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    1. Seven Israeli university programs named among top 100 worldwide

      Seven Israeli university programs named among top 100 worldwide

      Seven of Israel’s university departments have been ranked among the world’s top 100 in their respective disciplines, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject published on Wednesday.

      The 10th annual edition of the QS ranking, which assessed the performance of 86 programs at eight Israeli higher education institutions, showed an overall regression for Israel’s higher education system, compared to global competitors.

      Four key metrics were used to compile the rankings, evaluating programs according to academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper and the h-index – a tool to measure the productivity of an institution’s ...

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    2. Israel Prize awarded to Hebrew University Professor Dani Zamir for his agricultural research - Haaretz

      Israel Prize awarded to Hebrew University Professor Dani Zamir for his agricultural research - Haaretz

      The Israel Prize for agricultural research and environmental science is being awarded to Prof. Dani Zamir, the Education Ministry announced Sunday. Zamir is professor emeritus in genetics at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at Hebrew University.

      Zamir’s fields of research deal with improving plants and developing innovative tools for genetic cultivation. For example, he developed a group of cultured tomatoes that contain a DNA string from species of wild tomatoes that make them resistant to dryness, salt and various diseases.

      Twenty years ago he founded the company AB Seeds, which together with the university’s Yissum technology ...

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    3. What red hot chile peppers might be able to do for cancer pain treatment

      What red hot chile peppers might be able to do for cancer pain treatment

      It’s no secret that Israelis can do amazing things with spicy foods. Exhibit No. 1: zhug, the hot sauce derived from chile peppers that seems to be taking the world by storm.

      But some of the greatest excitement today in Israel surrounding chile peppers is happening outside the kitchen — in laboratories, where scientists are experimenting with the pain-suppressing properties of hot peppers for uses as critical as the treatment of pain associated with cancer.

      Few things in life hurt more than diseases like bone or uterine cancer, or the chemotherapy used to treat them, according to Israeli pharmacologist and ...

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    4. Smoking may trigger diabetes in pregnant women, study finds

      Smoking may trigger diabetes in pregnant women, study finds

      Israeli and US researchers say that smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk of gestational diabetes, which increases the dangers of pregnancy and the chances of birth complications.

      Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop in pregnant women, including those who didn’t already have diabetes. Every year, 2% to 10% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      The disease can raise the mother’s risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy, and higher than average-weight babies, which may trigger early and possibly complicated ...

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    5. EMET Prize to be awarded: ‘Israel’s Nobel Prize’ goes to 11 winners - Jerusalem Post

      EMET Prize to be awarded: ‘Israel’s Nobel Prize’ goes to 11 winners - Jerusalem Post

      Israel’s EMET prize, sponsored by the A.M.N. Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Art and Culture in Israel will be awarded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, December 9, at the Jerusalem Theater.

      The award, known as the “Israeli Nobel Prize,” has been awarded annually since 2002 to Israeli citizens, in recognition of “academic or professional excellence and achievements that have made a special contribution to society and have had a far-reaching impact in the field in which the award was given.” The award is given in five different areas: culture and art, exact sciences, life ...

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    6. Bumble Bees Give up Sleep to Care for Young, Even When They're Not Their Own - Newsweek

      Bumble Bees Give up Sleep to Care for Young, Even When They're Not Their Own - Newsweek

      A study has revealed that bumble bees appear to give up sleep in order to care for their hive's young, even if the offspring isn't their own. 

      Bumble bees studied by scientists in Israel slept less in order to tend to larvae, as well as pupae that don't need feeding.

      Almost all animals sleep. Losing out on it is not only detrimental to how well daily tasks can be carried out, but also to health and survival, the researchers explained in the journal Current Biology. But sometimes skipping shut-eye can be beneficial if it frees up time ...

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    7. Israeli Chatbot Could Diagnose Early Alzheimer’s Disease

      Israeli Chatbot Could Diagnose Early Alzheimer’s Disease

      Hundreds of drugs have been developed to address Alzheimer’s disease, says Dr. Shahar Arzy, director of the computational neuropsychiatry lab at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. “Do you know how many have been found effective? Zero.”

      But if patients could be diagnosed in the preclinical stages of the disease, perhaps some of the new biological medications showing excellent results in other domains of neurology could be effective when applied early enough in the course of Alzheimer’s disease.

      Arzy and his colleagues have developed a computer-based system to ferret out early signs of Alzheimer’s.

      The system ...

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    8. Were These 3,500-Year-Old Carvings of Nude Women Used As Ancient Fertility Drug? - Live Science

      Were These 3,500-Year-Old Carvings of Nude Women Used As Ancient Fertility Drug? - Live Science

      An inscribed ancient Egyptian scarab and five clay tablets with carvings of naked women have been found in Rehob, a 3,500-year-old city in Israel.

      The carvings likely depict ancient fertility goddesses, such as Asherah or Ashtarte, Amihai Mazar, an archaeology professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told Live Science. "[They] were used at home, as part of popular domestic religious practice in the domestic sphere, mainly related to fertility of women," Mazar said in an email, noting that similar carvings have been found at other archaeological sites in the region.

      The excavation showed that Rehob (known today as ...

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    9. 3,500-year-old staircase evidence of conquered Canaanite king’s grandeur

      3,500-year-old staircase evidence of conquered Canaanite king’s grandeur

      Seven stunning large basalt stairs recently excavated at Tel Hazor give new indication of the ancient grandeur of the Canaanite kingdom 3,500 years ago, that according to biblical tradition was conquered by the Israelites and razed to the ground.

      As depicted in Joshua 11:10, Hazor was the “head” of the Canaanite settlements taken by the Israelite leader. While there are still more stairs to be uncovered, it is thought that they lead into the large palace complex from where the King of Hazor ruled on the northern slopes of the upper city facing the lower city.

      “This is ...

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    10. Penn Dental Renews Exchange with Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine - Penn Dental Medicine

      Penn Dental Renews Exchange with Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine - Penn Dental Medicine

      Building upon its global engagement, Penn Dental Medicine has renewed ties with Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, Israel, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate collaborative exchange and research with faculty and students. The MOU signing was part of the Power of Partnership program, held June 18-19 at Penn Dental Medicine, when the School hosted a delegation from Hadassah.

      This two-day program, which included meetings with faculty counterparts from both schools and a continuing education program, also celebrated the late Dr. D. Walter Cohen, Dean Emeritus of Penn Dental Medicine, who had close ties to Hebrew ...

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    11. Neanderthal Settlement Where Our Prehistoric Relatives Lived for 10,000 Years Discovered in Israel

      Neanderthal Settlement Where Our Prehistoric Relatives Lived for 10,000 Years Discovered in Israel

      A Neanderthal settlement that was occupied by our ancient relatives on multiple occasions over the course of 10,000 years has been discovered by archaeologists in northern Israel.

      The 'Ein Qashish site was first identified in 2005 when flint artifacts and bones that appeared to date to the Stone Age were found. In 2013, after the site was damaged during the construction of a road, researchers were able to excavate almost half of the huge site. At this time, they came across the skeletal remains of three individuals, two of which could be identified as being Neanderthals.

      The discovery allowed ...

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    12. Forget sperm and eggs, researchers have created embryo stem cells from skin cells

      Forget sperm and eggs, researchers have created embryo stem cells from skin cells

      A new, groundbreaking study by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) found a way to transform skin cells into the three major stem cell types that comprise early-stage embryos. This work has significant implications for modelling embryonic disease and placental dysfunctions, as well as paving the way to create whole embryos from skin cells.

      As published in Cell Stem Cell, Dr. Yossi Buganim of HU's Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research and his team discovered a set of genes capable of transforming murine  into all three of the cell types that comprise the early embryo: the ...

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    13. Commentary: A Huge Leap for Microscopic Health Treatments

      Commentary: A Huge Leap for Microscopic Health Treatments

      WHEN CLEVELAND CLINIC first entered discussions with Hebrew University about a collaboration in nanoscience in 2016, I must admit I did not have extremely high expectations.

      Although I was well aware of the University's excellent reputation, I was mindful of the long distance between the institutions, which typically doesn't lend well to fruitful partnerships.

      The task we faced was daunting: Combining forces, nearly 6,000 miles apart, to create and commercialize new therapies, technologies and drug-delivery systems. Using particles too small for the naked eye to see, our goal was to utilize molecular-level engineering to target medications to ...

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    14. Hebrew University hosts cannabis conference to forge way forward

      Hebrew University hosts cannabis conference to forge way forward

      Yissum, the technology transfer company of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was hosting a Wednesday conference aiming to boost cooperation between industry and academia for a variety of cannabis-related research and development.

      Hebrew University is one of the leading academic institutions globally with expertise in cannabis-related research and patents. The university’s Prof. Raphael Mechoulam kickstarted the field in 1964 when he discovered tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis.

      The Multidisciplinary Center for Cannabinoid Research set up by the university supports over 30 labs dedicated to cannabis tech, covering related agricultural technologies, formulation and manufacturing methods, novel ...

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    15. Israel and Finland launch digital health collaboration | ISRAEL21c

      Israel and Finland launch digital health collaboration | ISRAEL21c

      Israel and Finland launch digital health collaboration | ISRAEL21c #HealthyTech Israel and Finland launch digital health collaboration Initiative to provide funding and matching services to Israeli and Finnish companies to co-develop, test and improve digital health tech and products. By Naama Barak APRIL 24, 2019, 7:00 AM Naama Barak Naama Barak is a writer at ISRAEL21c. A PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she loves all things history and politics.

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    16. Best boutique hotels in Israel for 2019

      Best boutique hotels in Israel for 2019

      If you don’t care for large hotels but you like the convenience of guest services you can’t get in a vacation apartment, we have great news for you: Hundreds of boutique hotels dot the Israeli landscape from north to south, offering a cozier alternative to large chain hotels. Ronit Copeland of Tel Aviv-based boutique hospitality consulting firm Copeland Hospitality by Design tells ISRAEL21c that boutique hotels are characterized by size (no more than 150 rooms and often much smaller), premium location, personalized service and no-two-rooms-alike design. “A boutique hotel needs to have character, soul and even theatrical qualities ...

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    17. Spring Newsletter 2019: Growing Possibilities, Broadening Our Reach

      Spring Newsletter 2019: Growing Possibilities, Broadening Our Reach

      Wrapping up last year and embarking on this one, we started with full enthusiasm and anticipation, with a new phase and strategic vision that aspires to increase and intensify the visibility of sexual and gender diversity in Palestine. We began this year just as we envisioned and even surpassed our own expectations, as we expanded alQaws’ community outreach through various grassroots projects and initiatives, like our famous youth oriented comic series and the distribution of an educational flyer across 7 different university campuses, and through dedicating resources to strengthen alQaws’ activists’ capacities in projects like our “alKhat-Listening & Information Hotline” and ...

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    18. Scientists get sly, use deception to fight cancer - EurekAlert

      Scientists get sly, use deception to fight cancer - EurekAlert

      In recent years, it's become clear that RNA-binding proteins play a major role in cancer growth. These proteins, active in all cells but especially so in cancer cells, bind to RNA molecules and accelerate cancer cell growth. Unfortunately, no cancer treatment has targeted these proteins. Until now.

      In the upcoming issue of Nature Communications, Professor Rotem Karni and his team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) present a new technology to fight cancer. They designed decoy molecules that trick RNA-binding proteins into binding with them. Once bound, these RNA-binding proteins are no longer able to bind with the ...

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    19. Israelis Design Tiny Toys For Kinder Eggs In Hebrew University Course

      Israelis Design Tiny Toys For Kinder Eggs In Hebrew University Course

      In my family, there used to be an ongoing dispute between me and my kids about the Kinder Surprise eggs, the chocolate treat that comes with a toy prize inside. My kids liked the ones that had lots of tiny parts, and I — as the one who had to put the toys together — liked it when they came in one piece. Now some of those delightful — or devilish, depending — prizes are being dreamed up close to home by Israelis taking a course in toy design at Hebrew University that features the involvement of Ferrero Rocher, the candy company whose portfolio ...

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    20. Israelis Design Tiny Toys For Kinder Eggs In Hebrew University Course

      Israelis Design Tiny Toys For Kinder Eggs In Hebrew University Course

      By Linda Gradstein

      In my family, there used to be an ongoing dispute between me and my kids about the Kinder Surprise eggs, the chocolate treat that comes with a toy prize inside. My kids liked the ones that had lots of tiny parts, and I — as the one who had to put the toys together — liked it when they came in one piece.

      Now some of those delightful — or devilish, depending — prizes are being dreamed up close to home by Israelis taking a course in toy design at Hebrew University that features the involvement of Ferrero Rocher, the candy ...

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    21. Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis

      Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis

      You can smoke it, vape it, sip it, or spritz it. You can bake it into brownies. You can find it in lotions and potions to rub on your skin, tinctures to drop under your tongue, capsules to swallow, or oils that have been added to your latte or ice cream. Cannabis is everywhere these days, and to hear its proponents talk, it’s the fix for everything that might ail you. But is it? And do you need a degree in medicinal plant studies (yes, that exists) to know your CBD from your THC?

      What exactly is cannabis?

      The ...

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    22. The Men Who Become Dads After Death

      The Men Who Become Dads After Death

      FATHER FIGURE The Men Who Become Dads After Death In Israel, the right to a posthumously conceived child is increasingly being granted not just to partners, but to parents of the deceased. 03.04.19 5:06 AM ET Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Shutterstock More than four years ago, Liat Malka waited anxiously for a sperm sample from a deceased man she had never met to fertilize her solitary egg in a hospital petri dish.

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