A study conducted by Professor Sagiv Shifman from the Life Sciences Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem [HUJI] and the Center for Autism Research has found that genes associated with autism tend to be involved in the regulation of other genes and operate preferentially in three areas of the brain: the cortex; the striatum;Continue Reading »
The advancement of modern technology often presents humanity with a catch-22 situation. On the one hand, new inventions provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. On the other, these novel discoveries also introduce a new set of problems that require innovative solutions. Take drones, for example. These nifty unmanned aerial devices openContinue Reading »
With the ink on a normalization agreement barely dry, Israel and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] are already working together to improve life in the region for more than just humans. A UAE conservation fund and Israeli naturalists are cooperating to preserve the houbara, a desert fowl facing the threat of extinction. The International FundContinue Reading »
Thursday, 19 November 2020 | In what Israeli media hailed as the “fruit of peace,” the first display of Israeli produce—including mounds of farm-fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from the Promised Land arranged proudly under the blue and white flag of Israel—appeared on the shelves of a leading United Arab Emirates (UAE) supermarket over theContinue Reading »
Modern medicine has an array of tools that aid the diagnostic process. None have possibly been more valuable than the X-ray machine. Discovered in 1895 by a German physicist, X-rays allow doctors to see beyond the body’s outer covering of skin and get a clearer understanding of what is happening within. This allows a headContinue Reading »
Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, is well-known for his belief in the importance of the nation’s southern desert regions. He said, “It is in the Negev that the creativity and pioneer vigor of Israel shall be tested.” Since the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948, farmers and researchers alike have been workingContinue Reading »
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 »
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