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    1. Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize Awarded to Hebrew University Scientists

      Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize Awarded to Hebrew University Scientists

      September 18, 2017 — The Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize for 2017 has been awarded to two scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Yaakov Nahmias and Professor Nir Friedman. This is the first group from outside the United Kingdom to win the prize. The award was presented at the 30th Rosetrees Trust Anniversary Symposium on September 14 at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London. Professors Nahmias and Friedman won for their research proposal to engineer a platform that mimics the physiological dynamics of human metabolism. The circadian rhythm or “body clock” is a daily cycle that regulates many ...

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    2. Hebrew U tech chief seeks balance between academia and industry

      Hebrew U tech chief seeks balance between academia and industry

      Yaron Danieli, the Hebrew University’s newest pick to spearhead the commercialization of technologies developed within its ivory towers, is taking the reins at a delicate time. Get The Start-Up Israel's Daily Start-Up by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up Israeli academia has come under public scrutiny for missing out on royalties on technologies developed by their researchers: earlier this month, the Israeli press reported that Amnon Shashua, the chief executive officer of Mobileye, which was sold to Intel Corp. for a whopping $15 billion, convinced Hebrew University officials to forgo any monetary claims to ...

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    3. HU Researchers Find Way to Potentially Protect Kidney Health of Individuals with Obesity

      HU Researchers Find Way to Potentially Protect Kidney Health of Individuals with Obesity

      A new study provides insight into the mechanisms behind the development of kidney damage due to obesity, points to a potential target for protecting the kidney health of individuals with obesity. September 6, 2017 — A new study provides insights into the mechanisms behind the development of kidney damage due to obesity. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), point to a potential target for protecting the kidney health of individuals with obesity. Obesity-related kidney dysfunction develops early in the course of obesity, justifying the search for unique regulators that ...

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    4. Fiverr teams up with NY Yankees for entrepreneur contest

      Fiverr teams up with NY Yankees for entrepreneur contest

      Have you ever dreamed of having your company’s name and message appear on advertisements plastered across New York City’s Yankee Stadium? A new competition sponsored by Israeli freelancer marketplace Fiverr in cooperation with the iconic NY Yankees baseball team will allow five lucky entrepreneurs to do just that. It’s called “The Game Changer” and winners will receive LED advertisements at Yankee Stadium, designed by a Fiverr Pro freelance designer. Winners will also receive $1,500 in Fiverr credit, which they can spend on other professionals on the Fiverr site. (Fiverr has plenty of members ready to design ...

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    5. Thousands attend startup nation’s biggest tech conference

      Thousands attend startup nation’s biggest tech conference

      Thousands of high-tech professionals, from just-getting-started entrepreneurs to seasoned investors, have descended upon Tel Aviv for the city’s annual DLD (Digital Life Design) Conference. Now in its fifth year, DLD expects some 10,000 guests from around the world and has 100 events planned, from talks on the main stage (at Tel Aviv’s historic old train station) to an urban street happening with interactive exhibits lining Rothschild Boulevard. Delegations from Google, Samsung, Amazon and Facebook are all visiting Tel Aviv. The event will end with a closing party on the beach. Tech luminary and investor Yossi Vardi co-chairs ...

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    6. Volatility pioneer says shorting the VIX is like 'betting on the roulette'

      Volatility pioneer says shorting the VIX is like 'betting on the roulette'

      The wager in question is shorting the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, and many investors are big fans. Following a recent short-term increase in the VIX, traders added almost $400 million of exposure to the trade. One guy — a former manager at Target — says he's made millions betting against the VIX. But not everyone thinks shorting volatility is so great. Hedge fund managers across Wall Street have highlighted a lack of price swings as a harbinger of pain. JPMorgan's global head of quantitative strategy, Marko Kolanovic, has gone as far as to compare the strategies that are suppressing ...

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    7. September 6-7: Intersex International Conference at Hebrew University | האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

      September 6-7: Intersex International Conference at Hebrew University | האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

      "Building Interdisciplinary Bridges for Research and Recognition of Intersexed Bodies" The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will host an international conference, "Building Interdisciplinary Bridges for Research and Recognition of Intersexed Bodies," focused on the complex experiences and challenges of people born with intersexual bodies. Featuring scholars from around the world, the conference will seek to build bridges between the various communities engaged with this issue, from the medical establishment to intersex support groups and activists. The media are invited to attend, or to request interviews with the organizers and speakers. WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, September 6-7, 2017 WHERE: Hebrew University's ...

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    8. The mode of antimicrobial action of curcumin depends on the delivery system: monolithic nanoparticles vs. supramolecular inclusion complex

      The mode of antimicrobial action of curcumin depends on the delivery system: monolithic nanoparticles vs. supramolecular inclusion complex

      Curcumin has been known for a long time for its antimicrobial properties that are further increased by exposure to light. Due to the low aqueous solubility of curcumin, appropriate delivery systems are required to facilitate its implementation. In this work, we compared the antimicrobial activity toward Escherichia coli of two curcumin formulations: methyl-β-cyclodextrin supramolecular inclusion complex and polyelectrolyte-coated monolithic nanoparticles. The two formulations showed disparity both in the extent and in the mode of toxicity, highlighting the distinct properties of materials at the nanoscale. The tests showed that while curcumin–β-cyclodextrin complexes exhibited a potent bactericidal activity, the curcumin nanoparticles ...

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    9. New study offers insights on mechanisms behind development of kidney damage due to obesity

      New study offers insights on mechanisms behind development of kidney damage due to obesity

      A new study provides insights on the mechanisms behind the development of kidney damage due to obesity. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), point to a potential target for protecting the kidney health of individuals with obesity. Obesity can cause structural and functional changes in the kidneys, which may help explain why individuals with obesity face an elevated risk of chronic kidney disease and its progression to kidney failure. Although multiple metabolic factors have been proposed to contribute to obesity-induced kidney problems, the underlying mechanisms are not completely ...

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    10. Access to Medical Cannabis Speeds Ahead in Countries Outside the U.S.

      Access to Medical Cannabis Speeds Ahead in Countries Outside the U.S.

      Despite newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Session’s unfounded proclamations that marijuana destroys families and lives, the steady march of medical marijuana successes and greater access to patients continues internationally. North and south of the U.S. borders, making medical marijuana available to patients who need it is making strong advances. Since its start in 2000, Canada’s nationwide medical marijuana system has evolved into a more accessible program for patients today, and 2018 is arriving with even more improvements. April 2017 is when Mexico’s Congress overwhelming passed a bill approved by its Senate last year to allow cannabis ...

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    11. Academic partnership launches between US and Israel

      Academic partnership launches between US and Israel

      An initiative headquartered at Tulane University fosters academic collaboration between U.S. and Israeli universities to address shared energy challenges. The work of the planned U.S.-Israel Energy Research Innovation Center has been jump-started by a $100,000 gift from Tulane parents Stuart and Suzanne Grant. “This is letting us build bridges between institutions, both within the U.S. but also between the U.S. and Israel in a way that would have simply not been possible without it,” said Daniel Shantz, who holds the Entergy Chair in Clean Energy Engineering and is a professor in the Department of ...

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    12. Vuze VR camera will soon support Macs, livestreaming, and underwater filming | VentureBeat | AR/VR | by Paul Sawers

      Vuze VR camera will soon support Macs, livestreaming, and underwater filming | VentureBeat | AR/VR | by Paul Sawers

      Humaneyes Technologies has announced a number of notable updates to its virtual reality (VR) camera and associated products. To recap, the Vuze is capable of capturing and rendering 3D and 2D VR content using eight on-board HD cameras, as well as 3D audio via its four internal microphones. At 12x12x3cm, the Vuze is pitched as a portable “point-and-shoot” VR camera, and with a $799 price tag it’s targeted at “prosumers, filmmakers, and video and production industry pros.” The Israeli firm debuted the Vuze VR camera last May, opening the device for preorders almost a year ahead of the its ...

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    13. It only takes a few gene tweaks to make a human voice

      It only takes a few gene tweaks to make a human voice

      How and when did we first become able to speak? A new analysis of our DNA reveals key evolutionary changes that reshaped our faces and larynxes, and which may have set the stage for complex speech. The alterations were not major mutations in our genes. Instead, they were tweaks in the activity of existing genes that we shared with our immediate ancestors. These changes in gene activity seem to have given us flat faces, by retracting the protruding chins of our ape ancestors. They also resculpted the larynx and moved it further down in the throat, allowing our ancestors to ...

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    14. Limor Meoded Danon

      Limor Meoded Danon

      My Doctorate thesis title is " Intersexuality and the “sexing process”: The paradox of sex category". It was conducted at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, under the supervision of Prof. Niza Yanay. The courses I taught in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Eilat Campus, Sapir Academic College and Achva Academic College are: Qualitative Research Methods, Social Psychology of the Self, Sociology of the Body, Sociological and Anthropological Theories, Introduction to Sociology, Science, Sex, Gender. I got the teaching excellence award in 2013 from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and in 2009 from Achva Academic ...

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    15. Israeli Team Develops Method to Monitor Tumors Without Radiation

      Israeli Team Develops Method to Monitor Tumors Without Radiation

      JNS.org – Doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center have developed a new method to monitor tumors without injecting patients with radioactive substances or exposing them to ionizing radiation. The method, detailed in a study published Thursday in the Nature Communications journal, was developed by the director of the Center for Hyperpolarized MRI Molecular Imaging, Rachel Katz-Brull, and her team at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Katz-Brull showed that by using magnetic resonance imaging, the nucleus of a phosphorous atom can alert doctors to suspicious acidity levels in the body, thereby revealing the possible existence of a tumor. The researchers used ...

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    16. Byzantine Mosaic Contains Rare Greek Inscription

      Byzantine Mosaic Contains Rare Greek Inscription

      JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—A 1,500-year-old mosaic floor in what may have been a Christian pilgrim hostel has been unearthed in an area heavily damaged by infrastructure groundwork on the road to Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, according to a report in The Times of Israel. The nearly intact mosaic contains six lines of Greek text, written in black on a white background. Leah Di Segni of Hebrew University translated the text, which reads, “In the time of our most pious emperor Flavius Justinian, also this entire building Constantine the most God-loving priest and abbot, established and raised, in the 14th indiction ...

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    17. Ancient inscription unearthed in Jerusalem, thrilling archaeologists

      An ancient Greek inscription was found on a 1,500-year-old mosaic floor near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Byzantine emperor Justinian, who ruled in the 6th century A.D., is mentioned in the inscription, which was deciphered by Dr. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It reads: “In the time of our most pious emperor Flavius Justinian, also this entire building Constantine the most God-loving priest and abbot, established and raised, in the 14th indiction.” EXPERTS UNCOVER EVIDENCE OF ANCIENT JERUSALEM'S DESTRUCTION BY THE BABYLONIANS In a statement released by the Israel ...

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    18. Reader Submitted: This Student Merged Science and Design to Produce a Joint System with Endless Opportunity

      Reader Submitted: This Student Merged Science and Design to Produce a Joint System with Endless Opportunity

      Flat surfaces with carefully planned cuts—with a single motion their purpose is revealed. I graduated from a unique joint program for Computer Science at The Hebrew University and Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy. My project is a result of my studies, combined scientific research with aesthetics and leaves an opening to variety of potential applications. My fascination of using mathematics as a tool to enhance design led me to the development of a new design and production form based on auxetic structures. Auxetics are structures or materials that when stretched, become thicker ...

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    19. Tech Talk: Zipy makes buying from international e-commerce sites easy

      Tech Talk: Zipy makes buying from international e-commerce sites easy

      The idea to establish Zipy happened when the three founders – Dima, Anton and Andrey – who were friends long before, met in a pub one night to drink some beer. They talked about how their parents were always asking them to buy products they wanted on Ebay. The trio are all from Ashdod. Dima and Andrey are friends from high school, and Dima met Anton in the army. They thought about a solution that would help their parents and others buy easily from websites abroad. And in the process, they established Zipy, first for just Ebay, but since then, Amazon, Aliexpress ...

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    20. Expressing Anger Can Make You Happier, According to Study |

      Expressing Anger Can Make You Happier, According to Study |

      Are your children getting on your last nerve? Did a coworker’s comment rub you the wrong way? There’s no need to plug the steam coming out of your ears. In fact, science now gives you full permission to let those emotions rip; you might actually be happier for it. If that seems counterintuitive, hear us out. A new study suggests that people tend to be happier if they can feel and express emotions as they want. That goes for unpleasant emotions like anger and hatred, too. An international team of researchers recruited 2,300 university students from the ...

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    21. To spur innovation, teach A.I. to find analogies

      To spur innovation, teach A.I. to find analogies

      A method for teaching artificial intelligence analogies through crowdsourcing could allow a computer to search data for comparisons between disparate problems and solutions, highlighting important—but potentially unrecognized—underlying similarities. The method could enable A.I. to search through databases of patents, inventions, and researcher papers, identifying ideas that can be repurposed to solve new problems or create new products. As anyone who enjoyed watching TV’s MacGyver disarm a missile with a paperclip or staunch a sulfuric acid leak with a chocolate bar could tell you, analogies can provide critical insights and inspiration for problem-solving. Tapping huge databases of ...

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    22. Astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away

      Astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away

      The team investigated the star system Gliese 832 for additional exoplanets residing between the two currently known alien worlds in this system. Their computations revealed that an additional Earth-like planet with a dynamically stable configuration may be residing at a distance ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 astronomical unit (AU) from the star. "According to our calculations, this hypothetical alien world would probably have a mass between 1 to 15 Earth's masses," said the lead author Suman Satyal, UTA physics researcher, lecturer and laboratory supervisor. The paper is co-authored by John Griffith, UTA undergraduate student and long-time UTA ...

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