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    1. 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
    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Rivlin has personal interest in Hebrew University celebration - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

      Rivlin has personal interest in Hebrew University celebration - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

      Of the numerous ceremonies and receptions that President Reuven Rivlin hosts for an incredible number and variety of organizations and institutions in Israel and abroad, the one closest to his heart was arguably the meeting of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University, which this year is celebrating the centennial of the laying of its 14 corner stones on the barren hills of Mount Scopus.

      Rivlin is not only a law graduate of the Hebrew University, but has an honorary doctorate from the university as well as a second-generation connection. His late father Prof. Yosef Yoel Rivlin began ...

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      Mentions: Humanities
    5. Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel - ABC News

      Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel - ABC News

      An enigmatic sculpture of a king's head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts.

      The 5-centimeter (2-inch) sculpture is an exceedingly rare example of figurative art from the Holy Land during the 9th century B.C. — a period associated with biblical kings. Exquisitely preserved but for a bit of missing beard, nothing quite like it has been found before.

      While scholars are certain the stern bearded figure wearing a golden crown represents royalty, they are less sure which king it symbolizes, or which ...

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    6. Hebrew University squeezes into top 100 in Times Higher Education ranking

      Hebrew University squeezes into top 100 in Times Higher Education ranking

      The UK magazine Times Higher Education, which publishes an annual ranking of global universities, has placed Hebrew University of Jerusalem among the top 100 most powerful global university brands. This marks the first time since 2014 that an Israeli university has been included in this list, the university said in a statement. The World Reputation Rankings 2018 surveyed more than 10,000 leading academics from 137 countries, the statement said. They were asked to name 15 universities that are the best for research and teaching, based on their own experience. Hebrew University is the only Israeli university listed in this ...

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      Mentions: Humanities
    7. Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New Water Pipeline to Jerusalem

      Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New Water Pipeline to Jerusalem

      A previously unknown stalactite cave was discovered this week deep underground in the Jerusalem Hills, thanks to the digging of a fifth water pipeline to Jerusalem and some luck.

      The karstic cavern contains hundreds of limestone stalagmites and stalagmites in all sorts of forms. Based on the humidity and amount of water inside, the cave is apparently still active: The stalactites are continuing to grow, one drop at a time.

      The complex of stalactite caves serendipitously found during this tunnel project has gummed up the works before.

      Inside the cave on Thursday. Emil Salman

      The pipeline project, the largest water ...

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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
    11. 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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    12. 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 Comisión 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    1. Hebrew University Researchers to Collaborate with GRAIL

      Hebrew University Researchers to Collaborate with GRAIL

      June 12, 2018-Yissum, the Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced a strategic collaboration with GRAIL, Inc., a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. Under the agreement, GRAIL will sponsor a research program led by Professor Yuval Dor of the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine.

      Professor Dor, working with Dr. Ruth Shemer, Dr. Tommy Kaplan, and Professor Benjamin Glaser from Hadassah Medical Center, is creating a method to determine the tissue origins of circulating DNA, using epigenetic "identity marks" from the DNA that are typical to each cell ...

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    2. 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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