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06.03.17 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Exploring "emo-eating"

While fear and aggression tend to curb our appetite, sadness and frustration seem to stimulate it. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF looks into the connections between mood and overeat... mehr

06.02.17 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Neurosciences: a stress test for men and women

Whilst it is true that women and men respond differently to stress, current neuroscientific research only partially confirms traditional gender stereotypes. Other factors heavily contribute to the str... mehr

23.01.17 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Researching the grammar of sign language

Like spoken language, sign language has a complex and differentiated structure. One just has to be able to discern and interpret it. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team ... mehr

16.01.17 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Using mathematics to hunt for computer errors

Improving the security of computer software and hardware requires mathematical analytic methods. Thanks to research by a team of computer scientists led by Krishnendu Chatterjee in a project funded by... mehr

11.01.17 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

The many layers of Bella Asmara

Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, is a much admired time capsule reflecting the Italian "dolce vita" of the 1930s. A cluster of modernist buildings has been preserved at the city centre – an Italian f... mehr

09.01.17 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Tyrolean national singers on world tour

The "Rainer Family", a Tyrolean group of singers, and their predecessors the Rainer siblings were the first Tyrolean music stars to enjoy success on an international scale. In a project supported by t... mehr

19.12.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

A New Light on Blocked Arteries

Narrowed and blocked arteries can now be diagnosed faster and more accurately with the help of special computer-aided image analysis techniques. This advance was made possible by the development of in... mehr

12.12.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

The American view of Russia

US media play an important role in the rekindled debates about cultural values and national identities as between America and Russia. – A battle waged on the back of minorities, as demonstrated by a... mehr

05.12.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

In vivo veritas: Vine pest in Austria is genetically variable

Exactly 14 different variants of a very specific bacterium that damages grapevines can be found in Austria. This is one of the key results of a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, whic... mehr

29.11.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Voters' choices ...

More and more voters decide on the basis of issues. Just how credibly political parties make such issues their own and communicate them will determine their success. A group of researchers from Vienna... mehr

21.11.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

No fear! Neuropeptide may aid targeted anxiety therapy

The targeted control of biochemical processes and neuronal signalling pathways using the messenger substance neuropeptide Y could help in the future treatment of anxiety disorders. This is demonstrate... mehr

15.11.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Small and extremely resilient – the secrets of black fungi

Highly resistant to stresses, black fungi are real champions among microorganisms. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team in Vienna discovered that the fungi owe their qual... mehr

07.11.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Optimised long-term care for persons with dementia

Nursing homes face enormous challenges due to the growing number of persons with dementia. Evidence-based decisions should play a crucial role in overcoming these challenges. Up to now, however, very ... mehr

31.10.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

The birth of newspapers

A valuable collection of 16,000 handwritten newsletters assembled by the Fugger brothers has come down to us in Vienna. In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, these newsletters were sub... mehr

24.10.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Nazi psychology in Austria

The history of academic psychology after the "Anschluss", the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, and its role as a discipline used in National Socialist policies is being examined systematicall... mehr

18.10.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Development policy during the Cold War

In a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, historians from the University of Vienna explored the everyday life of development-aid staff at the time of the East-West confrontation, thereb... mehr

10.10.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Comet dust: A journey through time to the origins of the Solar System

Comet dust from the Rosetta mission is providing insights into the origins of our Solar System. A research project focussing on the dust, which is supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and being ... mehr

04.10.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Biochar improves crop growth and climate

The use of biochar in agriculture improves soil fertility, especially in tropical regions, and mitigates greenhouse gas emissions. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF studied the positiv... mehr

27.09.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Hidden HIV Revealed: New Insights Into Latent HIV Infections

In spite of ever more effective therapies, HIV keeps managing to survive in the body. A comprehensive project conducted by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has clarified the molecular processes which con... mehr

20.09.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Lithium drugs: no prescription residues in drinking water

Studies show that lithium contained in drinking water lowers suicide rates. This still holds true when taking account of drug residues of lithium prescriptions, as has been shown by a current study fo... mehr

12.09.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Politics: Motion patterns and voice determine impressions

The motion patterns and voices of politicians influence the way in which their personality is judged. For example, expansive chopping movements of the arms create an impression of dominance within sec... mehr

31.08.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Systematic controls in the East: migration management and border security in the Habsburg Empire

Systematic controls were carried out at the Habsburg Empire's border with the Ottoman Empire as far back as the 18th century. Combined with the mobility control of Ottoman migrants, they were key feat... mehr

23.08.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

How our gender influences us

Women and men often show marked differences as regards mental illnesses. In order to learn more about this phenomenon, a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF explored how opposite-sex ho... mehr

08.08.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

The marine super glue

Barnacles exude an adhesive with exceptional bonding properties. In a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, biologists from Vienna have investigated this substance which has enormous med... mehr

02.08.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Stability of cheap solar cells improved

The stability of a very efficient and cheap material for solar cells has now been enhanced by up to two orders of magnitude. The material manipulations that enabled this enhancement were developed in ... mehr

25.07.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Dementia from an art and design perspective

Demographic change requires a new approach to dementia. A project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF creates awareness of the issue using innovative artistic methods that sharpen the perceptio... mehr

19.07.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

More moisture in the Arctic than thought

Comparing special radar measurements can precisely identify soil moisture in Arctic polar regions. This has revealed that the scale of the Arctic wetlands may be a lot vaster than previously assumed. ... mehr

04.07.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

The computer as architect: Mathematics liberates building design from traditional forms

Creative architecture and modern construction technology create impressive buildings – but discrete differential geometry has also recently been playing a role in this area. The results of a mathema... mehr

27.06.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Equip robots with common sense

In the future, a new generation of autonomous robots is set to complete tasks autonomously, even if something unforeseeable happens. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, information tech... mehr

21.06.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Coeliac disease triggered by viruses

The onset of the autoimmune condition coeliac disease may not be down to genetic factors alone – certain viral infections may also be involved. This is the finding of a project funded by the Austria... mehr

13.06.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

The sound of old music

In addition to their shape, the material that brass instruments are made of determines their sound. This was demonstrated by acousticians in a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF on recons... mehr

06.06.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Cholesterol-lowering drug kills melanoma cells – if messenger substance is present

Special cholesterol-lowering drugs can hamper the growth of metastasising melanoma cells if the cellular messenger substance Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is present. This link was observed in a research proje... mehr

24.05.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Graphene: Progress, not quantum leaps

The interactions between graphene and its environment have a significant influence on the use of this promising material by the semiconductor industry. Thanks to the comprehensive findings of an inter... mehr

17.05.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Antisemitism and parliamentary rhetoric

A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF investigates the relationship between parliamentary debate and the development of democracy in post-fascist societies. Using Austria as an example, th... mehr

09.05.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Calculating landslides & slope failures

The threat of slope instability will be easier to predict in future. Scientists working on an Austrian Science Fund project have succeeded in developing a new numerical model for this purpose. The mod... mehr

02.05.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Profiling mosquitoes

In the wake of climate change and globalisation, non-indigenous mosquito species establish in Europe together with the pathogens they transmit. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF is cur... mehr

25.04.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Regulatory agencies: Let's have a party

Party affiliation plays a significant role in Austria and across Europe when it comes to filling management positions in independent regulatory bodies. This is one of the key findings of a study condu... mehr

11.04.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Important messenger substance in human cells measured "live" for the first time

Scientists have succeeded in making real-time measurements of changes in the concentration of the important messenger substance nitric oxide (NO) in human cells for the first time. The breakthrough, w... mehr

05.04.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Mechanical ventilation as aggravating factor in lung failure

Mechanical ventilation can contribute to lung damage by inducing rapid changes in oxygen levels. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna are now conducting studies for the first time into the ... mehr

30.03.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

A special part of the immune system involved in rare epilepsy

The complement system, which forms part of our immune system, is involved in a special form of epilepsy. This is the conclusion of a recently published single-case study. The study, carried out as par... mehr

22.03.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Vaccination policy: Understanding political processes

Health topics polarise people. Funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research project relating to HPV vaccination demonstrates to what extent important decisions are informed by politics. How d... mehr

14.03.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Sleeping soundly: unsaturated fatty acids play a role in winter hibernation

The duration of the periods for which animals hibernate in winter is affected by the quantity of unsaturated fatty acids that they absorb from their food. How animals react to an excess – or a lack ... mehr

01.03.16 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

An epoch revisited: A new A to Z of inter-war Austrian culture – in print and on the Web

A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF is currently exploring the literary and cultural landscape of the inter-war years in Austria. The results, which are published in several books and on... mehr

18.05.15 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Smart micro chips may optimise human vision

To date, chip-based retinal implants have only permitted a rudimentary restoration of vision. However, modifying the electrical signals emitted by the implants could change that. This is the conclusio... mehr

18.05.15 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

At the Far End of the Pipeline – Long-Distance Commuting as a Way of Life

Life as a shift-worker, far from home, is usually considered problematic and often described in such terms. An interdisciplinary project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF focuses on the Russian ... mehr

08.05.15 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

A Ranking of Environmental Chemicals

How dangerous are environmental chemicals and what is their effect on human health? In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the pharmacist Daniela Schuster is currently developing a comp... mehr

29.04.15 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Scientists Gain Unique Insight into the Function of a Key Muscle Protein

Thanks to the first high-resolution structural analysis of the muscle protein α-actinin, scientists now have a better understanding of how muscles work. The analysis provides crucial information abou... mehr

15.04.15 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Brain Training Instead of Medication to Counter Insomnia

The ability to finally enjoy a good night’s sleep is something that can be learned. An Austrian Science Fund FWF project has investigated how this can best be learned and who responds best to such "... mehr

01.04.15 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Electrifying Research: Piezoelectric Effects for the Suppression of Material Stresses

The generation of electrical charges in response to mechanical deformation is a distinctive feature of piezoelectric materials. This property can be used to avoid mechanical stresses in special materi... mehr

27.03.15 - FWF - Austrian Science Fund

Brain Activity During Cardiac Arrest

All over the world, researchers are trying to solve an age-old mystery: What happens in the brain when the heart stops? With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, medical experts from Vienna a... mehr

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