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23 May, 2023

Weizmann Institute of Science and Max Planck Society Create a Joint Postdoctoral Program

During a ceremony held at the Weizmann Institute of Science on Monday, May 15, 2023, Weizmann Institute President Prof. Alon Chen and Max Planck Society (MPG) President Prof. Martin Stratmann signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of deepening scientific collaboration and exchange between t…
17 May, 2023

Discovering the Path to Discoveries

Jamela Abu Ayada’s pursuit of a scientific career was determined largely by two experiences. The first was when Abu Ayada, a 22-year-old medical student who grew up in the Bedouin village of Makhul in the Negev Desert, learned about stem cells in high school. The subject fascinated her, putting…
8 May, 2023

Why Do Cancer Patients Lose So Much Weight?

Applying the same solution to different problems is a common mistake, not only among humans but also in our immune system. Flooding a wound with inflammation-causing white blood cells can be helpful for fighting infection, but when the immune system tries to apply this “solution” to a different …
3 May, 2023

Down with MS

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a treacherous disease: This disorder of the central nervous system, in which the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers, progresses in cycles of remission and relapse. That is, the body repeatedly manages to recover from the attack and …
1 May, 2023

Plant Research Reaches a New High

A South African plant called a woolly umbrella is completely unrelated to the cannabis plant, yet it makes a slew of the active compounds found in cannabis – cannabinoids – including some that may have new medical uses. In a study published today in Nature Plants, Weizmann Institute of Science r…
27 Apr, 2023

Decades-Old Mystery of Red Blood Cell Production Finally Solved

To get life-giving oxygen into every cell, the human body produces two to three million oxygen-carrying red blood cells, or erythrocytes, each second – about one-quarter of all the new cells that are produced in the body at any one time. This process is controlled by the hormone erythropoietin, …
21 Apr, 2023

The Age of Screen Enlightenment

Digital displays comprising organic materials have brought about a new era in consumer electronics, helping to mass produce brighter screens that hold numerous advantages over those made of regular crystalline materials. These organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, can, for example, enable the…
13 Apr, 2023

Across the Universe: Israeli Tech to Reach Deep Space for the First Time

The journey to Jupiter has begun. The European Space Agency’s unmanned spacecraft JUICE (short for JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) was recently launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. JUICE’s voyage, the ESA’s most ambitious mission to date, will be particularly lengthy: Upon reaching Jup…
7 Apr, 2023

Sustainable Science

In a quiet spot in the Wolfson Building on the Weizmann Institute campus, a powerful but disused microscope was slowly gathering dust. The instrument, which had been used by a researcher who is no longer at the Weizmann Institute of Science, cost tens of thousands of shekels when it was purchase…
26 Mar, 2023

New Eyes on the Sky

The Weizmann Institute of Science is building a new observatory in the Negev, near kibbutz Neot Smadar. It will consist of 48 telescopes – each featuring a 28-cm mirror – with an extremely wide field of view. The new array will be equivalent to a 1.9 m-diameter telescope, and will possess the be…
20 Mar, 2023

Israel Prize in Life Sciences to Prof. Michal Schwartz

Prof. Michal Schwartz of the Weizmann Institute of Science is the recipient of the 2023 Israel Prize in Life Sciences, according to a recent announcement by Minister of Education Yoav Kisch. Schwartz, of Weizmann’s Brain Sciences Department, will be awarded the Prize during the celebrations of t…
14 Mar, 2023

A Little Dusty – but Alive

Because of their minute size, microorganisms travel the world effortlessly. Winds transport them, perched on specs of dust and other airborne particles, across continents and oceans. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science and elsewhere have documented this movement consistently through…
8 Mar, 2023

Treating a Heart Attack before It Happens

Imagine getting treatment for a perfectly healthy young heart that would allow it to recover from an otherwise devastating injury decades later. If you think this prospect seems farfetched, you are not alone. Until recently, Prof. Eldad Tzahor, whose lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science stud…
5 Mar, 2023

Immunotherapy Drugs Step on the Gas

On the road, putting a foot on the gas or brake pedal controls the car’s speed. This also happens in our body, in driving an immune response. Like human drivers, antibodies have a “foot” – a sort of molecular limb that “presses” the gas and brake pedals. Those pedals are receptors on the outer m…