Three updates from the labs of the Weizmann Institute: devising an apparatus that can ""pluck"" a single particle of light out of a pulse of light; how a rare genetic childhood disease can shed light on cancer; discovering that proteins involved in our visual system also play a role in the heat-seeking behavior of sperm.
November 24, 2015
Prof. Eran Segal and Dr. Eran Elinav's Personalized Nutrition Project has new results that underscore the importance of a personalized diet, prepared based on complex factors such as your gut microbes and lifestyle. The foods that raise your blood sugar levels may not be what you'd expect, and responses differ surprisingly from person to person.
November 19, 2015
What is dark matter, the unseen stuff that makes up most of our universe? No one knows – yet. Thanks to the new XENON1T experiment, just inaugurated at the Gran Sasso lab in Italy, an international team of scientists will be able to search for dark matter with unprecedented sensitivity. Dr. Ran Budnik heads the Weizmann Institute's pivotal XENON1T team.
November 12, 2015
Prof. Lord Robert Winston, IVF pioneer, is one of six distinguished individuals to receive honoris causa in 2015, along with Shlomo Bar, influential musician; 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics laureate Serge Haroche; Miel de Botton, philanthropist; 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji; and Pascal-Olivier Mantoux of the International and Executive Boards.
November 08, 2015
Three updates from the labs of the Weizmann Institute: discovery of a tumor suppressor gene behind a deadly form of melanoma; finding that lack of a certain protein leads to obesity, no matter the diet; and learning why plants ""drive"" with one foot on the brake rather than operate at full efficiency.
October 26, 2015
As we age, our biological clocks wind down – but why? Dr. Gad Asher, who studies circadian clocks – genetic mechanisms that keep us in tune with cycles of day and night – has identified a link between the clocks and a group of metabolites called polyamines. Found in many foods, polyamines could fight aging – as they did in Dr. Asher's mice.
October 12, 2015
Why are there gender-specific roles in caring for offspring? Drs. Tali Kimchi and Ofer Yizhar have found a neurobiological answer, and – using state-of-the-art techniques – were able to control maternal behavior and male aggression in mice. Their work could also shed light on disorders like postpartum depression, aggression, and autism.
October 07, 2015
Three updates from the Weizmann Institute: discovering how the tiny, beautiful sea sapphire changes color – and even becomes invisible; using light to get nanoparticles to self-assemble could lead to rewritable paper, contaminant removal, and drug delivery; measuring how fast bacteria grow sheds new light on how our microbiome is tied to our health.
September 01, 2015
As the old song says, ""oops, there goes another rubber tree plant."" People have always been in awe of ants' ability to work together to get the seemingly impossible done – but how, exactly, do they do it? Now we know, thanks to a Weizmann team that created a physics-based model showing how groups of ants cooperate to carry large pieces of food to the nest.
July 30, 2015