Science News in Brief: Google eyeing data centre in Denmark?

New insect identified, DTU cancels building plans and Brian Cox is on his way to Bremen

Google has spent 65 million kroner on purchasing a 73.2 hectare site in an industrial park in Fredericia in east Jutland, reports Information. But while the confirmation has fuelled speculation it will follow the lead of Facebook, IBM and Apple and set up a data centre in Denmark, Google would only confirm it intends to set up more data centres in Europe and not specify where. Despite the environmental concerns associated with such centres, the climate and energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, hailed it as positive news.

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New underworld insect species identified
A Danish scientist at the University of Copenhagen has identified a new species of crustacean discovered in a 10 km-long flooded cave on the Mexican island of Cozumel. Dr Jørgen Olesen confirmed the insect as a new species of Remipedia, a member of the Xibalbanus family, whose name is derived from the Mayan word for the underworld. Previous studies of Remipedia insects have yielded insight into how insects evolved from marine to terrestrial environments.

Funding blow for DTU Veterinary Institute
The DTU has confirmed it is unable to finance the final phase of its life science complex at Lyngby after going 200 million kroner over budget. The biggest loser will be the DTU Veterinary Institute, which will miss out on new laboratories that were due to be completed by 2019. The failure to complete could cost the institute its ongoing contract with the Ministry of Environment and Food to carry out work for the Danish Food Agency.

READ MORE: Microsoft part of ambitious building project in Lyngby

Cox heading to Copenhagen
World-famous British scientist Brian Cox is visiting Denmark later next week to take part in a show at Bremen Teater. Cox will be interviewed by Robin Ince, the host of the BBC program ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ on June 10 at 19:00. Tickets cost 425 kroner.