Science

Swiss, Russian scientists disagree over Arafat poisoning

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2013

Long awaited results of a Swiss investigation show that when former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died, suggest his body may have contained higher-than-normal levels of the radioactive element that was used to kill former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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A remarkable week for Jewish Nobel Prize winners

October 10, 2013

No less than six Jewish scientists were awarded Nobel Prizes this week, and two others came very close.

Belgian-born Francois Englert won the accolade in physics for his groundbreaking work on the origins of sub-atomic particles.

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Nobel Prize winning bonanza

By Tom Tugend, October 10, 2013

It has been a remarkable few days for Jewish scientists.

There were six Jews among the eight Nobel Prize winners announced this week, three of whom are Israeli citizens or have close ties to Israeli universities.

Arieh Warshel, Michael Levitt and Martin Karplus shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

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Holocaust survivor wins Nobel in physics

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2013

A Jewish scientist has received a Nobel Prize in physics for his groundbreaking work on the origins of subatomic particles.

Belgium-born Francois Englert, 80, spent decades working on the “Higgs boson” particle, and was recognised “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles”.

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American professors win Nobel Prize in medicine

By Rosa Doherty, October 7, 2013

Two American Jews, together with a non-Jewish German scientist, have won the Nobel Prize in medicine, pipping two Israelis to the post.

James Rothman and Randy Schekman, together with German researcher Thomas Suedhof, were awarded the accolade for their work on how proteins and other materials are transported within cells.

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Why are Jews compatible? It's in the genes

By Daniel Davis, September 4, 2013

Jews often think about their identity. Who am I? What does it mean to be Jewish? And as a Jew in the third generation from the Holocaust, I often think about the differences between people — and whether or not these differences matter in any way. One way to answer these questions comes from a surprising source — scientific research into the way our bodies fight disease.

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Israeli gastric sleeve could revolutionise fight against obesity

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

Israeli students have created an innovative device to help fight obesity.

The MetaboShield is a gastric sleeve which can be inserted endoscopically, meaning that any operation would be non-invasive, requiring no incisions, tissue damage or general anaesthesia.

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The temple of science cannot replace the Torah

By Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman, August 20, 2013

Those who are trained in philosophy can spot logical fallacies a mile off. From politicians to talk show hosts, debates will often be peppered with deceptive and disingenuous language dressed up to look like meaningful argument. One of the classic fallacies is that of the false dichotomy, which presents two alternative positions as both exhaustive and mutually exclusive.

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Scientists to collaborate on cancer cure

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2013

Israeli and British medical research teams are to collaborate to find cures for cancer and genetic diseases.

A joint research memorandum has been signed between the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, the University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals to jointly fund stem-cell and cancer studies.

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Science and religion: we don’t control the facts

By Daniel Finkelstein, June 28, 2013

When I last visited my doctor’s surgery I saw a big sign on the wall with the figure 79 in large bright red letters. This, the sign said, was the number of patients who had failed to attend appointments in the past week and not told the doctor. As I explained to readers of The Times later the same week, this sign is a mistake.

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