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Sep 11 2014

Babies born in the winter start crawling earlier than those born in the summer

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The season of a baby’s birth influences its motor development during its first year of life, a new study by University of Haifa researcher’s shows. Babies born in the winter (between December and May) start crawling earlier compared to babies born in the summer (June-November). Continue Reading »

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Sep 04 2014

Cannabis prevents the negative behavioral and physiological effects of a traumatic event and of its reminders

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Administering synthetic marijuana (cannabinoids) soon after a traumatic event can prevent PTSD-like (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms in rats, caused by the trauma and by trauma reminders. This is according to a new study conducted by Nachshon Korem and Irit Akirav of the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa, which was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. “The importance of this study is that it contributes to the understanding of the brain basis of the positive effect cannabis has on PTSD and thus supports the necessity to perform human trials to examine potential ways to prevent the development of PTSD and anxiety disorders in response to a traumatic event,” the researchers noted. Continue Reading »

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Aug 24 2014

When a health risk is close to home health care professionals base their positions on vaccines on their own emotions and personal experiences

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When a health risk gets closer to home, health care professionals base their positions on vaccines more on emotions and personal experiences than on scientific and analytical knowledge, according to a new study by the School of Public Health at the University of Haifa. Continue Reading »

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Aug 21 2014

An awl-inspiring find at Tel Tsaf: The oldest metal object found to date in the Middle East

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A copper awl, the oldest metal object found to date in the Middle East, was discovered during the excavations at Tel Tsaf, according to a recent study published by researchers from the Zinman Institute of Archaeology and the Department of archaeology at the University of Haifa , in conjunction with researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the German Archaeological Institute of Berlin. Continue Reading »

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Jul 31 2014

A public opinion survey conducted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Haifa reveals what Israelis think about operation “Protective Edge”

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The conditions of 85% of the Jewish-Israeli population to end Operation Protective Edge — cessation of rocket fire and the destruction or sealing off of all tunnels from Gaza into Israel

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Jul 17 2014

The connection between human translation and computerized translation programs

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How is the level of accuracy of Google Translate affected by the fact that text translated from German into English contains five times more exclamation marks (!) than text that was originally written in English? A new study by the Computer Science Department at the University of Haifa sheds light on this matter

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Jul 10 2014

Decreasing font size enhances reading comprehension among children who have already developed proficient reading skills

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A new study performed by Haifa University shows that decreasing the font size helps to improve reading comprehension among fifth graders who have mastered the technical skills of reading. “Adding cognitive perpetual load in reading actually seems to improve comprehension,” said Prof. Tami Katzir, Head of the Department of Learning Disabilities at Haifa University and a researcher at the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the university, who led the study. Continue Reading »

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Jun 17 2014

Internet campaign to release the kidnapped teens goes viral all over the world

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The “Bring Back Our Boys” online campaign on behalf of the teenagers who were kidnapped last Thursday night went viral almost immediately, attracting global interest and enlisting tens of thousands of people from all over the world in the fight to free the missing teens. The campaign was launched by graduates of the University’s Ambassadors Online program, and as of this writing, more than 200,000 people, from the United States to Fiji, had seen the posts.

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May 22 2014

Meet this year’s Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa degree recipients

The University will award eight Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa degrees to: Frederik Willem de Klerk, Lady Irene Hatter, Dr. Ernest Strauss, Prof. Stefan Reif , Chaim Topol , Prof. Julia Kristeva, Uri Lubrani and Prof. Celso Lafer, in the course of the University’s 42nd Meeting of the Board of Governors events.

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May 15 2014

Researchers have succeeded in developing a revolutionary new method for accurately monitoring evolutionary mutations in viruses such as AIDS, SARS and polio

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Researchers from the University  and the University of California have succeeded in developing a revolutionary method that integrates biotechnological and computational tools to accurately monitor the adaptive  mutations in viruses such as AIDS, SARS and polio. In a study published in the prestigious journal Nature, the researchers have demonstrated how the method they have developed successfully monitors the evolution of harmful poliovirus mutations, how fitted are five specific harmful mutations from among hundreds of mutations, and identified the specific protein of the viral genome these mutations effect.

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