May  9, 2018

Simon Hippenmeyer comments on technology (r)evolution in neuroscience

Neuron features IST Austria Professor Simon Hippenmeyer as one of six neuroscientists who share their perspectives on the evolution of neuroscience research and the future prospects for the field. With neuroscience embracing...

May  8, 2018

Cells change tension to make tissue barriers easier to get through

Fly cells squeeze through tissue barriers in the body better when these barriers are made less stiff. This is the result of a study by Daria Siekhaus, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) and her team, including...

May  3, 2018

Towards sustainable blockchains

As blockchains become ever more popular and widespread, a growing concern is their sustainability: current designs, most notably the blockchain underlying the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, are secured using so-called “proofs of work”, which results in the consumption of huge amounts of computational...

April 12, 2018

HFSP Research Grant and Fellowships for scientists at IST Austria

In a crowded bar, you often can’t help but overhear your neighbors’ squabbles and lose track of your spouse’s story. But in the quiet of your living room, no such noise derails your communication. Cells face a similar problem: cells detect...

April 10, 2018

Amir Goharshady receives IBM's PhD Fellowship

The IBM PhD Fellowship is an extremely competitive awards program that was created to recognize and support outstanding graduate students. The program is open to universities worldwide, and every year, doctoral advisors nominate exceptional PhD students who have an interest...

April  6, 2018

Herbert Edelsbrunner Awarded ERC Advanced Grant

  In the latest round of funding awards, Herbert Edelsbrunner, a mathematician and computer scientist, received an ERC Advanced Grant. With an average success rate of around 12%, these grants are a testament to the quality of the work of those who receive...

March 16, 2018

A certain type of neurons is more energy efficient than previously assumed

A GABAergic interneuron studied by the researchers. Color code indicates energy efficiency of the neuron. Credit: Peter Jonas Theory and reality don’t always match completely. One contradiction, about how a type of neurons generates signals, was now...

March 15, 2018

Gaia Novarino invited to speak at event in European Parliament

IST Austria Professor Gaia Novarino, born in Rome, Italy, established her research group at the Institute of Science and Technology in 2014. Before that, she conducted research at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany, and the...

March  7, 2018

Economist Jeffrey D. Sachs visits IST Austria

The New York Times referred to him as “probably the most important economist in the world”, and the Time Magazine listed him twice among the 100 most influential people: Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and...

February 21, 2018

Helping in spite of risk: Ants perform risk-averse sanitary care of infectious nest mates

Garden ant workers interacting with one another. (c) Roland Ferrigato and Sina Metzler, IST Austria. Ants care for their sick nest mates in different ways, depending on their own immune status. When they themselves are susceptible to dangerous superinfections,...