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    A Day in the Life of Saturn, Revealed

    <em>The Jerusalem Post</em> reports on the successful measurement of a day on Saturn. While this may seem like a relatively unchallenging problem from a physics point of view, the planet's unique attributes required development of a complicated mathematical model by Weizmann's Prof. Yohai Kaspi and Dr. Eli Galanti, with a team from Tel Aviv University.

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    Dr. Elran of the Weizmann Institute Addresses BPY Students

    Dr. Yossi Elran of Weizmann's Davidson Institute of Science Education visited with fourth- and fifth-grade students at New Jersey's Ben Porat Yosef school. The kids are taking part in Math by Mail, an online program developed by Davidson, and Dr. Elran's ""fascinating presentation"" showed, among other things, how math is involved in card tricks.

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    Safer Chemo, Thanks to Israeli Math

    In a remarkable example of cross-disciplinary application, Weizmann Institute mathematicians and others developed a new model for evaluating infection risk for chemotherapy patients. The work could lead to a more individualized approach to cancer treatment.

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    Rock Stars of Cryptography Debate the Apple-Versus-FBI Case

    As <em>Popular Science</em> reports, the hot topic at this year's RSA conference was whether Apple should give the FBI back-door access to a terrorist's phone. The Weizmann Institute's Prof. Adi Shamir, the ""S"" in RSA (RSA is also the algorithm that first enabled secure online communication) sided with the FBI – unlike many in the cryptography community.

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    Unsafe and Sound

    The Economist reports on a major threat to cybersecurity: a way to break the widely used RSA encryption, which was co-developed by Weizmann's Prof. Adi Shamir (the ""S"" in RSA). With a new method called acoustic cryptanalysis, spies can listen to a computer's hum and whirr and determine the RSA key. The spy who broke the code? Prof. Shamir himself.

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    ""Leaders and Lifters"" Help Ants Move Massive Meals

    Weizmann scientists have solved a longstanding mystery: exactly how ants work together to move large objects. BBC News reports that most of the ants do the ""heavy lifting,"" while a few scouts guide them back to the nest. As the Weizmann team said, the ants ""appear to have a mathematically perfect balance between individuality and conformism.""

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    Best People, Best Science

    The Weizmann Institute's most important asset is its people. That's why the Institute is committed to recruiting and nurturing some of the world's brightest young researchers. Here, six impressive new scientists – Drs. Ronen Eldan, Ofer Firstenberg, Yifat Merbl, Neta Regev-Rudzki, Nir London, and Efi Efrati – share how the Institute is helping them make breakthroughs in areas ranging from malaria to optics.

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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.