Who doesn’t love summer? Unfortunately, it’s not just a day at the beach. As our atmosphere lets through more harmful rays and climate change promises longer, hotter summers, skin cancer – already on the rise for more than three decades – is poised to become an even greater health threat. Melanomas, in particular, are fast-moving and deadly. That’s why several Weizmann Institute scientists are using the latest techniques and developing new theories to understand and treat melanomas.
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Bats Give New Dimensions to Brain Research
Weizmann neurobiologist Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky has a unique partner in studying brain function: bats. Specifically, Egyptian fruit bats, which wear tiny backpacks holding the world’s smallest GPS units, which he designed. He is able to “watch” their mental processes as they unerringly navigate both lab and countryside, providing fresh perspectives on how our brains orient us and on the role of short-term memory.
In this three-minute-long video, he explains his research, and why his unusual approach was so necessary.