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    1. Israelis develop system for cleaning industrial pollution

      Israelis develop system for cleaning industrial pollution

      A new process under development in Israel could provide the economical, earth-friendly solution many industries seek for cleaning up soil, sludge and sediment polluted by their activities.

      Phased transaction extraction (PTE) is meant as a new tool to help get rid of industrial pollution both for nonvolatile organic and metal pollutants, especially in wet conditions.

      PTE uses a combination of methods to remove and concentrate the substances. All components – both the pollutants and the materials that separate them – can be recycled.

      Prof. Amos Ullman devised the system with fellow Tel Aviv University Faculty of Engineering Prof. Naima Brauner and Prof ...

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    2. Yissum Launches NanoTech Fund

      Yissum Launches NanoTech Fund

      JERUSALEMOct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Yissum, The Technology Transfer Company of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced today the launch of its new NanoTech Fund which will focus exclusively on promising innovations emerging from Hebrew University's elite nanotech research. The Fund has already secured $6M from top international strategic and institutional investors, and will raise up to $9M.

      The NanoTech Fund will focus on smart materials and nanotechnologies, funding deep technologies offering integrated solutions in the areas of 3D printing, quantum science, and renewable energy. As the global nanomaterials and nanotech markets continue to grow, the fund will ensure ...

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    3. Hebrew U launches Jerusalem/Nepal semester program for international students

      Hebrew U launches Jerusalem/Nepal semester program for international students

      American college students torn between a semester in Israel and one in a more exotic location will no longer need to choose, as the Hebrew University launches a new partnership with a Jewish social justice group for a joint Israel-Nepal semester this spring.

      “Students are often pulled between wanting to explore deeper inwardly, about their Jewish identity, or their global identity, going farther than they have had a chance before,” said Micha Odenheimer, the founder and director of Tevel B’Tzedek. “This semester can appeal to kids who want to do both.”

      Tevel B’Tzedek has run short-term social justice ...

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    4. Secrets of a lost village of ancient Israel come to light

      Secrets of a lost village of ancient Israel come to light

      A vanished village, buried for centuries under the sands of time, is beginning to emerge in the cave-dotted lowlands southwest of Jerusalem. In typical old-new Israeli fashion, the work of revealing Beit Lehi-Beit Loya mixes painstaking manual labor with cutting-edge technology.

      Project leaders are now putting their fascinating discoveries on view to the public online in 3D, enlivened by virtual reality.

      First settled by Jews in approximately the late sixth century BCE, then abandoned and rebuilt by successive populations of pagans, Jews, Christians and Muslims through the 13th or 14th century CE, the remains of Beit Lehi-Beit Loya were first ...

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    5. In the Garden of Eels

      In the Garden of Eels

       

      From a distance, garden eels look a bit like some strange grass waving on the sea floor. That’s until they abruptly shrink back into the holes they’ve burrowed in the sand.

      The eels seem to be unique among fish. They are capable of swimming free, which they do to change burrows. But mostly, they live sessile lives, anchored in their narrow burrows even when they emerge to feed, like tethered snakes striking at zooplankton too small to see.

      In the Red Sea, they live in colonies of hundreds or even thousands, from shallow waters of 13 feet or ...

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    6. Archaeologists find signs of 3,000-year-old oracle cult in ancient Israel

      Archaeologists find signs of 3,000-year-old oracle cult in ancient Israel

      The town of Abel Beth Maacah was known in biblical times as a place for conflict resolution, we may divine from references in scripture. Now archaeologists have found a strange shrine that they think may have been associated with the "wise woman" of the city, mentioned in the bible. But rather than being just a clever elder - they suspect she may have fulfilled an oracular role.

      The tell in which Abel Beth Maacah was identified lies just south of Israel's border with Lebanon, near the town of Metulla. The archaeological mound, called Tell Abil el-Qameh, covers a huge 100 ...

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    7. At Hebrew University, all students will study entrepreneurship

      At Hebrew University, all students will study entrepreneurship

      In Israel, which boasts the greatest number of startups per capita in the world, and sports the nickname Startup Nation, entrepreneurship courses have been sprouting at universities and colleges throughout the country to meet a grassroots demand. These programs aim to arm students with much needed theory along with a toolbox of mentorships, networking and tips on how best to approach investors for funding.

      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, however, now wants to make entrepreneurship part of the staple diet of all of its students — including historians, engineers and philosophers.

      “Our vision is that each and every student, from semester ...

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    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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