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Tuning in to the Cocktail Party Effect
Tuning in to a conversation at a party can be a challenge, especially when people are milling about, discussing a wide range of topics and the softest of music plays in the background. Dr. Elana Zion Golumbic, of BIU’s Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, is making significant headway in understanding this “cocktail party effect” and its implications for everyday speech
Improving Urban Life through BIU’s Smart Cities Project
Bar-Ilan University’s Smart Cities Impact Center offers researchers the rare opportunity to make a difference in one of the “hottest” academic fields around, with the potential to greatly contribute to the community and the environment, notes Dr. Eyal Yaniv, head of BIU’s Graduate School of Business Administration
Targeting Enzymes that Energize Cancer Cells
Seeking the mechanism responsible for energy production in cancer cells, Prof. Uri Nir and his team at the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences found a component, the FerT enzyme, which is absent in healthy cells and can generate energy in cancer cells even under stressful conditions. When the researchers damaged the function of this enzyme (located in the mitochondria – the cell’s power stations which produce energy in cancer cells), the malignant cells failed to generate energy – and died.
A Smart Fiber that Measures Multiple Biomedical Parameters
A groundbreaking new technology enables simultaneous monitoring of a patient’s heart beat, blood pressure, and respiratory rate– all made possible by embedding a sensory fiber into his or her clothing. This is the newest in a long line of innovative developments achieved in Prof. Zeev Zalevsky’s lab at BIU’s Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering. The novel technology is currently patent pending.
Electric Cars: Fun Driving and Environmentally Sound
Climate changes and futuristic predictions were supposed to turn electric cars into our main form of transportation. But in fact, the rate of adoption of electric cars in the western world (Israel included) is still surprisingly low. This appears to be due to such factors as high price, insufficient travel range and long battery charging time.
Fathoming How the Sea Responds to Pollution
Israel’s first permanent marine station to study the deep Mediterranean Sea was recently launched by Bar-Ilan University in collaboration with Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research and scientists from other universities. The objective of the DeepLev Research Station is to understand the ways the sea responds to pollution, leaks or accidents that result from the increasing number of gas exploration and production platforms in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as to join the effort to understand the role of seas in mitigating atmospheric CO2.
Toning Down Violence in the School
For years violence in the school was perceived to be inevitable as children mature and become exposed to the world-at-large. Several extreme cases in the US have brought about a change in thinking in the school system and, with it, a concerted attempt to prevent the violence. BIU Prof. Rami Benbenishty, a research pioneer in this area and 2016 EMET Prize winner, has developed educational models that have helped reduce violence in Israel and abroad.
Choosing the Right Research Topic
Doctoral fellows are the spearheads of academic excellence. The dissertation defines the researcher’s academic interests, and sometimes sows the seeds for groundbreaking scientific discoveries. With this much at stake, how do PhD students choose a doctoral dissertation topic?
Strategizing for Transformational Change
Bar-Ilan University’s newly-inaugurated president, Prof. Arie Zaban, is an avid proponent of challenge-driven research that can create meaningful change and impact upon key areas of our lives. He seeks to improve the university’s international ranking, make academic education more relevant to the times, and transform the BIU campus into a vital social, intellectual and cultural hub.
As Small as It Gets
Dr. Doron Naveh constructs transistors from two dimensional and topological materials, and studies dichalcogenide spintronics, hoping to change the paradigm of nano-electronics
Playing with Time
After successfully cloaking a short event in time during his Post Doc, Dr. Moti Fridman is using temporal optics to develop advanced temporal technologies.
Science fiction literature is inundated with time travel and time manipulation stories. It’s only science fiction, of course. But Dr. Moti Fridman, a 38 year old father of two kids, has managed to manipulate time in real life.
The Wonders of Microbiota
Trillions of bacteria, known as “microbiota,” reside within the human body, and many of these actually contribute to our physical and mental health. Dr. Omry Koren, of BIU’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, is one of the world’s leading researchers of microbiome, a young, developing discipline which holds promise for exciting medical breakthroughs.
Using Smell to Shoo Disease- Carrying Mosquitos Away
Every year millions of people die from mosquito-transmitted diseases. Last year the Zika virus, which can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus resulting in microcephaly and other birth defects, raised fears among those travelling to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Broadcasting Live…From Inside Our Bodies
No thicker than a pinhead, a tiny new endoscope developed by BIU researchers, is able to transmit high-resolution images from internal human organs, which were out of reach until now.
Nanobots to the Rescue: Programmed Drug Delivery in the Body
Smaller than viruses and designed to encapsulate the drug within folded DNA, nano-robots (nanobots) are increasingly being enlisted to fight disease. Injected into the patient’s bloodstream, they deliver their medicated payload directly to the infected organ. Treatment and drug dosage are tailor-made for each patient according to the doctor’s orders
Aging is an inevitable biological process, not a pathological condition. Still, the search for an anti-aging skin-care product that stops sagging – or at least delays or lessens wrinkles – drives the cosmetics industry and consumers to spend vast amounts of money on anti-aging techniques and products.
The Center for Scientific Instrumentation
The Center for Scientific Instrumentation is more than just an equipment facility; it is a hub of research, providing state-of-the-art tools and technology and expert advice to scientists from BINA, Bar-Ilan University, as well as other academic institutions and the industry. Its unique instrumentation systems enable addressing a wide range of research questions and topics in the nano-realm.
Could someone please do something about the resolution?
Yes; someone can: A team of physicists, chemists, engineers, and biologists at BINA has developed a novel imaging method, based on trapping nanoparticles and actively manipulating them in samples using optical tweezers, thereby shedding light on living samples and molecular structures down to 100 nm resolution in visible light.
Beauty is only skin deep
Injecting cosmetic drugs into the skin to gain a younger look involves invasive, painful procedures. Prof. Dror Fixler and a team of BIU researchers use innovative chemical and optical techniques to demonstrate that inserting nano-particles of these materials enhances their efficacy while eliminating the pain.
Hands-on chemistry at BINA
BINA hosted a Focused-Ion Beam (FIB) workshop, organized by the Graduate Student Division of the Israel Chemistry Society, attendedby students from universities around the country, studying for advanced degrees in chemistry.
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