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


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


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


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


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

Risk of Caesarean Section Is Heritable


Women born by Caesarean section due to a fetopelvic disproportion (FDP) are more than twice as likely to develop FDP when giving birth than women born naturally. This is the conclusion of a study by a team of evolutionary biologists at the...
16-Oct-2017 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Sharing of Science Is Most Likely Among Male Scientists

Even though science is becoming increasingly competitive, scientists are still very willing to share their work with colleagues. This is especially true for male scientists among each other and less so for females among each other or between the...
10-Oct-2017 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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