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Arab, Jewish teens shoot for the moon

New technology and innovation hub opens in northern Arab-Israeli town to foster a unified youth movement of space-science enthusiasts.

 Asaf Brimer spent 25 years in the Israeli air force and aerospace sector before an idea came into his mind like a shooting star across the horizon: He would bring Israeli Arab and Jewish students together through a collaborative research center focused on outer space.

 Moona — a Space for Change officially opened in September last year in Majd Al-Kurum, a Muslim village 10 miles east of Acre (Akko) in the Western Galilee. So far, it has attracted about 100 high school students – roughly a 50-50 split between Jewish and Muslim teens – for weekly courses in robotics, drones, 3D printing, electronics and other technologies related to outer-space exploration. Families from the area also are welcome at Moona.

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Smart bio-sensors in your workout hat

The electro-optic system built into LifeBEAM headgear and inspired by technology used by the Israel Airforce, will power Samsung’s Simband platform for smart wearables.

 Two former Israel Air Force pilots, both passionate athletes, devised a bio-sensing technology embedded in headgear to measure vital signs. Now, the smart sensors that power their LifeBEAM line of sport caps, visors and helmets are going into Samsung’s future Simband platform for wearable devices to measure heart rate, blood flow, sweat production, calories burned, skin temperature and other fitness parameters.

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Israeli Company Brings 'Iron Man' Like Holographs To Real Life

 Fans of Hollywood’s Iron Man movie series are used to seeing hero Tony Stark manipulate 3-D holograms to create scientific wonders. Real View, an Israeli medical holography company is bringing fantasy to reality with 3-D holograms that doctors can use to save lives.

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Wearable Devices Slows Brain Tumor Growth

TTFields therapy, developed by an Israeli scientist, delivers low-intensity alternating electric fields via a scalp device to inhibit cancer cells.

 A novel wearable device, already used on nearly 2,000 patients to slow the growth of cancerous glioblastoma brain tumors using electrical fields, is now being tested to judge its effectiveness against other types of solid tumors. The 15-year-old company’s Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) technology is being tested on ovarian and pancreatic cancer patients and patients with cancers that have spread to the brain.

 

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Using Parasites to Fight Autoimmune Diseases

Israeli expert is experimenting with intestinal parasites to fight conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

  It is common to make fun of men for acting like “big babies” when they’re even mildly sick. According to Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, who heads the Shlomo and Pola Zabludowicz Center of Autoimmune Diseases in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, there is a physiological basis for this behavior.

 Indeed, says the world-renowned Israeli autoimmunologist, prolific author and founder and editor of the Israel Medical Association Journal, Autoimmunity Reviews and J Autoimmunity: “Women are literally the stronger gender, with a better immune system. Not only do they outlive men, but when a woman has a cold, she goes about her business, and when a man has one, he takes to his bed and cries for a cup of tea.” But this stronger immune system is also why, explains Shoenfeld, “with a few exceptions, autoimmune diseases attack women more than men, and usually at childbearing ages.”

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Gargle with gold to find oral cancer

A revolutionary diagnostic system under development in Israel uses a mouthwash embedded with gold nanoparticles to detect cancer cells.

 Imagine buying a kit at your local pharmacy to test for oral cancer. That may become a reality, thanks to Prof. Dror Fixler and his team at the Advanced Light Microscopy Laboratory at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. They have invented a mouthwash embedded with gold nanoparticles — a non-invasive optical system that detects cancer of the head, neck, tongue or throat. This technology can diagnose cancers that currently must be confirmed by surgical biopsy. The solution was successfully tested in animal models, showing 97 percent specificity and 87.5% sensitivity.

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ISRAELI BIOTECH COMPANY TO DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE VACCINE FOR CANCER

90% of Cancer Types will potentially respond to vaccine

 According to the WHO (World Health Organization), different forms of cancer are responsible for over 8 million deaths each year, with over 14 million new cases occurring globally each year.   For the first time, BioTheraputics Company, Vaxil, is developing a cancer treatment called ImMucin that is not meant to treat a present disease, but to prevent its reoccurrence by training the immune system to recognize and attack cancerous cells. 

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Extraordinary eTree Transforms Public Seating

Shade yourself under the solar-panel canopy, recharge your devices, surf the Net, have a cool drink – courtesy of the sun and Israeli ingenuity.

Lots of cities have free Wi-Fi, but only one – so far – has an eTree.

 This revolutionary ecological installation from Israel’s Sologic provides free wireless Internet, charging stations for electronic devices, nighttime lighting, and water coolers for humans and dogs – all powered by a “canopy” of solar panels.

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Hospital Clowns On Sex-Abuse Treatment Team

Embracing laughter as one of the best medicines

Israel first in the world to develop professional medical clowning

 In full clown garb, Shoshi Ofir leads the way from the main street of the Baruch Padeh (Poriya) Medical Center compound to a small building purposely situated in a slightly secluded location.

 “This is the Tene Center,” she announces proudly, pointing to the unassuming edifice with her shiny green purse, shaped like a watering can.

 The red rubber ball covering her nose, and the pink plastic boots grabbing the bottoms of her colorful coveralls, glisten in the strong Tiberias sun.

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Negev Lab Promises a Better Tech Tomorrow for Africa

The Eilat-Eilot Off Grid Hub is developing solutions to bring electricity, clean water to world’s ‘bottom billion’

 For Westerners, it’s hard to imagine life without electricity — but that’s the situation for more than a billion people, according to the UN. Besides making lives less convenient in far-flung rural areas and crowded urban slums in the developing countries of Africa and Asia — no electric lights or computers — it means an existence socially and economically worlds away from the 21st century in the West. Now an Israeli firm is working to close the gap by delivering technology.

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Israel takes part in Researchers' Night

Researchers' night, a night of science for the general public, occurs once a year in the Fall, at the time of the Equinox.

 A tradition that began in 2006, Researchers' Night is once again enthralling and enriching the minds of Israel's "regular folk," with research and innovation from every direction. Researchers' Night is an international event which takes place eatch year all over europe, in association with the Europian Union, this time being the eighth year in a row. At the same time every year, events and lectures are held all over the country in many different venues to share the love of science with everyone - often in the most nontraditional of venues.

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Israel's ALS Research in Action

Donating to Research through...Research!

  Many have only recently become familiarized with Lou Gehrig's disease, also know as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), with the recent popularity of "The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," which has taken social media by storm, and succeeded in raising millions of dollars for research - specifically, a comprehensive study of the human genome to determine genetic factors in onset and progression of this degenerative disease. What you may not have heard, however, is that before there was the Ice Bucket Challenge to chill the spine, warm the heart, and open the wallet, Israeli biotech company, BrainStorm, has been tirelessly working in the background for years, developing a new and effective treatment for ALS (as well as other debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease) using adult stem cells, and the results will astound you!

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Israeli ‘mini farm’ could feed third world hungry

Livingbox, a system for landless urban dwellers to grow their own food

  An Israeli-developed “mini-farm” that can grow vegetables anywhere with a self-sustaining “closed loop” of energy and nutrition and help feed a billion needy people has won a prize as the most promising project to help developing countries improve their economies.

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ISRAEL'S IRON LADY OF TECH – HOW MULTIMEDIA IS CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME

 Michal Tsur is without a doubt one of the inspirational trail blazers of today's tech world, embodying the ideals of Israeli innovation (that have earned Israel its nickname as the 'Startup Nation') in more than one highly successful business endeavor. Moreover, she has proven it could all be done by a woman with apparent ease no less, in an industry that has up until only recently been infamously known as a male-dominated playing field.

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Flesh-eating disease: Hebrew U. scientists reveal initial steps leading to development of necrotizing fasciitis

Research opens way to finding new treatments for bacterial infections

 How does Streptococcus pyogenes, or Group A streptococcus (GAS) — a bacterial pathogen that can colonize humans without causing symptoms or can lead to mild infections — also cause life-threatening diseases such as necrotizing fasciitis (commonly known as flesh-eating disease) and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome?

 This mystery has intrigued many researchers in the field. Now, researchers at the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine have discovered how this bacterium turns deadly. This opens the door to possible future treatments to curb this and other potentially fatal bacteria.

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Heal your bones with … wrapping paper?

 Indeed, wrapping paper!  A unique, medical-grade, “intelligent” wrapping paper.  Israeli company Regencure has developed a new paper-like technology (regenerative biocompatible polymeric membrane implant) that, when wrapped around broken or injured bones, will enable them to heal faster, smoother, and even compensate for bone loss.

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CAMERA PILL MAY MAKE COLONOSCOPIES A THING OF THE PAST

Israeli Technology Company Received FDA Approval for PillCam

Set to Enter Japanese Health Care System in 2014

 In August of 2013 Israeli Company, Given Imaging, received FDA approval, as well as approval for reimbursement by Japan's Central Social Insurance Medical Council for their PillCam SB3. Instead of subjecting themselves to the infamous colonoscopy, patients may start to see a more appealing option on the horizon very soon. This will also be a helpful solution for those who are unable to undergo colonoscopies for health reasons. According to No Camels – Israel Innovation News assessments, PillCam is significantly less expensive, costs roughly $500, while colonoscopies generally range from $800-$1,200.

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HOW ISRAELI HIGH-TECH HAPPENED

 Israel became a high-tech hothouse because she had to. True, she enjoys favorable conditions for the growth of high-tech industries; chief among them, well-educated, inventive, enterprising people. Relative to the size of her population, Israel has more engineers, and sees more scientific articles published, than any other country in the world (Israel has 135 engineers per 10,000 people; the US has 85). However, the stimulus for the industry's growth has been national survival, both military and economic.

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THREE ISRAELI & JEWISH PROFESSORS RECEIVE NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was awarded jointly to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".

 On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences  announced the the three professors, Arieh Warshel, Michael Levitt, and Martin Karplus had been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  Of the 23 chemistry Nobels awarded in the past decade, 11 of the winners were Jewish and six of them were Israelis.

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TEDxJerusalem - A FIRST-HAND RECAP

Jerusalem continues to make its mark in the global community - but this time no politics!

 On December 10, 2012, Jerusalem proper hosted its first TED event, TEDxJerusalem, and IsraCast was there to give you a first account. There have been other official and unofficial TED events held in Israel, however, TEDxJerusalem brought its own special angle to what TED in the Holy Land has to contribute.

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