The Gregory School in Tucson sent its first-ever team to Weizmann's International Safecracking Tournament – and placed fourth! The contest requires that high schoolers use principles of physics to build a safe, which they then pit against other's creations during competition on campus. Team member Tianyi Zhu covers their journey to Israel.
April 06, 2016
The American Committee takes a long-term, individualized approach to helping donors reach their goals and support the Weizmann Institute. In fact, Vice President Steven L. Meyers literally wrote the book on this philosophy: Personalized Philanthropy: Crash the Fundraising Matrix. The Chronicle of Philanthropy discusses this successful approach.
April 04, 2016
As The Times of Israel reports, ""In a trial, a photosynthesis-based therapy eliminates cancer in over 80% of patients – and could be used to attack other cancers, too."" That therapy – developed at the Weizmann Institute – involves administering a drug, then zapping it with light, basically starving the tumor to death … and all without side effects.
April 03, 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 annual International Safecracking Tournament challenges high-school students to use their knowledge of physics to build a safe, which they then take to Israel for competition. This year, five students from Atlanta are taking part, and besides applying physics, they discovered the importance of collaboration … and of having fun while learning.
March 31, 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
Time reports on research that investigates why we cry – or don't. Humans are the only animals that cry for emotional reasons, and scientists across the world are investigating the phenomenon, including the Weizmann Institute's Prof. Noam Sobel. His finding that women's tears may inhibit sexual arousal in men garnered global headlines.
March 16, 2016
The Lymphatic Education & Research Network has announced that it is awarding its prestigious Wendy Chaite Leadership Award to Weizmann's Dr. Karina Yaniv. With funding support from the organization, Dr. Yaniv recently showed – for the first time – how the lymphatic system develops. The award will be presented on March 23 by actor Kathy Bates.
March 15, 2016
As Prof. Rony Paz found, people with anxiety are less able to distinguish between unthreatening stimuli and those associated with a negative event – because that's the way their brains function. As The Huffington Post states, you ""can't argue with science: A person isn't responsible for having a mental illness."" Perhaps such research will reduce the stigma.
March 03, 2016