Archive for July, 2011

Jul 31 2011

A peal from the past

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July 28, 2011  Canadian Jewish News

A small Second Temple era bell, possibly like those worn on the clothes of the high priests, was unearthed in Jerusalem. Archeologists discovered the golden artifact during excavations in a drainage channel that begins in the Shiloah Pool and runs through the City of David toward the Western Wall, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Sunday. The dig leaders, Eli Shukron and Ronny Reich of Haifa University, said the bell, which has as mall loop at its tip, was probably sewn onto the garment of a senior Jerusalem official in the first century, and may have fallen off into the drainage ditch.

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Jul 26 2011

Gene from wild barley helps explain sea to land evolution

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July 26, 2011  The Jerusalem Post

A genetic mutation in wild barley growing in the Judean Desert - discovered by an international team based on a Haifa University doctoral student’s thesis - has shown how the transition of aquatic to land plants created life on the terra firma as we know it today.

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Jul 25 2011

The key to life on land

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A chance discovery of a genetic mutation in wild barley that grows in Israel’s Judean Desert, in the course of a doctoral study at the University of Haifa, has led to an international study deciphering evolution of life on land. The study has been published in the prestigious journal PNAS. “Life on Earth began in the water, and in order for plants to rise above water to live on land, they had to develop a cuticle membrane that would protect them from uncontrolled evaporation and dehydration. “In our study we discovered a completely new gene that along with other genes contributes to the formation of this cuticle,” said Prof. Eviatar Nevo of the Institute of Evolution of the University of Haifa, who took part in the study. Continue Reading »

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Jul 25 2011

Reaching new HEIGHTS

The University of Haifa launches HEIGHTS, its new English-language magazine, providing an exciting glimpse at the latest in research, programs and events at the University.

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The advanced internet edition enables the reader to flip through the pages, enlarge for easier reading, and move the cursor over the texts to reveal dozens of links for more information.

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Jul 25 2011

University diplomats

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A group of Swiss students arrived in Haifa last week and enjoyed the Israeli experience first-hand as “full-board” guests of the University of Haifa’s Model United Nations club members. The University club members took their visitors sightseeing in the city of Haifa, introduced them to the University campus, and described the challenges of fostering coexistence in Israel. Continue Reading »

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Jul 25 2011

A one city kind of state

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July 25, 2011  Haaretz

Igal Charney, of the Geography and Environmental Studies department at the University of Haifa, notes that Israel is a small country, making it difficult for an alternative to Tel Aviv to develop. “Tel Aviv has positioned itself as the primary city, with cultural and financial institutions. Distances in Israel don’t justify the existence of several central cities.”

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Jul 24 2011

2,000-year old golden bell discovered in Jerusalem

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July 22, 2011  The Jerusalem Post

“It seems the bell was sewn on the garment worn by a high official in Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period (first century CE),” the excavation’s lead archeologists, the Antiquities Authority’s Eli Shukron and Prof. Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa, said in a statement. “The bell was exposed inside Jerusalem’s main drainage channel at that time, among the layers of earth that had accumulated along the bottom of it.”

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Jul 20 2011

Poll shows new low in settler and Haredi trust in legal system

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July 20, 2011  Haaretz

People in ultra-Orthodox and settler communities are unlikely to consider the court system in Israel legitimate, according to a new poll. The report also showed that compared to other Western countries, degree of trust placed on the justice system by the Jewish population inside the Green Line is also low. The annual study was carried out this month by a team at The Center for the Study of Crime, Law and Society at Haifa University, headed by Prof. Arye Rattner.

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Jul 17 2011

Israel’s Economy Needs More Natgas To Eliminate Threat Of Pipeline Saboteurs

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July 6, 2011  Forbes

“How many times do you have to bump your head on your bed frame until you fix it?” asks Professor Brenda Shaffer at the University of Haifa. “It’s another reminder that in all the considerations about what Israel needs for consumption, it shouldn’t count on the Egyptian supply. We don’t even know what’s going to happen in Egypt in terms of government,” she adds, with the first elections of the post-Mubarak era coming in September.

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Jul 17 2011

The government has got it all wrong on tax

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July 6, 2011  Globes

Prof. Yoseph Edrey, Facutly of Law writes for Globes:

“Enterprises and institutions do not collapse as a result of one dramatic decision, but from a series of small, mistaken decisions over a long period. It looks as though Israel’s fiscal policy is following this pattern.”

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