January 2021

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Video: A Year in Review





The year 2020 was a difficult year for humanity, but it was also a year in which scientists from all over the world, including quite a few at the Weizmann Institute of Science, joined hands to fight the coronavirus on every front. At the same time, research on other topics did not stop for a moment – even under lockdowns, restrictions and quarantine.


Forefront of Science



Image: Getty Images

   Life Sciences   

A study of melanoma cells explains a puzzling response they exhibit to ward off T cell attacks


Illustration: Itai Raveh


We are doubling the mass of the human-made, “anthropogenic” part of the world every twenty years and the curve is not flattening


Computer modeling showing the 3D structure of the filament formed by mucin heads at acidic pH


Discovering the molecular elegance of a sticky substance we take for granted may lead to better protection against infections and inflammation


Prof. Gregory Falkovich and Michal Shavit

   Space & Physics   

The math at the basis of information theory could help explain systems like ocean waves


The research setup included an intake at the top of the mast. The Tara research schooner, 2016. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society


The discovery of microplastics in the air above the ocean reveals the spread of this hazardous pollution


(l-r) Dr. Ofrah Faust, Dr. Meital Avraham, Dr. Rina Rosenzweig and Dr. Nir London


Understanding how certain proteins work as a team could shed new light on the way cells defend themselves against neurodegenerative disease


Plant Microbiome Project

   Science Teaching  

High school students are out in the field, expanding our knowledge of an invisible ecosystem


People and Events



Rona Aviram and Gal Manella
Two research students confronted the metaphor underlying the scientific thinking in their field


From Around the Web



The New Yorker

 The New Yorker  


Scientific American

 Scientific American 

One of the most basic processes in all of nature—a subatomic particle’s transition between discrete energy states—is surprisingly complex and sometimes predictable, recent work shows




The story of an exceptional scientist who discovered how tumors outwit the immune system – and en route may also have found the key to fighting Alzheimer’s


Virtual Open Day for MSc/PhD Studies



The Weizmann Institute of Science is committed to research excellence and is looking for students who share our vision and passion. If you are thinking of pursuing a second (MSc) or third (PhD) degree in the field of sciences and wish to be a part of an academic community with an international atmosphere that encourages curiosity and innovation, we welcome you to apply to one of our programs today!

Join us on our Virtual Open Day on 29 January 2021 to learn more about studying at the Weizmann Institute of Study.





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