January 11, 2019

Amir Goharshady receives the Khwarizmi Award

Amir Goharshady received the Khwarizmi Award in December 2018. Named after the 9th-century Persian mathematician Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi who is generally considered to be the founder of algebra, the annual prize is given by the Iranian President to researchers...

December 21, 2018

Description of rotating molecules made easy

Feynman diagrams are a powerful tool in condensed matter physics. By turning highly complex equations into sets of simple diagrams, the method has established itself as one of the sharpest tools in a theoretical physicist’s toolbox. Giacomo Bighin, a postdoc...

December 19, 2018

OECD report praises achievements of IST Austria

In the nine years since its campus opened in Klosterneuburg, the Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) has established itself as an international center for excellent basic research. This is now also acknowledged by the OECD in its latest...

December 19, 2018

Austrian-Czech project provides open access to research infrastructure

Initiated in 2016, the project RIAT-CZ creates synergies between research infrastructures in the border region between Austria and the Czech Republic. Funded by the joint program Interreg V-A Austria – Czech Republic 2014–2020, it stimulates innovation by fostering exchange and...

December 17, 2018

When a fish becomes fluid

Cells lose contacts between each other during fluidization. Cells remain in tight contact when fluidization is impaired. (red/green – cell membrane, blue – nucleus, cyan – interstitial fluid between cells) © Nicoletta Petridou Zebrafish aren’t just surrounded by liquid,...

December  4, 2018

Plant cells inherit knowledge of where’s up and where’s down from mother cell

PIN2 is only found in the upper end of each cell and marks polarity (magenta). © Matouš Glanc Knowing which way is up and which way is down is important for all living beings. For plants, which grow roots...

December  3, 2018

Peter Jonas receives Erwin Schrödinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

  Peter Jonas, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), receives the Erwin Schrödinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The Erwin Schrödinger Prize 2018 goes in equal parts to Peter Jonas and Elly Tanaka, biochemist...

November 28, 2018

Reading rats’ minds

Place cells in the hippocampus fire when we are in a certain position – this discovery by John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser brought them the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2014. Based on which place cell fires, scientists can...

November 28, 2018

Scientists discovered a set of enzymes to create glowing organisms

Artificially glowing yeast cells in a test tube. © Sergei Shakhov In daylight, Neonothopanus nambi is a rather unremarkable brown fungus. But a surprise hides behind the drab façade: at night, the fungus glows ghostly green....

November 22, 2018

For ants, unity is strength – and health

The scientists tagged thousands of ants in total to quantify all interactions between individuals and understand how colonies can protect themselves from disease. Photo courtesy of Timothée Brütsch When a pathogen enters their colony, ants change their behavior to avoid...

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