Physics

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Science magazine seemed to imply there was some grousing about the new Fundamental Physics Prizes awarded by billionaire Yuri Milner, but we in Rehovot think it’s a good thing. While one can quibble about which fields are still underfunded, we believe that any support for truly basic research — the kind whose applications, if they…

Interview with a Physicist

At age 28, theoretical physicist Dr. Zohar Komargodski became head of a research group in the Institute’s Particle Physics and Astrophysics Department. A recent paper, published with Prof. Adam Schwimmer of the Physics of Complex Systems Department, made some waves in the physics world with a proposed proof of a 23-year-old theorem. If the proof…

This week’s Weizmann news stories: A “steam release valve” for inflammation, a “brake” for cell division and an “amplifier” for quantum signals. The steam release valve mechanism also involves an amplifier – one that ramps up the inflammation signal in response to viral attack on a cell. When the signal reaches its peak, it trips…

Today’s Weizmann Institute news stories include two new papers from the prolific lab of Prof. Yadin Dudai. The first is on a protein that boosts memory in rats. Dudai and his group have been investigating this protein for several years. Previously, they had managed to show that blocking the protein, even for a very short…

Is having a beer and sandwich at the local pub the best way to improve your brain awareness? At least in the city of Rehovot one evening last week, those eating and drinking in a few select establishments got to hear Weizmann Institute neurobiology graduate students give informal talks and demonstrations. The event was a…