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Nanomaterials: How to Separate Linear and Ring-Shaped Molecules

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What is the difference between linear chains and rings composed of the same material? The molecular building blocks are identical, but from a mathematical point of view the two structures have distinct topologies, namely ring and linear chain. This...
6-Dec-2017 5:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Nano-Watch Has Steady Hands

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An international team from the Universities of Vienna, Duisburg-Essen and Tel Aviv have created a nanomechanical hand to show the time of an electronic clock, by spinning a tiny cylinder using light. A silicon nanorod, less than a thousandth of a...
21-Nov-2017 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Veni Vidi Vici: How Natural Killer Cells Conquer the Superbug Klebsiella

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Multidrug resistance of microbes poses a serious global threat to human health. Such resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae significantly reduce therapeutic options for the treatment of Klebsiella-induced, potentially fatal pneumonia or sepsis....
16-Nov-2017 4:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

The Key to a Nut

The Goffin's cockatoo is not a specialised tool user in the wild but has shown the capacity to invent and use different types of tools in captivity. Now cognitive biologists from the University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine...
8-Nov-2017 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Jumping Nanoparticles

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Transitions occurring in nanoscale systems, such as a chemical reaction or the folding of a protein, are strongly affected by friction and thermal noise. Almost 80 years ago, the Dutch physicist Hendrik Kramers predicted that such transitions occur...
25-Oct-2017 4:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Household with Mother(-in-Law) Means Fewer Kids

Women who live with their own mother or their mother in law in the same household have, on average, fewer children than women who only live with their spouse. Martin Fieder and colleagues, evolutionary anthropologists from the University of Vienna,...
25-Oct-2017 4:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Formation of Magma Oceans on Exoplanets

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Induction heating can completely change the energy budget of an exoplanet and even melt its interior. In a study published by Nature Astronomy an international team led by the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences with...
23-Oct-2017 5:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Microbes Leave "Fingerprints" on Martian Rocks

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Scientists around Tetyana Milojevic from the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vienna are in search of unique biosignatures, which are left on synthetic extraterrestrial minerals by microbial activity. The biochemist and astrobiologist...
17-Oct-2017 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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