January  7, 2015

Seiringer new President of IAMP

On January 1, 2015, IST Austria Professor Robert Seiringer took office as President of the International Association of Mathematical Physics (www.iamp.org), an international association representing approximately 700 researchers...

December 22, 2014

Breaking the rules of symmetry

We can see asymmetry on all of our body axes: Our front is different from our back, and our head is different from our foot. But also our left is different from our right. In a

December 15, 2014

Wojtan rewarded for the Big Splash

The computer scientist Chris Wojtan has been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant for his project “Big Splash: Efficient Simulation of Natural Phenomena at Extremely Large Scales”, resulting in a total number of 15 ERC grantees at IST Austria, of 31...

December 11, 2014

Three new professors and one new ERC grant

This evening, President Thomas A. Henzinger announced the names of three new professors and a further ERC grantee: the solid-state physicists Johannes Fink and Georgios Katsaros, and the structural biologist Leonid Sazanov bring the number of the faculty to 37. The...

December  9, 2014

Solving a paradox

The transmission of information from one nerve cell to the next has long been known to have a puzzling property: the amount of neurotransmitter, the chemicals that transmit signals at the synapse from one nerve to the next, is highly dependent...

December  3, 2014

"Hedgehog-ants" protected against a pathogen

In this week's issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B Sylvia Cremer and her team describe for the first time the immunoprotective effect of an association of ants with an ectosymbiotic fungus, that gives the ants a "hedgehog-like" appearance....

November 17, 2014

Rapid change of growth

The prominent and evolutionarily ancient role of the plant hormone auxin is the regulation of cell expansion. This expansion requires ordered arrangement of the cytoskeleton. But the molecular mechanisms underlying its regulation by signaling molecules including auxin are unknown. In a...

November 14, 2014

Touching ground

Like most moss species Physcomitrella patens does not look particularly impressive: growing on mud and soil near pools of water, the plants rarely grow larger than 5 mm. But when it comes to understanding the origins of plants conquering terrestrial environment...

November  7, 2014

Watching the neocortex develop

The neocortex is the biggest part of the human brain, and controls all higher cognitive functions such as conscious thought, control of movement, and sensory perception. In a paper published in Cell...

October 31, 2014

Wiring the brain

A study published in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1258996) on October 31 by William Joo and Liqun Luo at Stanford University together with Simon Hippenmeyer, a former postdoc in the Luo lab and now Assistant Professor at IST Austria, describes a new role...