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    1. Can Jerusalem be turned into a high-tech hub?

      Can Jerusalem be turned into a high-tech hub?

      This story is sponsored by Start-Up Nation Central.

      JERUSALEM (JTA) – Jerusalem is a city of endless titles and designations: City of Gold. Zion. The Holy Sanctuary. City of Peace.

      It’s rarely thought of as a high-tech hub, and that’s not just because of the ancient buildings. Well over half of Jerusalem’s residents are Arab or haredi Orthodox, two of Israel’s least tech-immersed populations.

      But high-tech’s growing foothold here is changing things. Last year, a Jerusalem company, Mobileye, became Israel’s biggest high-tech success story when it was sold to Intel for $15.3 billion.

      And ...

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    2. Letter reveals Einstein's fears of growing nationalism, anti-Semitism

      Letter reveals Einstein's fears of growing nationalism, anti-Semitism
      By Associated Press

      JERUSALEM — More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country's future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter.

      His longtime friend and fellow Jew, German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, had just been assassinated by right-wing extremists and police had warned the noted physicist that his life could be in danger too.

       
       

      So Einstein fled Berlin and went into hiding in northern Germany. It was during this hiatus that he penned a handwritten letter to his beloved younger sister, Maja, warning of the ...

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    3. Hebrew University Researchers Discover Promising Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumors

      Hebrew University Researchers Discover Promising Treatment for Aggressive Brain Tumors

      Glioblastoma is a serious and incurable brain cancer. Patients who receive this diagnosis typically have 11-20 months to live. One of the main difficulties in treating this cancer is that its cells quickly build up a resistance to chemotherapy. In the upcoming issue of Nucleic Acids Research, Professor Rotem Karni and his team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute for Medical Research share promising results for a new glioblastoma treatment with the potential to improve and extend patients’ lives.

      As part of their research, Karni and PhD student Maxim Mogilevsky designed a molecule that inhibits glioblastoma tumor growth ...

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    4. Hebrew U team develops shape-shifting 3D printed pills for better targeted drugs

      Hebrew U team develops shape-shifting 3D printed pills for better targeted drugs

      Researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new way to create drug capsules using 3D printers, a step that will help pave the way for pills that can be tailored to perform better than the conventional capsules manufactured today.

      The custom-printed pills are made out of a hydrogel in which the medication is inserted, said Professor Shlomo Magdassi, head of the Hebrew University’s 3D and Functional Printing Center, who developed the technology together with Dr. Ofra Benny, a researcher at Hebrew University’s Institute for Drug Research. The substance has the consistency of malabi, a Middle ...

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    5. Big Boost for Jerusalem

      Big Boost for Jerusalem

      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), along with the Bezalel Academy of Design and Azrieli College of Engineering, received a 20 million NIS ($5.4 million USD) grant from Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) to establish an entrepreneurship and innovation center in downtown Jerusalem. This consortium, united under the name “JLM-Impact Consortium”, won first place for CHE’s request for proposals to boost entrepreneurial activity among the city’s students and academic community.

       

      Yishai Fraenkel, HUJI VP and Director General: "We’re delighted to win this award—a feat accomplished through close teamwork with Bezalel and Azrieli.   We ...

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    6. 3D bioprinted lungs to be available for global transplants

      3D bioprinted lungs to be available for global transplants
      CollPlant, an Israeli regenerative medicine company focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, signed a license, development and commercialization agreement with United Therapeutics Corporation of Maryland for 3D bioprinted lung transplants.

      The agreement combines CollPlant’s proprietary recombinant human collagen (rhCollagen) derived from engineered tobacco plants, and its BioInk technology, with the regenerative medicine and organ manufacturing capabilities of United Therapeutics subsidiary Lung Biotechnology PBC.

      One of many companies founded by Hebrew University nanotechnology pioneer Prof. Oded Shoseyov, CollPlant will manufacture and supply BioInk for a few years to meet development process demand, and will provide technical support to ...

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    7. Zion Medical Announces Results of First Human Clinical Trial of HIV drug Gammora, Offering Potential Cure | Benzinga

      Zion Medical Announces Results of First Human Clinical Trial of HIV drug Gammora, Offering Potential Cure | Benzinga

       Zion Medical, an Israeli biotech company developing HIV and cancer treatments, has announced the results of the first clinical trial of HIV-drug Gammora, eliminating up to 99% of the HIV virus within four weeks of treatment.

       

      Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP) Gammora is a synthetic peptide compound derived from the HIV enzyme integrase, which is responsible for inserting the virus's genetic material into the DNA of the infected cell. Gammora stimulates the integration of multiple HIV DNA fragments into the host cell's genomic DNA, to an extent that triggers the self-destruction of the infected cell, called apoptosis. The peptide ...

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    8. 6 top tomato innovations from Israeli experts

      6 top tomato innovations from Israeli experts
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    9. New Discoveries in the Aging Process | Nursing

      New Discoveries in the Aging Process | Nursing

      The human race spends a great deal of time fighting the inevitable. Just about every stage of life is inevitable, but we exercise to live longer, eat certain diets to stay healthier, and undergo treatments and use different products to ‘stay younger.’

      As it pertains to that last one, an interesting new study indicates that perhaps we are right to be concerned, and if anything, our concerns should start sooner than they already do.

      Through the use of separation of young and old yeast cells, which can cycle through a full generation in about four hours, Dr. Yaakov Nahmias at ...

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    10. Blood-sucking Sand Flies Love Munching on Marijuana

      Blood-sucking Sand Flies Love Munching on Marijuana

      When they’re not sucking the blood of animals, sand flies have a fondness for munching on the marijuana plant (Cannabis sativa), new research suggests.

      An international team of scientists found that in proportion to its abundance, Cannabis sativa was consumed by sand flies much more frequently than expected, suggesting it was highly attractive to the insects.

      According to a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the findings could have implications for controlling sand fly populations across the globe. This is important because, much like the closely related mosquito, sand flies can spread dangerous ...

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    11. Yissum Launches First-of-its Kind Express Licensing Campaign to Increase Academic and Industry Collaboration

      Yissum Launches First-of-its Kind Express Licensing Campaign to Increase Academic and Industry Collaboration

      Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, launched its pioneering Express Licensing Campaign at the ITTN's 5th biennial conference: Tech Transfer 4.O: Reinventing Technology Transfer. Yissum CEO and President Dr. Yaron Daniely introduced the campaign which aims to make the cutting-edge research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem more accessible to industry partners by dramatically simplifying technology licensing or acquisition.

      Yissum currently dominates academic tech transfer in Israel, and in 2017 was responsible for nearly half of all tech transfer licensing agreements signed by universities as well as new company formations. The Express ...

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    12. AFHU's Bubbe videos - The Shorty Awards

      AFHU's Bubbe videos - The Shorty Awards

      The third annual Shorty Social Good Awards, which put a spotlight on recent cause marketing campaigns, announced the finalists for this year’s awards show, taking place Nov. 15 in New York City. AFHU's Bubbe videos are a finalist in the 'Comedy Video' category.

      The Shorty Awards honor the best content creators and producers on social media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat and the rest of the digital world.

      The exclusive Shorty finalist announcement in is also featured in AdWeek.

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    13. Israelis develop system for cleaning industrial pollution

      Israelis develop system for cleaning industrial pollution

      A new process under development in Israel could provide the economical, earth-friendly solution many industries seek for cleaning up soil, sludge and sediment polluted by their activities.

      Phased transaction extraction (PTE) is meant as a new tool to help get rid of industrial pollution both for nonvolatile organic and metal pollutants, especially in wet conditions.

      PTE uses a combination of methods to remove and concentrate the substances. All components – both the pollutants and the materials that separate them – can be recycled.

      Prof. Amos Ullman devised the system with fellow Tel Aviv University Faculty of Engineering Prof. Naima Brauner and Prof ...

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    14. Yissum Launches NanoTech Fund

      Yissum Launches NanoTech Fund

      JERUSALEMOct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Yissum, The Technology Transfer Company of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced today the launch of its new NanoTech Fund which will focus exclusively on promising innovations emerging from Hebrew University's elite nanotech research. The Fund has already secured $6M from top international strategic and institutional investors, and will raise up to $9M.

      The NanoTech Fund will focus on smart materials and nanotechnologies, funding deep technologies offering integrated solutions in the areas of 3D printing, quantum science, and renewable energy. As the global nanomaterials and nanotech markets continue to grow, the fund will ensure ...

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    15. Hebrew U launches Jerusalem/Nepal semester program for international students

      Hebrew U launches Jerusalem/Nepal semester program for international students

      American college students torn between a semester in Israel and one in a more exotic location will no longer need to choose, as the Hebrew University launches a new partnership with a Jewish social justice group for a joint Israel-Nepal semester this spring.

      “Students are often pulled between wanting to explore deeper inwardly, about their Jewish identity, or their global identity, going farther than they have had a chance before,” said Micha Odenheimer, the founder and director of Tevel B’Tzedek. “This semester can appeal to kids who want to do both.”

      Tevel B’Tzedek has run short-term social justice ...

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    16. Secrets of a lost village of ancient Israel come to light

      Secrets of a lost village of ancient Israel come to light

      A vanished village, buried for centuries under the sands of time, is beginning to emerge in the cave-dotted lowlands southwest of Jerusalem. In typical old-new Israeli fashion, the work of revealing Beit Lehi-Beit Loya mixes painstaking manual labor with cutting-edge technology.

      Project leaders are now putting their fascinating discoveries on view to the public online in 3D, enlivened by virtual reality.

      First settled by Jews in approximately the late sixth century BCE, then abandoned and rebuilt by successive populations of pagans, Jews, Christians and Muslims through the 13th or 14th century CE, the remains of Beit Lehi-Beit Loya were first ...

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    17. In the Garden of Eels

      In the Garden of Eels

       

      From a distance, garden eels look a bit like some strange grass waving on the sea floor. That’s until they abruptly shrink back into the holes they’ve burrowed in the sand.

      The eels seem to be unique among fish. They are capable of swimming free, which they do to change burrows. But mostly, they live sessile lives, anchored in their narrow burrows even when they emerge to feed, like tethered snakes striking at zooplankton too small to see.

      In the Red Sea, they live in colonies of hundreds or even thousands, from shallow waters of 13 feet or ...

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    18. Archaeologists find signs of 3,000-year-old oracle cult in ancient Israel

      Archaeologists find signs of 3,000-year-old oracle cult in ancient Israel

      The town of Abel Beth Maacah was known in biblical times as a place for conflict resolution, we may divine from references in scripture. Now archaeologists have found a strange shrine that they think may have been associated with the "wise woman" of the city, mentioned in the bible. But rather than being just a clever elder - they suspect she may have fulfilled an oracular role.

      The tell in which Abel Beth Maacah was identified lies just south of Israel's border with Lebanon, near the town of Metulla. The archaeological mound, called Tell Abil el-Qameh, covers a huge 100 ...

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    19. At Hebrew University, all students will study entrepreneurship

      At Hebrew University, all students will study entrepreneurship

      In Israel, which boasts the greatest number of startups per capita in the world, and sports the nickname Startup Nation, entrepreneurship courses have been sprouting at universities and colleges throughout the country to meet a grassroots demand. These programs aim to arm students with much needed theory along with a toolbox of mentorships, networking and tips on how best to approach investors for funding.

      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, however, now wants to make entrepreneurship part of the staple diet of all of its students — including historians, engineers and philosophers.

      “Our vision is that each and every student, from semester ...

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    20. Jerusalem Incubator Inks Double Korean VC Partnership

      Jerusalem Incubator Inks Double Korean VC Partnership

      OurCrowd Labs/02, a Jerusalem-based seed-stage incubator, has announced on Monday a collaboration agreement with two Korean venture capital firms, Development Trusts NI (DTNI) and Yozma Group Korea, the Korean branch of Israeli venture capital firm Yozma Group.

      The incubator was created as a partnership between Motorola Solutions Inc., Israel-based equity crowdfunding company OurCrowd Ltd., Mumbai-headquartered holding company Reliance Industries Ltd., and Yissum Research Development, the knowledge transfer company of Jerusalem-based Hebrew University. The incubator is also backed by the Israel Innovation Authority, the Israeli government's tech investment arm. It focuses on deep technology startups in domains such as ...

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    21. Need Help with Your Math Homework? Ask the Worms

      Need Help with Your Math Homework? Ask the Worms

      Animals often rely on their sense of smell to locate food.  It’s a law of nature: the first one to reach a food source has a better chance of surviving than those who do not.  But how exactly do their brains translate scent and then navigate towards it?

      In new research published this week in Nature Communications, Hebrew University of Jerusalem neurogeneticist Dr. Alon Zaslaver and his team reveal the complex mathematical calculations that animals—even those as simple as worms—do to find their next meal. 

      Think of the game “Hot or Cold?”, says Zaslaver. “Imagine you’re ...

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    22. Virginia Tech and Hebrew University of Jerusalem to collaborate on research and student exchange

      Virginia Tech and Hebrew University of Jerusalem to collaborate on research and student exchange

      Although Virginia Tech and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are separated by more than 6,000 miles, the two institutions have a lot in common. Both universities are leading the charge to grow safe and nutritious food for a growing global population. Both are working to address the challenge of securing safe and healthy water for people around the world. And both are preparing a new generation of leaders to tackle these and many other issues that lay ahead.

      Both universities are leading the charge to grow safe and nutritious food for a growing global population. Both are working to ...

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    23. Small Agency of the Year, 11-75 Employees, Gold: Oberland | Special: Small Agency Conference and Awards - Ad Age

      Small Agency of the Year, 11-75 Employees, Gold: Oberland | Special: Small Agency Conference and Awards - Ad Age

      This social advocacy-focused firm creates top-notch work for clients including the Nature Conservancy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

      One of Oberland's cleverest projects last year was "Bubbe's Apps" for the American Friends of the Hebrew University. To help grow and diversify the charity's donor base, Oberland created a series of commercials centered around a spunky Jewish grandma, Bubbe, who creates her own apps to connect with her loved ones. Pointedly reminding her family to call ("What if somebody kidnapped me? Would you even know where to send the money?!") and more ...

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    24. Israeli stem cell startup raises $4 million for chemo effectiveness technology

      Israeli stem cell startup raises $4 million for chemo effectiveness technology

      NewStem Ltd., a Jerusalem-based biotech startup with a precision-medicine technology that it says can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy, said Monday it has raised $4 million in seed financing from a US-based company.

      The US firm is Hollywood Media Corp., a shell company whose shares are traded over the counter. On Monday, Hollywood Media, which previously operated in ad sales, said that it is undergoing a strategic transformation via its investment in NewStem, and refocusing on NewStem’s diagnostic technology. The US company is replacing its officers and directors, and intends to change its name to NovelStem International Corp.

      The ...

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