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News 2023 from the Faculty of Science

  • 19.09.2023

    New project will study molecules to understand why you are exactly you         

    Throughout your life, various influences can turn on and off many of your genes, creating the variations that make you uniquely you. Chemistry professor Jasmin Mecinovic wants to delve into the molecular world to understand these processes.

  • 11.09.2023

    Researchers want to safeguard small businesses against cyber threats

    The changing threat landscape increases the need for companies to upgrade their cyber security, and a new research project at SDU will help small and medium-sized enterprises with this task.

  • 07.09.2023

    New expert group to address potential threat from invasive species impacting marine ecosystems

    Invasive speces - both plants and animals - can pose a serious threat to biodiversity, UN states. As a response, a group of SDU researchers now form an expert group.   

  • 30.08.2023

    New research to reduce the risk of eye injections

    With age, the risk of eye diseases increases, and consequently, so does the need for injections into the eye. Professor of Pharmacy, René Holm, aims to help reduce this risk and has now received support to develop eye drops that will remain on the eye for a longer duration.

  • 28.08.2023

    The dolphins are coming!

    Bottlenose dolphins and orcas are increasingly finding their way to Danish waters. At the same time, we want to build gigantic offshore wind farms. Do we have room for both more marine mammals and more wind farms?

  • 25.08.2023

    5 major scientific discoveries that make it possible to send Danish Andreas Mogensen on a space mission

    In 2015, Andreas Mogensen became the first Danish astronaut in space when he spent 10 days on the International Space Station. Now he is going again – this time for six months.

  • 17.08.2023

    Researchers find 20,000 years old refugium for orcas in the northern Pacific

    During the last ice age, orcas had to leave their habitats and seek ice-free waters. Some of them found a refugium near Japan, and their descendants have lived there ever since. A new study of orca colonization of the North Pacific contributes to understanding the complex social lives of orcas.

  • 20.07.2023

    New collaboration on experimental particle physics

    What is out there in the universe, and how can we describe it? These are questions that theoretical physics often seeks to answer. Now, University of Southern Denmark physicists are joining forces with Europe's second-largest particle physics laboratory, hoping to capture elementary particles.

  • 18.07.2023

    Saltwater or freshwater? Difference is large for the climate when we flood low lying areas

    SDU researchers find large methane emissions: "Do not flood low-lying areas with freshwater”. Their studies find that freshwater lakes emit much more methane than saltwater lagoons, bogs and wet meadows.

  • 20.06.2023

    New details about the strongest spider silk in the world

    The golden orb-web spider produces silk stronger than steel and Kevlar, but how does it do it? Two SDU researchers are now one step closer to unraveling the secret.

  • 23.05.2023

    Physicists to search for traces of dark matter in new experiment

    No one knows what dark matter is made of, but it could be some kind of elementary particles. A candidate is the superlight axion that SDU physicist Manuel Meyer and his colleagues now hope to capture in an underground experiment.

  • 17.05.2023

    New study: Surprising diversity of ethnic groups in the US Virgin Islands before Columbus

    For the first time, pottery shards from St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas have been chemically analyzed for dating. Contrary to previous theories, the results indicate there were many different ethnic groups on the islands in the time before Columbus discovered America.

  • 02.05.2023

    How hallucinogenic substance in psilocybin mushrooms works on the molecular level

    Once it was hot research. Then it was banned. Now, research on psychedelic substances is both hot and legal. There is a revival in psilocybin research in labs and clinics all over the world, including at SDU.

  • 25.04.2023

    New insight into dying cells in Parkinson's disease

    New stem cell research provides a better understanding of what goes wrong in Parkinson's patients' brain cells, and thus the possibility of developing more effective treatments.

  • 18.04.2023

    Streams and rivers get warmer in urban areas

    Temperatures are generally higher in urban areas, and this also applies to the water that flows through urban areas, biologists from SDU find in a new study. "Warmer streams and rivers are never good", says head of research, Sara Egemose.

  • 17.04.2023

    Environmental toxin PCB found in deep sea trench

    Researchers on a deep-sea expedition have found PCB in sediment samples from the more than 8,000-meter-deep Atacama Trench in the Pacific Ocean. "It is thought-provoking to find man-made toxins in one of the world's most remote and inaccessible environments," says expedition leader Ronnie N. Glud.

  • 13.04.2023

    SDU eScience Center becomes part of the HALRIC consortium

    EU Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak (ÖKS) has approved a 3-year project grant (2023-2026) for the Hanseatic Life Science Research Infrastructure Consortium (HALRIC).

  • 23.03.2023

    Why do we have to keep animals in captivity?

    Confined animals give us important knowledge about behavior that we can use to protect animals in the wild, says biologist Kirstin Anderson Hansen. To ensure that animals in captivity thrive, there are several things you should keep in mind, she explains.

  • 17.03.2023

    New professor Mads Toudal Frandsen wants to develop physics at SDU: »We need to show how important physics is«

    Physics is important when we are to solve the challenges of the future. Now, we need to show of the strong physics research and education we have at SDU. That is the wish from Mads Toudal Frandsen, who has recently been appointed professor. Astro- and space physics, biophysics and collaborations with the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the SDU Climate Cluster will open up new opportunities, he believes.

  • 15.03.2023

    Danish researchers get easier access to supercomputers with new national portal

    The portal provides simpler options for using different supercomputer systems in Denmark and EU.

  • 13.03.2023

    Do animals have a sense of time?

    There is a growing scientific awareness that animals may have cognitive abilities and that they are not just biological machines driven by instinct. Biologists from SDU are now investigating dolphins' and porpoises’ understanding of time.

  • 07.03.2023

    New UN treaty on the protection of the high seas: What does it mean?

    The UN has adopted a historic agreement to protect 30% of the high seas. SDU ocean expert Jamileh Javidpour recommends to first protect areas where biodiversity is most threatened; for example seamounts and migration corridors for large predators, which rely on specific routes for their annual migrations.

  • 06.03.2023

    What is artificial intelligence - and what influence will the technology have in our society?

    We asked our expert in artificial intelligence, researcher and associate professor Luís Cruz-Filipe, who is also head of the Bachelor's programme Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, to answer that question.

  • 02.03.2023

    Toothed whales catch food in the deep using vocal fry

    Toothed whales, such as dolphins, killer whales and sperm whales communicate and catch food exclusively with sound. Now researchers have for the first time found they evolved a new sound source in their nose.

  • 21.02.2023

    Nature can help when extreme weather hits

    Floods, heat waves, storms and droughts are becoming more common as temperatures rise, so we need to find new ways to protect our cities and communities. Nature itself offers many solutions, and we must learn to make better use of them, say the researchers behind a new elite center for climate research at SDU.

  • 08.02.2023

    Newly discovered virus in local creek can kill resistant bacteria

    The Danish creeks, Odense Å and Lindved Å, have surprised researchers and students at SDU by containing previously unknown virus species.

  • 07.02.2023

    Animal life is getting messy

    Globalization is not just for humans: animal species that have lived in isolation from each other are increasingly starting to mate and new hybrids are emerging. What are the implications for biodiversity?

  • 06.02.2023

    Student satellites can contribute with important knowledge in the fight against climate change

    A group of students from The University of Southern Denmark are together with students from several other Danish universities developing two satellites that can contribute to our understanding of the climate changes. Soon, they will send the first satellite into space.

  • 31.01.2023

    Radioactive drugs to track down cancer cells in the brain

    There is no effective treatment for the aggressive brain cancer, glioblastoma, but researchers from SDU and OUH will now try to develop one. The idea is to load radioactive cancer-killing isotopes of certain metallic elements into specifically designed molecules that target cancer cells. This idea is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation with DKK 15 million.

  • 31.01.2023

    The bubbling universe

    What happened shortly after the universe was born in the Big Bang and began to expand? Bubbles occurred and a previously unknown phase transition happened, according to particle physicists from SDU and Nordita in Stockholm.

  • 26.01.2023

    Astrophysics: Is it time to replace the old model?

    Physicists' best model of how the universe works is more than 100 years old and it needs an update because it can no longer explain all our astrophysical observations. Astrophysicist Sofie Marie Koksbang has received DKK 6 million DKK from the Villum Foundation to contribute to working out what that update should be.

  • 20.01.2023

    New BSc in Artificial Intelligence

    We asked an artificial intelligence to write this press release about our new bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southern Denmark

  • 18.01.2023

    Rocks and oceans lead him back to ancient times

    Donald Canfield uses chemistry and biology to study the Earth's past. His work often causes the rewriting of textbooks on the history of the oceans - and thus also the history of life. He is the 2023 recipient of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.