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January 2020

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Forefront of Science

 

Prof. Daniel Zajfman (background): the cryogenic storage ring in Heidelberg
Space & Physics 
 
A new “cold-storage” ring first proposed by Prof. Daniel Zajfman yields its first results – and they were not what scientists had thought


 

(l-r) Prof. Rivka Dikstein and Dr. Anat Bahat found a molecule that might help treat Huntington's disease
Life Sciences 
 
These molecules may prevent only some of a crucial gene's activities without affecting others

 

Flipping Light to Separate Left from Right
Space & Physics 
 
Light that switches direction every few billionths of a billionth of a second may be the fastest way yet to study ultrafast “mirror-image” phenomena
Injured heart following myocardial infarction. Healthy cardiomyocytes are stained in green. Injured area is stained in red
Life Sciences
 
The small molecule reduces damaging inflammation and improves heart function in mouse models of heart attack

 

A “river” of electrons flowing in a graphene channel. The viscosity generated by the repulsion between electrons (red balls) causes them to flow with a parabolic current density, illustrated here as a white foam wavefront
Space & Physics 
 
The findings could help reduce resistance in electronic devices

 

(l-r) Dr. Kousik Bagani, Dr. Yuri Myasoedov, Prof. Eli Zeldov and Dr. Arthur Marguerite
Space & Physics 
 
New findings present a nuanced picture of electron flow in quantum states

 

Space & Physics 
 
Institute physicists solve a "hard problem" with lasers and a hint
The new “trial-and-error-with-a-hint” method (bottom) comes close to the true image (top) after 100 nanoseconds)

 

People

 

A recent international conference suggests things are moving in the right direction
(l-r) Prof. Yossi Nir, Prof. Marta Losada and Dr. Meytal Eran Jona

 

In the News

 

CTECH by Calcalist

The researchers behind Jerusalem-based BiondVax talked to Calcalist, discussing their potential universal flu vaccine, currently undergoing a phase 3 clinical trial
 
CTech by calcalist

 

Events

 

"Tikkun" (Repair)

Art exhibition and an inspiring meeting between art and science

The artist Aviva Shemer and Prof. Zvi Livneh
An open discussion on “Repair”

Repairing genes and repairing the world
Fortuitous mistakes and the cup that is half full
Evolution, darkness and light

The lobby of the Nella and Leon Benoziyo Building for Biological Sciences

January 13, 2020, at 15:00

A celebration of science and art, with music and light refreshments

 

International Philately Day 2019

 

Time Stamp

First day covers – stamps and envelopes – put out by the Israel Post Philatelic Service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Weizmann Institute of Science, as well as International Philately Day, 2019.

The icons that are rising from Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s hand symbolize the main research fields at the Institute: Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Science Education.

 

Science for All - Davidson Institute of Science Education

 

Electronic Cigarettes: Harmful, Unclear If Less So
The electronic cigarette is often advertised as a magic solution for smokers. In practice, very few studies have examined its possible harmful effects, especially in the long run
 
 
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Why Is the Flu Vaccine Required Annually?
For some diseases, vaccinations are needed every few years, or even once in a lifetime. Why is the flu vaccine different?
 



 
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