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    1. Startup Says It's First to Copy Spider's Silk Spinning Process

      Startup Says It's First to Copy Spider's Silk Spinning Process

      As territorial and cannibalistic creatures, Spiders have defied our attempts to domesticate them for the purpose of harvesting their silk. But because a strand of spider silk is as much as six times stronger than steel and five times lighter, scientists have long searched for ways to replicate or mimic the production of this natural protein fiber. 

      Trying to imagine all the possible real-world applications of readily produced spider silk can lead to fantastical ideas. It turns out, some scientists calculated a few years ago, that Spider-Man’s famous feat of stopping a runaway subway train with spider webs is ...

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    2. Hebrew University's Yissum launches ag-tech accelerator

      Hebrew University's Yissum launches ag-tech accelerator

      Yissum Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in collaboration with its seed investment fund AgrInnovation, today announced the launch of HUGrow, a new food and ag-tech accelerator. The accelerator will focus on emerging technologies based on research conducted at Hebrew University.

      HUGrow is the third acceleration track of HUstart, the Hebrew University's Entrepreneurship Center. Eight projects were selected to participate in the accelerator's first cohort, four of which are general ag-tech and four of which are water and food-tech oriented. The announcement comes as the AgriVest conference, an initiative of The Trendlines Group, GreenSoil Investments ...
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    3. Hidden Text Found on 'Blank' Dead Sea Scrolls

      Hidden Text Found on 'Blank' Dead Sea Scrolls

      Previously hidden text on fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls is now readable, revealing a possible undiscovered scroll and solving a debate about the sacred Temple Scroll. The discoveries came from a new infrared analysis of the artifacts, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced yesterday (May 1).

      The newfound writing came from the books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus, which are in the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Old Testament of the Christian Bible), and the Book of Jubilees, a text written at the same time as the Hebrew Bible that was never incorporated into the biblical books, the archaeologists ...

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      Mentions: Bible Humanities
    4. Lab-grown meat co FutureMeat Technologies raises $2.2m

      Lab-grown meat co FutureMeat Technologies raises $2.2m

      The Israeli company is developing a distributive manufacturing platform for the cost-efficient, non-GMO production of meat directly from animal cells.

      Jerusalem-based biotechnology lab-grown meat company Future Meat Technologies has announced a $2.2 million seed investment round co-led by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods is a Fortune 100 company, and one of the world’s largest food producers. Future Meat Technologies is developing a distributive manufacturing platform for the cost-efficient, non-GMO production of meat directly from animal cells, without the need to raise or harvest animals.

      In addition to Tyson Ventures, the Neto Group ...

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    5. Fluence to build seawater desalination plant in Mexico

      Fluence to build seawater desalination plant in Mexico

      Fluence Corporation will build a $48 million, 5.8 million gallon/day seawater desalination plant for ComisiĆ³n Estatal del Agua de Baja California (CEA), the State Water Commission of Baja California, to provide water for the town of San Quintin, Mexico. Pending legislative hurdles, construction could begin as early as the beginning of the third quarter of 2018 and should be fully operational within 20 months of the start date. The San Quintin desalination plant will serve more than 100,000 residents in Baja California, a region the Mexican government has declared in drought since 2014. Fluence and its local ...

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    6. Prolonged Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to Asd, Adhd Risk

      Prolonged Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to Asd, Adhd Risk

      A study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem sheds new light on the possible relationship between prolonged use of acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy and the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood A first-of-its-kind meta-analysis A study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem sheds new light on the possible relationship between prolonged use of acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy and the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood.

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    7. The Goal: Printing the Perfect Burger from Cellulose

      The Goal: Printing the Perfect Burger from Cellulose

      Israeli food tech company Chef-it is about 18-24 months away from disrupting the fast food burger industry, according to Oded Shoseyov, Chef-it’s co-founder. The startup’s secret weapon: cellulose.

      Chef-it is developing a machine that can instantly “print” a juicy burger from a cartridge containing plant-based proteins, fats, and flavor components and the aforementioned cellulose, a common fiber that can be manipulated into a variety of textures, including that of beef muscle and fat. Chef-it’s technology uses infrared light to simultaneously cook the food as it prints.

      Oded Shoseyov. Photo: Tal AzoulayOded Shoseyov. Photo: Tal Azoulay

      According to Mr. Shoseyov, a professor ...

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    8. Scientists chart a new map of human genome using stem cells

      Scientists chart a new map of human genome using stem cells

      April 22, 2018 – Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem generated an atlas of the human genome using a state-of-the-art gene editing technology and human embryonic stem cells, illuminating the roles that our genes play in health and disease. The scientists reported their findings in the journal Nature Cell Biology.

      Embryonic stem cells are a unique resource as they can turn into any adult cell in our bodies. Their versatile nature puts them at the center of attention in the fields of regenerative medicine, disease modeling, and drug discovery. In parallel to the discovery of human embryonic stem cells, another ...

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    9. Your memories could be read and replayed after you DIE

      Your memories could be read and replayed after you DIE

      Our memories leave a clear and unique genetic mark on our brains, according to researchers form the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. These can be decoded after we die. 

      That's the remarkable discovery of scientists in Israel who say these genetic markers could be used to unlock memories after people die. 

      The technology opens the door to strange scenarios, similar to those portrayed in the series 'Black Mirror', where investigators can record and playback the memories of suspected criminals.

      It could even lead to a future in which police are able to read and replay memories of murder victims to ...

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      Mentions: Medicine/Health
    10. Israel: The Startup Charitable Nation

      Israel: The Startup Charitable Nation

      Throughout the world, Israel is known as the “startup nation,” where investors are increasingly drawn to the innovation and brainpower that are its greatest natural resources. Accordingly, philanthropists are starting to look at their Israel-related donations less as one-shot gifts and more as charitable contributions with characteristics more typically associated with venture investments.

      An anonymous donor recently gave $1 million to the American Friends of Hebrew University (AFHU). The university invested the same sum of money in Agrinnovation, an Israeli agricultural investment fund partially owned by Yissum, HU’s technology commercialization company. Agrinnovation invests exclusively in cutting-edge agricultural technologies, food ...

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    11. Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

      Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

      Where will our food come from in the future? How will its nutritional value improve? Will we still be eating meat or will everyone become vegetarian? And what about the people who are just too busy to eat?Professor Oren Froy has all the answers.

      In this video made by White Animation for the Israel 70+ project in honor of Israel's upcoming 70th anniversary of independence, Professor Oren Froy from Hebrew University tells us all about the future of food in Israel and the world. Professor Oren Froy is head of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Biochemistry, Food ...

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      Mentions: Agriculture cancer
    12. Prof. Yaacov Nahmias, creator of cultured meat technology, honored in Washington

      Prof. Yaacov Nahmias, creator of cultured meat technology, honored in Washington

      JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli biomedical engineer Prof. Yaacov Nahmias of Hebrew University, who created cultured meat technology, was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. The ceremony was held Sunday in Washington DC. The top two percent of biomedical engineers are accepted to the institute. He is the fourth Israeli ever to be accepted to AIMBE. Nachmias, director of HU’s Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering, invented Future Meat, the process for lab grown meat that could reduce the need for slaughterhouses and which already has become a topic of conversation in the world of ...

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    13. Bees Diversify Diet to Take the Sting Out of Nutritional Deficiencies

      Bees Diversify Diet to Take the Sting Out of Nutritional Deficiencies

      New research shows that honey bees forage for a diet that balances their colony’s specific nutritional deficits.

      While pesticides and pathogens pose clear threats to honey bee health, the need of bee colonies for balanced nutrition is gaining increasing appreciation. As colonies are kept in agricultural areas for crop pollination, they may encounter nutritional deficits when foraging predominantly on one pollen source. In California almond orchards for instance, 1.6 million colonies are kept every year, despite the risk of low floral diversity, which can reduce the life expectancy of bees.

      In light of the challenge that agricultural intensification ...

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    14. Hebrew U Professor: Tobacco Can Help Cure Malaria

      Hebrew U Professor: Tobacco Can Help Cure Malaria

      It sounds like one of those diseases that should have been wiped out long ago, but malaria, unfortunately, is alive and well, especially in Africa and other tropical, third world locations. Battling malaria is complicated for numerous reasons, among them the difficulty of creating drugs to battle the disease. Now, however, Hebrew University researchers have come up with a novel method of producing the medicine that can treat malaria – using common, everyday tobacco plants.

      Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via mosquitoes. Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 ...

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    15. A Cache of Coins: Dozens of Coins Discovered in Cave near Temple Mount

      A Cache of Coins: Dozens of Coins Discovered in Cave near Temple Mount

      March 26, 2018—Bronze coins, the last remnants of a four-year Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were found near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These bronze coins were discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located below the Temple Mount’s southern wall.  

      These 1.5cm bronze coins were left behind by Jewish residents who hid in a large cave (7x14 meters) for four years (66-70 C.E.)—from the Roman siege of Jerusalem, up until the destruction of the Second Temple and the city of Jerusalem.

      While several of the coins ...

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    1. High Exposure: Canon Inc. Acquires Briefcam

      High Exposure: Canon Inc. Acquires Briefcam

      May 9, 2018 – Today, the Japanese giant, Canon Inc., announced its acquisition of BriefCam, the industry’s leading provider of Video Synopsis® solutions, which is based on technology developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The acquisition demonstrates the dynamism of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s research and innovation and comes on the heels of other high-profile startup exits whose technologies were based on research conducted at Hebrew University and licensed through its technology transfer company, Yissum.

      BriefCam turns video surveillance into actionable intelligence and dramatically shortens the time-to-target for security threats while increasing safety and optimizing operations. Its ...

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    2. Prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to increased ASD and ADHD risk

      Prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to increased ASD and ADHD risk

      April 24, 2018 – A study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem sheds new light on the possible relationship between prolonged use of acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy and the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood.

      Acetaminophen is one of the most common medications used for treatment of pain and fever reduction during pregnancy and is considered safe in humans. However, evidence of neuro-disruptive properties is accumulating: past studies have shown that long-term administration of low doses of acetaminophen may affect the development of the fetal nervous system, and that this effect is often seen years after exposure during childhood. 

      Now, researchers ...

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