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    Researchers Reconstruct Early Version of Old Testament Text From Burned Scroll

    An international team has used digital reconstruction to resurrect a charred Hebrew scroll, reports <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. The technique could also prove invaluable in reconstructing other damaged finds. Weizmann scientists performed radiocarbon dating on the charcoal parchment, finding it could have been written in the 2<sup>nd</sup> or 3<sup>rd</sup> century.

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    When Scientific Journals Show Political Bias

    Writing in <em>The Jewish Week</em>, Weizmann Institute President Prof. Daniel Zajfman addresses an op-ed, ""An open letter for the people of Gaza,"" that appeared in the prestigious British journal <em>The Lancet</em>. Prof. Zajfman &ndash; who believes that science crosses all borders &ndash; speaks to the damage done when journals spread bias.

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    Ingenious Lightbulb Hack Can Cause Seizures, Spy On 'Air-Gapped' Networks

    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. <em>Forbes</em> reports.

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    Healing a Battle-Scarred Mind

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a signature injury of war, wreaking havoc on mental states long after a soldier returns home. <em>Cosmos</em> magazine reports on scientists' search for the causes of PTSD, and the ""unlikely answer: the immune system."" This finding did not, however, surprise Weizmann's Prof. Michal Schwartz, ""first in the world to suggest that the immune system can help the brain.""

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    Research Shows Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Can Raise Blood Sugar

    As Gautam Naik reports in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, groundbreaking Weizmann Institute research shows that artificial sweeteners ""can alter the population of gut bacteria and trigger unwanted changes"" – including obesity and diabetes. <em>WSJ</em>'s coverage includes a video with an interview with Dr. Eran Elinav.|

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    The Imperative of Studying Aborted Embryonic Tissue

    <em>Haaretz</em> interviews Weizmann's Dr. Karina Yaniv, ""a chemist and biologist conducting groundbreaking research in embryonic development [who] tackles the mother of all questions: When does life begin?"" She explains why her basic research is so crucial, and why studying aborted fetal tissue is not only acceptable, but an obligation.

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    Not by Bread Alone: Neolithic People in Israel First to Farm Fava Beans, 10,000 Years Ago

    A Weizmann archaeobotanist and nuclear physicist identified the 10,200-year-old remains of cultivated fava beans in Israel. As Haaretz reports, this helps explain how humans settled down and became farmers, “ultimately leading to the rise of complex civilizations.” It could also help develop beans better able to cope with climatic extremes.

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    Budding Scientists Study in Israel

    As the <em>Sun Sentinel</em> reports, two area teens, Ana Karla Cepeda Diaz and Luke Horger, attended Weizmann's Bessie Lawrence summer science program. Ms. Cepeda Diaz, who now attends Harvard, said that she gained new friends and new aspirations, adding that it ""was a thoroughly transformative experience – I don't think anyone came out the same.""

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    Meet Israel's Big Noise in the Big Bang Experiment

    Prof. Daniel Zajfman explains the importance of the Large Hadron Collider (""This adventure is as important as landing on the moon""), speaks to his early interest in science, and considers why Israel produces so many scientists: ""Our resources are 1.7 meters above the ground – they are our brains.""