British Technion Society's annual dinner

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

Cancer care, research and treatment were the focus of this year’s Ron Arad Lecture hosted by the British Technion Society.

The event, held at the Royal College of Physicians, raised more than £100,000 for the Technion’s cancer research programme.



The Israeli who can predict the future

By Nathan Jeffay, September 27, 2011

Nobody has a crystal ball that tells them what the next year holds for Jewry, but David Passig has the next best thing - credentials as Israel's leading "futurologist".

He predicted the world economic crash, the flourishing of wireless technology and, almost a decade before 9/11, wrote that humanity should expect a terrorist attack against "a symbol of the world order".

Unsurprisingly, he is


Israeli team create date rape drug test

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011

Israeli researchers have found a way to detect when drinks have been spiked with date rape drugs.

The research, carried out by two scientists at Tel Aviv University, involves a sensor which can indicate the presence of drugs including ketamine and rohypnol.


On this day: The Einstein - Szilárd letter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

Was it a letter that changed the course of history? Albert Einstein's confidential missive to Franklin Roosevelt, penned along with Hungarian Jewish physicist Leó Szilárd and other scientists, called on the US President to support the development of a nuclear weapon.


Weizmann comes top of science list

By Nathan Jeffay, July 14, 2011

The Weizmann Institute of Science is the best academic institution to work for outside the US, according to Scientist magazine's annual survey of the "best places to work in academia".


Israeli team track down biblical kosher animals

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Friday night dinner might never be the same, thanks to researchers at two Israeli universities.

Academics at Haifa and Bar Ilan universities have launched an investigation into the biblical species referred to in the book of Deuteronomy as "clean" or kosher.


Israeli and UK scientists have ways of changing your mind for you

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

False memories planted in your brain because of peer pressure are so strong that they could fool a lie detector, according to new Israeli research.

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, working with their counterparts from University College London, have conducted experiments showing how easy it is to plant false memories - using social pressure.

Weizmann research scientist Mica


Israeli institution is top workplace outside US

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2011

An Israeli research centre has been named as the best place for academics to work outside the United States.

The Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, was praised by Scientist Magazine in its annual survey of thousands of academic workplaces.


Russia crash scientists 'helped Iran'

By Nissan Tzur, June 30, 2011

Five Russian scientists who helped Iran with its nuclear weapons programme were among the 45 killed in plane crash in northern Russia last week.

Russia's state atomic energy agency announced that the five - Andrei Tropinov, Sergei Rizhov, Gennadi Benyok, Nicolai Tronov and Valery Lyalin - worked at the Hydropress factory, part of Russia's state nuclear complex.


Israeli lab trumps sci fi with mind-erasing jab

By Nathan Jeffay, June 30, 2011

It seemed like wild science fiction when characters in the 1997 film Men In Black erased people's memories with a device called a "neuralyzer".