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Inventions & Innovations

Pilots Get Virtual View

{image_1}Fighter pilots have a lot to pay attention to. In addition to their targets ahead, they have to focus on an array of complicated flight instruments. Traditionally, this has meant occasional glances away from the destination or target, which can lead to potential distractions when every moment counts. But thanks to the new Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS—developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems and its US subsidiary Vision Systems International (VSI)—pilots can keep their eyes where they should be, on their targets.

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A Promise Of Oral Insulin

{image_1}When Dr. Miriam Kidron, a scientist from Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, first announced that she and a group of fellow researchers planned to bring oral insulin for diabetics to market, most people thought the idea was ridiculous. It took 25 years of research, but now Kidron is proving her detractors wrong.

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Dirty Water to Clean Water––Instantly

{image_1}The Sulis Personal Purification System takes all the ingredients needed to transform dirty water into clean water––be it for stranded hikers, soldiers in the field, or victims of disasters––and has miniaturized the technology to fit into the top of a cork that can be plugged into virtually any size bottle, container, or tap.

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Hearing Aid in the Mouth

June 12, 2007

Audiodent, a small Israeli start-up based in Omer, near Beersheva, has developed an innovative new hearing aid that clips easily inside the mouth, using the teeth and jawbone to transmit sound to the brain.

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Safe Exit from High-Rises

{image_1}Israeli company SAFEXIT is offering an innovative escape route down the outside of the building when all other avenues are cut off. What’s more, it can be retrofitted into new or existing buildings. Yoav Barzilai, SAFEXIT’s vice president of R&D and 27-year veteran of the Israeli police’s elite anti-terror unit, knew he had to find a solution as he watched people jump from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

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Umbilical Cord Blood Saves Life

March 18, 2007

For the first time in Israel, the life of a woman suffering from secondary acute leukemia was saved by umbilical cord blood donated by two mothers after they gave birth. Stem cells from cord blood do not have to be the exact tissue type of the recipient, unlike bone marrow from adults. The graft “took” in two weeks rather than the month it usually takes for bone marrow.

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Nanotechnology Replaces Dog’s Nose

March 18, 2007

When the police use dogs to sniff for explosives or drugs, they are taking advantage of the complex structure of a dog’s nose. Dogs have hundreds of millions of tiny fibers in their noses, and these fibers contain receptors that identify substances. The large number of fibers and the way they are arranged in the nasal cavity forms a large internal field that enables very high sensitivity, even to low concentrations of substances.

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Fixing the Brain

March 18, 2007

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute have discovered a method that may facilitate the revival of dead brain cells caused by head trauma, stroke, or disease. The new method gets rid of excess glutamate, which floods damaged areas of the brain, leading to the death of larger areas after a trauma. Glutamate carries impulses from one nerve cell to another. When brain cells are damaged, they spill out and overexcite the cells they touch, killing them as well.

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Preventing Coronary Artery Obstruction

January 3, 2007

Israeli researchers at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new approach to prevent the obstruction of coronary arteries following balloon angioplasty and stent insertion. Professor Noah Lotan explains that “balloon angioplasty damages the blood vessels. The new tissue created around the wound can cause a new obstruction.” This happens within the first six months of the angioplasty in 30–40% of patients and is caused by tissue growing from blood vessel walls.

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Laser Destroys Roadside Bombs

January 3, 2007

Rafael, Israel’s leading developer of arms-related technology, and American defense contractor General Dynamics have produced and deployed the system called Thor. It uses the concentrated energy of a high-powered laser to clear unexploded bombs and improvised explosive devices.

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