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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. In Oakland, Reuven Hazan makes sense of Israeli politics - The Jewish News of Northern California

      In Oakland, Reuven Hazan makes sense of Israeli politics - The Jewish News of Northern California

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      If you want to understand Israeli politics, stop thinking about the American political system.” Political scientist Reuven Hazan fixed his audience in Oakland with a stare and told them, plainly, that they had to take a broader view or they would never comprehend Israel.

      “Don’t assume anything is similar to what you understand,” he said during his talk, “Making Sense of Israeli Politics.”

      Hazan, former chair of political science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an expert on the institutions of Israel’s democracy, is used to speaking to U.S. audiences and ...

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    13. Research says you shouldn't feel singled out for flying solo on Valentine's Day - The Times of Israel

      Research says you shouldn't feel singled out for flying solo on Valentine's Day - The Times of Israel

      The whole love and marriage thing isn’t for everyone, but sometimes it feels like it should be — especially for those who frequently find themselves sitting at the kids’ table at one Jewish function or another.

      Fortunately, if you’re enjoying the single life, a new book by Hebrew University’s Dr. Elyakim Kislev confirms that you are not alone: Singles are statistically likelier to have more fun, more active and far-reaching social networks — and yes — a better sex life than their married friends.

      For his book, “Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living,” the Israel-born Kislev ...

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    14. 4 reasons being single is good for your body and soul - From the Grapevine

      4 reasons being single is good for your body and soul - From the Grapevine

      The new book by Elyakim KislevThe new book by Elyakim Kislev.

      Tired of swiping right on that dating app? Not to worry. Feeling pressure from your parents and friends to settle down and get married? Take a breath and relax.

      Decades ago, there may have been more of a stigma attached to being single, but that's changing with each passing year. In Europe, more than 50 percent of households in major cities are occupied by singles. In the U.S., 22 percent of adults were single in 1950. Today, that number is more than 50 percent. One ...

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    15. Why winemakers from around the world are turning to Israel - From the Grapevine

      Why winemakers from around the world are turning to Israel - From the Grapevine

      Nana WineryIsrael's Nana Winery has created their own blend.

      Drive three hours south of Jerusalem towards the southern tip of Israel – between ancient stone terraces and barren golden hills – and a surprising sight rises above the horizon: a lush wine vineyard spanning dozens of acres. The pastoral carpet of green stands out amidst the sandy surroundings.

      The Nana Estate Winery is just one of approximately 250 wineries that have, quite literally, cropped up in Israel in recent decades. Together, they've turned the small Mediterranean country into not only a wine lover's ...

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    16. {Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Chosen People by Robert Whitlow

      {Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Chosen People by Robert Whitlow

      Book Description: During a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her four-year-old daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child. Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, typically uses her language skills to represent international clients for an Atlanta law firm.

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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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