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How frogs' tongues become sticky

Research team investigates the surface chemistry of the frog sticky-tongue mechanism

29-Nov-2018

Frogs' capture their preywiththestickymucuscoveringtheir tongues, but this mucusisn't inherently adhesive.Frogmucus is thought to be pressure-sensitive, with tongue retraction strain triggering adhesion. A research team from Oregan State University, Aarhus University and Kiel University ...

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Simpler and safer method for handling a useful but foul-smelling gas in chemical synthesis

25-Sep-2018

The chemical element sulfur is an important constituent in many pharmaceuticals and, consequently, it is desirable to be able to introduce sulfur-containing fragments efficiently in a broad range of chemical compounds. The Skrydstrup team provides an effective and safe way for introducing a ...

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A patent-free playground

Researchers and industrial companies collaborate to create a new Open Science platform

01-Aug-2017

Along with a number of leading Danish industrial companies, Aarhus University has opted out of the patent rat race in a new collaboration on industrially relevant basic research. Researchers and companies from all over Denmark publish all their results and data on the innovative Open Science ...

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Bold research into recycling CO2

02-Oct-2015

The scientific aims are bold, but the gains can be enormous. The new CADIAC research centre at Aarhus University will be the most ambitious venture in the world to date to find the best methods to convert CO2 into medicine, plastic and useful chemicals. Even on Mars. CO2, carbon dioxide, carbonic ...

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Melting sea ice releases trapped pollutants

30-Oct-2013

Scientists in Denmark have found evidence that melting sea ice is causing the re-emission of banned pesticides, presenting a further potential consequence of global warming. Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) have been banned or restricted in most countries because of their tendency to ...

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The secrets of Nobel Prize-winning pump

24-Sep-2013

Jens Chr. Skou was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the sodium-potassium pump. Now, a team of researchers from Aarhus has completed the description of its structure. A result which is of vital importance for our understanding of the body's functions and essential for our understanding ...

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In chemical reactions, water adds speed without heat

21-May-2012

An international team of researchers has discovered how adding trace amounts of water can tremendously speed up chemical reactions—such as hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis—in which hydrogen is one of the reactants, or starting materials. Led by Manos Mavrikakis, the Paul A. Elfers professor of ...

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