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    1. Israeli researchers discover how to lengthen life of solar panels

      Israeli researchers discover how to lengthen life of solar panels
      In a move toward upgrading solar power technologies, a team of Israeli researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has developed an eco-friendly way to lengthen the lifespan of perovskite-based solar cells.
      The researchers designed a new structure to hold the cells, which allows for the easy removal and replacement of perovskite, a light-sensitive material that degrades over time. The process allows for the full restoration of a panel’s photovoltaic capacities and essentially enables it to be recycled.
      Perovskite is a mineral structure that has the capacity to absorb light and is used as a semiconductor. The growing field ...
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    2. Climate research multidisciplinary center opens at Hebrew U.

      Climate research multidisciplinary center opens at Hebrew U.
      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which considers climate issues as some of the most significant scientific problems the world currently faces, established a climate research center, the Hebrew University Center for Climate Science (HUCS).
       
      The new center, headed by the two researchers Prof. Hezi Gildor and Dr. Uri Adam, will make it possible to deal with the challenges of the climate crisis in the Middle East region. The center's members will focus on building an up-to-date and accurate regional climate model.
       
      The center will allow ideas, research and interdisciplinary brainstorming around the climate issue to collaborate with the Meteorological ...
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    3. Could octopuses have more than one brain? - Hebrew U. study

      Could octopuses have more than one brain? - Hebrew U. study

      A new Hebrew University study recently examined the possibility that octopuses, known to be among the most intelligent of invertebrates, could have multiple brains.

      The full intelligence of an octopus is not fully understood, however it is known that they have the largest nervous system among invertebrates – even larger than some vertebrates – with more nerve cells not in the brain itself but rather in its body and the tentacles.
      The question of multiple brains is one that many researchers are still investigating. 
      The collection of sensory information and the ability to process it, learn from it and respond accordingly, is ...
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    4. Special vessels show Jewish continuity in Israel after Roman destruction

      Special vessels show Jewish continuity in Israel after Roman destruction

      New research offers insights on how Jewish life continued in the Land of Israel after the destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans.

       

      The use of chalkstones vessels, very common among the Jewish population during the Second Temple Period, did not stop with the destruction of city in the second century CE as previously thought, but continued in the Galilee, the new center of Jewish life, for at least another two centuries, a paper published in the May issue of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) documented.

      Several types and ...

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      Mentions: Humanities
    5. Why dance? From prehistory to the Bible, scholar offers answers

      Why dance? From prehistory to the Bible, scholar offers answers

      In the 1990s, leading Israeli scholar Yosef Garfinkel, head of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, led several seasons of excavations at the Neolithic site of Sha’ar Hagolan in northern Israel. Among other things, the researchers uncovered several clay figurines depicting the deity Mother goddess presenting unnaturally elongated heads. For their artistic qualities, the figurines were exhibited in the most important museums around the world. For Garfinkel, they represented the spark which prompted him to investigate a new field of research, the history of human dance.

      “While I was trying to understand more about their ...

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      Mentions: Bible Humanities
    6. Hebrew University receives $1m from US couple for coronavirus lab - The Jerusalem Post

      Hebrew University receives $1m from US couple for coronavirus lab - The Jerusalem Post
      A Virginia couple has donated $1 million to assist the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in its new program designated to fight the coronavirus.  
       
      The $1 million made by Brad and Sheryl Schwartz through American Friends of Hebrew University (AFHU) will assist in building a top-level bio-safety lab, the first of its kind dedicated to non-governmental research. The donation is a major first step toward funding a biocontainment level 3 national laboratory, which will enable direct-contact research with the live virus, rather than virus components used in current labs.
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      Mentions: Medicine/Health
    7. Prof. David Kazhdan becomes first Israeli to win the Shaw Prize

      Prof. David Kazhdan becomes first Israeli to win the Shaw Prize
      Prof. David Kazhdan of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has received the distinguished Shaw Prize on his contributions to the field of mathematics, the first Israeli to ever win the prize.
      Kazhdan is one of two recipients to win the prize; he shared the Shaw Prize of $1.2 million with another researcher from the University of Chicago, Alexander Beilinson. They won the prize for their “huge influence on and profound contributions to representation theory, as well as many other areas of mathematics.”
      The Shaw Prize honors individuals who have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances in the fields of ...
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    8. Seven Israeli university programs named among top 100 worldwide

      Seven Israeli university programs named among top 100 worldwide

      Seven of Israel’s university departments have been ranked among the world’s top 100 in their respective disciplines, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject published on Wednesday.

      The 10th annual edition of the QS ranking, which assessed the performance of 86 programs at eight Israeli higher education institutions, showed an overall regression for Israel’s higher education system, compared to global competitors.

      Four key metrics were used to compile the rankings, evaluating programs according to academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper and the h-index – a tool to measure the productivity of an institution’s ...

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    9. EMET Prize to be awarded: ‘Israel’s Nobel Prize’ goes to 11 winners - Jerusalem Post

      EMET Prize to be awarded: ‘Israel’s Nobel Prize’ goes to 11 winners - Jerusalem Post

      Israel’s EMET prize, sponsored by the A.M.N. Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Art and Culture in Israel will be awarded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, December 9, at the Jerusalem Theater.

      The award, known as the “Israeli Nobel Prize,” has been awarded annually since 2002 to Israeli citizens, in recognition of “academic or professional excellence and achievements that have made a special contribution to society and have had a far-reaching impact in the field in which the award was given.” The award is given in five different areas: culture and art, exact sciences, life ...

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    10. Students and faculty show off the latest food technology

      Students and faculty show off the latest food technology

      The conference is meant to enable the combination of industry and academia. The future of healthy eating drew crowds Thursday at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture at Hebrew University in Rehovot. Celebrating the institution’s 75th anniversary and giving students the opportunity to showcase their work, about 300 people came to the event featuring some of the latest developments in Israeli food technology from 3D printing meals to protein powder from fly larva. “The purpose [of the conference] is to combine industry and academia together,” Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition head Oren Froy said. “We have ...

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    11. A higher calling: How Israeli marijuana research changed the world

      A higher calling: How Israeli marijuana research changed the world

      As much of the world debates how to address marijuana use, the vast majority of American states have legalized it or allow it for medical purposes. Global pharmaceutical companies and hospitals seeking effective treatments using cannabis should look to Professor Raphael Mechoulam, a scientist at Hebrew University. Mechoulam, a pioneer in the field, was the first to isolate, analyze and synthesize the major psychoactive and non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis and has developed a number of revolutionary marijuana-related treatments. 

      Today, roughly 147 million people use medical marijuana for effective relief of various ailments, including AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, cancer ...

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    12. Peering into the human brain with a world-renowned neurobiologist

      Peering into the human brain with a world-renowned neurobiologist

      From emojis to cookie cutters, the heart is emblematic of love and passion.

      The perception of the heart as the generator of emotions dates back millennia and is still heard today in the language we use to describe the heartbreak of unrequited love and the heartache of profound misery. Even memory is relegated to our blood-pumping organ, when we remember new information by heart.

      At some point, we learn that in fact it is the brain, not the heart, which generates and controls the polyphony of our emotions, the essence of our creativity, the outpouring of our wildest imaginings. Language ...

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    13. Rivlin has personal interest in Hebrew University celebration - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

      Rivlin has personal interest in Hebrew University celebration - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

      Of the numerous ceremonies and receptions that President Reuven Rivlin hosts for an incredible number and variety of organizations and institutions in Israel and abroad, the one closest to his heart was arguably the meeting of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University, which this year is celebrating the centennial of the laying of its 14 corner stones on the barren hills of Mount Scopus.

      Rivlin is not only a law graduate of the Hebrew University, but has an honorary doctorate from the university as well as a second-generation connection. His late father Prof. Yosef Yoel Rivlin began ...

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    14. Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

      Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

      Where will our food come from in the future? How will its nutritional value improve? Will we still be eating meat or will everyone become vegetarian? And what about the people who are just too busy to eat?Professor Oren Froy has all the answers.

      In this video made by White Animation for the Israel 70+ project in honor of Israel's upcoming 70th anniversary of independence, Professor Oren Froy from Hebrew University tells us all about the future of food in Israel and the world. Professor Oren Froy is head of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Biochemistry, Food ...

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      Mentions: Agriculture cancer
    15. Prof. Sergiu Hart to receive Israel Prize in economic research, statistics

      Prof. Sergiu Hart to receive Israel Prize in economic research, statistics

      Prof. Sergiu Hart of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be awarded the Israel Prize for economic research and statistics, the Education Ministry announced on Thursday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Yoav Benjamini.

      In its decision, the prize committee called Prof. Hart – a former president of the World Association of Game Theory and member of the Academy of Sciences of Israel, Europe and the United States – one of the world’s leading economists.

      “Prof. Hart specializes in the field of game theory and its comprehensive implications in various economic fields. Among ...

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    16. Hebrew U. researchers show which foods prevent, promote dementia

      Hebrew U. researchers show which foods prevent, promote dementia

      Foods can determine whether someone will suffer from dementia in later years, according to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot.

      A large-scale international study that included the university recently examined how food affects brain health for people aged 50 and older. The researchers were able to show that diet affects the risk of dementia.

      This conclusion, although logical, is not self-evident, said Prof. Aron Troen, an expert in nutritional neuroscience and the prevention of cerebrovascular disease and dementia, and the principal investigator of Hebrew University’s Nutrition and Brain Health ...

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    17. Prof. Edwin Seroussi to be awarded Israel Prize for musicology

      Prof. Edwin Seroussi to be awarded Israel Prize for musicology

      Prof. Edwin Seroussi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be awarded the Israel Prize for his research in culture, arts and musicology, the Education Ministry announced on Tuesday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Eitan Steinberg.

      In its decision, the prize committee hailed Prof. Seroussi’s contribution and achievements in the study of Jewish music in the region of Andalusia (Spain and North Africa) and the Ottoman Empire.

      “Prof. Seroussi is a pioneer in the research of popular music and Sephardi music (dubbed Mediterranean music),” the prize committee wrote. “The fruits ...

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    18. Israel Prize in literature to be awarded to David Grossman

      Israel Prize in literature to be awarded to David Grossman

      Author David Grossman will be awarded the Israel Prize for Hebrew literature and poetry, the Education Ministry announced on Monday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Avner Holtzman and congratulated Grossman.

      “Since the early 1980’s, David Grossman has taken his place at the center of Israeli culture and he is one of the most profound, moving, and influential voices in our literature,” the prize committee wrote in its decision.

      In his novels, books, essays, documentary writing, in his extensive creations for children, he presented a series of masterpieces that excel in ...

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    19. 3 Israeli universities in top 50 of Times Higher Education Asia Rankings

      3 Israeli universities in top 50 of Times Higher Education Asia Rankings

      Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology all ranked in the top 50 in the 2018 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings released this week.

      Tel Aviv University ranked 25th in Asia, down three spots from last years, making it the highest-rated Israeli institution in the Asia rankings, while the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked 27th and the Technion came in 41st.

      Also in the rankings, the University of Haifa ranked 100th while Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba was No. 104.

      These are the sixth annual Asia University Rankings published by the Times ...

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    20. The pomegranate potential

      The pomegranate potential

      Pomegranates are known to contain powerful antioxidants that fight the oxygen free radicals that cause inflammation, accelerated aging of the tissues, the activation of harmful genes within DNA and an overloaded immune system. Various herbs, spices such as turmeric and teas, as well as dark chocolate, pecans, fruits like blueberries, goji berries, elderberries, cranberries, blackberries and vegetables and pulses like sweet potatoes, broccoli, artichoke and kidney beans also reduce the effects of oxidative damage in the body.

      The leading health problems facing us today – including conditions like heart disease, cancer, dementia and other neurological diseases – have been linked to increased ...

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    21. First time in Israel: Ancient deer bones discovered near Sea of Galilee

      First time in Israel: Ancient deer bones discovered near Sea of Galilee

      In an unprecedented find, Israeli archeologists recently unearthed the first evidence of ancient deer bones on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, near the Jordan Valley. According to researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Earth Sciences and the Geological Survey of Israel, the remains are approximately 9 million years old. The discovery was initially made by two doctoral candidates at the university, Alexis Rosenbaum and Dotan Shaked-Gelband, who were reconstructing the lake’s stretch to characterize the composition of its ancient waters, the university said Monday. “The bones were partly submerged in a coastal sediment ...

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    22. In Jerusalem forest, spiders weave their magic

      In Jerusalem forest, spiders weave their magic

      On the banks of a creek near Jerusalem stands an enchanted forest, its trees shrouded by giant cobwebs woven by long-jawed spiders. Science and nature combined to create the unusual sight: the Soreq creek largely contains treated sewage full of nutrients that promote the proliferation of mosquitoes that serve as a source of food for spiders, which then reproduce in multitudes. "It's an exceptional case," said arachnophile Igor Armicach, a doctoral student at Hebrew University’s Arachnid Collection. He said millions of long-jawed spiders created the webbing that envelops the forest, a phenomenon rarely seen in the Middle East ...

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    23. Joint Israeli-US research distinguishes cancerous cells from healthy ones

      Joint Israeli-US research distinguishes cancerous cells from healthy ones

      A protein “switch” that activates the immune system to attack cancer cells when it detects signs of the disease has been developed by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

      The switch stimulates an immune response only when it detects the cancer cells, without harming other healthy tissues, the researchers said.

      The important discovery has just been published in the journal Cell.

      Immunotherapy is now seen as having great potential in the research effort to develop drugs against a wide variety of cancers. Despite this success, the use of immunotherapy remains limited due to ...

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    24. No woman had been named dean of the medical faculty since it was opened

      No woman had been named dean of the medical faculty since it was opened

      For the first time since the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s medical faculty was established in 1949, a woman has been named as its head. Prof. Dina Ben-Yehuda will be the second woman to head an Israeli medical school, after Prof. Rivka Carmi – now president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – was named dean of BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences in 2000. Ben-Yehuda, director of hematology at the Hadassah University Medical Center, will take office as the 23rd dean of Hebrew University’s medical faculty on October 1. She will succeed Prof. David Lichtstein, who held the position for ...

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