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Now we know where the heavy elements come from

18 October 2017

The discovery of a kilonova produced by the collision of two neutron stars brings researchers a big step closer to the explanation of one of the great puzzles of science: how the heaviest elements in the universe were formed.

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Neutron star smash shakes universe

18 October 2017

Scientists have, for the first time, captured gravitational waves as well as light, from two neutron stars that orbited each other ever closer to eventually collide. The groundbreaking discovery begins a new era...

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ALMA and Rosetta Detect Freon-40 in Space

03 October 2017

Observations made with ALMA and ESA’s Rosetta mission by an international team, including researchers from NBI, have revealed the presence of the organohalogen Freon-40 in gas around both an infant star and a comet.

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New generation ESA-satellites capable of revealing future sea level rises

03 October 2017

NEGIS, the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream, splits into three gigantic glaciers - holding back ice masses equaling a global sea level rise of approx. one meter. ESA satellites can help reveal future sea increases.

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New ’building material’ points toward quantum computers

02 October 2017

A Danish-American research team has shown that it is possible to produce ‘Majorana particles’ in a new ‘building material’. The research, led by scientists from Niels Bohr institute, paves the road for new types of experiments.

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Star formation influenced by local environmental conditions

15 September 2017

Three scientists at Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen, have carried out extensive computer simulations related to star formation, and they conclude that the present ‘standard explanatory model’ is lacking...

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Microsoft establishes Quantum Centre at the University of Copenhagen

06 September 2017

The University of Copenhagen plays a central role in an ambitious Microsoft multi-million dollar investment. Today, the tech company and the University signed a long-term collaboration agreement on the development of a general-purpose, scalable quantum computer. This is a project which opens up tremendous new opportunities for science and technology.

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Massive Antarctic Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Abrupt Southern Hemisphere Climate Changes Near the End of the Last Ice Age

05 September 2017

Halogen-rich eruptions created a stratospheric ozone hole over Antarctica that, analogous to the modern ozone hole, led to large-scale changes in atmospheric circulation and hydroclimate throughout the Southern Hemisphere.

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Satellite photos reveal gigantic outburst floods

13 August 2017

The lake has been the source of four major outburst floods over the last 50 years - each representing an astounding mass of energy, equaling up to 240 Hiroshima-bombs. The next may happen as soon as 2018-19.

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Spying on malaria parasites at -196 Celsius

08 August 2017

A team of scientists led by postdoc Sergey Kapishnikov from the Niels Bohr Institute has managed to obtain new information about the ravaging mode of operation applied by malaria parasites when attacking their victims.

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