Science

Meet Israel's big noise in the Big Bang experiment

By Simon Round, April 4, 2012

If you have any interest at all in science, a chat with Daniel Zajfman can be pretty instructive. As head of the world-renowned Weizmann Institute in Israel, he is at the forefront of scientific research in his country. During an hour's conversation at his London hotel, topics veer from the origin of the universe to how to make a radio from rotten potatoes.

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Top job for star David

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

A Jewish student from Leeds is to take a year off from his undergraduate degree to be president of Birmingham University's Guild of Students.

David Franklin's election to the union's top job represents an unusual step - sabbatical officers usually only work in roles following their graduation.

The 20-year-old campaigned rigorously for the role and will represent the university's 28,000 stude

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Top job for star David

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

A Jewish student from Leeds is to take a year off from his undergraduate degree to be president of Birmingham University's Guild of Students.

David Franklin's election to the union's top job represents an unusual step - sabbatical officers usually only work in roles following their graduation.

The 20-year-old campaigned rigorously for the role and will represent the university's 28,000 stude

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Israelis find that chocolate cake is good for you

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

Israeli scientists have concluded something that many chocaholics already knew – eating chocolate cake is the best way to start the day.

Research by Professor Daniela Jakubowicz of the Wolfson Medical Centre in Holon revealed that breakfasting on a meal high in carbohydrates and protein – but crucially with something sweet as well – helped keep people full throughout the day.

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Careful what you say in front of the pea plant

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2012

An Israeli research team has discovered that plants may be listening in on the conversations around them.

Professor Ariel Novoplansky and his staff at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found that garden pea plants were able to identify and respond to signals given by nearby plants.

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Weizmann scientists research the global carbon cycle.

By Jennifer Lipman, January 16, 2012

Weizmann UK friends Cathy Wills and Robert Lewis are helping to fund Professor Dan Yakir and his team at the Weizmann Institute of Science in research to understand the global carbon cycle.

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Israel sets science lesson world record

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

Less than two months after an Israeli took home the Nobel Prize for chemistry the country is celebrating a new scientific breakthrough.

The officials at Guinness World Records have confirmed that it is the new record holder for having staged the largest chemistry lesson.

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Dead Sea dip could help diabetes patients

By Netta Geist, November 7, 2011

New research suggests the Dead Sea can do wonders not only for your skin, but for diabetes patients as well.

A recent study published by Ben Gurion university shows that a single dip in Dead Sea water reduces blood glucose levels for type 2 diabetes patients by 13.5 per cent.

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Israel, Britain team up for medical research project

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

Britain and Israel are to work together in advancing the field of regenerative medicine.

The two countries will shortly establish a fellowship exchange scheme to encourage collaboration between scientists in a key area of research.

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Swedish boycotters criticised for targeting Israeli scientists

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

A US human rights organisation has called on a group of Swedish academics who are publicly boycotting Israel to change their minds in the wake of the awarding of a Nobel Prize to an Israeli scientist.

Daniel Shechtman was named this year's Nobel Laureate for Chemistry on Wednesday for his discovery of quasicrystals, a finding that went against established scientific consensus.

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