December  4, 2018

Plant cells inherit knowledge of where’s up and where’s down from mother cell

PIN2 is only found in the upper end of each cell and marks polarity (magenta). © Matouš Glanc Knowing which way is up and which way is down is important for all living beings. For plants, which grow roots...

December  3, 2018

Peter Jonas receives Erwin Schrödinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

  Peter Jonas, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), receives the Erwin Schrödinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The Erwin Schrödinger Prize 2018 goes in equal parts to Peter Jonas and Elly Tanaka, biochemist...

November 28, 2018

Reading rats’ minds

Place cells in the hippocampus fire when we are in a certain position – this discovery by John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser brought them the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2014. Based on which place cell fires, scientists can...

November 28, 2018

Scientists discovered a set of enzymes to create glowing organisms

Artificially glowing yeast cells in a test tube. © Sergei Shakhov In daylight, Neonothopanus nambi is a rather unremarkable brown fungus. But a surprise hides behind the drab façade: at night, the fungus glows ghostly green....

November 22, 2018

For ants, unity is strength – and health

The scientists tagged thousands of ants in total to quantify all interactions between individuals and understand how colonies can protect themselves from disease. Photo courtesy of Timothée Brütsch When a pathogen enters their colony, ants change their behavior to avoid...

November 19, 2018

Mutation that causes autism and intellectual disability makes brain less flexible

Mice help scientists uncover the mechanisms behind autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability. © IST Austria/Isabel Chew About 1% of patients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability have a mutation in a gene called SETD5. Scientists have...

November 19, 2018

IST Austria hosts Joint Vienna-Area Postdoc Meeting

The Joint Vienna-Area Postdoc Meeting was held on November 15 at IST Austria. Organized by the Institute’s Postdoc Association, the one-day meeting brought together postdocs from the Vienna area to foster collaborations and the exchange of ideas. A total of...

November 12, 2018

No cooperation without open communication

  The authors of the sty on IST Austria campus. Credit: IST Austria/Yvonne Kemper Indirect reciprocity is a model that explores how humans act when their reputation is at stake, and which social norms people use to evaluate the actions...

November  2, 2018

Lateral inhibition keeps similar memories apart

Digital reconstruction of the two parvalbumin-expressing interneurons (red and yellow) and one granular cell (blue) and visualization of the synaptic connections (black & white photographs). Credit: Espinoza et. al.   When you park in the office car park, you usually have...

October 23, 2018

IST Austria is in first place at the European Research Council (ERC)

Yesterday, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the ERC, announced in the context of his keynote speech at a conference on the occasion of  Austria’s Presidency of the EU Council that the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) has, with 48%,...

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