Exploring the Physical World

November 4, 2022

Weizmann Institute scientists observe NASA asteroid shooter in action

NASA’s first-ever interception of an asteroid happened in full view of researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, who documented the collision’s debris last Tuesday. DART impact as seen...

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June 14, 2022

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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October 29, 2021

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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October 21, 2021

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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September 26, 2021

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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July 21, 2021

Jupiter’s Super Polar Cyclones are Here to Stay

Weizmann Institute scientists have revealed how gigantic cyclones remain stable at both of Jupiter’s poles.  Until recently, before NASA’s Juno space probe entered its orbit around the planet Jupiter, no...

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June 15, 2021

Following the Footsteps of Humankind out of Africa

A study recently published in PNAS looks at an important chapter in our anthropological evolution and suggests that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals were far from strangers. The Boker Tachtit archaeological...

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February 28, 2021

How ‘Great’ was the Great Oxygenation Event?

Around 2.5 billion years ago, our planet experienced what was possibly the greatest change in its history: According to the geological record, molecular oxygen suddenly went from non-existent to becoming...

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November 1, 2020

Ice Could Exist Near the Lunar Surface

New collaborative research from the United States and the Weizmann Institute of Science shows that micro cold traps near the Moon’s poles could contain a ready supply of water ice....

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October 18, 2020

Ancient Hominins Used Fire to Make Stone Tools

Our ancestors not only knew how to use fire, they also developed sophisticated technologies for making tools. Weizmann Institute of Science research, recently published in Nature Human Behaviour, suggest that...

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May 16, 2020

NASA’s Next Destination? The Hope is Neptune as Trident Team Reaches Discovery Program Finals

In 2026 a super accurate clock planned by the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) and an Israeli company, Accubeat – named The Trident Team – could...

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December 7, 2019

A Magnetic Trap for Molecules Turns Them Cold

In hot summers everyone has a hard time cooling down. This is especially true for certain simple molecules which scientists want to cool down close to absolute zero and the...

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November 15, 2019

Measuring Animal Personality – it’s a First!

A new study on mice, recently published in Nature Neuroscience, shows animal research may need to take into account the connection between genes, behaviour and personality. We may refer to...

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September 12, 2019

How Hot Was the Ocean?

Isotopes in iron oxides laid down two billion years ago hold clues to the conditions in which they were created – and they were not boiling – according to Weizmann...

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August 12, 2019

Next-Gen Israeli Satellite to Seek out Cosmic Explosions and Black Holes

The Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) of the Ministry of Science and Technology are heading an international project to further study the universe. Weighing...

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February 12, 2019

Israel’s First Moon Mission Will Conduct Scientific Measurements

After an enterprise lasting nearly a decade, the Israeli unmanned moon mission ‘Beresheet’ (Genesis) will soon take off from Earth, bound for the Moon’s rocky surface, principally to measure its...

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January 19, 2019

Saturn’s Atmosphere Proves Deep, Its Rings Young

As Cassini – one of the more successful planetary missions, orbiting and returning information on Saturn and its moons – reached its final act, Weizmann Institute of Science researchers took...

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December 19, 2018

CT for Clouds: A Fleet of Micro-Satellites Will See into the Smallest Clouds

An Israeli-German mission that includes the Weizmann Institute of Science, which plans to launch a formation of ten tiny satellites that use medically-inspired CT (computed tomography) algorithms to answer climate...

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November 17, 2018

Designing Better Proteins 

A computational method for designing dramatically more efficient versions of enzymes, being developed at the Weizmann Institute of Research, may lead to new avenues of drug design and new treatments...

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October 7, 2018

The Giving Tree of Life

A new tool developed by Weizmann Institute of Science researchers for mapping cells reveals how complex regulatory systems evolved to help diverse cell types cooperate. The first multi-celled organisms began...

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