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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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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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Apr 10 2014

Demanding social justice might tear protest movements apart

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dv518015 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.

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Mar 30 2014

University of Haifa’s ‘Cyber Warriors’ will help fight the delegitimization of Israel using new media

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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.

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