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    Beautiful Sea Sapphire Can Make Itself Invisible in an Instant

    The sea sapphire has been called ""the most beautiful animal you've never seen,"" switching between vibrant blues, violets, reds, and … nothing. Now, as <em>New Scientist</em> reports, Weizmann scientists and colleagues in Eilat are learning how it changes color and becomes invisible – findings that could lead to new optical technologies.

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    Light Trick to See Around Corners

    A Weizmann team has found a way to get images through ""scattering"" materials. As BBC News reports, the discovery – which uses natural light rather than lasers – not only lets the team see through impediments such as frosted glass or skin, but also around corners.

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    Israel's ‘Pre-Nobel' Wolf Prize Awardees Announced

    The Institute's Prof. Joseph Imry has won the 2016 Wolf Prize in physics, deemed a strong indicator of winning the Nobel Prize. As <em>The Times of Israel</em> states, Prof. Imry is ""considered the ‘founding father' of mesoscopic physics,"" the study of objects so small they're invisible to the naked eye; thus, he laid the foundation for the crucial field of nanoscience.

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    Criminals Aren't the Only Ones Breaking In

    Reporting on hackers of various stripes, the <em>Las Vegas Sun</em> covers the region's first team of safe crackers. In 2015, students at the Meadows School designed a Vegas-themed safe for the Weizmann Institute's annual International Safecracking Tournament, then went to Israel to pit their creation against those of others. Students use physics to build – and break into – the safes.

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    Chasing the Higgs Boson

    Dennis Overbye of The New York Times reports on the camaraderie and rivalry that took place at the Large Hadron Collider as two armies of brilliant scientists raced to identify the Higgs boson. As Weizmann's Prof. Eilam Gross says of these dedicated researchers, ""There are 6,000 Higgs soldiers, and they all deserve the Nobel Prize.""

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    Helping to Map ""Geographic Tongue""

    Scientists have long been baffled by ""geographic tongue,"" a mysterious tongue-mottling disorder that affects about 2% of the world. But now, <em>Scientific American</em> reports that physicist Dr. Gabriel Seiden has homed in on the condition's mechanisms by noting similarities between its progress and phenomena such as forest fires and cardiac arrhythmias.

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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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    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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    The Many-Moons Theory

    <em>The New Yorker</em>'s Alan Burdick reports on the recent findings from Prof. Oded Aharonson's lab, which revealed that our moon was likely formed by multiple collisions, rather than the single-impact theory that prevails today.