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Scientists, researchers, research promoters and politicans are part of our vivid community. Within this special you can read about their success stories, initiatives and aims for the future.

During its expansion, the universe evolved towards its present state, which is homogeneous and isotropic on large scales © NASA / WMAP Science Team

Gravity causes homogeneity of the universe

Gravity can accelerate the homogenization of space-time as the universe evolves. This insight is based on theoretical studies of ...
Newly developed methods ensure that the loss of individual qubits does not disrupt a quantum computer. © Uni Innsbruck/Harald Ritsch

New method prevents quantum computers from crashing

Quantum information is fragile, which is why quantum computers must be able to correct errors. But what if whole qubits are lost? Researchers at ...
They are CO2 neutral as well as biodegradable at the end of their life span © Alexander Bismarck

Producing leather-like materials from fungi

Leather is used as a durable and flexible material in many aspects of everyday life including furniture and clothing. Leather substitutes derived from fungi are considered to be ...
An Atg9 vesicle serves as a platform for the recruitment of the autophagic machinery © Verena Baumann

Autophagy: the beginning of the end

Autophagy, from the Greek for 'self-eating', is an essential process that isolates and recycles cellular components under conditions of stress or when resources are limited. ...
The potato is used to cooler climate and vulnerabe to environmental stresses; particularly to combinations of heat and drought. © Markus Teige

Searching for stress-resistant potatoes

Plant Biologist Markus Teige at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna has received a €5 million grant from the Horizon 2020 EU Program to ...
Direct learning and social learning are carried out in distinct but interacting regions in the brain © Lei Zhang

When learning on your own is not enough

We make decisions based on not only our own learning experience, but also learning from others. But with the presence of other people's choices, how do we learn from them to better ...
Parachlamydia are widespread in the environment where they live in amoebae. The bacteria serve as a model system for studying the evolution of infectivity. The image shows two amoeba cells in pink that are infected with Parachlamydia (yellow/blue) © Patrick Arthofer

Evolution in real-time: How bacteria adapt to their hosts

Bacteria that invade animal cells in order to multiply are widespread in nature. Some of these are pathogens of humans and animals. In the environment, they are ...
Complete skeleton of a sea angel from the Upper Jurassic period © J. Kriwet

Between shark and ray: The evolutionary advantage of the sea angels

Angel sharks are sharks, but with their peculiarly flat body they rather resemble rays. An international research team led by Faviel A. ...
Studies demonstrated that trefoil factor peptides are locally produced to combat inflammation and injuries of the gastrointestinal tract by accelerating wound healing © Universität Wien

Towards improved wound healing - Chemical synthesis of a trefoil factor peptide

The fascinating family of trefoil factor peptides brings hope to both research and industry to improve the treatment of ...

A new way towards super-fast motion of vortices in superconductors discovered

An international team of scientists from Austria, Germany and Ukraine has found a new superconducting ...