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  • The Grinch who (almost) stole Einstein’s Nobel Prize

    ARCHIVE BLOG NOTE: Find something interesting in the archive? E-mail a short write-up to archive@jta.org and you could be published in the JTA Archive Blog. You know your uncle, the one always telling you about Jewish Nobel Prize winners? Well he’s kvelling this week, what with four Jewish scientists winning the Nobel Prize in chemistry, physics… More ▸

  • Ariel Sharon’s brain

    An article in Tuesday’s Science Times sheds light on the dilemma faced by Ariel Sharon’s doctors when he suffered a minor stroke shortly before his major, incapacitating stroke two and a half years ago. Microbleeds, which likely caused Sharon’s massive stroke on Jan. 4, 2006, continue to raise questions for about how to treat patients… More ▸

  • Some things aren’t relative: Einstein was an atheist

    Michael Weiss argues in Slate that “the temptation to lure Einstein posthumously into the theistic fold is understandable” – but off the mark: Einstein underwent a brief elective immersion in Judaism as a boy, but his parents were secular; his father thought the Abrahamic rituals “ancient superstitions.” Einstein later told New York Rabbi Herbert Goldstein… More ▸

  • The Time 100’s Eco-Israeli

    In the following podcast, JTA staff writer Dina Kraft speaks with Isaac Berzin, the Israeli founder of an algae fuel company called GreenFuel, which, for its work in advancing alternative energy resources, earned Berzin the honor of being listed among Time magazine’s top 100 people of 2008. Though his company is based in Boston, Berzin… More ▸

  • ADL chimes in on Stein’s anti-evolution film

    Anti-Defamation League chief Abe Foxman has spoken out against Ben Stein’s new anti-evolution film, Expelled. In a press release issued just moments ago, Foxman writes: The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory…. More ▸