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    1. Jerusalem Incubator Inks Double Korean VC Partnership

      Jerusalem Incubator Inks Double Korean VC Partnership

      OurCrowd Labs/02, a Jerusalem-based seed-stage incubator, has announced on Monday a collaboration agreement with two Korean venture capital firms, Development Trusts NI (DTNI) and Yozma Group Korea, the Korean branch of Israeli venture capital firm Yozma Group.

      The incubator was created as a partnership between Motorola Solutions Inc., Israel-based equity crowdfunding company OurCrowd Ltd., Mumbai-headquartered holding company Reliance Industries Ltd., and Yissum Research Development, the knowledge transfer company of Jerusalem-based Hebrew University. The incubator is also backed by the Israel Innovation Authority, the Israeli government's tech investment arm. It focuses on deep technology startups in domains such as ...

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    2. Virginia Tech and Hebrew University of Jerusalem to collaborate on research and student exchange

      Virginia Tech and Hebrew University of Jerusalem to collaborate on research and student exchange

      Although Virginia Tech and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are separated by more than 6,000 miles, the two institutions have a lot in common. Both universities are leading the charge to grow safe and nutritious food for a growing global population. Both are working to address the challenge of securing safe and healthy water for people around the world. And both are preparing a new generation of leaders to tackle these and many other issues that lay ahead.

      Both universities are leading the charge to grow safe and nutritious food for a growing global population. Both are working to ...

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    3. Small Agency of the Year, 11-75 Employees, Gold: Oberland | Special: Small Agency Conference and Awards - Ad Age

      Small Agency of the Year, 11-75 Employees, Gold: Oberland | Special: Small Agency Conference and Awards - Ad Age

      This social advocacy-focused firm creates top-notch work for clients including the Nature Conservancy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

      One of Oberland's cleverest projects last year was "Bubbe's Apps" for the American Friends of the Hebrew University. To help grow and diversify the charity's donor base, Oberland created a series of commercials centered around a spunky Jewish grandma, Bubbe, who creates her own apps to connect with her loved ones. Pointedly reminding her family to call ("What if somebody kidnapped me? Would you even know where to send the money?!") and more ...

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    4. Israeli stem cell startup raises $4 million for chemo effectiveness technology

      Israeli stem cell startup raises $4 million for chemo effectiveness technology

      NewStem Ltd., a Jerusalem-based biotech startup with a precision-medicine technology that it says can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy, said Monday it has raised $4 million in seed financing from a US-based company.

      The US firm is Hollywood Media Corp., a shell company whose shares are traded over the counter. On Monday, Hollywood Media, which previously operated in ad sales, said that it is undergoing a strategic transformation via its investment in NewStem, and refocusing on NewStem’s diagnostic technology. The US company is replacing its officers and directors, and intends to change its name to NovelStem International Corp.

      The ...

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    5. Centenary Celebrations for Hebrew University Founded by Einstein, Freud, Weizmann

      Centenary Celebrations for Hebrew University Founded by Einstein, Freud, Weizmann

      This year, on July 24th, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will mark 100 years of achievement since the laying of its cornerstones. It’s a success story like no other.

      The university was envisioned as a center of intellectual energy and a home for the spirit of inquiry by another of its founders, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who later went on to become Israel’s first president.

      In a stirring address he delivered when its cornerstones were laid on Mount Scopus, overlooking the city of Jerusalem, on July 24, 1918 (and pictured below), he said:

      “It seems at first sight ...

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    6. Hebrew University Law Professor to Lead UN Human Rights Committee

      Hebrew University Law Professor to Lead UN Human Rights Committee

      Yuval Shany, the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been selected to lead the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee.  

      The Human Rights Committee (and not the Human Rights Council from which the United States withdrew on June 20, 2018) is a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

      This marks the first time in history that an Israeli will lead the Committee.

      “Currently, the UN’s Human Rights Committee faces several challenges, chiefly that we live in an ...

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    7. You’re missing the full story o...

      You’re missing the full story o...

      We’d all like to think that cannabis is a potential solution for specific, difficult-to-treat medical conditions – such as neuropathic pain or inflammatory disease – for which we lack ideal treatments. After all, it would be poetic if nature’s wisdom provided the ideal medicine we have not yet designed ourselves. That may be why the level of hype, hope, anger and backlash around medical cannabis in popular culture has reached a feverish pitch – but the truth is more prosaic than poetic.

      Despite anecdotal reports otherwise, data from a growing number of peer-reviewed studies show that the whole-plant cannabis accessible to ...

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    8. New cancer drugs could halt autism symptoms AND prevent their onset by blocking a protein linked to both conditions

      New cancer drugs could halt autism symptoms AND prevent their onset by blocking a protein linked to both conditions

      Drugs under development for cancer could halt autism symptoms by blocking a protein linked to both conditions, new research suggests. Unnamed medications that stop the protein ERK2 reaching the brain reverse autism-like symptoms in mice, a study found. When given to pregnant rodents, the drugs not only ease the mothers' symptoms, such as hyperactivity, but also prevent their offspring from being born with the disorder, the research adds.

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      Mentions: cancer
    9. Students and faculty show off the latest food technology

      Students and faculty show off the latest food technology

      The conference is meant to enable the combination of industry and academia. The future of healthy eating drew crowds Thursday at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture at Hebrew University in Rehovot. Celebrating the institution’s 75th anniversary and giving students the opportunity to showcase their work, about 300 people came to the event featuring some of the latest developments in Israeli food technology from 3D printing meals to protein powder from fly larva. “The purpose [of the conference] is to combine industry and academia together,” Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition head Oren Froy said. “We have ...

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    10. Autonomous car nano-optics co TriEye raises $3m

      Autonomous car nano-optics co TriEye raises $3m

      The Israeli company has developed SWIR sensors to provide autonomous cars heightened visual capabilities in restricted visual conditions at significantly reduced cost.

      Israeli startup TriEye has announced the completion of a $3 million seed round led by Grove Ventures. Following the investment Grove Ventures managing partner Dov Moran has become chairman of TriEye. The Tel Aviv-based company will use the funds to expand development of its systems, hire more employees and strengthen its global presence.

      TriEye has developed a revolutionary visual sensory solution based on short-wave infra-red (SWIR) that has far-reaching implications for several industries including self-driving cars. The system ...

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    11. A higher calling: How Israeli marijuana research changed the world

      A higher calling: How Israeli marijuana research changed the world

      As much of the world debates how to address marijuana use, the vast majority of American states have legalized it or allow it for medical purposes. Global pharmaceutical companies and hospitals seeking effective treatments using cannabis should look to Professor Raphael Mechoulam, a scientist at Hebrew University. Mechoulam, a pioneer in the field, was the first to isolate, analyze and synthesize the major psychoactive and non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis and has developed a number of revolutionary marijuana-related treatments. 

      Today, roughly 147 million people use medical marijuana for effective relief of various ailments, including AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, cancer ...

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    12. Scientists go to zoo, find that cell size, not body size, affects lifespan

      Scientists go to zoo, find that cell size, not body size, affects lifespan

      Researchers in Israel, Canada, and Germany have found that animals with larger pancreatic cells tend to age faster, while those with smaller such cells seem to live longer.

      They came to this “shockingly beautiful and unexpected” correlation, said Yuval Dor, who studies developmental biology at The Hebrew University’s Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, after studying the pancreases of 24 mammalian species, from the smallest, a shrew, to the tallest, a giraffe. T

      The findings were published on Monday in the journal Developmental Cell.

      Previously, scientists had thought that after birth, most mammals’ organs, including the pancreas, grow by cell ...

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      Mentions: Medicine/Health
    13. Peering into the human brain with a world-renowned neurobiologist

      Peering into the human brain with a world-renowned neurobiologist

      From emojis to cookie cutters, the heart is emblematic of love and passion.

      The perception of the heart as the generator of emotions dates back millennia and is still heard today in the language we use to describe the heartbreak of unrequited love and the heartache of profound misery. Even memory is relegated to our blood-pumping organ, when we remember new information by heart.

      At some point, we learn that in fact it is the brain, not the heart, which generates and controls the polyphony of our emotions, the essence of our creativity, the outpouring of our wildest imaginings. Language ...

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    14. Could robots replace psychologists, politicians and poets?

      Could robots replace psychologists, politicians and poets?

      Someday soon, people will be able to “hack” other human beings and not only their computers, cars or bank accounts, according to Hebrew University Prof. Yuval Noah Harari, author of global bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. “To hack a human being you need a lot of computing power and a lot of data, especially biometric data about what happens inside the human and especially inside the brain of that human. We never had that capability before,” said Harari. The Haifa-born historian-philosopher was the final speaker in a three-day international conference ...

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    15. Israel study paves way for women to skip difficulties of first pregnancies

      Israel study paves way for women to skip difficulties of first pregnancies

      A woman’s body learns from difficulties in a first pregnancy and adapts to try to avert such difficulties in subsequent pregnancies, Israeli researchers said.

      The researchers, at Hadassah Medical Center and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, say their six-year study on the role of certain cells during a women’s pregnancy period may pave the way to develop new drugs to decrease complications in childbirth.

      Their research on the “trained memory” of the “natural killer” cells that fight viruses and tumors, they said, found that the cells in charge of helping fetuses implant in the womb and avoid diseases ...

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    1. Need Help with Your Math Homework? Ask the Worms

      Need Help with Your Math Homework? Ask the Worms

      Animals often rely on their sense of smell to locate food.  It’s a law of nature: the first one to reach a food source has a better chance of surviving than those who do not.  But how exactly do their brains translate scent and then navigate towards it?

      In new research published this week in Nature Communications, Hebrew University of Jerusalem neurogeneticist Dr. Alon Zaslaver and his team reveal the complex mathematical calculations that animals—even those as simple as worms—do to find their next meal. 

      Think of the game “Hot or Cold?”, says Zaslaver. “Imagine you’re ...

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    2. Hebrew University Entrepreneurship Center Appoints Dr. Amnon Dekel as Managing Director

      Hebrew University Entrepreneurship Center Appoints Dr. Amnon Dekel as Managing Director

      HUstart, the Hebrew University Entrepreneurship Center, which fosters innovation among students and researchers, announced today the appointment of Dr. Amnon Dekel as Managing Director. Dr. Dekel will spearhead HUstart’s national and international programs, transforming the center into a major influencer in the Jerusalem ecosystem and beyond.

      “HUstart can lead the way in helping to disrupt the traditional role of academia vis a vis industry and establish itself as a focal point to grow and release the huge amount of creative energy at HUJI in viable business directions,” said Dr. Dekel. “A multidisciplinary approach is key to ensuring that our ...

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