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Denmark contributing to the world's largest telescope for searching for life in the unive

16 April 2013

The Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and DTU space are investing at total of 37 million kroner in a new telescope, which will be called the European Extremely Large Telescope, E-ELT.

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Most distant Type Ia supernova observed

11 April 2013

In the quest to find the most distant supernova, researchers have broken the record and observed a supernova that exploded more than 10 billion years ago.  This was in the early youth of the universe when it was evolving rapidly

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Planck satellite explores the infancy of the universe

21 March 2013

Using new data from the Planck satellite, researchers can now show that the universe is not expanding as fast as previously thought and the universe is 80 million years older than we thought.

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Jacob Trier Frederiksen receives EU funding for fusion energy research

10 December 2012

To research into developing technology that can produce energy using fusion, the EU has given 7.5 million kroner in funding to a consortium of researchers from 16 countries, including researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute.

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The Mars rover Curiosity finds an old riverbed on Mars

01 October 2012

The rover Curiosity, which landed on Mars on the 6th of August, has found deposits formed in the Martian past by a fast moving stream of water with a depth between ankle and hip height

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Mars's dramatic climate variations are driven by the Sun

06 September 2012

Researchers from NBI have related the layers in the ice cap on Mars’s north pole to variations in solar insolation on Mars, thus established the first dated climate history for Mars

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The mystery of dark matter may be near to being deciphered

04 September 2012

With the latest observations from the Planck satellite, researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, may be closer than ever to a solution to the origin of the mysterious dark matter

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Sweet building blocks of life found around young star

29 August 2012

Building blocks of life found around young starLife is made up of a series of complex organic molecules, including sugars. Astronomers from NBI have now observed a simple sugar molecule in the gas surrounding a young star

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Successful landing on Mars

06 August 2012

"It has succeeded, it has landed”, it sounds from head of the Danish Mars research group, Morten Bo Madsen, who is reporting from NASA’s control centre in Pasadena, California

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Planets can form around different types of stars

13 June 2012

Planets can form around different types of stars New research from NBI, among others, shows that small planets can form around very different types of stars – also stars that are relatively poor in heavy elements. This significantly increases the

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