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    1. 'I'm optimistic that coronavirus will soon be behind us,' says top Israeli medical expert - Haaretz

      'I'm optimistic that coronavirus will soon be behind us,' says top Israeli medical expert - Haaretz

      As Israel stampedes for normalcy, with schools stutteringly opening, shops and salons working overtime and restaurants and bars slated to reopen next week, talking with Prof. Dina Ben-Yehuda is heartening.

      “I’m optimistic that this will soon be behind us,” says Ben-Yehuda, head of the hematology department at the Hadassah Medical Center and dean of the Hebrew University medical school. “I see how the best brains around the world have come together to study this disease. None of the researchers at the Faculty of Medicine at the Hebrew University had previously studied the coronavirus [which had been unknown to science ...

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    2. Israel Prize awarded to Hebrew University Professor Dani Zamir for his agricultural research - Haaretz

      Israel Prize awarded to Hebrew University Professor Dani Zamir for his agricultural research - Haaretz

      The Israel Prize for agricultural research and environmental science is being awarded to Prof. Dani Zamir, the Education Ministry announced Sunday. Zamir is professor emeritus in genetics at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at Hebrew University.

      Zamir’s fields of research deal with improving plants and developing innovative tools for genetic cultivation. For example, he developed a group of cultured tomatoes that contain a DNA string from species of wild tomatoes that make them resistant to dryness, salt and various diseases.

      Twenty years ago he founded the company AB Seeds, which together with the university’s Yissum technology ...

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    3. The race for the next Dead Sea Scrolls, and why we may lose it - Haaretz

      The race for the next Dead Sea Scrolls, and why we may lose it - Haaretz

      A narrow path leads up to Qumran, a series of caves dotting the stone cliffs where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The mouth of a recently discovered cavity, Cave 53, is gaping but once inside the space is narrow and dark, like a rabbit hole. Following its most recent excavation, Cave 53 is all of 15 meters long and 80 centimeters high. Dr. Oren Gutfeld, an archaeologist with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who just finished his second excavating season at Cave 53, pointed to a wisp of straw. “This is almost certainly the remains of a mat from ...

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    4. Archaeologists find signs of 3,000-year-old oracle cult in ancient Israel

      Archaeologists find signs of 3,000-year-old oracle cult in ancient Israel

      The town of Abel Beth Maacah was known in biblical times as a place for conflict resolution, we may divine from references in scripture. Now archaeologists have found a strange shrine that they think may have been associated with the "wise woman" of the city, mentioned in the bible. But rather than being just a clever elder - they suspect she may have fulfilled an oracular role.

      The tell in which Abel Beth Maacah was identified lies just south of Israel's border with Lebanon, near the town of Metulla. The archaeological mound, called Tell Abil el-Qameh, covers a huge 100 ...

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    5. Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New Water Pipeline to Jerusalem

      Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New Water Pipeline to Jerusalem

      A previously unknown stalactite cave was discovered this week deep underground in the Jerusalem Hills, thanks to the digging of a fifth water pipeline to Jerusalem and some luck.

      The karstic cavern contains hundreds of limestone stalagmites and stalagmites in all sorts of forms. Based on the humidity and amount of water inside, the cave is apparently still active: The stalactites are continuing to grow, one drop at a time.

      The complex of stalactite caves serendipitously found during this tunnel project has gummed up the works before.

      Inside the cave on Thursday. Emil Salman

      The pipeline project, the largest water ...

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