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To Tool or Not to Tool?

Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists from the University of Vienna, the University of St Andrews and the University...
14-Feb-2019 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Faster Than Allowed by Quantum Computing?

Quantum computers are more powerful than classical computers since they work with coherent "quantum bits"; instead of ordinary zeroes and ones. But what if the laws of nature were different from what we think today – could there be even more...
1-Feb-2019 5:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


How does a quantum particle see the world?

Researchers at the University of Vienna study the relevance of quantum reference frames for the symmetries of the worldAccording to one of the most fundamental principles in physics, an observer on a moving train uses the same laws to describe a...
30-Jan-2019 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


The Impacts of Invasive Species Are Often Difficult to Predict

New Zealand and other islands have experienced invasions of rats, Europe has seen the arrival of the spinycheek crayfish, spreading a deadly disease called crayfish plague: invasive species can put native animal and plant species on the brink of...
24-Jan-2019 4:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


Marmoset monkeys expect the melody’s closing tone

In speech and music, words and notes depend on each other. Humans are highly sensitive to such dependencies, but the evolutionary origins of this capacity are poorly understood. Cognitive biologists at the University of Vienna conducted playback...
19-Dec-2018 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


For a longer battery life: Pushing lithium ion batteries to the next performance level

Conventional lithium ion batteries, such as those widely used in smartphones and notebooks, have reached performance limits. Materials chemist Freddy Kleitz from the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Vienna and international scientists have...
13-Dec-2018 4:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


Small but Versatile

The ammonia oxidizing archaea, or Thaumarchaeota, are amongst the most abundant marine microorganisms. Yet, we are still discovering which factors allow them to thrive in the ocean: A new publication reveals that marine Thaumarchaeota have a broader...
10-Dec-2018 11:00 AM EST Add to Favorites


Re-inventing the hook

Cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists from the University of Vienna, the University of St Andrews and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna around Isabelle Laumer and Alice Auersperg studied hook tool making for the first time in...
8-Nov-2018 5:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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The University of Vienna is one of Europe’s oldest and largest universities. Its 19 faculties and centres have a staff of 9,600, including 6,800 researchers, making it Austria’s largest research institution as well as the largest seat of education: 93,000 national and international students are currently matriculated at the University of Vienna. With over 180 subjects, it offers the most diverse range of studies in the country. The University of Vienna is also an important institution for further training in Austria.


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