Institute of Science and Technology Austria

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a new institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and mathematical sciences, located in the Vienna Woods.

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How sensorimotor intelligence may develop

It is fascinating to observe a robot exploring its physical possibilities and surroundings, and subsequently developing different self-taught behaviors without any instructions. In their paper published on October, 26, 2015 ...

dateOct 27, 2015 in Robotics
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Shining light on orphan receptors

Light has been used for the first time to activate a receptor for which the compound binding and controlling it naturally is unknown, as reported in Nature Chemical Biology today. A team of scientists including Harald Janovjak, ...

dateOct 15, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Hitting the borders of expansion

Why does a species not adapt to an ever-wider range of conditions, gradually expanding its geographical range? In their paper published on May 5 in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), Jitka Polechova and ...

dateMay 05, 2015 in Ecology
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Infectious ants become antisocial

Looking after yourself, and trying not to infect others, is a good strategy to prevent disease from spreading - not only if you are a considerate co-worker, but also if you are an ant, meerkat or other social animal, as revealed ...

dateApr 14, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Unearthing key function of plant hormone

Plants, like animals, employ hormones as messengers, which coordinate growth and regulate how they react to the environment. One of these plant hormones, auxin, regulates nearly all aspects of plant behavior and development, ...

dateFeb 28, 2014 in Biotechnology
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