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Mysterious Christmas star explosion

01. december 2011

Mysterious Christmas star explosion Christmas Day 2010 the Swift satellite observed a very strange gamma-ray burst in the distant universe. Gamma-ray bursts are extremely powerful bursts of radiation predominantly associated with massive stars that die in a

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Ancient stars shed light on the prehistory of the Milky Way

15. november 2011

Ancient stars shed light on the prehistory of the Milky Way Some of the oldest stars in the Milky Way – a kind of stellar fossils contain abnormally large amounts of heavy elements like gold, platinum and uranium. Researchers at the NBI have with recent observations concluded how

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Billions in savings in health costs through reduced air pollution

14. november 2011

Billions in savings in health costs through reduced air pollution Air pollution causes people to get sick, and illness costs society money. A report from CEEH shows that there would be significant savings for society in a fossil free Denmark, around 2-3 billion kroner annually through 2030

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Giant star explosion casts light on distant galaxies

02. november 2011

Giant star explosion casts light on distant galaxies Astronomers including members from the NBI have used light from a distant gamma-ray burst to investigate the composition of matter in distant galaxies. Surprisingly, it turns out that some galaxies in the early universe

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Sea levels will continue to rise for 500 years

18. oktober 2011

Sea levels will continue to rise for 500 years Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute are part of a team that has calculated the long-term outlook for rising sea levels in relation to the emission of greenhouse gases and pollution of the atmosphere using climate models.

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NEEM ice core drilling in Greenland provides comprehensive new results

06. oktober 2011

NEEM ice core drilling in Greenland provides comprehensive new results The drilling through the ice sheet at NEEM (77 N, 51V) was completed in August and now scientists can begin to review whether the drilling was a success. 14 nations participated in the scientific work at NEEM.

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'Dark energy' and 'dark matter' the focus of the Euclid space mission

05. oktober 2011

'Dark energy' and 'dark matter' the focus of the Euclid space missionThe future European space mission, Euclid, which the European Space Agency has just selected for launch in 2019, will have prominent Danish participation. Space Science Center at the University of Copenhagen and DTU...

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66 new telescopes to explore first solar systems and the primordial universe

30. september 2011

66 new telescopes to explore first solar systems and the primordial universe How do clouds of dust and gas surrounding newly formed stars become planets? – and how far back can you trace the building blocks of life? Danish astronomers will be researching this using the big new astronomical telescopes...

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Light from galaxy clusters confirm theory of relativity

28. september 2011

Light from galaxy clusters confirm theory of relativity Astrophysicists at the Dark Cosmology Centre at the NBI have managed to measure how the light is affected by gravity on its way out of galaxy clusters. The observations confirm the theoretical predictions...

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Astronomers discover new way to measure Universe

27. september 2011

Astronomers discover new way to measure UniverseAstronomers at Dark Cosmology Centre at Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute have found a new way to measure distances. Because their new method uses quasars, some of the brightest objects known.

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