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  • Past Perfect

    Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross, a visiting scientist at Weizmann's Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science, learns about the past by studying contemporary traditional lifestyles. 

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    In Search of the Wild Fava Bean

    The wild faba - today, fava - bean is thought to be extinct. Now, however, Dr. Elisabeth Boaretto has identified the oldest known beans - about 14,000 years old. Understanding how the wild fabas survived can help scientists grow hardier fava crops today. Favas are a major source of nutrition in many parts of the world.

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    Science Tips, March 2015

    Four updates from Weizmann: an ancient skull may provide clues to human-Neanderthal mating; Weizmann and SpaceIL are holding an online trivia game about the moon for kids 6-18; working with Penn, scientists find that each heartbeat is a careful synchronization; the popular award for Israeli women postdocs is accepting applications.

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    Oldest Use of Flowers in Grave Lining

    When we think of our prehistoric ancestors, we don't usually imagine them lining graves with flowers. Yet they did – and Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto has now identified the oldest such grave. Head of Weizmann's new Dangoor – Research Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (D-REAMS) lab, she will use this powerful technology to solve archaeology's mysteries.

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    300,000-Year-Old Hearth Found

    Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross of Weizmann's Kimmel Center for Archeological Science, part of a team of Israeli scientists, used high-tech tools to identify proof of repeated fire-building over time. The ancient hearth, found in the Qesem Cave, helps answer questions such as, ""when did people begin to control and use fire?""

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    Researchers Reconstruct Early Version of Old Testament Text From Burned Scroll

    An international team has used digital reconstruction to resurrect a charred Hebrew scroll, reports <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. The technique could also prove invaluable in reconstructing other damaged finds. Weizmann scientists performed radiocarbon dating on the charcoal parchment, finding it could have been written in the 2<sup>nd</sup> or 3<sup>rd</sup> century.

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    Not by Bread Alone: Neolithic People in Israel First to Farm Fava Beans, 10,000 Years Ago

    A Weizmann archaeobotanist and nuclear physicist identified the 10,200-year-old remains of cultivated fava beans in Israel. As Haaretz reports, this helps explain how humans settled down and became farmers, “ultimately leading to the rise of complex civilizations.” It could also help develop beans better able to cope with climatic extremes.

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