February 21, 2018

Helping in spite of risk: Ants perform risk-averse sanitary care of infectious nest mates

Garden ant workers interacting with one another. (c) Roland Ferrigato and Sina Metzler, IST Austria. Ants care for their sick nest mates in different ways, depending on their own immune status. When they themselves are susceptible to dangerous superinfections,...

February  8, 2018

Interference as a new method for cooling quantum devices

Quantum computer parts are sensitive and need to be cooled to very low temperatures. Their tiny size makes them particularly susceptible to a temperature increase due to the thermal noise that is produced by environment and or other components nearby....

February  7, 2018

Researchers develop the first model to capture crosstalk in social dilemmas

Previous games influence decisions in other independent games through crosstalk. The idea that previous interactions can affect unrelated future decisions might seem obvious: the stranger in front of you pays for your coffee, and then you pay for the stranger...

February  5, 2018

Development for IST Park launched

After more than four years of planning has passed, the development for IST Park has now started in Klosterneuburg. The area surrounding the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) will benefit considerably from the technology center. During the first...

January 15, 2018

Faßmann and Mikl-Leitner confirm commitment to expand world-class research at IST Austria

Federal Minister Heinz Faßmann and State Governor of Lower Austria Johanna Mikl-Leitner today confirmed their commitment to support the Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg. “IST Austria is a beacon project of excellence that contributes to increase Austria’s...

January  9, 2018

Deadly disinfection in ant colonies

Ants kill colony mates infected with deadly diseases when they are unable to prevent them from falling sick in the first place. In doing so, the ants protect their colony from the outbreak of an epidemic. When fighting diseases, ant colonies...

January  8, 2018

New approach can save up to 95% of energy used for pipelines

Until now it had been assumed that, once a flow of a fluid has become turbulent, turbulence would persist. Researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) including Professor Björn Hof and co-first authors Jakob Kühnen and...

January  8, 2018

Interactions between simple molecular mechanisms give rise to complex infection dynamics

When we think of bacteria, images of nasty infections like pneumonia, meningitis or food poisoning come to mind, but bacteria can themselves be infected – by viruses, also called bacteriophages. Interestingly, just like not all bacteria are harmful to humans, not...

December 20, 2017

Unifying the theories of neural information encoding

Digital video cameras have the capability to record in incredible detail, but saving all that data would take up a huge amount of space: how can we compress a video—that is, remove information—in such a way that we can’t see...

December 19, 2017

More complex biological systems evolve more freely

Our genes (aka. the genotype) determine our characteristics (aka. the phenotype). Evolution acts on changes in the phenotype, which occur when mutations change the underlying genotype. But what changes to the phenotype can be produced by mutations is not without bounds...

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