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Israel Helps Blossom the Desert in Developing Countries

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 working

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An MRI for Bridges

March 13, 2020

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 in

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Turning Household Waste into a Renewable Resource

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 on

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Israeli Discovery Nips Mosquito Problem in the Bud

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 victims

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The Next Generation of Reconnaissance Drones

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 as

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Israeli Discovery Could Revolutionize Chemotherapy

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 Research

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Prenatal Peace of Mind

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, a

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Bluetooth Beacons Prevent Items from Getting Lost

First World sufferers can rest assured knowing one of their biggest problems is well on its way to being solved: lost socks. With new Bluetooth-enabled beacons the size of a postage stamp (for anyone under 20, that’s about the size of the top half of your thumb), frustrated launders can now track their missing socks

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All-in-one Aura Air Intelligently Manages Indoor Air Quality

The seed for the idea was sown 20 years ago when teenage brothers Eldar and Aviad Shnaiderman helped their father with his air conditioner and maintenance business. “We saw what was happening on the inside of the units, and we thought, wow, it’s so dirty,” Aviad told Israel21c. “This is what we’re breathing?” Their experience

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A Permanent Solution for ADHD Sufferers?

An estimated 51.1 million children globally suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a brain condition marked by impaired concentration, hyperactivity and impulsivity with no regards to consequences. While there is at present no cure for ADHD, treatment options like medication, psychotherapy, counseling and lifestyle changes can help reduce the symptoms and improve day-to-day functionality—with

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