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Genetically low vitamin D concentrations cause premature death

A new Danish study indicates that gene variations, which are associated with low levels of vitamin D in the blood, can lead to premature death. It is not yet known whether dietary supplements can counteract this effect.

The Greenland Shark: an overlooked Creature

The Greenland shark is a mythicised and unpopular animal, perhaps due to a lack of knowledge. Now a research team has spent several weeks with some of Disko Bay’s Greenland sharks, where they performed risky experiments to find out more about the shark.

Researchers to reveal the dangers of ‘Big Data’

Information ranging from state secrets to your medical history is stored in large databases. ‘Big Data’ is a big deal. But the implications of the collection, storage and use of massive amouts of data about us all has yet to be uncovered.

Evidence found: Harald Bluetooth built Viking fortress

A few months ago, the find of a hidden ringfort in Denmark created great excitement among archaeologists all over the world. Now archaeologists have finally concluded that it is, in fact, a Viking fortress. But was it Harald Bluetooth's?

Scandinavians are the earliest Europeans

Scientists have sequenced a 37,000-year-old genome. The results show that present-day Scandinavians are the closest living relatives to the first people in Europe.

Dietary supplement Q10 lengthens lives

According to Danish research, the dietary supplement Q10 gives almost half of all heart patients a better life and helps them live years longer. ’Buy it if you can afford it,' one scientist recommends.

Children of older mothers face greater risk of hereditary disease

Children of older mothers face greater risk of developing diabetes, dementia and heart disease. New research has revealed that this is due to mutations in the mother's ova.

Scientists sneak Alzheimer medicine into the brain

Scientists have succeeded in creating molecules that can escort Alzheimer's medicine through the impervious sheath that separates blood vessels from neurons and safely into the brain.

Danish archaeologists find 5,000-year-old human footprints

Archaeologists have discovered footprints from the Stone Age during excavation for the Fehmarn Tunnel. The find tells a dramatic story.

Danish scientist hopes to find origins of life on comet

After her ten-year voyage the Rosetta spacecraft is preparing to land today on the comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Scientists at Aarhus University can't wait to get their hands on the data from the mission. It may well tell the story of how life came to earth.