February  5, 2018

Development for IST Park launched

After more than four years of planning has passed, the development for IST Park has now started in Klosterneuburg. The area surrounding the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) will benefit considerably from the technology center. During the first...

January 15, 2018

Faßmann and Mikl-Leitner confirm commitment to expand world-class research at IST Austria

Federal Minister Heinz Faßmann and State Governor of Lower Austria Johanna Mikl-Leitner today confirmed their commitment to support the Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg. “IST Austria is a beacon project of excellence that contributes to increase Austria’s...

January  9, 2018

Deadly disinfection in ant colonies

Ants kill colony mates infected with deadly diseases when they are unable to prevent them from falling sick in the first place. In doing so, the ants protect their colony from the outbreak of an epidemic. When fighting diseases, ant colonies...

January  8, 2018

New approach can save up to 95% of energy used for pipelines

Until now it had been assumed that, once a flow of a fluid has become turbulent, turbulence would persist. Researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) including Professor Björn Hof and co-first authors Jakob Kühnen and...

January  8, 2018

Interactions between simple molecular mechanisms give rise to complex infection dynamics

When we think of bacteria, images of nasty infections like pneumonia, meningitis or food poisoning come to mind, but bacteria can themselves be infected – by viruses, also called bacteriophages. Interestingly, just like not all bacteria are harmful to humans, not...

December 20, 2017

Unifying the theories of neural information encoding

Digital video cameras have the capability to record in incredible detail, but saving all that data would take up a huge amount of space: how can we compress a video—that is, remove information—in such a way that we can’t see...

December 19, 2017

More complex biological systems evolve more freely

Our genes (aka. the genotype) determine our characteristics (aka. the phenotype). Evolution acts on changes in the phenotype, which occur when mutations change the underlying genotype. But what changes to the phenotype can be produced by mutations is not without bounds...

December 18, 2017

Two ERC Consolidator Grants go to IST Austria researchers

Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) are considered gold medals of research in Europe, given the stiff competition and exacting standards applied in the selection process for these funds. In this round of awards, two professors at the Institute of...

December  7, 2017

New manifestation of magnetic monopoles discovered

The startling similarity between the physical laws describing electric phenomena and those describing magnetic phenomena has been known since the 19th century. However, one piece that would make the two perfectly symmetric was missing: magnetic monopoles. While magnetic monopoles in...

December  7, 2017

New project to investigate the role of novel protein in cancer metastasis

Metastasis, the process in which a tumor spreads to other parts of the body, is responsible for 90% of deaths from tumors. It is the greatest challenge to a cancer patient’s survival. Metastatic spread occurs in several steps, these include that...