The Weizmann Institute's prestigious Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute brings talented high-school graduates from all over the world to campus for a month of research alongside Institute scientists. As Arizona's Jewish News reports, three teens from that area are among the successful U.S. applicants.
May 25, 2016
Being able to ""see big gifts in action"" motivates donors like Carol Milett to give during their lifetime. As Forbes reports, IRA gifts can be treated like the annual output of an endowment, which ACWIS's Steve Meyers calls a ""virtual endowment."" This arrangement benefits all parties; for example, Milett personally knows the Weizmann lung-cancer researcher her fund supports.
May 20, 2016
Journalist Sura Jeselsohn writes about a recent visit to the Weizmann Institute's Clore Garden of Science. Long fascinated by America's Biosphere project and the idea of self-contained systems, she was delighted to find the Ecosphere and its educational environment. She also praises the Clore Garden for its fun exhibits.
May 18, 2016
In quantum physics, just observing something changes that thing immeasurably. Now, by supercooling atoms to slow them down, Prof. Ehud Altman and colleagues on an EU project are able to see these changes. As the European Commission's Horizon magazine says, ""the results are giving them a new perspective into the behaviour of matter at the quantum level.""
May 17, 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
Profs. Tamar Flash and Shimon Ullman are among six Israelis elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As The Jerusalem Post says, the Weizmann scientists are in the ""236th class of distinguished members in the academy, which includes some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, artists, business and philanthropic leaders.
April 25, 2016
Tookad, the prostate cancer treatment developed by Profs. Avigdor Scherz and Yoram Salomon, ""now is undergoing advanced trials in Israel and Europe,"" says Israel21c. Already approved for use in Mexico and on the verge of being more widely available, Tookad's efficacy for other cancers is now being tested in collaboration with Oxford University and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
April 11, 2016
Dr. Yossi Elran of Weizmann's Davidson Institute of Science Education visited with fourth- and fifth-grade students at New Jersey's Ben Porat Yosef school. The kids are taking part in Math by Mail, an online program developed by Davidson, and Dr. Elran's ""fascinating presentation"" showed, among other things, how math is involved in card tricks.
April 07, 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