Three updates from the labs of the Weizmann Institute: at last, water on Mars explained; identifying an unusual zinc-pump mechanism that may be faulty in Alzheimer's disease; and finding that microbes that breathe sulfur prefer it to be light.
November 18, 2014
Prof. Noam Sobel's lab, which discovered that we can learn in our sleep via conditioning with odor, has now shown that smokers used fewer cigarettes after a night of olfactory training. The study involved exposing the sleeping smokers to the smell of cigarettes paired with rotten eggs or fish.
November 12, 2014
Six distinguished figures from the worlds of art and science are to receive honorary doctorates from the Weizmann Institute of Science: Prof. Marvin L. Cohen, Prof. Stanley Fischer, Lia Koenig Stolper, diabetes researcher Prof. Jesse Roth, Prof. Simon Schama, and Dr. Herbert Winter. Read more about these deserving individuals.
November 09, 2014
Three updates from the Weizmann Institute labs: tiny phytoplankton can fix as much carbon as a rainforest; is jet lag making you fat?; bringing a promising compound for inflammatory diseases, such as MS, to market.
October 21, 2014
Work, school, errands, commutes … it makes sense that we are more stressed during the day than when we're sleeping. And we do, in fact, produce more glucocorticoid (GC) – aka the stress hormone – during our waking hours. Now Weizmann scientists have found that GC also helps suppress cancer growth, meaning that perhaps we should be administering cancer drugs at night, while our bodies aren't fighting the cancer themselves.
October 06, 2014
Three updates from the labs of the Weizmann Institute: how old is your brain?; new technology enables safe imaging of fetuses; tractor beams: no longer just on Star Trek.
September 29, 2014
Artificial sweeteners have long been promoted as diet and health aids. But breaking research shows that these products may be leading to the very diseases they were said to help prevent: Dr. Eran Elinav and Prof. Eran Segal have discovered that, after exposure to artificial sweeteners, our gut bacteria may be triggering harmful metabolic changes.
September 17, 2014
One of the problems with designing artificial systems – from artificial intelligence on – is getting them to mimic real life. But now, Prof. Roy Bar-Ziv and his team have created an artificial cell system that reproduces the natural, dynamic behavior of protein synthesis – a breakthrough that is likely to lead to a host of new uses, including pharmaceutical and chemical.
August 18, 2014
Three updates from the labs of the Weizmann Institute: a new technique identifies the exact DNA sequences involved in regulating the fate of blood stem cells; theorizing that tiny black holes ate their way to becoming massive quasars; nanocubes can self-assemble into beautiful, complex structures.
August 11, 2014