April 20, 2017

Evolution of Cooperation through Longer Memory

When we make a decision about whether or not to cooperate with someone, we usually base our decision on past experiences—how has this person behaved in the past?—and on future reciprocity—will they return the favor?—and weigh these against the possible...

April 13, 2017

IST Austria stands by CEU

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria opposes the new Hungarian legislation, which aims to bring the successful development of the Central European University in Budapest to an abrupt end. It...

March 28, 2017

Friction shapes zebrafish embryos

A simple ball of cells is the starting point for humans – and zebrafish. At the end of embryonic development, however, a fish and a human look very different. The biochemical signals at play have been studied extensively. How mechanical forces...

March 23, 2017

Stress may protect – at least in bacteria

Antibiotics harm bacteria and stress them. Trimethoprim (TMP), an antibiotic, inhibits the growth of the bacterium Escherichia coli and induces a stress response. This response also protects the bacterium from subsequent deadly damage from acid. Antibiotics can therefore increase the survival...

March 22, 2017

When green means stop

Optogenetics, the approach to use light to control key processes, has revolutionized how researchers investigate cellular signaling pathways, cellular behavior and the function of large and interconnected tissues such as the brain. This highly successful combination of optics and genetics is...

March 17, 2017

IST Austria strengthens Austria‘s position as science base

In 2007, only a year after the founding of IST Austria, the European Research Council (ERC) was established by the EU as an initiative to fund excellent science in Europe. Chances to obtain one of its sought-after grants worth 1.5 to...

March 14, 2017

Federal Minister Hans Jörg Schelling visits IST Austria

Last Thursday Hans Jörg Schelling, Federal Minister of Finance, paid a visit to the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria. IST Austria President Thomas Henzinger and Managing Director Georg Schneider welcomed him for a...

March 10, 2017

The success of IST Austria at the ERC

With a total of ten ERC (European Research Council) grants - the most prestigious science grants in Europe - awarded to its professors in the year 2016 alone, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) looks back on exceptional...

February 27, 2017

Existence of a new quasiparticle demonstrated

How do molecules rotate in a solvent? Answering this question is a complicated task since the molecular rotation is perturbed by a very large number of surrounding atoms. For a long time, large-scale computer simulations have been the main approach to...

February 17, 2017

Physical basis of tissue coordination uncovered

The little striped zebrafish starts out as single big cell sitting on top of the yolk. During the next 3 days, cells divide and tissues move to give the fish its final shape. But how do tissues coordinate their often-complicated movements?...