Archives for December, 2011

Often, simply identifying the structure of a potential drug target protein and designing a molecule to block it are not enough. Just ask Prof. Irit Sagi, a chemist turned biology researcher, who recently developed a clever technique for directing the body to design its own protein-blocking molecules. Sagi studies an enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase 9…

No Need for Decryption

Is it possible to perform operations on encrypted data, while keeping it secure from all prying eyes (or circuits), even if that data is stored remotely, in the “cloud?” Will our end result still be encrypted, and when we decode it with our private decryption key, will our result be correct? To put it another…

The Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Eilam Gross is currently the ATLAS Higgs physics group convener. He originally wrote this piece in Hebrew for the Yediot Aharonot daily. The Best There Is – For Now “The God Particle,” as the Higgs boson is often called, comes from the title of the book by Nobel laureate Leon Lederman…

Quasicrystals on Tap

If you followed this year’s chemistry Nobel, you know about the quasicrystal design on the ties made for Prof. Dan Schechtman’s 70th birthday. Even the prime minister was seen sporting one last week. But did you know there is also a quasicrystal scarf? While Prof. Schechtman was getting his white tie and tails ready for…