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The Jewish Astronomer Behind Vasco da Gama’s Maiden Voyage

By On April 28, 2017

Want a moon crater named after you? Easy: just follow Abraham ben Samuel Zacuto’s lead. Zacuto, born in Salamanca, Spain in 1452, was a Sephardic astronomer, mathematician, rabbi, and historian who dominated… Read More


This Jewish Scientist Discovered The Magic of THC

By On April 12, 2017

In the early 1960s, a Bulgarian-born scientist named Raphael Mechoulam was caught carrying five kilograms of, as he called it, “superb, smuggled Lebanese hashish” on a bus from Tel Aviv to Rehovot. But… Read More


This German Jewish Scientist Led the Way to Zyklon B

By On March 24, 2017

For a crash course in irony, look no further than the life of Fritz Haber, the Jewish chemist whose scientific research led to the invention of Zyklon B, the cyanide-based pesticide used… Read More


Nazi Doctor Mengele’s Bones Are Now Used By Forensics Students

By On February 22, 2017

Since its discovery in 1985, the skeleton of Josef Mengele, the notoriously sadistic Nazi doctor and torturer, lay unclaimed in a blue plastic bag in São Paulo’s Legal Medical Institute—that is, until… Read More


This Jewish Physicist Regretted His Work Toward the Bomb

By On February 16, 2017

What is it about Jews and bombs? Jewish physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer may have invented the atomic bomb, but the technology wouldn’t have existed without Leo Szilard. Leo Szilard, a Jewish physicist… Read More


The Odd Couple Israeli Scientists Who Changed Psychology Forever

By On February 14, 2017

Amos and Danny were an unlikely duo. Amos Tversky was an eternal optimist, an Israeli military hero, and a neat freak. Even as a young man, Danny Kahneman was a pessimist and a worrier. Forced… Read More


How One Toy Inventor Bluffed His Way Through the Holocaust

By On February 1, 2017

Henry Orenstein is a tinkerer. That’s how the 93-year-old Holocaust survivor has come up with some of the most genius inventions in toy history: Suzy Homemaker, Johnny Lightning, a “hole card” camera… Read More


The Jewish Inventor of the Atomic Bomb

By On January 19, 2017

With all the recent bluster about nuclear armament, it might be wise to check in with the inventor of the bomb itself, the Jewish American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer, born in… Read More


The Nazi Gravesite in the Heart of the Amazon

By On January 5, 2017

Deep inside the Brazilian Amazon there’s a curious site: A swastika-bearing cross marking a Nazi grave, inscribed: “Joseph Greiner died here of fever on Jan. 2, 1936, in the service of German… Read More

How Israel’s National Library Got a Hold of Sir Isaac Newton’s Papers

How Israel’s National Library Got a Hold of Sir Isaac Newton’s Papers

By On January 27, 2016

After Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727, his papers were given to the University of Cambridge. Valuing his scientific manuscripts most, the university eventually decided to auction off what was left—Newton’s manuscripts… Read More

The Next Darwin is this 33-Year-Old Jewish Biophysicist

The Next Darwin Is a Jew Named Jeremy England

By On October 26, 2015

Question: What does the Talmud have in common with the laws of thermodynamics and natural selection? Answer: Jeremy England, 33-year-old assistant professor at MIT, who is a Harvard grad, Rhodes Scholar, modern… Read More


The Israeli-American Obsessed With Lying

By On June 4, 2015

“The bigger brain, the larger the capacity to lie.” This is from a psychiatrist at Duke Institute. He says it kindly, nonjudgmentally, and yet, it’s haunting. (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies… Read More

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