Most of us drive over bridges without a thought for our safety—or lack thereof. Yet many of those structures are, in fact, dangerously unsound. A quick internet search for “bridge collapses” reveals an alarming number of global catastrophic events, usually with many human casualties. For instance, 43 people were killed when an aging bridge inContinue Reading »
As the world’s population grows and becomes more industrialized, landfills groan under the weight of its garbage. Each year two billion tons of waste is generated, and that number is expected to more than double by 2050. A solution is desperately needed. In our August 2018 issue of the Dispatch from Jerusalem, we reported onContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 | Every year in the United States more than 35,000 people die and 2.8 million get sick from antibiotic-resistant infections. Now, a team led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s (HU) Professor Nathalie Balaban and Shaarei Zedek Medical Center’s Dr. Maskit Bar-Meir has shown that resilient bacteria may be treatable with currently-availableContinue Reading »
It’s enough to drive you up the wall. Right before nodding off, you hear it: the unmistakable whine, evidence of a miniature pest on a mission to bite and suck your blood. Mosquitos are universally reviled—not only for their propensity to turn a good night’s sleep into a mosquito hunt or for marking their victimsContinue Reading »
Thursday, 9 January 2020 | After decades of expensive experiments, failed projects and fruitless ventures, [the] Israeli defense establishment unveiled its latest revolutionary technological achievement. The Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday it has successfully developed a laser-based air defense system. The system is meant to intercept aerial threats ranging from mortar fire, drones, medium rangeContinue Reading »
Thanks to year-long joint research between the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Israeli weapons manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the first tiny handheld drones are now operational in Israel. These state-of-the-art drones, which are no bigger than 7.8 inches (20 cm) in size, can be used in a multitude of tasks, such asContinue Reading »
It is a feeling that many who receive a cancer diagnosis can identify with: heartbreak and fear, followed by hopes that chemotherapy will save the day. Unfortunately for many patients, chemo’s painful side effects cause them to stop treatment prematurely. Now, a research team headed by Professor Alexander Binshtok, head of the Pain Plasticity ResearchContinue Reading »
The time it takes to grow a little life inside a woman’s belly can often cause stress that makes parents’ hearts skip a beat. That’s why an Israeli biomedical engineer—and father who underwent the stress of going back and forth to doctor appointments with his pregnant wife to monitor their unborn child’s health—cofounded HeraMED, aContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 | Israel has taken another step in moving from fossil fuels to environmentally friendly renewable energy, approving its biggest plant of unique solar panels to date. The plant, which is for commercial use, operates without generating pollution or any greenhouse gas emissions. The Electricity Authority (TEA) and Energy Minister Yuval SteinitzContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 | Researchers at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa have developed an inexpensive, environmentally friendly and safe hydrogen production technology. Another world-beating development from the ‘start-up nation’. Technion researchers have developed an innovative, clean, inexpensive, and safe technology for producing hydrogen. The technology significantly improves the efficiency of hydrogenContinue Reading »
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