The Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Adi Shamir, a legendary pioneer in cryptography and online security, was one of three scientists to receive the 2017 Japan Prize. The award honors scientists and engineers “who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, thereby furthering the cause of peace and prosperity of mankind.”
February 03, 2017
As The New York Times reports, renowned Weizmann cryptographer Prof. Adi Shamir and a team that included scientists at Canada's Dalhousie University found a way to hack ""smart"" lightbulbs, causing them to flicker. Their finding reveals dangerous weaknesses – including those that could allow attacks on our power grid – in the fast-growing Internet of Things.
November 03, 2016
Prof. Yaron Silberberg is one of two optics scientists whose innovative method for getting rid of glare has been making news. Glare is the way that, for example, a car's high beams reflect off fog, making it ""even more difficult to see what lies ahead,"" says The Engineer. The methods reduce glare in a manner similar to how noise-cancelling headphones reduce sound.
October 19, 2016
Globes interviews Ehud Dafni, a former professor of physics at Weizmann who is today cofounder and CEO of Arineta. The Israeli company's cardio-mapping CT device just received FDA approval, clearing the way for its use in America; GE Healthcare will distribute and market the product.
August 16, 2016
Weizmann scientists, in collaboration with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, developed a prototype of a new technology for a cinema-sized screen that will allow movie-goers to watch 3D films without the standard glasses. Popular Science reports.
July 25, 2016
Invisible ink, wax tablets, secret decoder rings – we like to hide messages in plain sight. Now Weizmann scientists have created a new way to pass secrets along. As The Daily Mail puts it, the team ""has used some rather nifty chemistry to come up with a way to use common chemicals such as cola as the encryption key to code and decode hidden messages.""
May 04, 2016
The ability to recreate the look and sound of the real world is old news – however, realistically reproducing odors has eluded scientists. As the MIT Technology Review reports, ""Now one researcher has begun to think seriously about how artificial olfaction might work."" That researcher? Weizmann's Prof. David Harel, who is tackling this ""task of surprising complexity and subtlety.""
April 07, 2016
As the Internet of Things – products connected to the Internet – comes online, security fears seem to be coming true. Weizmann's Prof. Adi Shamir and a doctoral student have hacked into two leading brands of connected lightbulbs, showing that it's possible to both spy on people and flash the lights so as to trigger epileptic seizures. Forbes reports.
April 01, 2016
The European Space Agency is planning an international mission, JUICE, to investigate our solar system's largest planet: Jupiter. The Institute's Dr. Yohai Kaspi is playing a key role, leading the Israeli team developing a super-precise atomic clock that will help reveal information about the planet's atmosphere. Israel21c reports.
March 16, 2016