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Nov 11 2014

Omega-3 reduces smoking

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Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, according to a new study conducted at the University of Haifa. “The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with. The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly,” said Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the addictions program at the University of Haifa’s school of criminology department and of the psychopharmacology laboratory at Bar-Ilan, who conducted this study. Continue Reading »

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Nov 11 2014

At a Glance No. 1, 2014-2015

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University news and updates at a glance

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Oct 29 2014

The University of Haifa will be sending a representative to the annual conference of the American Studies Association (ASA)

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The University of Haifa will be sending a representative to the annual conference of the American Studies Association (ASA) that is to take place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles from November 6-9, 2014.  This despite the decision of the ASA last year to boycott the Israeli academy, and the ASA position until recently that it intended to bar representatives of Israeli institutions of higher learning. Continue Reading »

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Oct 23 2014

A new tune: There is intonation in sign language too

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Like the intonation of individual spoken languages, sign languages also have their own unique “sound”, and, as with spoken languages, the intonation of one community’s language is different from that of another community, according to a new study at the University of Haifa. “Our discovery that sign languages also have unique intonation patterns once again demonstrates that sign languages share many central properties with spoken languages. It turns out that intonation is an essential component of any human language, including languages without sound,” explained Prof. Wendy Sandler, who led the study. Continue Reading »

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Oct 23 2014

Silent evidence of the earthquake of 363 CE

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Silent evidence of a large earthquake in 363 CE  — the skeleton of a woman with a dove-shaped pendant was discovered under the tiles of a collapsed roof by archeologists from the University of Haifa during this excavation season at Hippos-Sussita. They also found a large muscular marble leg and artillery ammunition from some 2,000 years ago. “The data is finally beginning to form a clear historical-archaeological picture,” said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, head of the international excavation team. Continue Reading »

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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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