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...

November 30, 2017

Virtual Reality for Bacteria

Individual cells are digitally guided along pre-specified trajectories of fluorescent gene expression. 48 Escherichia coli cells are arranged vertically in the image. Time moves on towards the right. Each row therefore presents fluorescent gene expression of an individual cell over time,...

November 21, 2017

Researchers at IST Austria define function of an enigmatic synaptic protein

Photo credit: Chen et al, Cell Reports Communication is often mired in contradiction – also in the brain. Neuroscientists at IST Austria were now able to resolve one such contradiction. In our brains, neurons communicate by sending chemical signals...

November 14, 2017

Essential quantum computer component downsized by two orders of magnitude

The new nonreciprocal device acts as a roundabout for photons. Here, arrows show the direction of photons propagation. Credit: IST Austria/Birgit Rieger Qubits, or quantum bits, are the key building blocks that lie at the heart of...

November 13, 2017

Lecture by Michael I. Jordan available on IST Austria’s YouTube channel

Professor Michael I. Jordan from the University of California, Berkeley, is considered the most influential computer scientist in the world. His pioneering research on artificial intelligence has earned him labels such as the “Machine-Learning Maestro” and the “Michael Jordan of...

October 31, 2017

Beyond classroom and curriculum: a summer of math and community in Africa

How many paths are there? Students learn new methods of enumeration. (Photo credit: Franca Hoffmann) What did you do this summer? A group of young scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) has an unusual answer...

October 13, 2017

Strange undertakings: ant queens bury dead to prevent disease

Ant queens may bury other queens – a task normally performed by workers – to avoid infection when co-founding a new colony, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology (DOI: 10.1186/s12862-017-1062-4). Researchers at the Institute...

October 12, 2017

Cell contacts in embryonic development determine cellular fate

Artistic 3D rendering of progenitor cells in zebrafish(c) V. Barone/ IST Austria The average human consists of about 37.2 trillion cells. But not all cells are created equal: while muscle cells contain the molecular machinery...

September 19, 2017

Austrian Parties Present Positions on Science, Research and Universities

© Austrian Parliament/ Christian Hikade In the context of the upcoming national elections in Austria on 15 October 2017, the Austrian Alliance of Science Organisations put a list of questions to the political parties currently represented in parliament and campaigning...

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