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Earliest Evidence of Using Flower Beds for Burial Found in Raqefet Cave in Mt. Carmel

July 4, 2013 — The earliest evidence of using flower beds for burial, dating back to 13,700 years ago, was discovered in Raqefet Cave in Mt. Carmel (northern Israel), during excavations led by the University of Haifa. In four different graves...

Neural Activity in Bats Measured In Flight

The Weizmann Institute findings, obtained using miniature wireless devices, provide the first detailed information on the brain mechanisms of three-dimensional orientation in mammals Animals navigate and orient themselves to survive...
Bacteria use a bridge of fungi to cross a "canyon." (Credit: Photo by Colin Ingham)

Fungi: Another Tool in Bacteria’s Belt?

Bacteria and fungi are remarkably mobile. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered that the two organisms enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship to aid them in that movement — and their survival. Fungal spores can attach...
This is the octopus at the Hebrew University who proved not only smart but agile in receiving rewards. (Credit: Hebrew University photo)

Octopuses Make Some Pretty Good Moves

In case you thought that octopuses were smart only in guessing the outcome of soccer matches (remember the late Paul the octopus in Germany who picked all the right winners in last year’s world cup matches in Johannesburg?), scientists...
Iftach Jacoby

Teaching Algae to Make Fuel

Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future....
Group of genes. credit Weizmann Institute

Eight Hours of Resistance

Temptations to exceed the speed limit are always plentiful, but only reckless drivers give in to such impulses. Likewise, numerous growth factors always abound in our bodies, but only cancerous cells are quickly “tempted” by these...