Can measure if you have coronavirus in less than ten minutes

    Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and the Danish company Bioporto are collaborating on the development of a test that can quickly identify if a person has been infected with the coronavirus. The test could be critical in relation to preventing infection from person to person.

  • 01.04.2020

    Surprising hearing talents in cormorants

    The great cormorant has more sensitive hearing under water than in air. This new knowledge may help protect vulnerable bird species.

  • 26.03.2020

    Female lifespan is longer in wild mammal animals than in humans

    Longer lives are not only for female humans: Mammalian female’s average lifespan is 18.6% longer than that of males. In humans the female advantage is on average 7.8%

  • 24.03.2020

    New study: Cannabis helps fight resistant bacteria

    Bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. By combining antibiotics with the cannabis compound, cannabidiol, researchers have found a way to enhance the antibiotic effect.

  • 20.03.2020

    Data to ensure corona-distance in supermarkets

    Scientists from SDU, together with Vemco Group, are now creating a visual data overview to help customers in Danish supermarkets keep their distance in the queue. The goal is to limit infection with COVID-19

  • 17.03.2020

    Bone analyzes tell about kitchen utensils in the Middle Ages

    Who in the Middle Ages cooked their dinner in copper pots? And where did they do it? Such information can be revealed by chemical analyzes of human bones.

  • 11.03.2020

    H.O.R.T.U.S. XL absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere

    The art installation is the world’s first 3D printed bioreactor. It was created by the CREATE Group from the University of Southern Denmark using a technology that can help solve the major climate challenges.

  • 10.03.2020

    SDU intensifies its research in artificial skin

    Researchers want to develop and 3D print skin for humans. The Novo Nordisk Foundation provides DKK 15 million for a new research project.

  • 05.03.2020

    95 % of platinum can be recycled with new method

    Today, industrial scrap metal is burned in order to recycle the rare and costly metal platinum, but a researcher from SDU has developed a method to recycle over 95 % of platinum.

  • 27.02.2020

    Students develop sustainable sanitary towels from plants

    Three students were tired of not being able to find sustainable sanitary towels. So, they developed one from plant fibres that is just as absorbent as conventional sanitary towels. Now they are looking for patents and investors.

  • 27.02.2020

    Researchers are calling for better data on inequality

    For us to be able to reduce inequality in and between the countries of the world, we need better data on inequality. There is no international system for measuring inequality’, is the message from Professor Paul Sharp and more than 50 other economists.

  • 25.02.2020

    Drones to make short cut through the Arctic safe

    Global warming has opened the Northeast and Northwest Passage and allowed ships to take a shortcut between Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, icebergs are still roaming and pose a danger to the ships. Now, drones are to help make the Passage safe.

  • 23.01.2020

    Will the future’s super batteries be made of seawater?

    The race is on to develop even more efficient and rechargable batteries for the future. One promising option is to make batteries based on sodium, which is found in abundance in seawater.

  • 20.01.2020

    Parrots collaborate with invisible partners

    New study shows that peach-fronted conures have a surprisingly advanced talent for collaboration when it comes to finding food. This is important knowledge for biologists working with conservation of wild bird populations.

  • 09.01.2020

    New spinout: Scanning platform to be used for patients with arthritis

    Robot Scientist Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu and Senior Consultant Søren Just have developed a scanning platform that can measure the amount of disease activity in arthritis patients. The invention is now to be developed further in the new company, Ropca Holding Aps.

  • 09.01.2020

    Can cell phones raise the standard of health in Tanzania?

    It is obvious that the cell phone should be incorporated into the health strategy of poor countries. But it requires more knowledge, a researcher points out

  • 08.01.2020

    New technology to make robots attractive to smaller companies

    Many companies avoid the use of robots, because they are simply too difficult to operate. A new research project aims to develop a robot technology tailor-made for small productions, which will be able to handle assembly processes and can easily be adjusted to new tasks.

  • 20.12.2019

    Can philosophical dialogues counteract eco-anxiety?

    Is water or knowledge our most important resource? The major philosophical questions have become a popular extracurricular activity among more than 100 children in Billund Municipality, while philosophers from SDU have held philosophical dialogues on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with CoC Playful Minds.

  • 20.12.2019

    Virtual training to overcome anxiety

    More and more people are struggling with anxiety, but researchers hope that patients can overcome their anxiety by practicing the anxiety-inducing situations in a safe, virtual space.

  • 09.12.2019

    Microplastic to be mapped in the North Atlantic Ocean

    Every day, thousands of tons of microplastic are washed from the EU coastline into the North Atlantic Ocean. Researchers now set out to investigate how harmful this is to the North Atlantic animals and environment.

  • 25.11.2019

    Expedition sets off to investigate unknown life forms in the Pacific Ocean

    Life can flourish under the most extreme conditions. This can be observed in the waters off the pacific island Rapa Nui, where some unusual light-dependent microbes and corals recently have been found at surprisingly great depths.

  • 21.11.2019

    Cities must prepare for rising sea levels and global warming

    SDU is currently building a research group that will focus on how cities can address both causes and effect to climate change, in a wider sustainable development perspective.

  • 05.11.2019

    This is how scientists plan to produce sustainable aviation fuel

    It is only a matter of years before we can produce sustainable aviation fuel in Denmark. That is the conclusion to a new report by researchers from the University of Southern Denmark. The researchers estimate that the production facilities for 100 % green aviation fuel could be ready as early as 2025.

  • 24.10.2019

    Camera pill detects far more potential cancer tumors

    A camera pill detects 70 % more colon polyps than a colonoscopy. The surprising result means that SDU and Odense University Hospital are now initiating the world’s largest study of 2015 patients who are at risk of developing colon or rectal cancer.

  • 16.10.2019

    Algorithm to help understand wild fishes

    Researchers have developed an algorithm to help determine the growth and wellbeing of wild fishes. The algorithm provides biologists with a long-needed tool to very accurately measure the effects of environmental impacts and climate change on the growth of wild fishes.

  • 14.10.2019

    Discovered: Unknown yellow colors from Antiquity

    Antique artefacts have been studied by chemists, revealing a hitherto unknown use of yellow in Ancient Egypt.

  • 14.10.2019

    Monkeys can also thank their body for vocal development, not only their brain

    Development of vocal behavior during maturation is typically attributed to the brain. But the body itself is also capable of guiding this development. New experiments with marmoset monkeys show that we should not ignore the body’s own amazing capabilities.

  • 09.09.2019

    Satellites to stop ammonia emissions

    Ammonia is a growing environmental problem, but satellites can help the agricultural sector minimize emissions. A PhD student from SDU has been awarded the European Space Agency’s sustainability award for developing a system that uses satellites to measure the evaporation of ammonia from fields.

  • 12.06.2019

    Drones are moving into the battlefield

    The use of drones has changed the character of war, where modern warfare has once again become bloodier and more unpredictable.

  • 15.05.2019

    Researchers from SDU: We are living longer and ageing slower

    Humans’ biological age would previously be determined from biomarkers in blood samples and fitness tests, and even photos. New research shows that elderly Danes today look younger at a given age than those of 10 years ago at the same age.

  • 09.05.2019

    Danish economy boosted by German migrants

    Researchers reinterpret Danish economic history, which goes further back than the transformation of Danish agriculture in the 1880s. The conclusion is that German speaking estate owners laid the basis for the cooperative movement in the late 18th century.

  • 01.05.2019

    What happens to our plastic waste?

    Professor Gang Liu has tracked the global trade in plastic after China in 2018 stopped importing plastic. The researcher is in no doubt that some of our collected plastic still ends up in Asia, and no doubt that some of our collected plastic ends as an environmental problem in Asia.

  • 05.04.2019

    GoJelly works on removing microplastic pollution using jellyfish

    Jellyfish are found everywhere from the polar regions to tropical waters. GoJelly is an international research project, which will explore jellyfish properties to be used to clean seawater for microplastic and served as feed and food, anti-aging cream or fertilizers.

  • 12.03.2019

    Coding taught using Lego

    The Danish Ministry of Education is introducing the subject Technology Comprehension into selected primary and lower secondary schools so that children become competent in disciplines such as coding, sensors and 3D printing. At the same time, researchers are developing pedagogical tools to help the youngest pupils develop an interest in technology.

  • 25.02.2019

    Drones to fly blood samples and doctors between hospitals

    For three years, blood samples and medical equipment will be flown with drones between Odense, Svendborg and Ærø. Later, drones will also transport highly specialized healthcare professionals who need to arrive quickly. This will ensure better treatment and save the Danish health care system for almost DKK 200 million a year.

  • 23.01.2019

    Distinguished award to master of light

    Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi is a pioneering figure in the field of nanooptics. The Russian-born Danish top-scientist receives the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.

  • 17.12.2018

    Early animals thrived in only very little oxygen

    Fossils from northernmost Greenland reveal that animals thrived in oxygen-poor conditions on Earth 520 million years ago.

  • 04.12.2018

    Sad music when you are 'killed' increases the pleasure of playing

    A game of checkers becomes much more fun when music reflects your next move. Research shows that dynamic music strengthens players' involvement in games, and the computer game industry is starting to realise the value of soundscapes.

  • 07.11.2018

    Harbour porpoises have a new enemy: They grey seal

    Biologists have long suspected this, but now there is DNA evidence: Grey seals hunt, kill and eat harbor porpoises.

  • 24.10.2018

    Robots take the lead in composite construction

    A robot mounted with 80 suction cups is to build aircraft parts at Terma. With a grant from Innovation Fund Denmark, robot researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are well on the way to automating the production of composite parts, thereby securing Danish companies a great competitive advantage.

  • 12.09.2018

    For DKK 150, we can completely avoid fossil fuels

    For the same price as a fitness centre subscription, we can completely avoid fossil fuels. The technology is already here, but the green transition needs political action, according to the master's thesis of two newly graduated engineers, and now PhD students at the Faculty of Engineering

  • 17.08.2018

    Nanoparticles in the environment can be more hamful than we think

    Researchers warn that a combination of nanoparticles and contaminants may form a cocktail that is harmful to our cells. In their study, 72 pct. of cells died after exposure to a cocktail of nano-silver and cadmium ions.

  • 27.06.2018

    Is fucoidan the new wonder drug?

    Researchers have received 17 million DKr to investigate asubstance from brown algae. The researchers will investigate the ability of the drug to strengthen the body and combat aging.

  • 08.06.2018

    Virtual reality to help combat youth drinking

    For many years, young Danes have occupied first place in European alcohol consumption statistics, but now virtual reality will teach young people to say no to alcohol.

  • 04.06.2018

    Food waste: Which initiatives work?

    Efforts work best when multiple actors join forces to reduce food waste, points out SDU researcher Johanna Gollnhofer, who for one week took it upon herself to go dumpster diving.

  • 28.05.2018

    Robots are to be equipped with artificial animal brain

    Robot researchers from SDU are developing a nervous system inspired by animals for robots. The artificial brain will enable robots to go, adapt, and make decisions. The robots will even be able to learn new skills like dogs through reward.

  • 16.05.2018

    Drones to inspect high-voltage cables

    ​ Drone researchers at SDU are developing autonomous drones which can inspect overhead power lines. Equipped with camera, sensors and the ability of self-charging, the drones will replace expensive helicopters.

  • 26.04.2018

    New study: What happens when sea levels rise and coastal land gets flooded?

    Don’t just expect a disaster: Coastal land has a strong potential to develop into well-functional marine ecosystems, if it gets flooded with seawater.

  • 22.03.2018

    We buy and discard more and more electronic devices

    E-waste is today the fastest-growing type of waste and poses a global threat to the environment. “We need to get rid of our use–and-throw-away culture and think in terms of circular economics,” says a researcher from the University of Southern Denmark.

  • 27.02.2018

    Scientists are leaving port ​to explore the depths of the Atacama Trench in the East Pacific Ocean

    The aim of the expedition is to explore life at 8,000 m water depth and to understand the importance of the trench for regional carbon and nitrogen cycling.

  • 19.01.2018

    Researchers test people’s reactions to drones

    The altitude of the flight is a deciding factor in whether drones are a disturbance and a cause for concern when they fly over people's houses and gardens.

  • 18.01.2018

    Novel hypothesis on why animals diversified on Earth

    ​Can tumors teach us about animal evolution on Earth? Researchers believe so and now present a novel hypothesis of why animal diversity increased dramatically about half a billion years ago. A biological innovation may have been key.

  • Streptococci: Starve them to death!

    Streptococcus is one of the bacteria that takes most lives globally. A new study suggest that the bacterium may be starved to death and thus become harmless.

  • What does a headless chicken have to do with robots?

    The talented researcher has already developed his first robot animal: a robot insect that crawls on pipes and can keep its footing in rough terrain. Now he is underway with his next project - developing a robot brain inspired by animals.

  • Can Circular Economy save the earth?

    The challenge lies in understanding and overcoming all the complex mechanisms in society in order to materialise the necessary changes. At SDU we are working hard towards just that. Take part in our research by sharing your consumer preferences.