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    1. UAlbany professors' database tracks terrorist groups

      UAlbany professors' database tracks terrorist groups

      Albany When Australian experts wanted to know which terrorist groups pay pirates to capture ships, steal cargo and ransom the crews to provide new revenue for terrorists, they teamed up with two University of Albany professors to find the answers. Karl Rethemeyer, interim dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and political science associate professor Victor Asal are creators of a database named BAAD — Big, Allied and Dangerous. BAAD is packed with in-depth information on hundreds of terrorist groups, their alliances and whether those ties are based on religion, ideology, affection or cold cash. BAAD can also monitor which ...

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    2. Israel’s vital contributions to nanotechnology

      Israel’s vital contributions to nanotechnology

      Yeshayahu Talmon is a chemical engineer and former director of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI) at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa. A frequent spokesman for the industry, he answers even laymen’s questions patiently and lucidly, and offers positive news about Israel as a “nucleus” for nanoscience. “Nanoscience is the science of everything that happens on that very small scale. Now, technology is being developed to take that science and apply it,” says Talmon. “One example of applications we are working with at the Russell Berrie Nanotech Institute is carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are only one to ...

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    3. An exciting conversation with Rabbi Steinsaltz - Israel National News

      An exciting conversation with Rabbi Steinsaltz - Israel National News

      President Reuven Rivlin called Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz Sunday to congratulate the rabbi and wish him good health on his 80th birthday. Rabbi Steinsaltz is considered one of the great rabbinical commentators and scholars of this generation, and has written numerous world-renowned commentaries on the Bible, the Talmud, and many other religious Jewish texts. Rabbi Steinsaltz suffered a stroke six months ago. The rabbi recently returned to work, to the joy and relief of his students and colleagues. An event was held earlier this month in celebration of the release of Rabbi Steinsaltz's new commentary of the works of ...

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    4. The infertility crisis is beyond doubt. Now scientists must find the cause | Science

      The topic has become the mainstay of dystopian science fiction. Our world is afflicted by widespread infertility and childless civilisations are left hovering on the brink of collapse. Children of Men and The Handmaid’s Tale provide perfect examples of these unsettling narratives. Yet the scenarios outlined in these books and dramatisations may be less fanciful than is first supposed. Indeed, reaction to a study of male infertility, published last week, suggests we may already be hurtling towards such a fate. According to scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, sperm counts among men in the west have more than ...

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    5. Sweeping study shows sharply declining male fertility

      Sweeping study shows sharply declining male fertility

      A groundbreaking meta-analysis of data collected between 1973 and 2011 has found that sperm concentration has declined by more than half among men from Western countries, with no sign of a “leveling off” in recent years. The study appears today in Human Reproduction Update. The research — the first systematic review and meta-analysis of trends in sperm count –was led by Dr. Hagai Levine, head of the Environmental Health Track at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Jerusalem. Levine worked with Dr. Shanna H Swan, professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at ...

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    6. Israeli firm seeking breakthrough in 3D organ printing with biological ink

      Israeli firm seeking breakthrough in 3D organ printing with biological ink

      “We are promoting commercial collaborations with leading international companies in the field of 3D bio-printing of tissue and organ, with the aim of taking part in providing a solution to the significant need for life saving organs,” said Yehiel Tal, CEO of CollPlant. “This market need represents high economic potential for the company.” CollPlant’s bio-ink enables the printing of three-dimensional scaffolds combined with human cells and/or growth factors, as a basis for tissue or organ generation, a statement from the company explained. In addition to making use of collagen, the ink formulations can also include other proteins and ...

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    7. Israeli, Indian partners team up with Motorola to launch Jerusalem incubator

      Israeli, Indian partners team up with Motorola to launch Jerusalem incubator

      Other partners in running the venture, which will be housed at OurCrowd’s Jerusalem headquarters, will include the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Yissum Technology Transfer Company and Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries. “This represents a unique team with a global reach, incredible scale, and with deep technological, commercial and academic roots,” said Jon Medved, CEO of OurCrowd. “We expect to invest in close to 50 companies over the next 10 years and further grow the formidable cadre of Jerusalem start-ups.” OurCrowd will be replacing Jerusalem Venture Partners, which previously led the incubator, launching operations and accepting applications in the second ...

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    8. How Glowing Soil Can Help Find Land Mines | Innovation | Smithsonian

      How Glowing Soil Can Help Find Land Mines | Innovation | Smithsonian

      In a time when there is much talk of a “Mother of All Bombs” and the possibility of a conflict involving nuclear weapons, a landmine can seem an artifact of conflicts past, a weapon that has little to do with mass destruction.

      And yet, the prosaic device continues to induce its own form of terror around the world, sometimes long after wars have ended. In 2015, the number of people killed or maimed by land mines and other explosive remnants of war rose to 6,461, an increase of 75 percent, according to the 2016 Landmine Monitor. The big jump ...

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    9. Int’l team including Hebrew U scientists restore flavor to tomatoes

      Int’l team including Hebrew U scientists restore flavor to tomatoes

      Remember the good old days when tomatoes used to taste like... tomatoes, with a lot of flavor? In pursuit of longer shelf life, enhanced firmness and disease resistance, modern commercial tomatoes have gradually lost it.

      After a decade of research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, as part of an international team that included US, Chinese and Spanish scientists, have identified the chemical compounds and the functional genes that give a tomato – Israelis’ favorite salad component – its great taste.

      The study, published in the journal Science, has made it possible to produce tomatoes with their good old flavor, alongside other traits ...

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