Science

AFTAU Co-Sponsors TOM – Tikkun Olam Makers

Tel Aviv University if proud to be a benefactor to Tikun Olam Makers. Tikun Olam means ‘Heal the World’. Tikin Olam Makers is a 72 hour makeathon, focusing on creating collaborations between innovators and users (need knowers), combining their expertise to brainstorm state-of-the-art assistive technologies for to make a difference to the lives of people with disabilities. Please take a look at some of the exciting outcomes from TOM 2017: Highlights – https://vimeo.com/ofiproductions/review/246918969/26a6fb7e7d Social Media – https://vimeo.com/ofiproductions/review/246918798/0092d6b5b5 Universal Bottle Pourer –…

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Oration 2017

Launching the Australia Educational Gallery at the Steinhardt Natural History Museum 50 leaders from Melbourne business and jewish community attended AFTAU and JNF Oration dinner dedicated to the Late Eva & Les Erdi at Queens Hall, VIC Parliament house. Keynote Speakers were Ms. Margaret Jackson AC, Former “Qantas” Chairperson and Prof. Joseph Klafter, TAU President. The event helped to raise funds for the establishment of the “Australia Educational Gallery” dedicated to Les and Eva Erdi at the new Steinhardt Museum…

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Drug regimen can reduce cancer recurrences

  TAU discovery may improve long-term survival rates of cancer patient. Most cancer-related deaths are the result of post-surgical metastatic recurrence. In metastasis, cells of primary tumors travel to other parts of the body, where they often proliferate into inoperable, ultimately fatal growths. A new Tel Aviv University study finds that the body’s stress inflammatory response to cancer is itself an active agent in the cancer spreading. The research was led by Prof. Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu of TAU’s School of Psychological…

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Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

“WE’RE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING THE WORST SPATE OF SPECIES DIE-OFFS SINCE THE LOSS OF THE DINOSAURS 65 MILLION YEARS AGO.” Extinction is a natural phenomenon that occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day. The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History and National Research Center is the national center for the study of biological diversity…

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The Brain Mechanism Behind Multitasking

TAU study finds brief reactivation of a learned memory can block interference from competing tasks. Although “multitasking” is a popular buzzword, research shows that only 2% of the population actually multitasks efficiently. Most of us just shift back and forth between different tasks, a process that requires our brains to refocus time and time again — and reduces overall productivity by a whopping 40%. New Tel Aviv University research identifies a brain mechanism that enables more efficient multitasking. The key to this…

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The Origins of Wheat

TAU scientists publish wild wheat genome, creating “time tunnel” that could boost food production. A  global team of researchers has published the first-ever Wild Emmer wheat genome sequence in Science magazine. Wild Emmer wheat is the original form of nearly all the domesticated wheat in the world, including durum (pasta) and bread wheat. Wild emmer is too low-yielding to be of use to farmers today, but it contains many attractive characteristics that are being used by plant breeders to improve wheat. The study…

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Theoretical Physicist Correctly Predicts Mass of Rare Particle

TAU’s Prof. Marek Karliner made a prediction three years ago that CERN has now proven accurate. Three years ago, a theoretical physicist who specializes in elementary particle physics, predicted, along with a colleague, the mass of a new sub-atomic particle that had never been seen. That physicist was Prof. Marek Karliner, from the Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University. Theoretical physics is a science that uses mathematical models and abstract physical systems to…

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A new way to combat drug-resistant bacteria

Milestone discovery uses DNA delivery system to fight lethal conditions, TAU researchers say. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, affecting anyone, at any age, in any country, according to the World Health Organization. Currently, 700,000 deaths each year are attributed to antimicrobial resistance, a figure which could increase to 10 million a year by 2050 save further intervention. New breakthrough technology from Tel Aviv University facilitates DNA delivery into drug-resistant bacterial pathogens, enabling their manipulation. The research…

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Swinburne University – Tel Aviv University Joint Research Centre/Degree in Data Science

After two years of development, the first discussions having occurred during TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter’s last visit to Melbourne, we recently signed an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Research Centre between TAU and Swinburne University in Data Science. The joint centre will start working this year with four PhD candidates from both Universities, collaborating on research, and graduating with a joint degree from both Universities.

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