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    Super-Slick Material Makes Steel Better, Stronger, Cleaner

    Harvard reports the creation of the ""most durable anti-fouling material to date,"" which protects and improves steel. Dr. Alexander Tesler, a former postdoc at Harvard and now a research fellow in the Weizmann Institute's Department of Materials and Interfaces, led the research into a way to make steel safer and less susceptible to corrosion.

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    Using the Science of Invisibility to Make Black Holes in the Lab – Prof. Ulf Leonhardt

    Speaking at TEDxBrussels, the Weizmann Institute's Prof. Ulf Leonhardt wowed the crowd with talk of invisibility. In a subsequent interview, <em>Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine</em> found that invisibility is only part of his amazing optics research, which includes ""new ways to manipulate the world"" and ""making black holes in the lab.""

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    How Do Marine Mollusks Process Food Without Teeth?

    Mollusks use hardened plates to break down food. In findings that could lead to better materials, Weizmann scientists have now shown how the plates work, saying: ""The solutions evolved by organisms during hundreds of millions of years have produced sophisticated materials … with much more innovative design than the best"" that humans can do.

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    The Secret of Seawater Spines

    As <em>Nature World News</em> reports, Weizmann Profs. Lia Addadi and Steve Weiner have found that sea urchins form their spines in a very different way than scientists imagined: they ""drink"" seawater to get the crucial calcium ions.

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    How to Make Electrons Behave Like a Liquid

    In ""a brilliant piece of theory,"" Weizmann's Prof. Gregory Falkovich and Prof. Leonid Levitov at MIT have predicted unexpected behaviors in electrons as they flow, such as ""negative resistance."" As <em>MIT News</em> explains, the two have shown that electrons can cooperate and produce vortices in their flow – sometimes even moving backward.

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    Discovery of How Newborn Mice Repair Bone Fractures Could Improve Treatments

    In adults and children, a broken bone needs assistance to mend. Infants, however, can heal on their own, but no one knew how – until now. Prof. Elazar Zelzer has revealed a ""previously unknown mechanism involving bone growth and muscle contraction"" that fixed a fractured newborn mouse arm. Prof. Zelzer states, ""This finding challenges the traditional view of fracture healing and introduces an entirely new stage of bone repair.""

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    Capturing the Sun: Weizmann Scientists at The Gregory School

    Prof. David Cahen, head of the Weizmann Institute's Alternative Energy Research Initiative, and colleague Prof. Leeor Kronik discuss humankind's energy problem – specifically, that we cannot keep using energy as we do today – and potential solutions, such as use of highly efficient solar power. The event was held at The Gregory School in Tucson.

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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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    Bright Lights and Superstars: The Gruber Award for Scientific Excellence

    On March 21, the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich received the 11th Annual Gruber Award for Scientific Excellence. Established by philanthropist Patricia Gruber and her late husband Peter Gruber through their Gruber Foundation, the prestigious award provides valuable affirmation and support for talented young scientists just beginning their careers.