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2008-11-05 10:35:16

The skeleton of a 12,000 year-old Natufian Shaman has been discovered in northern Israel by archaeologists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The burial is described as being accompanied by "exceptional" grave offerings - including 50 complete tortoise shells, the pelvis of a leopard and a human foot. The shaman burial is thought to be one of the earliest known from the archaeological record and the only shaman grave in the whole region. Dr. Leore Grosman of the Institute of Archaeology...

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2008-10-07 11:05:00

A team of scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has found a way to genetically enhance the scent of flowers and implant a scent in those that don't have one. Smell plays an important role in our lives: It influences the way in which we choose fruit and vegetables, perfume, and even a partner. And yet, smell is not just what we smell with our noses, it's also what we taste, explains Prof. Alexander Vainstein, who is heading the team at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture,...

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2008-09-24 08:10:00

After 3 years and $10,000 worth of restoration costs, Albert Einstein's long-lost telescope will be put on display at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an institution the theorist helped start. The old reflecting telescope is bulky, but is still powerful enough to see Jupiter's rings and it's five moons. Einstein received the telescope in 1954, one year before he died, as a gift from a friend named Zvi Gizeri.  Officials at the university believe Gizeri may have made the telescope...

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2008-09-09 10:50:00

An international team of scientists, headed by Prof. Daniel Rosenfeld of the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has come up with a surprising finding to the disputed issue of whether air pollution increases or decreases rainfall. The conclusion: both can be true, depending on local environmental conditions. The determination of this issue is one with significant consequences in an era of climate change and specifically in areas suffering from manmade pollution...

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2008-08-12 16:33:43

Ruins of a Roman temple from the second century CE have recently been unearthed beneath the foundations of a church, Israeli archaeologists said. The building was found during an excavation at Zippori, the capital of Galilee during the Roman period, indicating a significant pagan population during the time. The site was discovered during a dig led by Professor Zeev Weiss from the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The temple walls were plundered in ancient times...

2008-08-04 12:00:34

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS Hebrew University of Jerusalem Sociology and Anthropology Professor Eyal Ben-Ari may have sexually coerced his female doctoral students over the course of as much as 15 years, according to police. The professor was remanded to house arrest and banned from university premises for 30 days on Wednesday by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court. Ben-Ari was also forbidden to contact any of the complainants. Ben-Ari on Thursday denied the allegations against him. The...

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2008-06-17 09:20:00

Research on octopuses has shed new light on how our brains store and recall memory, says Dr. Benny Hochner of the Department of Neurobiology at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Why octopuses?Octopuses and other related creatures, known as cephalopods, are considered to be the most intelligent invertebrates because they have relatively large brains and they can be trained for various learning and memory tasks, says Dr. Hochner.Their...

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2008-04-01 14:35:00

It is known that various species of land and water-based living creatures are capable of hearing some lower and higher frequencies than humans are capable of detecting. However, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and elsewhere have now for the first time demonstrated how the reactions of single neurons give humans the capability of detecting fine differences in frequencies better than animals. They did this by utilizing a technique for recording the activity of single neurons...

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2008-02-28 16:45:00

Utilizing a technique that combines low temperature measurements and theoretical calculations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists and others have revealed for the first time the electronic structure of single DNA molecules. The knowledge of the electronic properties of DNA is an important issue in many scientific areas from biochemistry to nanotechnology -- for example in the study of DNA damage by ultraviolet radiation that may cause the generation of free radicals and genetic...

2006-07-02 12:00:00

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Scientists at an Israeli university have found a promising new way to stop the growth and spread of cancer cells while carrying out research to boost the size of peaches and nectarines, the university said on Sunday. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists found that a protein similar to one researched in their project had the effect of blocking blood supply to tumors. "By blocking the blood supply to the tumors, actibind halted the ability of malignant cells to...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'