Austrian R&D inside

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.

Flower of the bee-pollinated species Meriania hernandoi from the Ecuadorian cloud forest © Agnes Dellinger

How flowers adapt to their pollinators

The first flowering plants originated more than 140 million years ago in the early Cretaceous. They are the most diverse plant group on Earth with more than 300,000 species. In ...
Meteorite dust fragments colonized and bioprocessed by M. sedula © Tetyana Milojevic

Meteorite-loving microorganism

The archaeon Metallosphaera sedula can uptake and process extraterrestrial material. This is shown by an international team led by astrobiologist Tetyana Milojevic, who examines ...

United in musical diversity

Is music really a "universal language"? Two articles in the most recent issue of Science support the idea that music all around the globe shares important commonalities, despite many ...
Laser light can be used to capture individual atoms along a very thin glass fiber © Mathieu L. Juan

Atoms don't like jumping rope

Nanooptical traps are a promising building block for quantum technologies. Austrian and German scientists have now removed an important obstacle to their ...
Gabriele Berg has been researching the microbiome of plants and humans for about 25 years © Lunghammer - TU Graz

The microbiome: Our planet's tiny engine

We carry through life around two kilograms of microorganisms on and inside ourselves. TU Graz researcher Gabriele Berg explains why this is more vital than frightening."In the ...
Florian Lackner set up his own laboratory at TU Graz © Baustädter/TU Graz

From Lego to New Material Building Blocks

Materials researcher Florian Lackner "wraps" highly reactive alkali metal atoms in gold and examines them in his laser laboratory. A job ...
The cooperation between rangers and researchers supports biodiversity conservation research as shown here in the Madidi national park in Bolivia where biological and social indicators are monitored together © Marcos Uzquiano

Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice

One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens ...
The discovery site of Ötzi on the Tisenjoch with a monument for the ice mummy, view to the south © Jim Dickson

Glacier mummy Ötzi: New insights into his last journey

Which route did the "Iceman" choose 5300 years ago when he ascended to the Ötztal Alps? There were and still are different theories. Prof. Klaus Oeggl and his ...
All in all, researchers have collected DNA samples at 29 locations in Rome © Michaela Lucci

Ancient Rome: a 12,000-year history of genetic flux, migrations and diversity

Scholars have been all over Rome for hundreds of years, but it still holds some secrets - for ...
To date, about 750 species of cone snails are known © Markus Muttenthaler

From cone snail venom to pain relief

Conotoxins are bioactive peptides found in the venom that marine cone snails produce for prey capture and defense. They are used as pharmacological tools to study pain signalling ...