Science Round-Up: Minorities still underrepresented in Danish media

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Jørndrup further said that minorities are rarely used as sources in stories about childcare, schooling, finances or taxes.

The study also found that journalists with a minority background accounted for less than 1 percent of the 1,244 articles viewed.

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A new crying curve?
Researchers from University have made a discovery that can change how we perceive infant crying patterns. Contrary to popular belief, the duration and intensity of infant crying do not peak after five to six weeks until they stabilize at a lower level after three months. at least according to the results. Looking at data from 27 , the researchers found that crying remains an essential part of the repertoire for many infants even after six months. The results could lead to a change in the ‘crying curve’, which is based on a US study from 1962, which only focuses on the first 12 weeks of a child’s life. Crying is one of the earliest forms of communication that infants use to get their parents’ attention. When parents respond, it affects the infant’s cognitive and emotional development. Based on the research, AU has developed two new models for infants ‘crying curve’. The research also found that infants from non-Western countries cry less than infants from English-speaking countries such as the , the and .

Green aviation fuel project
has joined forces with Haldor Topsøe in a project that seeks to produce a green alternative to aviation fuel. The project, HyProFuel, will look at a fuel CO2-neutral solution based on CO2-neutral hydrocarbons in the form of pyrolysis oil produced from organic waste products from agriculture and forestry. An efficient process that can convert crude oil into fuel that can be used in a modern engine is what the project seeks to achieve by developing a catalytic reactor to solve the problem.

To shape the food production of the future
A new research mission, AgriFoodTure, has been established in an attempt to develop a common vision for the future of agriculture and food production. The Innovation Fund has earmarked DKK 201 million for the effort, which is a research collaboration between universities, business and innovation. AgriFoodTure is the first of four partnerships in which the Innovation Fund will invest as part of helping achieve its climate neutrality target of 70 percent of CO2 emissions in 2030 and 2050.

Gene therapy saves vision
Researchers at Aarhus University are investigating whether gene therapy can be used to save the sight of patients suffering from hereditary retinal disease. One in 2,000 people on Earth suffers from a hereditary retinal disease that degrades vision and can lead to blindness. By using Prime Editing – a ‘search-and-replace’ genome editing tool – researchers hope to be able to change the pathogenic mutations directly into the patient’s DNA and thus stop the development of the disease.

Greener cement production
The has joined forces with FLSmidth to develop more sustainable cement production. Cement production is a major CO2 emitter – accounting for 7 percent of global CO2 emissions – due to the burning of limestone in the process. The hope is to develop new technology, ECoClay, that will replace fossil fuels during production using electricity from sustainable sources. FLSmidth claims that ECoClay will accelerate the green transition of cement production and set a new standard in the industry.

Source: The Nordic Page

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