Renowned plant scientist and Professor Emeritus Jonathan Gressel spoke to the St. Louis Jewish Light about parasitic weeds, greenhouse gases, and the Pope’s encyclical on climate change. Supporting the Pope’s statement that manmade climate change is a global threat, Prof. Gressel says frankly: “there will be more global warming.”
July 02, 2015
The New York Times reports on new research from Prof. Noam Sobel’s olfaction lab, where scientists found that a simple smell test can identify autistic children with 81% accuracy. The more impaired the child, the slower their reaction to unpleasant smells. The team hopes the test – which requires only breathing – can be used as an early diagnosis method.
One of the most evocative smells on Earth is arguably the smell of the sea – but what is that smell? As Wired reports, Weizmann scientists found the answer: a sulfur compound produced by an algae. The chemical could even play a role in controlling Earth’s temperature, helping fight climate change. That makes the beach even more enjoyable!
June 30, 2015
Oscar winner Kathy Bates opens up to Larry King about developing lymphedema – which occurs when the lymph nodes are removed or blocked – after a double mastectomy. Now a lymphedema activist raising awareness and funds, she gets hope from research like Dr. Karina Yaniv’s, whose breakthroughs include being the first to grow lymphatic cells in the lab.
June 24, 2015
The latest breakthrough from Prof. Noam Sobel’s lab is the revelation that “every individual’s sense of smell differs slightly from other people, based on their genetic makeup,” reports Inquisitr. Besides a means of identification, this could help diagnose diseases like Alzheimer’s and help identify matches for organ transplants.
June 22, 2015
Historian and journalist Hampton Sides writes in National Geographic about marijuana’s resurgence as a medicine. “The science of cannabis is experiencing a rebirth,” and this science begins with Prof. Raphael Mechoulam. Sides interviews the revolutionary Prof. Mechoulam, who discovered the active ingredient THC while at Weizmann in 1963.
May 29, 2015
California’s devastating drought is leading it to turn to Israel – another semi-arid state – for help. As Prof. Brian Berkowitz says, Israel is “a microcosm of what needs to be done.” When it comes to achieving water security, Israel’s decades of success in water management just might provide the life vest California needs.
May 14, 2015
Avital Dery, a PhD candidate in physics at the Institute, won the contest to represent Israel next month at FameLab, the British Council’s prestigious international competition. Dery is studying fundamental issues raised by the discovery of the Higgs boson, reports The Jerusalem Post. The 10-year-old FameLab event is now held in 25 countries.
May 10, 2015
Recent Weizmann Institute research found that the heart had an unexpected, unknown capacity for regeneration, which could lead to treatments to help it heal after a heart attack or other trauma. This work is also applicable to cystic fibrosis, where another organ – lungs – also needs to be regenerated and repaired.
April 28, 2015