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Networked cars make traffic safer and more efficient
Vehicles and infrastructures exchanging information with one another and notifying drivers about dangers and traffic situations make traffic safer and more efficient. This has been proven by one of the biggest field tests ever conducted on 'car-to-x communication', as it is known. Companies, research institutes and public institutions tested the jointly developed simTD system using 500 test drivers in moving traffic. (2013-06-20)

Teen driver music preferences increase errors and distractibility -- Ben-Gurion U. study
When the teen drivers listened to their preferred music, virtually all (98 percent) demonstrated an average of three deficient driving behaviors in at least one of the trips. Nearly a third of those (32 percent) required a a sudden verbal warning or command for action, and 20 percent needed an assisted steering or braking maneuver to prevent an imminent accident. These errors included speeding, tailgating, careless lane switching, passing vehicles and one-handed driving. (2013-08-22)

Beb-Gurion University of the Negev key partner in helping Singapore establish energy centers
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is part of an initiative to create two new research centers in Singapore to develop nanomaterials for more energy-efficient applications and water management technologies. (2010-12-20)

Ben-Gurion U. research confirms that hand-clapping songs improve motor and cognitive skills
A researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev conducted the first study of hand-clapping songs, revealing a direct link between those activities and the development of important skills in children and young adults, including university students. (2010-04-28)

Voting causes stress according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study
According to Prof. Hagit Cohen from the Anxiety and Stress Research Unit at BGU's Faculty of Health Sciences, 'We understand that emotional changes are related and affect various physiological processes, but we were surprised that voting in democratic elections causes emotional reactions accompanied by such physical and psychological stress that can easily influence our decision making.' (2011-09-14)

First harvest of research based on the final GOCE gravity model
Just four months after the final data package from ESA's GOCE satellite mission was delivered, researchers are laying out a rich harvest of scientific results at the 5th International GOCE User Workshop in Paris. The GOCE Gravity Consortium, coordinated by the Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen, produced all of the mission's data products. On this basis, studies in geophysics, geology, ocean circulation, climate change, and civil engineering are sharpening the picture of our dynamic planet. (2014-11-26)

Are 'flops' a success in basketball?
'The defender improves his chances of drawing an offensive foul to some extent by falling intentionally vs. standing,' Morgulev explains. 'However professional players and coaches should be expected to make a broader assessment of their decisions and refrain form myopic thinking that flops are the right course of action.' With the 2014 NBA season starting next week, Morgulev believes that flopping should receive a more significant fine or punishment. (2014-10-28)

Fla. med student study reveals disparity of skin cancer knowledge -- Ben-Gurion U. study
While their overall knowledge was judged to be satisfactory there was a significant difference between male and female students' knowledge. Female students reported more frequent sunscreen use and sun-avoidance behavior and more frequently engaged in other sun-protective behaviors than their male peers. Overall, men had a lower knowledge level, less appreciation for the importance of sun protection and were less likely to use active sun-protective measures. (2010-09-14)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher awarded grant from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Professor Varda Shoshan-Barmatz has been awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the US Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to develop target-specific, anti-cancer drugs. Professor Shoshan-Barmatz, the Hyman Kreitman Chair in Bioenergetics at BGU, has developed a peptide that targets and kills cancer cells while sparing normal cells. The drugs she will be developing target B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia, one of the most common and incurable hematological malignancies. (2010-08-01)

Ben-Gurion U. students to present research projects at Clinton Global Initiative U. in St. Louis
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev students Ben Reuveni, Ellie Nowak and Guy Katz will join more than 1,000 students from 300 universities and 75 countries for the three-day conference that addresses global challenges in the areas of education, energy, climate change, global health, human rights, peace and poverty. (2013-04-04)

BGU psychology professor wins $2.6 million grant to study numerical cognition
The research will examine human abilities in this area, the underlying brain system involved, and the possibility that this system is the very first system that helps develop basic numerical skills. It will include research on children and adults who experience typical development of numerical concepts and mathematical thinking, and children and adults who suffer from atypical numerical cognition development. (2011-12-21)

Ben-Gurion U. and Cincinnati Children's Hospital to develop pediatric-specific medical technologies
Under the collaborative structure, CCH physicians will provide detailed insight on specific medical device challenges and development opportunities. This information will be provided to BGU engineers and technology researchers who can match development opportunities with technical solutions. (2012-05-16)

Ben-Gurion U. and Sorrento Therapeutics sign agreement to develop anti-hepatitis C virus antibodies
This collaborative effort utilizes the respective strengths of each organization to create an important product opportunity consisting of therapeutic and/or prophylactic agents against HCV infections. Sorrento, a San Diego-based company, will be responsible for developing the anti-HCV antibody products. (2013-07-09)

Gates Foundation awards Ben-Gurion U. researcher grant for malaria detection using cell phones
Bilenca's project is based on a standard camera cellphone and a red laser pointer that can noninvasively obtain finger blood perfusion images with excellent resolution and contrast in less of a second. It uses the principles of optical polarization/speckle and cellphone technology built into a portable probe that creates images that detect malaria pigment in blood as well as micro-obstructions in the circulatory system that result from the infection. (2011-05-05)

New device enables early detection of cancerous skin tumors -- Ben Gurion U.
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are developing a new device that detects cancerous skin tumors, including melanomas that aren't visible to the naked eye. The OSPI instrument (Optical Spectro-Polarimetric Imaging) revealed new textures of lesions that have never been seen before. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons typically diagnose skin tumors by their appearance with the naked eye and only rarely using a dermatoscope -- a magnifying tool that allows tumors to be examined in detail. (2009-11-24)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers help find that hypnosis can induce synesthesia
Hypnosis can induce (2008-10-23)

Ben-Gurion U. and UChicago research collaboration targets water resource innovations
The first wave of research proposals include fabricating new materials tailored to remove contaminants, bacteria, viruses, and salt from drinking water at a fraction of the cost of current technologies; biological engineering that will help plants maximize their own drought-resistance mechanisms; and polymers that can change the water retention properties of soil in agriculture. (2013-06-26)

Single dose of ADHD drug can reduce fall risk in older adults -- Ben-Gurion U researchers
According to The Journals of Gerontology, the BGU researchers found that a single dose of MPH improves walking by reducing the number of step errors and the step error rate in both single and dual tasks. (2013-07-16)

Personalized diets for elderly after hospitalization decreases mortality rates
The Journal of the American Geriatric Society study showed higher death rates six months after discharge (11.6 percent) of the control group compared to the intervention group's death rate of 3.8 percent, which received intensive nutritional treatment. Dr. Danit R. Shahar says, (2010-12-02)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev develops thin films showing promise for solar applications
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed thin films that exhibit carrier multiplication. This development is of great interest for future solar cells. The BGU team demonstrated that for a given photon energy, carrier multiplication occurs more efficiently in bulk PbS and PbSe films than in nanocrystalline films of the same materials. (2009-09-08)

BGU'S Desert Research Institutes to receive Cleantech 2009 Environmenal Excellence Award
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research has won the CleanTech 2009 Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding Academic Institution in the Field of Environmental Studies. (2009-06-29)

Divers willingness to pay for biodiversity could help conservation efforts -- Ben-Gurion U. study
According to the study published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science, divers were willing to pay to improve the reef's attributes and were able to differentiate and rank their preferences of biodiversity, numbers of fish and corals, coral species richness, fish species richness, coral size, coral abundance, and fish abundance. Respondents ranked biodiversity as the most desirable value, while fish abundance was the least important. (2013-08-19)

Well-known drug (AAT) could overcome obstacles to islet transplantation, BGU professor reports
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel have demonstrated that treating diabetic animals with alpha-1-antitrypsin following an islet transplantation procedure eliminates the inflammation that causes islet transplants to fail. (2008-10-29)

New foundation to commercialize research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
An innovative foundation model that will provide up to $1.2 million to help fund and commercialize research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel. Should the initial research projects, selected by committee, become successful, the proceeds and royalties will revert back to the foundation, dubbed (2010-11-23)

'Boomerang' cancer therapy from Ben-Gurion University wins medical category in iGEM competition
he BGU project is based on genetic engineering and synthetic biology methods. It relies on the special characteristics of cancer cells to identify and alter cells as well as treat the disease at the molecular level. It can cause disruption of genes essential for cancer survival or activate suicide genes so that a tumor kills itself. It can also produce color proteins for cancer cell detection so that the edges of a tumor are visible to ensure complete surgical removal. (2015-09-30)

Oncologists are stressed and have difficulty discussing death with patients -- Ben-Gurion U. study
The researchers found that the strategies for effective communication about end of life included: being open and honest with patients, and having ongoing early conversations about treatment goals, while balancing hope and reality about end of life. Barriers to implementing these strategies fell broadly into three domains: physician factors, patient factors and institutional factors. (2013-06-03)

Drink milk and lose more weight, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev research
BGU researchers reveals that dieters who consumed milk or milk products lost more weight on average than those who consumed little to no milk products. Researchers also found participants with the highest dairy calcium intake, equal to 12 oz of milk or other dairy products (580 mg of dairy calcium), lost about 12 pounds (6 kg) at the end of the two years. Beyond calcium, the researchers also found that blood levels of vitamin D independently affected weight loss success. (2010-09-21)

Gesture interface device developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Researchers at BGU in Israel have developed a new hand gesture recognition system, tested at a Washington, D.C., hospital, that enables doctors to manipulate digital images during medical procedures by motioning instead of touching a screen, which compromises sterility and could spread infection, according to the June article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. (2008-06-16)

Lauren Sciences LLC's research team at Ben-Gurion University awarded Campbell Foundation grant to develop a V-Smart therapeutic for neuro-HIV
Lauren Sciences LLC, a privately held biotechnology company furthering development of its new V-Smart nanovesicle platform technology, announced today the award of a grant from the Campbell Foundation to its research team at Ben-Gurion University. The grant from Campbell will support development of the novel V-Smart nanovesicles for systemic delivery of tenofovir across the blood brain barrier to the brain for treatment of neuro-HIV. (2012-07-10)

Ben-Gurion University researchers awarded 70 grants from the Israel Science Foundation
Two major Israel Science Foundation grants for institutional facilities were also awarded to BGU researchers for a state-of-the-art Scanning Probe Microscopy Laboratory in the Department of Materials Engineering and an Environmental Isotopes Laboratory at BGU's Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research to study the fate of organic compounds in aquatic systems. (2012-07-30)

Ben-Gurion University team presents environment movement report to Israel's Knesset
The report recommends addressing the (2011-06-22)

Children are significantly more likely to develop PTSD if the mother is already afflicted
In the study published in the Journal of Depression & Anxiety, while fewer than 10 percent (8.4 percent) of the mothers were suffering from PTSD, more than a fifth (21 percent) of their children presented PTSD symptoms. Children who developed PTSD symptoms also had more psychosomatic complaints such as constipation, diarrhea and headaches. (2013-11-26)

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