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2010-07-12 09:35:00

A tiny clay fragment "“ dating from the 14th century B.C.E. "“ that was found in excavations outside Jerusalem's Old City walls contains the oldest written document ever found in Jerusalem, say researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The find, believed to be part of a tablet from a royal archive, further testifies to the importance of Jerusalem as a major city in the Late Bronze Age, long before its conquest by King David, they say. The clay fragment was uncovered...

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2010-03-17 14:04:34

Hebrew University researchers developing 'breakfast of champions' An improved method for sustainable pest control using "super-sexed" but sterile male insects to copulate with female ones is being developed by agricultural researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The scientists thus hope to offer yet another efficient and promising avenue for supplying produce to the market by eliminating pests without damage to the environment. An assortment of chemicals, such as DDT, have been...

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2010-03-08 10:30:00

For the first time since it was originally published in 1916, the manuscript recording Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity can be seen during an exhibit at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Jerusalem. The 46-page manuscript, handwritten by Einstein himself and filled with notes and mathematical formulas, will be on display from March 7 through March 25, 2010, in an exhibition sponsored by Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The manuscript is being displayed to celebrate...

2010-03-08 09:35:45

Friction in human relations is all too obvious and prevalent, but friction in physics has had a "secret life" of its own that has now been revealed by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In an article appearing in the journal Nature (with a further reference to it in Nature Physics), the scientists show how frictional strength evolves from extremely short to long time scales. The new information could be useful in assessing a wide range of natural and man-made phenomena "”...

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2010-02-22 10:09:38

A section of an ancient city wall of Jerusalem from the tenth century B.C.E. "“ possibly built by King Solomon -- has been revealed in archaeological excavations directed by Dr. Eilat Mazar and conducted under the auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The section of the city wall revealed, 70 meters long and six meters high, is located in the area known as the Ophel, between the City of David and the southern wall of the Temple Mount. Uncovered in the city wall complex are: an...

2010-01-11 13:05:43

Why do some people like to take risks by playing "longshot" payoffs while, on the other hand, taking the opposite tack by buying insurance to reduce risks? A team of economists and molecular geneticists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and two Asian universities say the answer can be found in our genetic makeup. The team set out to tackle the long-standing question in economic theory as to why people tend to be risk-preferring when facing longshot risks involving significant gains,...

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2009-12-22 13:20:51

Evidence of sophisticated, human behavior has been discovered by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers as early as 750,000 years ago "“ some half a million years earlier than has previously been estimated by archaeologists. The discovery was made in the course of excavations at the prehistoric Gesher Benot Ya'aqov site, located along the Dead Sea rift in the southern Hula Valley of northern Israel, by a team from the Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology. Analysis of the...

2009-12-17 16:05:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases has received a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for research into visceral leishmaniasis. The project will be led by Professor Alon Warburg, a vector biologist at the Hebrew University's Faculty of Medicine, and will include experts from Hebrew University's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. The...

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2009-12-16 11:22:51

Burial shroud proves Turin Shroud not from 1st century C.E. Jerusalem The DNA of a 1st century shrouded man found in a tomb on the edge of the Old City of Jerusalem has revealed the earliest proven case of leprosy. Details of the research will be published December 16 in the PloS ONE Journal. The molecular investigation was undertaken by Prof. Mark Spigelman and Prof. Charles Greenblatt and of the Sanford F. Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Hebrew...

2009-12-10 12:17:30

A gene which is essential for stem cells' capabilities to become any cell type has been identified by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of California, San Francisco. The discovery represents a further step in the ever-expanding field of understanding the ways in which stem cells develop into specific cells, a necessary prelude towards the use of stem cell therapy as a means to reverse the consequences of disease and disability. The identification of the...