Tag Archive for Tel Aviv University

Rare, 2000+ year-old gold earring unearthed in the City of David, Jerusalem

The dazzling golden earring, definitely worn by someone from ancient Jerusalem‘s upper class, dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century BCE, during the Hellenistic period.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


A Hellenistic-era golden earring, featuring ornamentation of a horned animal, was discovered in the Givati Parking Lot in the City of David National Park encircling walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

The discovery was made during archaeological digs carried out by the Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University.

The spectacular gold earring, shaped like a horned animal, dates back to the second or third century BCE, during the Hellenistic period. Continue Reading »

Next generation security experts in Israel for realistic perspective

All of the students in the new Institute for National Security Studies summer study program already have some security expertise under their belt and are currently earning their masters or doctorate degrees in the field.



An arms deal in the Golan goes awry, leading to the death of a senior Hezbollah official. Now, Hezbollah is out for blood and is mobilized along Israel’s northern border ready to strike. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the country, Hamas succeeds in implementing a successful tunnel attack which leads to the death of two Israeli soldiers and two of its citizens. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv University plans Center for Israel Studies at Mumbai University


A conference in New Delhi to mark 25 years since the start of diplomatic relations between Israel & India was originally scheduled to be a one-time event, but was so successful, it will now be held annually.

By Tel Aviv University- Global TAU


To mark 25 years since the beginning of diplomatic relations between Israel and India, Tel Aviv University held two joint academic conferences with Indian institutions this year. The first was held at Mumbai University in Mumbai, and the second with Jindal University, held in the capital of New Delhi.

At the conference in Mumbai a new joint center was announced: the Center for Israel Studies. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv University reveal unseen inscription from First Temple era with new technology


Researchers at Tel Aviv University use multispectral imaging technology were able to read additional letters and words in the existing inscription dating back almost 3,000 years, on one side of the clay, and to their surprise, three “new” lines appeared.

By Ilan Gattegno


Researchers at Tel Aviv University have uncovered a Hebrew inscription on a shard of pottery dating back to the First Temple era (the 11th to 5th centuries BCE) using new multispectral imaging technology, the “Plos One” multidisciplinary scientific journal reported Wednesday.

The inscription discovered on the pottery – Photo Courtesy Tel Aviv University

The shard, discovered decades ago, was believed to have been inscription-free on one side, but the multispectral imaging technology revealed it was used as part of a delivery of supplies to a military unit sent to Tel Arad, west of the Dead Sea. Continue Reading »

Israeli discovery could allow early Alzheimer diagnosis with simple blood test


The Tel Aviv University researchers’ study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, describe a gene that codes for a particular protein, leading to neurotransmission. As a result, future therapies should be able to halt its progression.



A recent discovery by researchers at Tel Aviv University may soon change the way Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed and treated.

The study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, describe a gene that codes for a particular protein that researchers discovered.


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The protein then turns off signals that it normally produces.

That process, in turn, blocks the brain from moving brain chemicals in their regular manner, also known as neurotransmission, thereby contributing to Alzheimer’s disease. Continue Reading »

Alzheimer breakthrough in Israel by Tel Aviv University researchers


Israeli researchers discover a way to correct the genetic flaw that causes Alzheimer’s.
• Lab mice who were treated with Tel Aviv University’s new therapy, recovered from the illness. Researcher, “We believe our study opens up new directions for the development of effective treatment of Alzheimer’s.”

By Ilan Gattegno


Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a new approach to innovative treatment of Alzheimer’s, providing hope to those with the degenerative disease. They have found a way to correct the flaw in the gene that causes Alzheimer’s. Lab mice treated with the new therapy recovered from the illness.

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Researchers Professor Danny Michaelson and doctoral student Anat Bam-Kagan focused on the ApoE4 gene, which is present in 60% of Alzheimer patients. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv University researchers successfully stop breast cancer metastasis in mice


Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered an “extremely effective way” to prevent the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body in mice by combining gene therapy with chemotherapy and delivering it to the tumor.


By combining gene therapy with chemotherapy and delivering it to a primary tumor site, researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine have discovered in mice an “extremely effective way” to prevent the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body.Doctor [Illustrative] – Photo: INGIMAGE

One in eight women worldwide contract breast cancer, making it the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Continue Reading »

Israel’s genetically altered algae can power a green energy revolution

view videoTel Aviv University researchers genetically altered algae, allowing the organism to increase its hydrogen output 5 fold, transforming the humble pond slime into a clean fuel source.



Israeli researchers have transformed humble pond slime into an engine to drive a green energy revolution.

Dr. Iftach Yacoby and his team at Tel Aviv University genetically altered single-celled algae, which naturally emit hydrogen throughout the day, allowing the organism to increase its efficiency to five times its natural ability.

TAU’s Dr. Iftach Yacoby and his algae. – Photo: Tel Aviv University

Hydrogen fuel cells are already being introduced into vehicles, and the new discovery could mean algae becomes a key player in the push for green energies. Continue Reading »

World’s oldest human remains found inside cave near Tel Aviv


The Qesem Cave, located outside of Rosh HaAyin, was accidentally discovered during road work 16 years ago and has since revealed a wealth of information on early humans, shedding light on the evolution of humanity.

By Asaf Kamer


When work began to widen route 5 outside of Rosh HaAyin 16 years ago, workers discovered something incredible; the opening to a world frozen in time.

Inside Qesem Cave – Photo: Ron Barkai, Tel Aviv University

A powerful controlled explosion designed to demolish a giant limestone boulder blocking the path of the road exposed the entrance to a giant limestone cave which had been sealed for over 200,000 years. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Melanoma breakthrough made by Israeli researchers


Researcher led by Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Carmit Levy have discovered the method by which cancer cells inflict themselves on the dermis, now allowing scientists to develop new drugs to cure the disease.



The mechanism by which melanoma – the most aggressive and deadly type of skin cancer – spreads through the body has been discovered by Tel Aviv University and German Cancer Research (DKFZ) researchers.

Medical student conducting research – Photo: TAU’s Sackler School of Medicine


The “breakthrough,” just published as the lead article in the journal Nature Cell Biology has raised hope that it will lead to the cancer becoming “nonthreatening and easily curable.”

The researchers, led by TAU’s Dr. Continue Reading »

Israeli scientists develop smart bionic-heart


Researchers from Tel Aviv University say the smart tissue will be aware of the heart beat and intervene when it’s not functioning properly, providing regular reports to the patient & cardiologist.

Ilan Gattegno and Israel Hayom Staff


In a significant breakthrough, researchers from Tel Aviv University say they have engineered a bionic heart.

A computerized image of the bionic heart engineered by researchers at Tel Aviv University

The heart, comprised of smart tissue transplanted into patients, will be able to monitor and regulate tissue function. The smart tissue will help the heart beat and intervene when it’s not functioning properly, and provide an exact and regular report to the patient and cardiologist. Continue Reading »

Survey: 71% of Israeli Jews feel the world unjustly condemns Israel by double standards

IDI & Tel Aviv University’s latest report shows Israelis feeling more isolated and “The countries of the world make moral demands of Israel that they do not make of other countries.”

By Ynet


The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv University have released the monthly Peace Index poll which has a primary focus on three major issues: attitudes toward Jewish settlement in the territories, the diplomatic arena, and the distribution of cabinet posts in the government.

Israeli youth at a concert (Photo: Yaron Brener)
Israeli youth at a concert – Photo: Yaron Brener

According to the report’s findings, the Jewish public is aware of the deterioration that has occurred in Israel’s international status, which seems to stem from the intensification of voices calling to boycott Israel and its institutions. Continue Reading »

Israeli scientists determine correct length of Saturn’s day

New research at Tel Aviv University established that the 6th planet takes 7 minutes less than what scientists previously determined to complete a full turn on its axis.

BY Ynet


Israeli scientists have solved the mystery of Saturn’s days, determining that one day on the planet lasts 10 hours and a little more than 32 minutes – seven minutes shorter than originally calculated.

Saturn – Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

The new research at Tel Aviv University was published this week in the Nature journal.

The length of a day for most of the planets in the solar system is clear physical data and well-known to modern science. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv University researchers find pre-historic tools used to kill & butcher animals for food

Researchers in Israel find pre-historic tools containing residue of animal fat which helped archeologists see how animals 100,000 years ago were butchered for food.

By i24news


New research by Tel Aviv University professors determined that pre-historic tools from approximately 100,000 years ago were used to kill and butcher animals.

Researchers analysing elephant remains (rib pictured) in Israel have discovered signs of animal residue on primitive tools called ‘handaxes and scrapers’ alongside cut marks in the remains themselves. – Photo: Ran Barkai

The team found elephant bones in a quarry near Jerusalem; a close analysis, called the “use-wear analysis”, of the cut marks on the bones showed that the animal was butchered
by axes and scrapers made of flint.

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Israeli bioengineers developing 1st lab-grown chicken

By i24news


Israeli researchers are in the process of developing the first ever lab-grown chicken, just a few short years after the first lab-grown hamburger was debuted.

Chicken – Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP

The research is being funded by the Modern Agricultural Foundation, a non-profit “working to promote research in the field of cultured meat.”

The foundation’s co-founder, Shir Friedman says she hopes that by the end of 2015, there will be a recipe for how to “culture chicken cells.”


“In the not so distant future we will look back at how we used to raise cows and chickens and put so much effort into getting a small piece of meat,” said Friedman. Continue Reading »