June 23, 2017

Equipping form with function

Common toys such as steerable cars or waving wind-up figures are available as 3D-printable models, which also contain their mechanical components. However, these mechanical structures are optimized to fit exactly one particular shape of the toy. If designers want to reuse...

June 14, 2017

IST Austria celebrates 15 new PhD graduates

On Tuesday evening, IST Austria honored its newest PhD graduates for their work and contributions. The graduating class, which comprises 15 students, is the largest IST Austria has had so far, and the first to reach double-digits. The keynote speaker,...

June 13, 2017

A docking site per calcium channel cluster

In our brain, information is passed from one neuron to the next at a structure called synapse. At a chemical synapse, a chemical is released from the signal-sending neuron or presynaptic neuron. This neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic cleft to...

June 12, 2017

Five DOC stipends for PhD students at IST Austria

Five PhD students at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have been awarded DOC stipends by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in this round of funding. This is a remarkable achievement, given the competitive selection process...

June  2, 2017

Predictable genetic interactions

Even though we know the sequence of the entire human genome, scientist cannot determine what a particular person will look like. Part of the reason why we cannot read a genome like a book is because the genes, and individual...

June  1, 2017

Mosquitoes infected with virus-suppressing bacteria could help control dengue fever

Mosquitos infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are significantly worse vectors for dengue virus, and are therefore a promising tool in fighting the disease, but how to establish and spread Wolbachia in an urban mosquito population is unclear. A study publishing on...

May 30, 2017

Largest grant ever obtained by IST Austria goes to the ISTplus postdoc program

Following a competitive, EU-wide application process, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) has succeeded in obtaining funds for an interdisciplinary, international, and intersectoral postdoc program called ISTplus. The program is funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND scheme and...

May 22, 2017

Alliance of Austrian Science Organizations congratulates Harald Mahrer on being appointed Minister of Science

Now that Harald Mahrer has been inaugurated as the new Federal Minister for Science, Research, and Economy, the Alliance of Austrian Science Organizations is looking forward to a smooth continuation of the constructive and trusting cooperation that began during Harald Mahrer’s...

May  4, 2017

How neurons and glia cells are created in the developing brain

Neurons and glia are the cells that make up our brain. In the cortex, the brain area that enables us to think, speak and be conscious, neurons and most glia are produced by a type of neural stem cell, called radial...

April 25, 2017

"March for Science” successfully held in Vienna

Science, not Silence! With the current political climate in the US and Europe giving cause for concern, over 1,600 people were taking to the Vienna streets last Saturday to send a strong message of support for freedom and openness in...