Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • ​Amongst the challenges faced by the deaf is what's known as the "cocktail party effect," in which they have difficulty discerning one speaker's voice from others in crowded, noisy environments. A new device could help, however – by buzzing two of their fingers.
  • Is our entire universe just a computer simulation? Theoretical physicists believe they’ve found proof that our universe is far too complex to be captured in any simulation. According to the researchers, the hypothesis is done in by gravitational anomalies, tiny “twists” in the fabric of spacetime.
  • ​A large-scale meta-analysis of 185 studies across 40 years has found a more than 50 percent decline in sperm concentration and total sperm count among men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The rate of decline was found to be consistent and is cause for concern if it continues.
  • It turns out the fountain of youth might spurt smoke instead of a magical liquid. Researchers discovered that one of the active ingredients in marijuana – THC – was able to improve the brains of elderly mice to the level that they seemed like the brains of rodents who were only two months old.
  • According the Landmine Monitor 2016, global casualties from landmines reached a 10-year high in 2015 and funding for clearance efforts reached a 10-year low. A new system that highlights the location of landmines and unexploded ordnance using glowing bacteria could help reverse this trend.
  • There’s a delicate ecosystem in your gut right now, but a bad burrito can throw it off. Just how pathogens like E. coli take hold isn’t well understood, but researchers have studied how it senses its surroundings and in response, switches its gene expression from “attack mode” to “colonize mode.”
  • Science
    ​The Milky Way galaxy is currently racing through space at about 2 million km/h on a journey towards the Shapley Supercluster. But we’re not just being pulled in this direction: Astronomers have now discovered a huge extragalactic void, called the Dipole Repeller, that’s pushing us away.
  • ​Many diabetics have limited feeling in their feet, and thus aren't aware when pressure is being exerted on one area of the foot for a prolonged period. That's why a team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is creating SenseGO – pressure-monitoring electronic socks.​
  • Today's simple metal lightning rods may be on their way to obsolescence. That's because scientists at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem are developing a high-tech alternative that could potentially reach higher and be more effective – laser lightning rods.
  • Albert Einstein will be forever remembered for his famous E=mc2 formula, but there was much more to the man than this. To show this, Princeton University has now released an online archive of his documents spanning the years 1897 - 1923 that provides much insight into the man and his life.
  • A promising new study suggests that a wireless, light-sensitive, and flexible nanotube-semiconductor nanocrystal film could potentially form part of a prosthetic device to replace damaged or defective retinas.
  • MetaboShield, is an innovative intestinal sleeve that can be lodged permanently in the small intestine via the throat in an anesthesia-free procedure. Though it is still a prototype, when developed the sleeve could help people shed unwanted pounds and potentially help reverse type 2 diabetes.