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    1. Rethink everything you know about global warming

      Rethink everything you know about global warming

      Every day seems to bring with it a new headline about the issue of climate change, but this one seems to be primed for the history books. The findings from a major new study published today in the journal Science may require a recalculation of climate change models to more accurately predict the pace of global warming.

      And, quite unexpectedly, it comes from research about how the earth is cooling faster than we thought.

      Allow us to explain: It all starts from tiny particles in the air known as aerosols. Think of it like dust that enters the air either ...

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    2. The race for the next Dead Sea Scrolls, and why we may lose it - Haaretz

      The race for the next Dead Sea Scrolls, and why we may lose it - Haaretz

      A narrow path leads up to Qumran, a series of caves dotting the stone cliffs where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The mouth of a recently discovered cavity, Cave 53, is gaping but once inside the space is narrow and dark, like a rabbit hole. Following its most recent excavation, Cave 53 is all of 15 meters long and 80 centimeters high. Dr. Oren Gutfeld, an archaeologist with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who just finished his second excavating season at Cave 53, pointed to a wisp of straw. “This is almost certainly the remains of a mat from ...

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    3. What makes you think you have something to contribute in your golden days that others, 30 years younger, cannot do better?

      What makes you think you have something to contribute in your golden days that others, 30 years younger, cannot do better?

      Politics aside, I would like to ask our politicians a question. Most of us common folk are forcefully retired at the age of 67, or 64 for the weaker sex. We take our experience, our energy, our potential and talents, we wrap them in a non-recyclable plastic bag, and throw them into one of those large frog repositories – our domestic garbage containers are not large enough to accept them. We do this for the public good, to make way for the next generation to enter in our stead. New talents with fresh minds and alternative approaches – what could be better ...

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    4. Hebrew University to Collaborate With KYORIN

      Hebrew University to Collaborate With KYORIN

      Yissum, the Technology Transfer Company of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and KYORIN Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), a subsidiary of KYORIN Holdings, Inc., which is engaged in the development and commercialization of prescription drugs, announced today a strategic collaboration in the discovery of respiratory drug therapies. Under the collaboration, KYORIN will sponsor a research program led by Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer of Hebrew University's Institute of Drug Research in the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and advance its own drug discovery research with the outcome from the program.

      Prof. Levi-Schaffer specializes in the area of immunopharmacology for allergies ...

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    5. Putting the squeeze on fruit-juice sugars

      Putting the squeeze on fruit-juice sugars

      Once upon a time, Israel’s most famous export was Jaffa oranges. Fast-forward a good few years, and Israel’s turned into something much juicier – Startup Nation. Now, in a delicious twist of innovation, these two opposite ends of the country’s claim to fame are coming together to produce a much healthier spin on our all-time favorite. 

      It’s an unfortunate truth that while orange juice is full of vitamins and minerals, it’s also packed with sugar – one serving contains almost 1 ounce of the stuff. Plus, the juicing process leaves the juice devoid of the natural fiber ...

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    6. AI tool helps radiologists clear dangerous data bottleneck

      AI tool helps radiologists clear dangerous data bottleneck

      It’s not every day that TIME magazine calls you a genius. 

      “They’re not calling me a genius,” Elad Walach protests. “They’re referring to the company!”

      Walach is the 30-year-old CEO of Aidoc, a two-year-old Tel Aviv-based startup that is saving lives through medical imaging.

      Aidoc applies proprietary artificial intelligence to the millions of images generated every year by CT scans in order to catch serious issues before a human radiologist even has a chance to review the results.

      Aidoc has already received US and European approval to assess scans of brain hemorrhages and spinal fractures.

      TIME included ...

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    7. Israeli inventor of car cameras says self-driving vehicles are future of artificial intelligence

      by Erin Arvedlund , Updated: December 10, 2018- 4:50 AM Amnon Shashua, founder and chief technology officer of Israeli camera company Mobileye, is at the vanguard of self-driving cars. MobileEye was bought by Intel for $15 billion. Amnon Shashua, cofounder and chief technology officer of the Israeli company Mobileye, lives and works at the vanguard of self-driving cars.

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    8. Can Jerusalem be turned into a high-tech hub?

      Can Jerusalem be turned into a high-tech hub?

      This story is sponsored by Start-Up Nation Central.

      JERUSALEM (JTA) – Jerusalem is a city of endless titles and designations: City of Gold. Zion. The Holy Sanctuary. City of Peace.

      It’s rarely thought of as a high-tech hub, and that’s not just because of the ancient buildings. Well over half of Jerusalem’s residents are Arab or haredi Orthodox, two of Israel’s least tech-immersed populations.

      But high-tech’s growing foothold here is changing things. Last year, a Jerusalem company, Mobileye, became Israel’s biggest high-tech success story when it was sold to Intel for $15.3 billion.

      And ...

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    9. Letter reveals Einstein's fears of growing nationalism, anti-Semitism

      Letter reveals Einstein's fears of growing nationalism, anti-Semitism
      By Associated Press

      JERUSALEM — More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country's future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter.

      His longtime friend and fellow Jew, German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, had just been assassinated by right-wing extremists and police had warned the noted physicist that his life could be in danger too.

       
       

      So Einstein fled Berlin and went into hiding in northern Germany. It was during this hiatus that he penned a handwritten letter to his beloved younger sister, Maja, warning of the ...

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    10. Hebrew U team develops shape-shifting 3D printed pills for better targeted drugs

      Hebrew U team develops shape-shifting 3D printed pills for better targeted drugs

      Researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new way to create drug capsules using 3D printers, a step that will help pave the way for pills that can be tailored to perform better than the conventional capsules manufactured today.

      The custom-printed pills are made out of a hydrogel in which the medication is inserted, said Professor Shlomo Magdassi, head of the Hebrew University’s 3D and Functional Printing Center, who developed the technology together with Dr. Ofra Benny, a researcher at Hebrew University’s Institute for Drug Research. The substance has the consistency of malabi, a Middle ...

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    11. Big Boost for Jerusalem

      Big Boost for Jerusalem

      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), along with the Bezalel Academy of Design and Azrieli College of Engineering, received a 20 million NIS ($5.4 million USD) grant from Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) to establish an entrepreneurship and innovation center in downtown Jerusalem. This consortium, united under the name “JLM-Impact Consortium”, won first place for CHE’s request for proposals to boost entrepreneurial activity among the city’s students and academic community.

       

      Yishai Fraenkel, HUJI VP and Director General: "We’re delighted to win this award—a feat accomplished through close teamwork with Bezalel and Azrieli.   We ...

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    12. 3D bioprinted lungs to be available for global transplants

      3D bioprinted lungs to be available for global transplants
      CollPlant, an Israeli regenerative medicine company focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, signed a license, development and commercialization agreement with United Therapeutics Corporation of Maryland for 3D bioprinted lung transplants.

      The agreement combines CollPlant’s proprietary recombinant human collagen (rhCollagen) derived from engineered tobacco plants, and its BioInk technology, with the regenerative medicine and organ manufacturing capabilities of United Therapeutics subsidiary Lung Biotechnology PBC.

      One of many companies founded by Hebrew University nanotechnology pioneer Prof. Oded Shoseyov, CollPlant will manufacture and supply BioInk for a few years to meet development process demand, and will provide technical support to ...

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    13. Zion Medical Announces Results of First Human Clinical Trial of HIV drug Gammora, Offering Potential Cure | Benzinga

      Zion Medical Announces Results of First Human Clinical Trial of HIV drug Gammora, Offering Potential Cure | Benzinga

       Zion Medical, an Israeli biotech company developing HIV and cancer treatments, has announced the results of the first clinical trial of HIV-drug Gammora, eliminating up to 99% of the HIV virus within four weeks of treatment.

       

      Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP) Gammora is a synthetic peptide compound derived from the HIV enzyme integrase, which is responsible for inserting the virus's genetic material into the DNA of the infected cell. Gammora stimulates the integration of multiple HIV DNA fragments into the host cell's genomic DNA, to an extent that triggers the self-destruction of the infected cell, called apoptosis. The peptide ...

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    14. 6 top tomato innovations from Israeli experts

      6 top tomato innovations from Israeli experts
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    15. New Discoveries in the Aging Process | Nursing

      New Discoveries in the Aging Process | Nursing

      The human race spends a great deal of time fighting the inevitable. Just about every stage of life is inevitable, but we exercise to live longer, eat certain diets to stay healthier, and undergo treatments and use different products to ‘stay younger.’

      As it pertains to that last one, an interesting new study indicates that perhaps we are right to be concerned, and if anything, our concerns should start sooner than they already do.

      Through the use of separation of young and old yeast cells, which can cycle through a full generation in about four hours, Dr. Yaakov Nahmias at ...

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    1. Bonus Time? Better Hope the Boss is NOT Your Friend, Study Finds

      Bonus Time? Better Hope the Boss is NOT Your Friend, Study Finds

      A manager has to give a bonus to one of two equally deserving employees, one of whom is his friend. A judge in a high school debating competition has to decide which of two finalists to vote for, one of whom is a student from her alma mater. A coach has to decide which of two players should start in the championship game, one of whom is the coach's niece. It is well known that people show favoritism toward those close to them, such as family, friends, or in-group members. 

      However, a recent study published in the Journal of ...

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    2. Hebrew University Researchers Discover Promising Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumors

      Hebrew University Researchers Discover Promising Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumors

      Glioblastoma is a serious and incurable brain cancer. Patients who receive this diagnosis typically have 11-20 months to live. One of the main difficulties in treating this cancer is that its cells quickly build up a resistance to chemotherapy. In the upcoming issue of Nucleic Acids Research, Professor Rotem Karni and his team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute for Medical Research share promising results for a new glioblastoma treatment with the potential to improve and extend patients’ lives.

      As part of their research, Karni and PhD student Maxim Mogilevsky designed a molecule that inhibits glioblastoma tumor growth ...

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