December 2020

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Forefront of Science



Stress granules (bright red) that formed under stress

   Life Sciences   

Details of a cellular adaptation mechanism may point to new ways of treating neurodegeneration


(l-r) Nitzan Geva, Liron Sheintuch, Dr. Yaniv Ziv and Dr. Alon Rubin

   Life Sciences   

Structures that emerge from neural responses may be basic “units” of organization


A computer enhancement of seemingly clear skies reveals a significant covering of "twilight zone" clouds


Nearly invisible, all-but-ignored areas of thin cloud cover raise temperatures below


(l-r) Dr. Raviv Pryluk and Prof. Rony Paz

   Life Sciences   

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes


Ecoli Getty Images

   Life Sciences   

Unusual structures in bacterial cells keep viral infection from spreading; a list of new ones could provide improved biotech tools


(l-r) Mira Rosenthal, Prof. Maya Schuldiner, Amir Fadel, Eden Yifrach and Dr. Einat Zalckvar

   Life Sciences   

Competition for treatment in a cellular organelle may be decided on the basis of need


Smells may be measured by their distance from one another

   Life Sciences   

Meeting a 100-year-old challenge could lead the way to digital aromas


The nervous system of the worm under a microscope. The nuclei of neurons shared by both sexes are labeled in red; the neurons present in males only are marked in green

   Life Sciences   

A link in a worm nervous system that is broken in maturing females, but not in males, may shed light on the sex-linked nature of certain mental conditions


People and Events



The Koffler Accelerator
In Life and Earth Sciences, the Institute was ranked fourth


Staying Together
Online this year, the International Board meeting featured an astronaut, a basketball coach, a beloved Israeli author, and many other friends, guests and award recipients


Dr. Lorenz Adlung
A postdoc talks about complicated research, living at the Institute and the joys of scientific outreach


From Around the Web






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 Quanta Magazine 

Recent experiments show that particles should be able to go faster than light when they quantum mechanically “tunnel” through walls.





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