'Weighing' atoms with electrons

The different elements found in nature each have their distinct isotopes. For carbon, there are 99 atoms of the lighter stable carbon isotope 12C for each 13C atom, which has one more neutron in its nucleus. Apart from this ...

Unconventional cell division in the Caribbean Sea

Most bacteria divide by placing a protein called FtsZ at the division site. Traditionally, it was thought that FtsZ must organize into a ring in order to recruit a dozen of other proteins and together with them exert an homogeneous ...

Ravens learn best from their affiliates

One of the benefits of living together is gaining new information from group members. Once a group member starts displaying a new behavior, it frequently spreads to the rest of the group. In a study on ravens, Cognitive Biologists ...

How to get moral 'free-riders' to cooperate

What motivates people to contribute to trustful moral judgment, which is a public good yet tends to be costly? This is 'the moral free rider problem'. Mathematician Tatsuya Sasaki from University of Vienna and colleagues ...

How water gets its exceptional properties

Water is liquid at room temperature – astounding for such a small molecule. Insights into the causes are provided by a new simulation method, which has its origins in brain research. Using artificial neural networks, researchers ...

Microbial activity in the dark ocean

There are a lot of tiny living organisms in the dark ocean. Imagine their habitat, it is completely different from ours! During this cruise I am measuring the activity of microorganisms using a device called the In Situ Microbial ...

Physicists develop new method of crystal production

Be it in phyics, mettalurgy, gemology or engineering, the applications of crystals are very broad. A research team including Christos Likos and Lorenzo Rovigatti from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna, in ...

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