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Matthew Modine: It’s Easy Being Green

The Miami Herald interviews actor Matthew Modine about his new role: environmental advocate. Modine has long been vocal about protecting our resources, and set up a program to encourage bike riding. Impressed by Weizmann science, he has now partnered with us at the American Committee to share the Institute’s amazing environmental research.

February 04, 2014
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Unraveling the Mysteries of Science and Disease

From: The Jerusalem Post

Weizmann Prof. Emeritus Michel Revel’s long, brilliant career includes co-developing Copaxone® and Rebif®, two of the world’s leading MS drugs. At 75, rather than retire, he’s still breaking ground: his new biotech firm is developing applications for human embryonic stem cells, aiming to better treat – and cure – diabetes and other diseases.

February 23, 2014

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Israeli scientist: Stronger immune system could cure Alzheimer’s

From: Israel21c

The Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Michal Schwartz has been developing ways to use the immune system to treat devastating injuries. As Israel21c reports, this “powerhouse” is now studying whether an enhanced immune system can treat anxiety and other brain disorders, and even – most exciting of all – potentially cure Alzheimer’s.

February 10, 2014

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Triglyceride Clock

From: The Scientist

The Scientist covers new research by the Weizmann Institute’s Dr. Gad Asher and colleagues in Florida showing that the timing of meals affects triglyceride levels in the liver. By controlling diet, the team was able to reduce lipid levels in the liver more effectively than any medication currently is able to.

February 10, 2014

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300,000-Year-Old Caveman “Campfire” Found in Israel

From: Discovery News

Discovery News reports on the amazing finding by Weizmann’s Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross of the oldest known site of repeated use of fire. The site, in Israel’s ancient Qesem cave, also sheds light on when “humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point – a sort of campfire – for social gatherings."

January 28, 2014

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Unsafe and Sound

From: The Economist

The Economist reports on a major threat to cybersecurity: a way to break the widely used RSA encryption, which was co-developed by Weizmann’s Prof. Adi Shamir (the “S” in RSA). With a new method called acoustic cryptanalysis, spies can listen to a computer’s hum and whirr and determine the RSA key. The spy who broke the code? Prof. Shamir himself.

January 18, 2014

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Fossil Dung Study Indicates: Ancients in Negev had Advanced Economy

From: Haaretz

While excavating the 5,000-year-old Negev Desert site of Mashabei Sade, a Weizmann-Tel Aviv University team found no fossilized dung, indicating — surprisingly — that it was not agrarian. So how did its people live? Sounding like a true archaeologist, Weizmann student Zach Dunseth states, “There must be an explanation hidden somewhere in the ground.”

January 08, 2014

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Top 10 Israeli Medical Advances to Watch in 2014

From: Israel21c

Israel21c names Prof. Michal Schwartz’s early-diagnosis blood test for Alzheimer’s disease and ALS one of the top 10 Israeli medical advances to watch in 2014. The company NeuroQuest conducted trials in Israel that showed the test has an astonishing accuracy rate of 87%, enabling much earlier intervention for these neurodegenerative diseases.

December 22, 2013

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The Man Who Studies Deadly Diseases

From: Israel21c

Israel21c profiles Dr. Ron Diskin, whose expertise in x-ray crystallography made him a key member of a groundbreaking Caltech-Rockefeller University team researching HIV. Now, as a new scientist at the Weizmann Institute, he is building a lab to advance his structural research on HIV and tropical Arena viruses that cause fatal diseases.

December 01, 2013

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Signs of Aging, Even in the Embryo

From: The New York Times

Dr. Valery Krizhanovsky and two other researchers have each discovered senescence (aging) in the earliest stages of life. When a cell is too damaged, it turns senescent and summons the immune system to kill it. As The New York Times reports, these “discoveries raise the prospect that the dawn and dusk of life are intimately connected.”

November 21, 2013

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