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    1. Hebrew University Researchers to Collaborate with GRAIL

      Hebrew University Researchers to Collaborate with GRAIL

      June 12, 2018-Yissum, the Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced a strategic collaboration with GRAIL, Inc., a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. Under the agreement, GRAIL will sponsor a research program led by Professor Yuval Dor of the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine.

      Professor Dor, working with Dr. Ruth Shemer, Dr. Tommy Kaplan, and Professor Benjamin Glaser from Hadassah Medical Center, is creating a method to determine the tissue origins of circulating DNA, using epigenetic "identity marks" from the DNA that are typical to each cell ...

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    2. Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel - ABC News

      Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel - ABC News

      An enigmatic sculpture of a king's head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts.

      The 5-centimeter (2-inch) sculpture is an exceedingly rare example of figurative art from the Holy Land during the 9th century B.C. — a period associated with biblical kings. Exquisitely preserved but for a bit of missing beard, nothing quite like it has been found before.

      While scholars are certain the stern bearded figure wearing a golden crown represents royalty, they are less sure which king it symbolizes, or which ...

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    3. Hebrew University squeezes into top 100 in Times Higher Education ranking

      Hebrew University squeezes into top 100 in Times Higher Education ranking

      The UK magazine Times Higher Education, which publishes an annual ranking of global universities, has placed Hebrew University of Jerusalem among the top 100 most powerful global university brands. This marks the first time since 2014 that an Israeli university has been included in this list, the university said in a statement. The World Reputation Rankings 2018 surveyed more than 10,000 leading academics from 137 countries, the statement said. They were asked to name 15 universities that are the best for research and teaching, based on their own experience. Hebrew University is the only Israeli university listed in this ...

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      Mentions: Humanities
    4. Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New Water Pipeline to Jerusalem

      Beautiful New Stalactite Cave Discovered During Work for New Water Pipeline to Jerusalem

      A previously unknown stalactite cave was discovered this week deep underground in the Jerusalem Hills, thanks to the digging of a fifth water pipeline to Jerusalem and some luck.

      The karstic cavern contains hundreds of limestone stalagmites and stalagmites in all sorts of forms. Based on the humidity and amount of water inside, the cave is apparently still active: The stalactites are continuing to grow, one drop at a time.

      The complex of stalactite caves serendipitously found during this tunnel project has gummed up the works before.

      Inside the cave on Thursday. Emil Salman

      The pipeline project, the largest water ...

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      Mentions: Humanities
    5. Startup Says It's First to Copy Spider's Silk Spinning Process

      Startup Says It's First to Copy Spider's Silk Spinning Process

      As territorial and cannibalistic creatures, Spiders have defied our attempts to domesticate them for the purpose of harvesting their silk. But because a strand of spider silk is as much as six times stronger than steel and five times lighter, scientists have long searched for ways to replicate or mimic the production of this natural protein fiber. 

      Trying to imagine all the possible real-world applications of readily produced spider silk can lead to fantastical ideas. It turns out, some scientists calculated a few years ago, that Spider-Man’s famous feat of stopping a runaway subway train with spider webs is ...

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    6. High Exposure: Canon Inc. Acquires Briefcam

      High Exposure: Canon Inc. Acquires Briefcam

      May 9, 2018 – Today, the Japanese giant, Canon Inc., announced its acquisition of BriefCam, the industry’s leading provider of Video Synopsis® solutions, which is based on technology developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The acquisition demonstrates the dynamism of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s research and innovation and comes on the heels of other high-profile startup exits whose technologies were based on research conducted at Hebrew University and licensed through its technology transfer company, Yissum.

      BriefCam turns video surveillance into actionable intelligence and dramatically shortens the time-to-target for security threats while increasing safety and optimizing operations. Its ...

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    7. Hebrew University's Yissum launches ag-tech accelerator

      Hebrew University's Yissum launches ag-tech accelerator

      Yissum Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in collaboration with its seed investment fund AgrInnovation, today announced the launch of HUGrow, a new food and ag-tech accelerator. The accelerator will focus on emerging technologies based on research conducted at Hebrew University.

      HUGrow is the third acceleration track of HUstart, the Hebrew University's Entrepreneurship Center. Eight projects were selected to participate in the accelerator's first cohort, four of which are general ag-tech and four of which are water and food-tech oriented. The announcement comes as the AgriVest conference, an initiative of The Trendlines Group, GreenSoil Investments ...
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    8. Hidden Text Found on 'Blank' Dead Sea Scrolls

      Hidden Text Found on 'Blank' Dead Sea Scrolls

      Previously hidden text on fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls is now readable, revealing a possible undiscovered scroll and solving a debate about the sacred Temple Scroll. The discoveries came from a new infrared analysis of the artifacts, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced yesterday (May 1).

      The newfound writing came from the books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus, which are in the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Old Testament of the Christian Bible), and the Book of Jubilees, a text written at the same time as the Hebrew Bible that was never incorporated into the biblical books, the archaeologists ...

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      Mentions: Bible Humanities
    9. Lab-grown meat co FutureMeat Technologies raises $2.2m

      Lab-grown meat co FutureMeat Technologies raises $2.2m

      The Israeli company is developing a distributive manufacturing platform for the cost-efficient, non-GMO production of meat directly from animal cells.

      Jerusalem-based biotechnology lab-grown meat company Future Meat Technologies has announced a $2.2 million seed investment round co-led by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. Tyson Foods is a Fortune 100 company, and one of the world’s largest food producers. Future Meat Technologies is developing a distributive manufacturing platform for the cost-efficient, non-GMO production of meat directly from animal cells, without the need to raise or harvest animals.

      In addition to Tyson Ventures, the Neto Group ...

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    10. Fluence to build seawater desalination plant in Mexico

      Fluence to build seawater desalination plant in Mexico

      Fluence Corporation will build a $48 million, 5.8 million gallon/day seawater desalination plant for Comisión Estatal del Agua de Baja California (CEA), the State Water Commission of Baja California, to provide water for the town of San Quintin, Mexico. Pending legislative hurdles, construction could begin as early as the beginning of the third quarter of 2018 and should be fully operational within 20 months of the start date. The San Quintin desalination plant will serve more than 100,000 residents in Baja California, a region the Mexican government has declared in drought since 2014. Fluence and its local ...

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    11. Prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to increased ASD and ADHD risk

      Prolonged acetaminophen use during pregnancy linked to increased ASD and ADHD risk

      April 24, 2018 – A study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem sheds new light on the possible relationship between prolonged use of acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy and the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood.

      Acetaminophen is one of the most common medications used for treatment of pain and fever reduction during pregnancy and is considered safe in humans. However, evidence of neuro-disruptive properties is accumulating: past studies have shown that long-term administration of low doses of acetaminophen may affect the development of the fetal nervous system, and that this effect is often seen years after exposure during childhood. 

      Now, researchers ...

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      Mentions: Medicine/Health
    12. The Goal: Printing the Perfect Burger from Cellulose

      The Goal: Printing the Perfect Burger from Cellulose

      Israeli food tech company Chef-it is about 18-24 months away from disrupting the fast food burger industry, according to Oded Shoseyov, Chef-it’s co-founder. The startup’s secret weapon: cellulose.

      Chef-it is developing a machine that can instantly “print” a juicy burger from a cartridge containing plant-based proteins, fats, and flavor components and the aforementioned cellulose, a common fiber that can be manipulated into a variety of textures, including that of beef muscle and fat. Chef-it’s technology uses infrared light to simultaneously cook the food as it prints.

      Oded Shoseyov. Photo: Tal AzoulayOded Shoseyov. Photo: Tal Azoulay

      According to Mr. Shoseyov, a professor ...

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    13. Scientists chart a new map of human genome using stem cells

      Scientists chart a new map of human genome using stem cells

      April 22, 2018 – Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem generated an atlas of the human genome using a state-of-the-art gene editing technology and human embryonic stem cells, illuminating the roles that our genes play in health and disease. The scientists reported their findings in the journal Nature Cell Biology.

      Embryonic stem cells are a unique resource as they can turn into any adult cell in our bodies. Their versatile nature puts them at the center of attention in the fields of regenerative medicine, disease modeling, and drug discovery. In parallel to the discovery of human embryonic stem cells, another ...

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    14. Your memories could be read and replayed after you DIE

      Your memories could be read and replayed after you DIE

      Our memories leave a clear and unique genetic mark on our brains, according to researchers form the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. These can be decoded after we die. 

      That's the remarkable discovery of scientists in Israel who say these genetic markers could be used to unlock memories after people die. 

      The technology opens the door to strange scenarios, similar to those portrayed in the series 'Black Mirror', where investigators can record and playback the memories of suspected criminals.

      It could even lead to a future in which police are able to read and replay memories of murder victims to ...

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      Mentions: Medicine/Health
    15. Israel: The Startup Charitable Nation

      Israel: The Startup Charitable Nation

      Throughout the world, Israel is known as the “startup nation,” where investors are increasingly drawn to the innovation and brainpower that are its greatest natural resources. Accordingly, philanthropists are starting to look at their Israel-related donations less as one-shot gifts and more as charitable contributions with characteristics more typically associated with venture investments.

      An anonymous donor recently gave $1 million to the American Friends of Hebrew University (AFHU). The university invested the same sum of money in Agrinnovation, an Israeli agricultural investment fund partially owned by Yissum, HU’s technology commercialization company. Agrinnovation invests exclusively in cutting-edge agricultural technologies, food ...

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    16. Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

      Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

      Where will our food come from in the future? How will its nutritional value improve? Will we still be eating meat or will everyone become vegetarian? And what about the people who are just too busy to eat?Professor Oren Froy has all the answers.

      In this video made by White Animation for the Israel 70+ project in honor of Israel's upcoming 70th anniversary of independence, Professor Oren Froy from Hebrew University tells us all about the future of food in Israel and the world. Professor Oren Froy is head of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Biochemistry, Food ...

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      Mentions: Agriculture cancer
    17. Prof. Yaacov Nahmias, creator of cultured meat technology, honored in Washington

      Prof. Yaacov Nahmias, creator of cultured meat technology, honored in Washington

      JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli biomedical engineer Prof. Yaacov Nahmias of Hebrew University, who created cultured meat technology, was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. The ceremony was held Sunday in Washington DC. The top two percent of biomedical engineers are accepted to the institute. He is the fourth Israeli ever to be accepted to AIMBE. Nachmias, director of HU’s Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering, invented Future Meat, the process for lab grown meat that could reduce the need for slaughterhouses and which already has become a topic of conversation in the world of ...

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    18. A Cache of Coins: Dozens of Coins Discovered in Cave near Temple Mount

      A Cache of Coins: Dozens of Coins Discovered in Cave near Temple Mount

      March 26, 2018—Bronze coins, the last remnants of a four-year Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, were found near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These bronze coins were discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located below the Temple Mount’s southern wall.  

      These 1.5cm bronze coins were left behind by Jewish residents who hid in a large cave (7x14 meters) for four years (66-70 C.E.)—from the Roman siege of Jerusalem, up until the destruction of the Second Temple and the city of Jerusalem.

      While several of the coins ...

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    19. Smaller and Faster: The Terahertz Computer Chip is now Within Reach

      Smaller and Faster:  The Terahertz Computer Chip is now Within Reach

      March 25, 2018 —Following three years of extensive research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) physicist Dr. Uriel Levy and his team have created technology that will enable our computers—and all optic communication devices—to run 100 times faster through terahertz microchips.

      Until now, two major challenges stood in the way of creating the terahertz microchip: overheating and scalability.  

      However, in a paper published this week in Laser and Photonics Review, Dr. Levy, head of HU’s Nano-Opto Group and HU emeritus professor Joseph Shappir have shown proof of concept for an optic technology that integrates the speed of optic ...

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    20. How Older Widow Spiders Seduce Younger Males—And Eat Them

      How Older Widow Spiders Seduce Younger Males—And Eat Them

      When it comes to wooing the ladies, male brown widow spiders don’t always make the best decisions.

      On paper, younger females are the better option—they don’t demand a lengthy courtship and they’re more fertile than their older counterparts. They are also much less likely to eat their mates alive. (Read more about how male widows avoid becoming lunch.)

      Yet when given a choice, male brown widow spiders opt for older females, according to new research published in Animal Behaviour.

      “We thought that we would find some benefit that the males have in mating with older females ...

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    21. Stephen Hawking was admired by Israeli physicists for his insights and his humanity

      Stephen Hawking was admired by Israeli physicists for his insights and his humanity

      JERUSALEM (JTA) — Dr. Stephen Hawking was a rare and inspirational man whose deep insights into the mysteries of the physical universe were matched only by his courage in the face of a cruel, debilitating illness, which he met with good spirit and a unique sense of humor.

      In the wake of his passing, those who have commented on his legacy have focused not only on his work as a scientist and a communicator of science, but also on his display of human spirit.

      At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Racah Institute of Physics, our interactions with Dr. Hawking were ...

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    22. Koalas, horses and pygmy goats (oh my!) in Israeli-UC Davis vet team-up

      Koalas, horses and pygmy goats (oh my!) in Israeli-UC Davis vet team-up

      A list of the collaborative work between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine — the only veterinary school in Israel — reads something like a “who’s who” of the animal kingdom. Nearly 65,000 cats, dogs, horses, cows and goats (including pygmy and Nubian varieties) are cared for annually at the Davis and Rehovot facilities, along with the occasional gorilla, koala and wallaby.

      Nearly 65,000 cats, dogs, horses, cows and goats (including pygmy and Nubian varieties) are cared for annually at the Davis and Rehovot facilities, along with the occasional gorilla, koala ...

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    23. Novel process removes mercury from factory emissions | ISRAEL21c

      Novel process removes mercury from factory emissions | ISRAEL21c

      Unique made-in-Israel technology also renders the separated toxic metal stable and safe for disposal.

      Toxic mercury spewing out of coal-fired power plants, waste-incineration facilities, cement factories, metal processing plants and many other industries pollutes the air, water, and land.

      To comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations, facility managers are always seeking improved technologies for reducing and even eliminating mercury emissions.

      And that’s why Israeli startup MercuRemoval of Netanya is generating so much steam.

      MercuRemoval’s novel process for removing toxic mercury from flue-gas streams originated in the chemistry lab of Hebrew University professors Yoel Sasson and Zach Barnea. The ...

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    24. Changing Tides: Darwinism Discovered in Sea Anemone Venom

      Changing Tides: Darwinism Discovered in Sea Anemone Venom

      Hebrew University researcher discovers Darwinism at work, as sea anemones adapt their venom to accommodate changing prey and sea conditions

      Many animals use venom to protect themselves from predators and to catch prey. Some, like jellyfish, have tentacles, while others, like bees and snakes, use stingers and fangs to inject their prey with venomous toxins. 

      For a long time, scientists believed that an animal’s venom was consistent over time: once a venomous creature, always a venomous creature. However, through a close study of sea anemones, Dr. Yehu Moran of the Hebrew University’s Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Science ...

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