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    1. Prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to increased ASD and ADHD risk

      Prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to increased ASD and ADHD risk

      April 24, 2018 – A study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem sheds new light on the possible relationship between prolonged use of acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy and the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood.

      Acetaminophen is one of the most common medications used for treatment of pain and fever reduction during pregnancy and is considered safe in humans. However, evidence of neuro-disruptive properties is accumulating: past studies have shown that long-term administration of low doses of acetaminophen may affect the development of the fetal nervous system, and that this effect is often seen years after exposure during childhood. 

      Now, researchers ...

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      Mentions: Medicine/Health
    2. Scientists chart a new map of human genome using stem cells

      Scientists chart a new map of human genome using stem cells

      April 22, 2018 – Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem generated an atlas of the human genome using a state-of-the-art gene editing technology and human embryonic stem cells, illuminating the roles that our genes play in health and disease. The scientists reported their findings in the journal Nature Cell Biology.

      Embryonic stem cells are a unique resource as they can turn into any adult cell in our bodies. Their versatile nature puts them at the center of attention in the fields of regenerative medicine, disease modeling, and drug discovery. In parallel to the discovery of human embryonic stem cells, another ...

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    3. A Cache of Coins: Dozens of Coins Discovered in Cave near Temple Mount

      A Cache of Coins: Dozens of Coins Discovered in Cave near Temple Mount

      March 26, 2018—Bronze coins, the last remnants of a four-year Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were found near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These bronze coins were discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located below the Temple Mount’s southern wall.  

      These 1.5cm bronze coins were left behind by Jewish residents who hid in a large cave (7x14 meters) for four years (66-70 C.E.)—from the Roman siege of Jerusalem, up until the destruction of the Second Temple and the city of Jerusalem.

      While several of the coins ...

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    4. Smaller and Faster: The Terahertz Computer Chip is now Within Reach

      Smaller and Faster:  The Terahertz Computer Chip is now Within Reach

      March 25, 2018 —Following three years of extensive research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) physicist Dr. Uriel Levy and his team have created technology that will enable our computers—and all optic communication devices—to run 100 times faster through terahertz microchips.

      Until now, two major challenges stood in the way of creating the terahertz microchip: overheating and scalability.  

      However, in a paper published this week in Laser and Photonics Review, Dr. Levy, head of HU’s Nano-Opto Group and HU emeritus professor Joseph Shappir have shown proof of concept for an optic technology that integrates the speed of optic ...

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    5. Changing Tides: Darwinism Discovered in Sea Anemone Venom

      Changing Tides: Darwinism Discovered in Sea Anemone Venom

      Hebrew University researcher discovers Darwinism at work, as sea anemones adapt their venom to accommodate changing prey and sea conditions

      Many animals use venom to protect themselves from predators and to catch prey. Some, like jellyfish, have tentacles, while others, like bees and snakes, use stingers and fangs to inject their prey with venomous toxins. 

      For a long time, scientists believed that an animal’s venom was consistent over time: once a venomous creature, always a venomous creature. However, through a close study of sea anemones, Dr. Yehu Moran of the Hebrew University’s Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Science ...

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    6. Albert Einstein Collection Heads to Taiwan

      Albert Einstein Collection Heads to Taiwan

      January 11, 2018-For the first time in history, the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (HU) will be on display in Asia.  The exhibit, Albert Einstein: Life in Four Dimensions, curated by Avi Muller, will open January 12 at the National Chiang Kei-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.  Scores of original Einstein memorabilia will be on display, including his 1921 Nobel Prize, handwritten pages from the Theory of  Relativity, letters exchanged with Sigmund Freud, family members and lovers, and the physicist’s own vinyl record collection. 

      Taiwan is the first stop on the Einstein exhibit’s Asia ...

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      Mentions: Humanities
    7. How the Unconscious Mind Picks Out Faces in a Crowd

      How the Unconscious Mind Picks Out Faces in a Crowd

      December 18, 2017 — Imagine you’re walking down a busy area like Times Square in New York.  There are tons of people around.  As you make your way through the crowd, your brain notices several faces but ignores the rest.  Why is that?  What are the processes that determine which faces our brain “chooses” to see and those it allows to fade into the background?

      Today, a new study published in the prestigious journal Nature Human Behavior by Professor Ran Hassin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU)’s James Marshall Chair in Social Psychology and member of its Federmann Center ...

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    8. Enhancing the Quantum Sensing Capabilities of Diamond

      Enhancing the Quantum Sensing Capabilities of Diamond

      Shooting electrons at diamonds can introduce quantum sensors into them

       

      Nov. 22, 2017 — Researchers discovered that dense ensembles of quantum spins can be created in a diamond with high resolution using electron microscopes, paving the way for enhanced sensors and resources for quantum technologies.

      Diamonds are made of carbon atoms in a crystalline structure, but if a carbon atom is replaced with another type of atom, this will result in a lattice defect. One such defect is the Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV), where one carbon atom is replaced by a nitrogen atom, and its neighbor is missing (an empty space remains in ...

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    9. Hebrew University Graduates Ranked Among Most Employable in the World

      Hebrew University Graduates Ranked Among Most Employable in the World

      International survey ranks Hebrew University among the world's best at preparing students for workplace

      November 20, 2017 — An analysis published by Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked Hebrew University of Jerusalem students as the 62nd most employable graduates in the world, placing the Hebrew University among the world's top 100 universities at preparing its students for the workplace. The ranking also positions Hebrew University graduates as the most employable from Israeli universities, followed by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology at 113, and Tel Aviv University at 135. The Hebrew University moved up 5 points this year, from 67 ...

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    10. German-Israeli Accelerator Speeds Up Cybersecurity Innovation and Collaboration

      German-Israeli Accelerator Speeds Up Cybersecurity Innovation and Collaboration

      November 6, 2017 — A new initiative to accelerate cybersecurity innovation and collaboration between Germany and Israel was launched in Jerusalem.

      The Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator for Cybersecurity (HIPA) brings together top talents in cybersecurity from Israel and Germany to jointly work on cybersecurity projects in areas such as network technologies, internet infrastructure, and software security. The overarching goal is to trigger the creation of innovation and businesses in cybersecurity in Israel and Germany.

      HIPA connects the participants with entrepreneurs, researchers, mentors, customers and influencers, and the in-depth technical and business training provided is expected to give the start-ups emerging from ...

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    11. Yissum Announces New Platform for 3D Printing of Personalized Food

      Yissum Announces New Platform for 3D Printing of Personalized Food

      Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the technology-transfer company of the Hebrew University, introduced today a novel technology for the 3D printing of personalized food based on nano-cellulose, a natural, edible, calorie-free fiber. 

      Prof. Oded Shoseyov from the Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture and Prof. Ido Braslavsky, Director, Inter-Faculty Biotechnology Program and Head of B.S. Program at the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science, and Nutrition, both at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, developed a novel platform, based on ...

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