Although over the centuries we have learned much about our physical world, from the earth below to the stars above, there are still many mysteries to uncover.

With curiosity and a thirst for knowledge as the drivers of Weizmann Institute scientists, they are working hard to unlock the doors to these answers. Weizmann archaeologists were the first to find a way to precisely identify and analyse prehistoric ashes and discovered a pure, well-preserved DNA source in fossilised bone. Weizmann material scientists and structural biologists also revealed that shell and bone form in a similar way and its astrophysicists for the first time watched a massive star – estimated to be a mass of 200 suns – turn supernova to black hole. Weizmann hydrologists work towards aiding the development of sound environmental policies by providing models of how groundwater moves. Overall Weizmann is looking at the past to understand the future of our planet and universe works.

Weizmann facts

First to watch a star turn supernova then black hole

Helped prove in 1957 that ‘gluons’ – responsible for natures strongest force – exist

Showed that 50% of the mineral dust feeding the Amazon is from one small African valley

Calculated that when holding up one grain of sand to the sky, the part it covers contains 10,000 galaxies

Selected Achievements

Seeking to unlock the doors to secrets hidden in our lost worlds

Fossilised DNA was found that it could be preserved and less prone to contamination with modern DNA, allowing DNA fragments held in crystal aggregates within fossilised bone to be isolated and studied. This Weizmann science by Professor Steve Weiner and colleagues is increasing insight into our past as well as our future.

Seeking understanding of why Amazon rainforests are so abundant

Over half the mineral dust carried through the air to settle in the Amazon basin was discovered by Weizmann’s Professor Ilan Koren to come from one small valley in the African Sahara. When measured using satellite images, this dust provides the wonderful Amazon rain forest with its nutrients.

Seeking the strongest force in nature

Gluons are the force that holds the nucleus of an atom together and Weizmann scientists were part of research in 1957 that proved they existed. As atoms are part of all beings and structures, gluons are therefore the strongest force in nature.

Latest News

The Heat Is On: Weizmann Institute Scientists Uncover Traces of Fire Dating Back At Least 800,000 Years

They say that where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and Weizmann Institute of Science researchers are working hard to investigate that claim, or at least elucidate what constitutes ‘smoke’. In an…

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Measured in Depth for the First Time

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is up there with the rings of Saturn and the blue marble of Earth for solar system icon status. In a study published this week in Science,…

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Weizmann Joins Giant Magellan Telescope, a Top Priority for Science Worldwide

The GMTO Corporation has welcomed the Weizmann Institute of Science into its international consortium of distinguished universities and research institutions building the Giant Magellan Telescope. The new partnership reinforces that…

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When Particle Physics and Artificial Intelligence Collide

A new research pilot by Weizmann Institute scientists uses artificial intelligence to unravel the mysteries of colliding particles “Our work is similar to inspecting the remains of a plane crash…

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Other achievements

Advancing Technology

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Weizmann’s research into advanced technology is immense and acts as a time line for technology’s evolution.

Fighting Cancer

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Nearly half the life science research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is focussed on cancer.

Improving Health and Medicine

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Pioneers in research that has lead to better health and medicine world-wide, Weizmann has a long list of achievements.

Protecting our Planet

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Providing solutions to our planet’s environmental challenges is part of Weizmann’s business.

Enriching Education

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Science education is a core endeavour of the Weizmann Institute of Science.