Tag Archive for Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University of Jerusalem decides to use only recycled paper

The new initiative will boost the Israeli recycling economy, reduce environmental waste and will include employment of the disabled, said Dr. Meni Neuman, the project overseer.
• To reduce waste, the University will soon promote printing on 2-sided paper.

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2,000 yr-old Herodian Palace Entryway Unearthed in Judea

A multi-arched entry to a Herodian Hilltop Palace was excavated revealing how the palace was later transformed into Herod’s memorial; also additional evidence of the Jewish revolts were found on the site.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologists have discovered a massive and elaborate entryway to the Herodian Hilltop Palace at Herodium National Park in Judea, south of Jerusalem.

The newly discovered entryway is remarkable in that it features a complex system of arches on three separate levels, allowing the King and his entourage to directly enter the Palace Courtyard. Thanks to the arches, the 20-meter long and six-meter wide corridor has held up over the nearly 2,000 years since it was built at a height of 20 meters.

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Hebrew University historian concludes: Jews are not descendants of Khazars

New study by professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem finds no evidence that European Ashkenazi Jews are the descendants of Khazars, nor that Khazar subjects in the medieval kingdom converted to Judaism en masse. Past conclusions to the contrary, have no foundations in history.


The claim that today’s Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Khazars who converted in the Middle Ages is a myth, according to new research by a Hebrew University historian.

Khazars - AP

The ruins of an 11th-12th century house in Itil, a Silk Road city that served as the Khazar capital, in July 2005.

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For 1st time 9,000 year-old stone masks united at the Israel Museum


Twelve 9,000 year-old masks, all originated in the same region in the ancient Land of Israel come together for the “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” exhibition.




With Purim around the corner, the Israel Museum brings together for the first time a rare group of 9,000-year-old stone masks, the oldest known to date, in a new exhibition starting today. Culminating nearly a decade of research, “Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World” showcases 12 extraordinary Neolithic masks, all originating in the same region in the ancient Land of Israel.

World’s oldest masks Photo: Courtesy

World’s oldest masks – Photo: Courtesy

Originally they are all from the same region, found within only about 30 km. Continue Reading »

Israeli research proves ‘kangaroo care’ advances development in preemies

A Bar Ilan University study shows direct & constant physical contact with a premature newborn baby improves brain development well into its childhood.


A simple form of skin-to-skin contact between mothers and premature babies right after birth enhances the babies’ brain development until age 10, according to research conducted at Bar-Ilan University.


Technology is no substitute for a mother’s touch.- Photo: AP

The touch-based treatment, called “kangaroo care,” was first developed in 1978 in Bogotá, Columbia, in the absence of costly incubators. The new study shows that kangaroo care has profound effects on the development of preemies in affluent societies as well.

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Women at Hebrew University learn to defend themselves from Arab sexual advances

This psychological & defensive course was created following numerous complaints by Jewish & Arab female students of crude advances by young Palestinian men.



To combat increasingly brazen cases of sexual harassment against female Hebrew University students by young Arabs living near their French Hill dormitories, two student organizations are collaborating to offer self-defense and empowerment courses.

Students learn to fend off Arabs who make sexual advances

Students learn to fend off Arabs who make sexual advances – Photo: Courtesy Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The initiative, spearheaded by the university-affiliated Yerushalmiot (Women of Jerusalem) and Hitorerut (Awakening on Campus), was created following a series complaints by Arab and Jewish female students of unwanted and crude advances by young Palestinian men. Continue Reading »

Israeli researchers’ breakthrough for treating bacterial infection.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers’ breakthrough discovery could lead to new ways of combating bacterial infection.



Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have for the first time worked out how even non-antibiotic resistant bacteria survive antibiotic treatment. The study, which was published this week in the journal Nature Communications, could pave the way for improved therapies for treating bacterial infection.

A petri dish with bacteria culture (illustrative)

A petri dish with bacteria culture (illustrative) – Photo: Dreamstime

The problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics has preoccupied many scientists for years. Aside from bacteria that have undergone mutations, making them resistant to antibiotics, another kind of bacterium exists as well, which is inherently unaffected by antibiotic treatment, called “persistent bacteria.” Continue Reading »

Israel admitted into CERN, 1st non-European country to be accepted


20-state council of the Center of European Nuclear Research (CERN), which proved the existence of the ‘God particle,’unanimously voted to accept Israel.




The 20-state council of CERN, the Center of European Nuclear Research that operates the Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border, unanimously voted on Thursday night to accept Israel as a full member of the important scientific organization.

CERN particle research center - Photo: CERN particle research center

CERN particle research center – Photo: CERN particle research center

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman warmly welcomed the decision, saying it was a “proud day for Israeli science.”  He said that the decision to accept Israel was not only an achievement for Israeli scientists, who have brought honor to the country, but also for the Foreign Ministry, which he said worked for years to pave the way for Israel’s acceptance by CERN.

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Israeli University Scientists Discover New Therapy For Brain Cancer

Israeli researchers at the Hadassah Medical School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem made a ground breaking discovery of a cancer-driving protein.

By Kochava Rozenbaum


Regina Golan-Gerstl, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, has successfully identified a genetic protein which is involved in the development of the most common and aggressive type of brain cancer found in adults called glioblastoma.

Rotem Karni and team in the lab – Photo from Facebook

For the 22,000 American citizens who are diagnosed each year with brain cancer, these never before known molecular aspects can provide new diagnosis and treatment options for patients. Continue Reading »

2 Hebrew U. of J’lem grads on “AI’s 10 to Watch” list



Dr. Ariel Procaccia & Dr. Aviv Zohar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have just been named among Artificial intelligence’s 10 to Watch by IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine.


Published biennially, the list chooses 10 researchers who are rising stars in the field.Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that studies and develops intelligent machines and software. First coined as a term way back in 1955 – before computers – AI is defined as the study and design of intelligent agents, which are systems that recognize where they are and make moves to maximize their chances of success.

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Researchers: Smokers motivated by instant gratification & risk taking

Working together, researchers from both the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Haifa’s Technion found that smokers are mainly motivated by an urge for instant gratification.



Researchers have been puzzled over the years why smokers – who well know their habit endangers their health and that nicotine is addictive – often don’t want to stop. It has long been thought they have a risk-taking personality that dismisses the danger of cigarettes.

Woman smokes a cigarette

Woman smokes a cigarette – Photo: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Around 22 percent of Israeli adults smoke, and 10,000 die of direct and passive smoking in an average year.

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Hebrew University method enables early detection of diabetics’ bleeding retinas

Localized leakage can be detected and treated by new method from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, using laser ablation, potentially minimizing damage & saving vision.



Diabetics must be regularly examined by their ophthalmologist to look for leakage of blood inside the retinas of their eyes, which could result in blindness.
The grounds of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The grounds of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.- Photo: Courtesy of the Hebrew University

Now the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s technology transfer arm, Yissum Research Development Company, has patented a method for detecting retinal microaneurysms that pose a high risk for leakage. The novel method will enable early diagnosis and treatment of the condition, potentially minimizing damage and saving vision.

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FOUND: Earliest alphabetical written text ever uncovered in Jerusalem near Temple Mount

Hebrew University Archaeologist: This is the earliest alphabetical written text ever discovered anywhere in Jerusalem.

By Gil Ronen


Working near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar has unearthed the earliest alphabetical written text ever uncovered in the city.

The shard- Courtesy of Dr. Eilat Mazar – Photo: Noga Cohen-Aloro


The inscription is engraved on a large pithos, a neckless ceramic jar found with six others at the Ophel excavation site. According to Dr. Mazar, the inscription, in the Canaanite language, is the only one of its kind discovered in Jerusalem and an important addition to the city’s history. Continue Reading »

Israeli Scientist Discovered a Virus is Causing Bees to Disappear Worldwide

An Israeli scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says that he has found the answer to a 7 year old question: Where have all the bees gone?

By David Lev


An Israeli scientist says that he has found the answer to a riddle that has plagued scientists for the past several years: Why are bees disappearing? The answer, according to Professor Ilan Sela of Hebrew University is because they are succumbing to a virus.

Bee on Flower - YouTube screenshot

Bee on Flower – YouTube screenshot

Countries all over the world have reported in recent years of a drastic fall in their bee populations. The phenomenon has become so widespread that the condition was given its own name in 2006, and is called Colony Collapse Disorder. Continue Reading »

The Israeli Start-Up Device Provides the Visually Impaired a Way to Read

The OrCam system is designed to have a minimal control system, or user interface. To recognize an object or text, the wearer simply points at it with his or her finger, and the device then interprets the scene.


JERUSALEM — Liat Negrin, an Israeli who has been visually impaired since childhood, walked into a grocery store here recently, picked up a can of vegetables and easily read its label using a simple and unobtrusive camera attached to her glasses.


The OrCam device

Liat Negrin, an employee at OrCam, wears a device made by the company that consists of a camera and a small computer. Continue Reading »