November 21, 2017

Researchers at IST Austria define function of an enigmatic synaptic protein

Photo credit: Chen et al, Cell Reports Communication is often mired in contradiction – also in the brain. Neuroscientists at IST Austria were now able to resolve one such contradiction. In our brains, neurons communicate by sending chemical signals...

November 14, 2017

Essential quantum computer component downsized by two orders of magnitude

The new nonreciprocal device acts as a roundabout for photons. Here, arrows show the direction of photons propagation. Credit: IST Austria/Birgit Rieger Qubits, or quantum bits, are the key building blocks that lie at the heart of...

November 13, 2017

Lecture by Michael I. Jordan available on IST Austria’s YouTube channel

Professor Michael I. Jordan from the University of California, Berkeley, is considered the most influential computer scientist in the world. His pioneering research on artificial intelligence has earned him labels such as the “Machine-Learning Maestro” and the “Michael Jordan of...

October 31, 2017

Beyond classroom and curriculum: a summer of math and community in Africa

How many paths are there? Students learn new methods of enumeration. (Photo credit: Franca Hoffmann) What did you do this summer? A group of young scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) has an unusual answer...

October 27, 2017

Ryuichi Shigemoto becomes member of Academia Europaea

Ryuichi Shigemoto has been named member of Academia Europaea (section: physiology and neuroscience). The neuroscientist, who has been Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) since 2013, investigates the molecular basis of neuronal transmission mediated by neurotransmitter...

October 13, 2017

Strange undertakings: ant queens bury dead to prevent disease

Ant queens may bury other queens – a task normally performed by workers – to avoid infection when co-founding a new colony, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology (DOI: 10.1186/s12862-017-1062-4). Researchers at the Institute...

October 12, 2017

Cell contacts in embryonic development determine cellular fate

Artistic 3D rendering of progenitor cells in zebrafish(c) V. Barone/ IST Austria The average human consists of about 37.2 trillion cells. But not all cells are created equal: while muscle cells contain the molecular machinery...

October  6, 2017

IST Austria Professor Carl-Philipp Heisenberg receives Lower Austria’s top annual science prize

Councilor Bohuslav, Professor Brainin, State Governor Mikl-Leitner, Professor Heisenberg, CouncilorSchwarz (from left) (c) Klaus Ranger, 2017 IST Austria Professor Carl-Philipp Heisenberg has received one of two acknowledgement prizes awarded this year by the government of Lower Austria....

September 29, 2017

IST Austria connected scientists and founders at the Science-Industry Day

Panel discussion with R.Chatwani, B. Fischer, M. Aspelmeyer, M. Holzer, I. Rech-Weichselbraun, S. Bernhardt, A. von Gabain und T. Zimpfer (from left) / (c) Roland Ferrigato/IST Austria, 2017 How does it work to make the transition from science to...

September 27, 2017

15th Meeting of the Austrian Neuroscience Association held at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria a success

This year’s host of the biannual meeting of the Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA) was the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), a young research institute dedicated to curiosity-driven basic research, located in Klosterneuburg near Vienna. The Institute, which...

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