May 15, 2018

Explanation for puzzling quantum oscillations has been found

Recently, researchers from Harvard and MIT succeeded in trapping a record 53 atoms and individually controlling their quantum state, realizing what is called a quantum simulator. Their experiments in this system, presented in July 2017 at a conference in Trieste,...

May 11, 2018

IST Austria supports EU plans to strengthen European research

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) warmly welcomes the EU’s financial plans for the years 2021 to 2027, presented last week by EU Budget Commissar Günther Oettinger. The expansions in the areas of research and innovation are of particular import, and represent a timely and positive signal...

May 11, 2018

Video of Moving Discs Reconstructed from Rat Retinal Neuron Signals

Reconstructing a video from the retinal activity. Left: two example stimulus frames displayed to the rat retina. Middle and right: Reconstructions obtained with two different methods (sparse linear decoding in the middle and nonlinear decoding on the right). Green circles denote...

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...

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...

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,...

February  8, 2018

Interference as a new method for cooling quantum devices

Quantum computer parts are sensitive and need to be cooled to very low temperatures. Their tiny size makes them particularly susceptible to a temperature increase due to the thermal noise that is produced by environment and  other components nearby. Dr...

February  7, 2018

Researchers develop the first model to capture crosstalk in social dilemmas

Previous games influence decisions in other independent games through crosstalk. The idea that previous interactions can affect unrelated future decisions might seem obvious: the stranger in front of you pays for your coffee, and then you pay for the stranger...

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