As Popular Science reports, the hot topic at this year's RSA conference was whether Apple should give the FBI back-door access to a terrorist's phone. The Weizmann Institute's Prof. Adi Shamir, the ""S"" in RSA (RSA is also the algorithm that first enabled secure online communication) sided with the FBI – unlike many in the cryptography community.
March 02, 2016
In a world where many go hungry, it is distressing to learn that about 40% of food produced in the U.S. is thrown out – particularly fruit and vegetables, which decay quickly. As The Times of Israel reports, an Israeli startup aims to change that with a natural system – the result of 12 years of research, including at Weizmann – that keeps your perishables fresh.
March 02, 2016
In ""a brilliant piece of theory,"" Weizmann's Prof. Gregory Falkovich and Prof. Leonid Levitov at MIT have predicted unexpected behaviors in electrons as they flow, such as ""negative resistance."" As MIT News explains, the two have shown that electrons can cooperate and produce vortices in their flow – sometimes even moving backward.
February 22, 2016
As The Daily Mail reports, computers aren't going to take over the world just yet – they can't see all of it. Prof. Shimon Ullman has shown that while ""humans are extremely good at recognizing objects from even the vaguest of shapes or in a tiny corner of an image,"" computers struggle such with fragments. The results could be used to improve computer vision.
February 17, 2016
U.S. scientists have treated blood cancer patients with genetically modified T-cells, and, in what is called an extraordinary development, saw the disease go into remission. As The Times of Israel reports, this true breakthrough began in the lab of Prof. Zelig Eshhar, who created the basis of the technique and has been curing mice of cancer for years.
February 17, 2016
Six students from the Peter Gruber International Academy (PGIA) on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, traveled to Israel for science camp at the Weizmann Institute, which has long collaborated with the school on STEM education. Said a PGIA leader: ""Each student seems to be passionate about a different area of science. This … will be life altering.""
February 16, 2016
The New York Times covers the finding by Weizmann scientists that turned a long-held number on its head. For decades, scientists believed that we had far more bacteria on and in our bodies than human cells: in fact, 10 times more. The Weizmann finding reveals that the real proportion is more like 1:1 – and that, in fact, at times we can be more human than ""bug.""
February 15, 2016
Profs. Meir Lahav and Leslie Leiserowitz have received the prestigious Israel Prize in chemistry and physics for revealing how certain molecules and ions assemble themselves. Their research, as Haaretz states, ""forms the basis for understanding processes in nature that are used as a scientific foundation for the future development of drugs.""
February 07, 2016
The Jewish Week covers philanthropist Mortimer Zuckerman's $100 million initiative ""to fight Israeli brain drain,"" with a focus on STEM fields and strengthening U.S.-Israeli intellectual exchange. The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program will send U.S. scholars to the leading Israeli universities – including the Weizmann Institute.
January 27, 2016