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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Is This Seal the Earliest Evidence of the Prophet Isaiah?

      Is This Seal the Earliest Evidence of the Prophet Isaiah?

      Some 2,700 years ago, someone pressed a seal bearing the name Isaiah into a soft piece of clay, which hardened over time, say archaeologists who discovered the impression in Jerusalem.

      If the seal was for the prophet Isaiah, it would be the first archaeological evidence of the Jewish prophet, who has a book in the Hebrew Bible named after him.

      Isaiah, according to the Hebrew Bible, encouraged Hezekiah, king of Judah, to fight against the Assyrian army that laid siege to Jerusalem in 701 B.C. Isaiah advised Hezekiah to ignore Assyrian offers to surrender, and said that God ...

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    8. World famous Israeli mathematician to receive 2018 Israel Prize

      World famous Israeli mathematician to receive 2018 Israel Prize

      The Education Ministry's announcement that Professor Alex Lubotzky is to be awarded the prestigious Israel prize on Israel's 70th Independence Day for Research in Mathematics and Computer Science took no one by surprise.

      The prize committee, explaining its choice, stated that the internationally renowned Israel-born mathematician has contributed greatly to his field with original "research in finite and infinite group theory, including topological, algebraic and arithmetical groups and that his work has had influence in many fields, most especially expander graphs."

      Professor Lubotzky, the son of Holocaust survivors, served in the IDF as a captain in a special ...

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    9. Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert

      Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert

      RAMON CRATER, Israel (Reuters) - A team of six Israeli researchers on Sunday ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in Israel's Negev desert where they simulated living conditions on the Red Planet, Israel's Science and Technology Ministry said.

      The experiment was held near the isolated Israeli township of Mitzpe Ramon, whose surroundings resemble the Martian environment in its geology, aridity, appearance and desolation, the ministry said.

      The participants were investigating various fields relevant to a future Mars mission, including satellite communications, the psychological effects of isolation, radiation measurements and searching for life signs in soil.

      Participant Guy Ron, a ...

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    10. Prof. Sergiu Hart to receive Israel Prize in economic research, statistics

      Prof. Sergiu Hart to receive Israel Prize in economic research, statistics

      Prof. Sergiu Hart of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be awarded the Israel Prize for economic research and statistics, the Education Ministry announced on Thursday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Yoav Benjamini.

      In its decision, the prize committee called Prof. Hart – a former president of the World Association of Game Theory and member of the Academy of Sciences of Israel, Europe and the United States – one of the world’s leading economists.

      “Prof. Hart specializes in the field of game theory and its comprehensive implications in various economic fields. Among ...

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    11. Hebrew U. researchers show which foods prevent, promote dementia

      Hebrew U. researchers show which foods prevent, promote dementia

      Foods can determine whether someone will suffer from dementia in later years, according to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot.

      A large-scale international study that included the university recently examined how food affects brain health for people aged 50 and older. The researchers were able to show that diet affects the risk of dementia.

      This conclusion, although logical, is not self-evident, said Prof. Aron Troen, an expert in nutritional neuroscience and the prevention of cerebrovascular disease and dementia, and the principal investigator of Hebrew University’s Nutrition and Brain Health ...

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    12. Guide In Medical of the NGT3 VC Fund Received FDA Approval - IATI

      Guide In Medical of the NGT3 VC Fund Received FDA Approval - IATI

      Guide In Medical, a medical device startup, which operates as part of the NGT3 Technological Incubator based in Nazareth Israel, has announced receiving FDA market approval for its innovative IRRIS device. The device facilitates performing intubation, an essential and routine medical procedure in which a tube is inserted into the trachea to help open the patient's airway. 

      Guide In Medical is currently in a second financing round to raise $2 million. The Company is poised for setting up distribution systems in Europe, having received CE Marking approval in 2017, and now in the U.S. upon receiving FDA approval ...

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    13. Prof. Edwin Seroussi to be awarded Israel Prize for musicology

      Prof. Edwin Seroussi to be awarded Israel Prize for musicology

      Prof. Edwin Seroussi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be awarded the Israel Prize for his research in culture, arts and musicology, the Education Ministry announced on Tuesday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Eitan Steinberg.

      In its decision, the prize committee hailed Prof. Seroussi’s contribution and achievements in the study of Jewish music in the region of Andalusia (Spain and North Africa) and the Ottoman Empire.

      “Prof. Seroussi is a pioneer in the research of popular music and Sephardi music (dubbed Mediterranean music),” the prize committee wrote. “The fruits ...

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    14. Israel Prize in literature to be awarded to David Grossman

      Israel Prize in literature to be awarded to David Grossman

      Author David Grossman will be awarded the Israel Prize for Hebrew literature and poetry, the Education Ministry announced on Monday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Avner Holtzman and congratulated Grossman.

      “Since the early 1980’s, David Grossman has taken his place at the center of Israeli culture and he is one of the most profound, moving, and influential voices in our literature,” the prize committee wrote in its decision.

      In his novels, books, essays, documentary writing, in his extensive creations for children, he presented a series of masterpieces that excel in ...

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    15. One drug could treat Alzheimer’s, MS, Crohn’s and more

      One drug could treat Alzheimer’s, MS, Crohn’s and more

      Could one drug effectively treat incurable inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis as well as neurodegenerative maladies such as Alzheimer’s disease?

      Yes, says Prof. David Naor, speaking with ISRAEL21c at the Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology in Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem.

      All these diseases, he explains, are associated with pathological amyloid proteins that could be neutralized by the 5-mer peptide Naor has spent the last 10 years researching and developing with the support of the university’s Yissum technology-transfer company, the Israeli government and Spherium Biomed of Spain ...

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    16. 3 Israeli universities in top 50 of Times Higher Education Asia Rankings

      3 Israeli universities in top 50 of Times Higher Education Asia Rankings

      Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology all ranked in the top 50 in the 2018 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings released this week.

      Tel Aviv University ranked 25th in Asia, down three spots from last years, making it the highest-rated Israeli institution in the Asia rankings, while the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked 27th and the Technion came in 41st.

      Also in the rankings, the University of Haifa ranked 100th while Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba was No. 104.

      These are the sixth annual Asia University Rankings published by the Times ...

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    17. The Argument Against Quantum Computers

      The Argument Against Quantum Computers

      ixteen years ago, on a cold February day at Yale University, a poster caught Gil Kalai’s eye. It advertised a series of lectures by Michel Devoret, a well-known expert on experimental efforts in quantum computing. The talks promised to explore the question “Quantum Computer: Miracle or Mirage?” Kalai expected a vigorous discussion of the pros and cons of quantum computing. Instead, he recalled, “the skeptical direction was a little bit neglected.” He set out to explore that skeptical view himself.

      Today, Kalai, a mathematician at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is one of the most prominent of a loose group ...

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    18. Merck opens Jerusalem innovation lab

      Merck opens Jerusalem innovation lab

      The laboratory is part of Merck’s commitment to Israel, collaboration with the Hebrew University, and development efforts in nanotechnologies and materials.

      Merck Group, the German pharmaceutical and life sciences company, today inaugurated a technology innovation laboratory at its subsidiary Qlight Nanotech in Jerusalem, hosted on the Hebrew University’s Edmund J. Safra Campus. The laboratory is part of Merck’s commitment to Israel, collaboration with the Hebrew University, and development efforts in nanotechnologies and materials.

      Qlight Nanotech was established through Yissum, the technology transfer company of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, partnering Prof. Uri Banin of The Hebrew University ...

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    19. Can Israeli scientists save Darwin’s finches?

      Can Israeli scientists save Darwin’s finches?

      The Galápagos Islands are known for their unique animal species – giant tortoises, iguanas and sea lions – but none are more legendary than the group of birds known as Darwin’s finches.

      Early discoveries from these tiny songbirds, which measure no bigger than a sparrow, are credited for having helped Charles Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Now, 11 of the 13 finch species found in the Galápagos are in danger of extinction due to a parasitic fly’s fatal impact on the populations.

      A research team from the Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty ...

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    20. Pollution’s impact on weather, crops worse than once thought

      Pollution’s impact on weather, crops worse than once thought

      Even the tiniest of particles from human emissions can fuel powerful storms and influence weather and crops much more than previously thought, according to new research published January 26 in the journal Science. The study focuses on the power of manmade aerosol emissions to grow rain clouds and intensify storms. These particles come from urban and industrial air pollution, wildfires and other sources. While scientists have known that these particles play an important role in shaping weather and climate, the new study shows that even the smallest aerosol particles can have an outsize effect, creating more severe thunderstorms, which in ...

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    21. The pomegranate potential

      The pomegranate potential

      Pomegranates are known to contain powerful antioxidants that fight the oxygen free radicals that cause inflammation, accelerated aging of the tissues, the activation of harmful genes within DNA and an overloaded immune system. Various herbs, spices such as turmeric and teas, as well as dark chocolate, pecans, fruits like blueberries, goji berries, elderberries, cranberries, blackberries and vegetables and pulses like sweet potatoes, broccoli, artichoke and kidney beans also reduce the effects of oxidative damage in the body.

      The leading health problems facing us today – including conditions like heart disease, cancer, dementia and other neurological diseases – have been linked to increased ...

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    22. Meet Hebrew University's top cannabis researcher – J.

      Meet Hebrew University's top cannabis researcher – J.

      Attorney General Jeff Sessions unwittingly has become a key supporter of Israel’s thriving medical marijuana industry. Just ask cannabis researcher Yossi Tam.

      Speaking in Palo Alto this week, the Israeli expert on cannabinoids — chemicals that give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties — said anti-pot politics in the United States have allowed Israel’s medical marijuana industry to thrive. Israel even has attracted some of the top American researchers, he said.

      Israel even has attracted some of the top American researchers, he said. After all, in the U.S., marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug, alongside heroin and ...

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    23. Why Israel rocks at commercializing academic innovations

      Why Israel rocks at commercializing academic innovations

      It’s no coincidence that Harvard and UCLA chose experienced Israelis to direct their technology-transfer offices. Cash-strapped universities urgently need to streamline the transfer of inventions from lab bench to market, and Israeli TTOs have a remarkable track record of generating more revenue from IP sales than any other country except the United States. “Universities are reinventing themselves as micro environments for innovation and entrepreneurship. A university that can’t demonstrate its impact on industry and the marketplace will become less relevant in the future,” says Benjamin Soffer, chairman of Israel Tech Transfer Network. Soffer, who frequently hosts TTO officials ...

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    24. Martin Buber Supported MLK In Letter To LBJ

      Martin Buber Supported MLK In Letter To LBJ

      Just before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Library of Israel has unveiled a timely letter from its Martin Buber Archive. In 1965 Buber, just before his death, joined a group of Hebrew University professors in writing to President Lyndon B. Johnson to emphasize the importance of the end of King’s brief incarceration following a march on Selma, Alabama. King had received the Nobel Peace Prize the previous year. “We are taking the liberty to express our deep satisfaction that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is now again a free man and can continue his righteous fight for ...

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