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
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 »
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.
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.
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.
What is social justice? 30 students and researchers from the University of Haifa and the University of Maryland tried to answer this very question in a bi-national seminar, held in the University of Haifa. Their conclusion: the term is so subjective that in some cases it might split the very groups it should unify.
For the first time in academia, the University of Haifa has launched an academic course to combat the delegitimization of Israel on the Internet. The ‘Ambassadors Online’ Program, offered by the University’s Department of Multi-Disciplinary Studies as a four credit course, prepares students to be unofficial “ambassadors” for Israel on the Internet. “This program aims at training students, who are interested in investigating, studying and asking what it is that motivates the new anti-Semitism and de-legitimization of Israel, as can be seen among other things in the Apartheid Week, which is an expression of pure anti-Semitism. The ambassadors who will study in the program will fight this phenomenon and learn how to investigate it”, said Prof. Eli Avraram, the program’s academic instructor and the head of The Comper Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Racism.
What was there before the Big-Bang? Is a creation of the Universe out of nothing possible? Questions regarding the formation of the Universe and ‘what was there’ before it came to existence have been of great interest to mankind at all times. Several suggestions have been presented during the ages – mostly assuming a preliminary state prior to creation. Nevertheless, such theories cannot be considered complete, as they lack an explanation of what created the initial, pre-creation, conditions.
An innovative theory presented by Dr. Maya Lincoln and Dr. Avi Wasser, from the Center for the Study of Organizations & Human Resource Management, provides an answer to this ancient scientific conundrum. The theory, “Creation ex Nihilo” (CEN), was recently published at Elsevier’s prestigious periodical Physics of the DarkUniverse, presenting a breakthrough in theoretical physics. The research is based on information systems research principles– the field of expertise of both authors. This distinctive approach has attracted the attention of the theoretical physics research community- featuring an “off the matrix” solution for one the most intriguing mysteries of nature.
Could used coffee grounds be good for your plants? University of Haifa scientists are planning to answer that question.
Researchers at the Kadas Green Roofs Ecology Research Center, operating under the Faculty of Natural Sciences’ Institute of Evolution, and working in conjunction with the Student Union and the Green Campus project, are using the waste from coffee machines to fertilize an experimental plot in which different species of vegetation have been planted. The purpose of the research is to determine not just if coffee can be part of a substrate suitable for growing plants, but whether it might be even better than a normal substrate and will enhance the plants’ growth.
Today’s primary tool for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease is the diagnostic ability of the physician, who can generally identify the clinical symptoms only when the disease is at a relatively advanced stage. A new joint study by researchers at the University of Haifa and Rambam Hospital that compared the handwriting of 40 sick and healthy subjects suggests an innovative and noninvasive method of diagnosing Parkinson’s at a fairly early stage. Continue Reading »