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A hundred million suns:

The most complete portrait of a supernova

Weizmann Institute scientists map out data from a once-in-a-lifetime explosion.

The most complete portrait of a supernova

Fungus vs. fungus:

New yeast might prevent deadly fungal infections

The novel yeast works by out-competing rivals, Weizmann Institute study suggests.

New yeast might prevent deadly fungal infections

Missing link found:

Supernovae give rise to black holes or neutron stars

A supernova leaves behind a compact object in a binary system, researchers find.

Supernovae give rise to black holes or neutron stars

Tears without fears:

Study finds sniffing women’s tears reduces aggression in men

Exposure to tears activates human smell receptors and alters aggression-related circuits in the brain.

Study finds sniffing women’s tears reduces aggression in men

Why people with diabetes are more prone to respiratory risk

New study reveals how high blood sugar makes lung infections worse; the findings may lead to a strategy for reversing this susceptibility.

Why people with diabetes are more prone to respiratory risk

Traces of trauma in the young brain – and how to erase them

Weizmann Institute researchers reveal how exposure to trauma in infancy alters the brain, prove early treatment is vital for rehabilitation.

Traces of trauma in the young brain – and how to erase them

Stand together against terror:

A call to the international science community

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science call on colleagues to speak out against terrorism & moral equation between Israel and Hamas.

A call to the international science community

A 'Jupiter' hotter than the Sun

A newly-discovered binary celestial system may advance our understanding of planet and star evolution under extreme conditions.

A 'Jupiter' hotter than the Sun

Vive la différence:

Brain cells of men & women respond to chronic stress differently

New study in mice could pave the way to personalized therapy for depression, anxiety and other stress-related disorders.

Brain cells of men & women respond to chronic stress differently

Plant research reaches a new high

Weizmann scientists reveal the step-by-step production of cannabinoids in a South African plant.

Plant research reaches a new high

Israeli scientists offer solution to 50-year-old mystery

Why do Earth’s hemispheres look equally bright when viewed from space? Weizmann Institute scientists offer a solution.

Israeli scientists offer solution to 50-year-old mystery

Human tumors are prized real estate for fungi, study finds

The findings demonstrate that fungi are living in tumors and may facilitate cancer detection, diagnosis, and perhaps even treatment.

Human tumors are prized real estate for fungi, study finds

Cancer diagnosis from a milliliter of blood

If larger studies confirm the results of a Weizmann Institute innovation, diagnosing cancer may one day be as easy as taking blood.

Cancer diagnosis from a milliliter of blood

Neurons caught rapidly switching gears

A new study suggests that neurons are not programmed for a single task, but rather are highly dynamic and agile.

Neurons caught rapidly switching gears

Sweetness that comes at a cost

Sugar substitutes may affect human body in unanticipated ways

Controlled trial suggests these non-nutritive sweeteners affect the human gut microbes and may alter glucose metabolism.

Sugar substitutes may affect human body in unanticipated ways

Israeli Univ. discovers cells that keep fungal infections at bay

Without cells that spur on the specialized antifungal units, the fight against a common infection is a lost cause.

Israeli Univ. discovers cells that keep fungal infections at bay

The heat is on:

Weizmann Institute uncovers traces of 800,000 year-old fire

Using advanced AI techniques, researchers discover one of the earliest pieces of evidence for the use of fire.

Weizmann Institute uncovers traces of 800,000 year-old fire

Study sheds new light on a promising antidepressant

A newly revealed mechanism of ketamine’s action on potassium channels in neurons may lead to improved therapies for depression.

Study sheds new light on a promising antidepressant

New data: Climate change might be more rapid than predicted

New study led reveals that storms in the Southern Hemisphere have reached intensity levels previously predicted to occur only in 2080.

New data: Climate change might be more rapid than predicted

Settled at birth: Blood vessels remember their origins

Blood vessels originating from lymphatic vessels were found to be tailored to specific functions.

Settled at birth: Blood vessels remember their origins

Mutations in noncoding DNA protect the brain from ALS

Weizmann Institute of Science researchers discover a new neuroprotective pathway. 'We've identified mutations that reduce inflammation.'

Mutations in noncoding DNA protect the brain from ALS

Antibodies fight cancer, too

Natural antibodies found in tumors could point the way toward improved immunotherapy.

Antibodies fight cancer, too

Israel joins the quantum computing club

Weizmann Institute of Science researchers present Israel’s first quantum computer.

Israel joins the quantum computing club

A matter of survival: How the immune system sets priorities

When a second infection follows on the heels of a first, the two arms of our immune system may clash.

A matter of survival: How the immune system sets priorities

Three young Israeli scientists receive $100,000 in awards

Three young scientists at leading research institutions in Israel chosen to receive $100,000 each for groundbreaking scientific research.

Three young Israeli scientists receive $100,000 in awards

Tracking multiple genes with flying colors

A new method for mapping gene expression deep in the body could one day be used to track stem cells or cancer therapy.

Tracking multiple genes with flying colors

Going out with a bang:

First-of-its-kind supernova is discovered

A first-of-its-kind exploding star – thought to have existed only in theory – was recently discovered.

First-of-its-kind supernova is discovered

'Less than 200 cases of Omicron worldwide'

'Number of hospitalizations rising at similar pace to previous variants,' Prof. Eran Segal, expert at Weizmann Institute of Science, says.

'Less than 200 cases of Omicron worldwide'

Herzog: Borderless science is not a slogan, it is a true reality

President Isaac Herzog speaks at opening of the 73rd Annual Meeting of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Herzog: Borderless science is not a slogan, it is a true reality

Weizmann Institute of Science measures Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Iconic giant spot on Jupiter, a massive planetary storm, measured for the first time using data collected by NASA's Juno probe.

Weizmann Institute of Science measures Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Making cancer immunotherapy more accessible

Off-the-shelf therapies to be developed for entire groups of patients.

Making cancer immunotherapy more accessible

New immune players involved in metabolic liver disease

Future treatments may involve manipulating an immune cell subtype.

New immune players involved in metabolic liver disease

The triple threat of coronavirus

A new study exposes how SARS-CoV-2 tampers with the cell's hardware to outsmart the immune system.

The triple threat of coronavirus

Brain research gets a boost from mosquitoes

New versions of light-sensitive proteins could illuminate the dark corners of our brain’s communication pathways.

Brain research gets a boost from mosquitoes

Uncovering the secret of the hunger switch in the brain

A 3D structure reveals how a unique molecular switch in our brain causes us to feel full – and may help develop improved anti-obesity drugs.

Uncovering the secret of the hunger switch in the brain

Anti-Israel academics: 'Many anti-Semites support Zionism'

Israeli, Jewish academics call on French Parliament to reverse 'Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism' resolution.

Anti-Israel academics: 'Many anti-Semites support Zionism'

'We are determined to win and hit the enemy'

President Rivlin awarded Doctor of Philosophy by Weizmann Institute of Science.

'We are determined to win and hit the enemy'

Microscopic silk cocoons may facilitate drug design

Latest development by joint Israeli-British-Swiss team could revolutionize the way we take medication.

Microscopic silk cocoons may facilitate drug design

'Fixing a damaged heart'

Administering “young matrix” molecules to damaged mouse hearts led to muscle repair.

'Fixing a damaged heart'