Date: November 26, 2020
Entering the Cloud “Twilight Zone”Read More about Entering the Cloud “Twilight Zone”
Clouds: We see them as objects with clear-cut shapes and outlines. The satellites that collect cloud data and the climate models built on this data work on this supposition as well. But the line between “cloudy” and “clear” is much hazier than we think.
Date: October 27, 2020
Cool in the Shade: How Ice Could Exist Near the Lunar SurfaceRead More about Cool in the Shade: How Ice Could Exist Near the Lunar Surface
If humans are to establish any sort of settlement on the Moon, they might do so near one of its poles, where its meager supply of water is stored in the form of ice. That ice has been detected in difficult-to-reach spots: at the bottoms of large, deep craters, down where sunshine cannot reach and temperatures remain below -160o Centigrade.
Date: October 25, 2020
Congratulations to Prof. Brian BerkowitzAwarded the 2021 John Dalton Medal by the European Geosciences Union
Date: July 29, 2020
Congratulations to Prof. Yinon RudichElected as a Member of the Academia Europaea
Date: June 28, 2020
The Magnetic History of IceRead More about The Magnetic History of Ice
The history of our planet has been written, among other things, in the periodic reversal of its magnetic poles. Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science propose a new means of reading this historic record: in ice.
Date: June 16, 2020
Congratulations to Prof. Itay HalevyElected as a Member of the Israel Young Academy
Date: May 25, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Eli GalantiMaxine Singer Prize for Outstanding Staff Scientists
Date: May 14, 2020
NASA’s Next Destination? Israelis Hopeful as Trident Team in the FinalsRead More about NASA’s Next Destination? Israelis Hopeful as Trident Team in the Finals
If life does exist outside of Earth in our Solar System, it could be hiding in subterranean oceans flowing under the surface of icy moons. One of the most promising candidates for such an underground liquid body is Triton – aptly named for the son of the sea god Neptune – the planet around which it orbits.
Date: October 28, 2019
Congratulations to Prof. Brian BerkowitzElected as a member in the Academia Scientiarium et Artium Europaea
Date: August 19, 2019
How Hot Was the Ocean?Read More about How Hot Was the Ocean?
Geoscientists studying the conditions prevailing in Earth’s earliest oceans have been in disagreement for the past half century. Some, working backwards, think the first ocean was extremely hot – at least 70˚ Celsius – while others believe it was closer to the 15˚C we enjoy today.
Date: May 10, 2019
Israel Prize for Earth Sciences to Prof. Dan YakirRead More about Israel Prize for Earth Sciences to Prof. Dan Yakir
The 2019 Israel Prize for Earth Sciences will go to Prof. Dan Yakir of the Weizmann Institute of Science. The Prize committee chose Prof.
Date: March 17, 2019
Beresheet Lunar Landing Site RevealedRead More about Beresheet Lunar Landing Site Revealed
The main scientific instrument on board the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft, the SpaceIL Magnetometer (SILMAG), has now been successfully turned on in space and data returned to Earth. After its successful launch, Beresheet is circling Earth on its journey to the Moon. Prof.
Date: March 14, 2019
Can an Antifreeze Protein also Promote Ice Formation?Read More about Can an Antifreeze Protein also Promote Ice Formation?
Antifreeze is life’s means of surviving in cold winters: Natural antifreeze proteins help fish, insects, plants and even bacteria live through low temperatures that should turn their liquid parts to deadly shards of ice. Strangely enough, in very cold conditions, the same proteins can also promote the growth of ice crystals. This was the finding of experiments carried out in Israel and Germany using proteins taken from fish and beetles.
Date: January 17, 2019
Saturn’s Atmosphere Proves Deep, Its Rings YoungRead More about Saturn’s Atmosphere Proves Deep, Its Rings Young
Cassini was one of the more successful planetary missions, orbiting and returning information on Saturn and its moons for the last 20 years. But as the mission was approaching its end, it was decided to end its life with a non-circular orbit swinging in very close to the planet, followed by a final plunge into the gaseous mass. Kaspi and Galanti joined the Cassini team following their work as part of NASA’s Juno science team, which had employed a similar orbit to produce the most reliable measurements yet of Jupiter’s atmospheric depth.
Date: January 8, 2019
Congratulations to Prof. Yinon RudichThe Henri Gutwirth Research Award
Date: December 17, 2018
CT for Clouds: A Fleet of Micro-Satellites Will See into the Smallest CloudsRead More about CT for Clouds: A Fleet of Micro-Satellites Will See into the Smallest Clouds
Ten satellites, each around the size of a shoebox, are slated in a few years to enter orbit and begin filling in some gaping holes in our understanding of clouds and their role in climate. Inspired by medical CT (computed tomography), which observes and maps the interior of a patient, the designers are creating a system that will reveal detailed images of clouds‘ external and internal 3D structures and properties.
Date: October 25, 2018
In Passing, Plankton Reach the CloudsRead More about In Passing, Plankton Reach the Clouds
When microscopic plankton in the oceans catch a virus, the forecast might be rain. New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science finds that as plankton die off from viral infection, some of the bits and pieces they leave behind are released into the atmosphere, where they can affect cloud formation and reduce the sun’s glare.
Date: July 24, 2018
Two Spectacular Celestial Events Grace our Skies at the End of JulyRead More about Two Spectacular Celestial Events Grace our Skies at the End of July
A blood moon will be visible this Friday night, July 27, 2018, during a stunning, relatively rare, occurrence of a total lunar eclipse, when the Sun, Earth and Moon will be completely aligned, resulting in Earth casting a shadow on the lunar surface. This will be the longest lunar eclipse of this century.
Date: May 17, 2018
Congratulations to Prof. Itay HalevyScientific Council Prize for Chemistry
Date: May 9, 2018
Congratulations to Prof. Brian BerkowitzRecipient of an outstanding editor award from the European Geosciences Union
Date: March 7, 2018
Unveiling the Depths of Jupiter’s WindsRead More about Unveiling the Depths of Jupiter’s Winds
Date: January 29, 2018
Dry but Fruitful: Semi-Arid Forests Could Offset Climate ChangeRead More about Dry but Fruitful: Semi-Arid Forests Could Offset Climate Change
We plant forests today because they are “carbon sinks” − they can offset rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. But not all forests are equal when it comes to cooling the planet, and it has not always been clear where new forests can do the most good in the shortest amount of time. The results of a new study in the group of Prof.
Date: January 23, 2018
Triton: The “Odd Moon Out”Read More about Triton: The “Odd Moon Out”
Neptune has one of the most peculiar assortments of moons in our solar system, and Triton is largely to blame. Triton is unusually massive compared to the other Neptunian satellites; but this is not the only characteristic that makes it an outlier. Not only does Triton orbit much farther away from Neptune than its other, smaller moons, it also spins in the opposite direction to the planet.
Date: January 14, 2018
Congratulations to Prof. Yinon RudichAdmitted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRS)