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    Marine Green Slime to Save the Planet

    Weizmann's Dr. Assaf Vardi led a team of more than 30 scientists on a trip to the North Atlantic to study phytoplankton. These tiny algae are crucial to Earth's ecology and are key to climate regulation; in fact, they play an ancient and outsized role in our environment.

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    A Fistful of Dust

    Recent dust storms in Germany have put Prof. Ilan Koren back in the news: his research on how dust from one valley in Africa crosses the ocean to nourish the Amazon shows how dust affects our climate.

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    Saving Reefs One Polyp at a Time

    Coral reefs are the canaries in our environmental coal mine, serving as front-line warnings of damage from climate change. They are also, as <em>The Scientist</em> says, ""notoriously difficult to study."" Until now. Weizmann scientists have ""discovered how to study coral organisms in unpresented detail"" – a breakthrough that could help grow healthy new coral.

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    Factory Waste Morphs Into Clean Syngas

    Israel21c covers the latest advance in Prof. Jacob Karni's award-winning method for producing clean energy. The process, being brought to market by NewCO2Fuels, takes a wasted source of energy – the heat put out by factories – and converts its CO2 into synthetic gas which, in turn, is used for products like plastic, fertilizer, and liquid fuel.

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    What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae

    One of the most evocative smells on Earth is arguably the smell of the sea – but what <em>is</em> that smell? As <em>Wired</em> reports, Weizmann scientists found the answer: a sulfur compound produced by an algae. The chemical could even play a role in controlling Earth's temperature, helping fight climate change. That makes the beach even more enjoyable!

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    Microbes Go, Too: ""Fecal Prints"" Provide Record of Life on Earth

    If it eats, it excretes – including microbes. Having digested organic matter on Earth for about 3.5 billion years, their waste contains a record of how our environment has changed. However, no one has been able to interpret the information in microbial ""fecal prints""– until now. Weizmann's Dr. Itay Halevy and McGill's Dr. Boswell Wing have cracked the case.

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    Back to Basics, Forward to the Future

    The Weizmann Institute conducts basic science research, but what, exactly, is that? Go with Profs. Uri Alon, Roy Bar-Ziv, Israel Dostrovsky, Shafi Goldwasser, Yair Reisner, Leo Sachs, Idit Shachar, Eran Segal, Ady Stern, and Dan Tawfik on a tour of basic science research: what is, how it has benefitted humankind, and how it will likely shape the future.

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