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    Weizmann Professors Claim Israel Prize in Chemistry and Physics

    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.""

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    Israeli Startup Aims to Harness Excess Industrial Heat to Transform CO2, Water Into Fuel

    The Jerusalem Post reports that Rehovot-based firm NewCO2Fuels aims to harness extreme heat that is currently emitted – and wasted – by factories, and use it to drive an innovative fuel production process that was developed by Weizmann's Prof. Jacob Karni. This ""recycled"" heat will replace solar in a method for producing synthetic gas.

  • Nobel for Antibiotics Tool

    Prof. Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute was one of three scientists awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Her work to decipher the structure and function of the ribosome has helped lead to new antibiotics, among other breakthroughs.

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    Israeli Innovation Extends to Medical Marijuana

    Medical marijuana usage is exploding, and when we look at the field's supporting research, we find &ndash; as we so often do &ndash; the Weizmann Institute; in fact, Prof. Raphael Mechoulam actually discovered the psychoactive compound THC. <em>The Jewish Times</em> reports on Israel's leadership in the field, and Prof. Mechoulam's decades old – and still groundbreaking &ndash; studies.

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    ""We Base the Most Important Decisions of Our Lives on Smell""

    <em>Haaretz</em> interviews Prof. Noam Sobel about his intensive research into the sense of smell, which - it turns out - informs every area of our lives, from what we eat to whom we love. Among other innovative studies, he is investigating whether odors can help people trust robots and whether smell is involved in repeated miscarriages.

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    As CO2 Acidifies the Oceans, Scientists Develop a New Way to Measure its Effect on Marine Ecosystems

    Increased CO<sub>2</sub> from climate change is making oceans more acidic; as reports, this makes it harder for corals to build their calcium-carbonate skeletons. Now, Weizmann Institute and Hebrew University researchers have found a new way to measure the impacts of CO<sub>2</sub> on coral reefs; this can provide ""essential information"" on climate change.

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    Nanostructures Made in Solar Furnace Using Sunlight

    As <em>The Jerusalem Post</em> reports, a group of scientists, including Weizmann's Prof. Reshef Tenne and his team, have created a new type of ""misfit"" nanostructure. The scientists created a sort of ""solar furnace"" made of ""highly concentrated solar radiation"" to produce the miniscule molecular ""closed-cage"" nanostructures, which have unique properties.

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    Self Assembling Nanoparticles Could Lead to Rewritable Paper

    Dr. Rafal Klajn has developed a method for coaxing nanoparticles to self-assemble by focusing on the medium in which they are suspended. <em>The Engineer</em> reports that possible applications include rewritable paper, which uses dyes that respond to UV light, rather than ink; water decontamination; and controlled drug delivery.

  • Teaming up antibiotics to fight deadly superbugs

    Nobel laureate Prof. Ada Yonath led a team of American and Israeli researchers to study antibiotic-resistant ""superbugs."" The group found that two commonly used antibiotics, largely ineffective on their own, are powerful enough to treat such infections when used in combination. Antibiotic resistance is, however, on the rise.