February 27, 2017

Existence of a new quasiparticle demonstrated

How do molecules rotate in a solvent? Answering this question is a complicated task since the molecular rotation is perturbed by a very large number of surrounding atoms. For a long time, large-scale computer simulations have been the main approach to...

February 17, 2017

Physical basis of tissue coordination uncovered

The little striped zebrafish starts out as single big cell sitting on top of the yolk. During the next 3 days, cells divide and tissues move to give the fish its final shape. But how do tissues coordinate their often-complicated movements?...

February  2, 2017

Quantum phase transition observed for the first time

A group of scientists led by Johannes Fink from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) reported the first experimental observation of a first-order phase transition in a dissipative quantum system. Phase transitions are something we often encounter in...

January 18, 2017

Scientists find sensor that makes synapses fast

Synapses, the connections between neurons, come in different flavors, depending on the chemical they use as transmitter. Signal transmitters, or neurotransmitters, are released at the synapse after calcium ions flow into the neuron. The type of synapses that use a signal transmitter called GABA – the GABAergic synapses – stand...

January 16, 2017

Funding acquired by IST Austria exceeds 100 million Euro

At the founding of IST Austria in 2006, 95 million Euro were put aside by the federal government as a conditional, performance-dependent budget that could only be secured if the Institute obtains the same amount in third-party funds by 2016. Few...

January 13, 2017

New system for forming memories

Until now, the hippocampus was considered the most important brain region for forming and recalling memory, with other regions only contributing as subordinates. But a study published today in Science finds that...

December 29, 2016

The rhythm that makes memories permanent

Every time we learn something new, the memory does not only need to be acquired, it also needs to be stabilized in a process called memory consolidation. Brain waves are considered to play an important role in this process, but the...

December 19, 2016

Foundation of Federation of Austrian Industries testifies to successful cooperation

The ‘Foundation for the Support of Research Excellence’, which has thus far been overseen by the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV), will transfer its assets to the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria). The foundation has administrated the majority...

December  2, 2016

New form of autism found

Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world’s population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication. In a new study published in Cell, a...

December  1, 2016

Evaluation of IST Austria unanimously accepted by Research, Innovation, and Technology Committee

The Research, Innovation, and Technology Committee of the Austrian National Council, chaired by Ruperta Lichtenecker, convened yesterday and accepted the evaluation report of IST Austria unanimously. The statements made by all parties acknowledged and recognized the achievements so far in building and operating the Institute. Federal Minister Jörg Leichtfried (Federal...