October  3, 2018

Johannes Fink, IST Austria Professor, honored with Fritz Kohlrausch Award

(c) by Karl Riedling The Fritz Kohlrausch Award was established in 1955, and is given out biennially by the Austrian Physical Society (ÖPG) to young scientists for outstanding research in experimental physics. This year’s winner is Johannes Fink, a...

October  1, 2018

With a little help from my friends

Just a few Shigella bacteria are enough to make anyone catch gastroenteritis, while to get sick from Cholera, thousands to millions of Vibrio cholerae bacteria have to be swallowed. Why does the dose needed to cause disease differ so much between...

September 21, 2018

Austria in the fast line of science

Nature Index yesterday published the results of a study aimed at identifying those institutions and countries that are in the fast lane scientifically. The positive result: Austria is among the six countries in the world with the highest absolute and...

September 11, 2018

Can you evolve while being robust?

It is often thought that DNA, together with the genes encoded in it, is the essence of life. But equally important is coordinating when genes are turned on and off. In fact, it is this process, called regulation of gene expression,...

August 30, 2018

2nd annual “Top Models in Science” excites and engages

“Sommercampus” had just ended and the elementary school children had scarcely left the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) when a new group gathered on campus: 15 youngsters between 12 and 16 years old came to take part in...

August 28, 2018

Robots, evolution, rockets, art and more

How do you become a scientist? What is it like to be one? These questions began this year’s summer campus at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria): 62 children from Lower Austria and Vienna gathered on campus and heard...

August 21, 2018

New mathematics professor joins IST Austria

Photo credit: Adelina Mânzățeanu In August 2018, Tim Browning joined the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) as the Institute’s newest professor of mathematics. This brings the mathematics faculty at IST Austria to 9, and the entire...

August 20, 2018

Metamolds: Molding a mold

Fabrication of an object using metamolds. The metamolds (red pieces far left and right) are used to fabricate the silicone molds (greenish and white shapes in the middle). The silicone can then be used repeatedly to form replicas (front). Image credit:...

August 17, 2018

Color effects from transparent 3D-printed nanostructures

Light hits the 3D-printed nanostructures from below. After it is transmitted through, the viewer sees only green light—the remaining colors are redirected. Image credit: Thomas Auzinger Most of the objects we see are colored by pigments, but...

August 16, 2018

Interactive software tool makes complex mold design simple

Objects created using the new design tool using resin casting or injection molding. Image credit: Ran Zhang Most of the plastic objects we see are created using injection molding, but designing such molds is a difficult task, usually requiring...