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    1. Bonus Time? Better Hope the Boss is NOT Your Friend, Study Finds

      Bonus Time? Better Hope the Boss is NOT Your Friend, Study Finds

      A manager has to give a bonus to one of two equally deserving employees, one of whom is his friend. A judge in a high school debating competition has to decide which of two finalists to vote for, one of whom is a student from her alma mater. A coach has to decide which of two players should start in the championship game, one of whom is the coach's niece. It is well known that people show favoritism toward those close to them, such as family, friends, or in-group members. 

      However, a recent study published in the Journal of ...

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      Mentions: Humanities
    2. Hebrew University Researchers Discover Promising Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumors

      Hebrew University Researchers Discover Promising Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumors

      Glioblastoma is a serious and incurable brain cancer. Patients who receive this diagnosis typically have 11-20 months to live. One of the main difficulties in treating this cancer is that its cells quickly build up a resistance to chemotherapy. In the upcoming issue of Nucleic Acids Research, Professor Rotem Karni and his team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute for Medical Research share promising results for a new glioblastoma treatment with the potential to improve and extend patients’ lives.

      As part of their research, Karni and PhD student Maxim Mogilevsky designed a molecule that inhibits glioblastoma tumor growth ...

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    3. Big Boost for Jerusalem

      Big Boost for Jerusalem

      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), along with the Bezalel Academy of Design and Azrieli College of Engineering, received a 20 million NIS ($5.4 million USD) grant from Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) to establish an entrepreneurship and innovation center in downtown Jerusalem. This consortium, united under the name “JLM-Impact Consortium”, won first place for CHE’s request for proposals to boost entrepreneurial activity among the city’s students and academic community.

       

      Yishai Fraenkel, HUJI VP and Director General: "We’re delighted to win this award—a feat accomplished through close teamwork with Bezalel and Azrieli.   We ...

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    4. Need Help with Your Math Homework? Ask the Worms

      Need Help with Your Math Homework? Ask the Worms

      Animals often rely on their sense of smell to locate food.  It’s a law of nature: the first one to reach a food source has a better chance of surviving than those who do not.  But how exactly do their brains translate scent and then navigate towards it?

      In new research published this week in Nature Communications, Hebrew University of Jerusalem neurogeneticist Dr. Alon Zaslaver and his team reveal the complex mathematical calculations that animals—even those as simple as worms—do to find their next meal. 

      Think of the game “Hot or Cold?”, says Zaslaver. “Imagine you’re ...

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      Mentions: Medicine/Health
    5. Hebrew University Entrepreneurship Center Appoints Dr. Amnon Dekel as Managing Director

      Hebrew University Entrepreneurship Center Appoints Dr. Amnon Dekel as Managing Director

      HUstart, the Hebrew University Entrepreneurship Center, which fosters innovation among students and researchers, announced today the appointment of Dr. Amnon Dekel as Managing Director. Dr. Dekel will spearhead HUstart’s national and international programs, transforming the center into a major influencer in the Jerusalem ecosystem and beyond.

      “HUstart can lead the way in helping to disrupt the traditional role of academia vis a vis industry and establish itself as a focal point to grow and release the huge amount of creative energy at HUJI in viable business directions,” said Dr. Dekel. “A multidisciplinary approach is key to ensuring that our ...

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    6. Centenary Celebrations for Hebrew University Founded by Einstein, Freud, Weizmann

      Centenary Celebrations for Hebrew University Founded by Einstein, Freud, Weizmann

      This year, on July 24th, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will mark 100 years of achievement since the laying of its cornerstones. It’s a success story like no other.

      The university was envisioned as a center of intellectual energy and a home for the spirit of inquiry by another of its founders, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who later went on to become Israel’s first president.

      In a stirring address he delivered when its cornerstones were laid on Mount Scopus, overlooking the city of Jerusalem, on July 24, 1918 (and pictured below), he said:

      “It seems at first sight ...

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    7. Hebrew University Law Professor to Lead UN Human Rights Committee

      Hebrew University Law Professor to Lead UN Human Rights Committee

      Yuval Shany, the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been selected to lead the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee.  

      The Human Rights Committee (and not the Human Rights Council from which the United States withdrew on June 20, 2018) is a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

      This marks the first time in history that an Israeli will lead the Committee.

      “Currently, the UN’s Human Rights Committee faces several challenges, chiefly that we live in an ...

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    8. Hebrew University Researchers to Collaborate with GRAIL

      Hebrew University Researchers to Collaborate with GRAIL

      June 12, 2018-Yissum, the Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced a strategic collaboration with GRAIL, Inc., a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. Under the agreement, GRAIL will sponsor a research program led by Professor Yuval Dor of the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine.

      Professor Dor, working with Dr. Ruth Shemer, Dr. Tommy Kaplan, and Professor Benjamin Glaser from Hadassah Medical Center, is creating a method to determine the tissue origins of circulating DNA, using epigenetic "identity marks" from the DNA that are typical to each cell ...

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    9. High Exposure: Canon Inc. Acquires Briefcam

      High Exposure: Canon Inc. Acquires Briefcam

      May 9, 2018 – Today, the Japanese giant, Canon Inc., announced its acquisition of BriefCam, the industry’s leading provider of Video Synopsis® solutions, which is based on technology developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The acquisition demonstrates the dynamism of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s research and innovation and comes on the heels of other high-profile startup exits whose technologies were based on research conducted at Hebrew University and licensed through its technology transfer company, Yissum.

      BriefCam turns video surveillance into actionable intelligence and dramatically shortens the time-to-target for security threats while increasing safety and optimizing operations. Its ...

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    10. 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
    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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