In a landmark discovery, researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have unraveled the metastatic mechanism of melanoma—the most aggressive and lethal type of skin cancer. Melanoma causes the death of one person every 52 minutes and despite a range of therapies developed over the years, there is still no full remedy for this life-threatening disease.Continue Reading »
Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. The raw material of the device is water, and its products are electric current, hydrogen and oxygen. The unique combination of a man-made BPEC cell and plant membranesContinue Reading »
Ill-fitting joint sockets, contact dermatitis and sebaceous cysts are just a few of the problems plaguing prosthetic patients. They result from pressure that prosthetic devices place on the soft tissue of their bodies. Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU), FOM Institute AMOLF and Leiden University have developed a new approach to manufacturing mechanical “metamaterials”—synthetic compositeContinue Reading »
Whether at school, in car accidents, on the sports field or the battlefield, mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a common part of our lives. It is especially frequent among children, athletes and the elderly. Now, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have shown that a single dose of a new molecule they developedContinue Reading »
A 240 meter (787 ft) solar tower is currently being built by the Israel-based Megalim Solar Power, which when completed will generate up to 121 megawatts of power, providing about 1% of Israel’s electricity consumption. Construction completion is expected in late 2017. Israel is aiming to generate 10% of its energy needs from renewable sourcesContinue Reading »
Many of us are familiar with the somewhat unpleasant medical procedure of electromyography—recording electrical signals through the skin. A novel skin electrode, recently developed at Tel Aviv University’s [TAU’s] Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, now takes this procedure out of the laboratory, doing away with the cold, sticky gel used to enhance conductivity. The friendlyContinue Reading »
We know that human-induced environmental changes are responsible for coral bleaching, disease, and infertility. Loss of the world’s stony coral reefs—up to 30% in the next 30 years, according to some estimates—will mean loss of their services, including sequestering some 70-90 million tons of carbon each year and supporting enormous marine biodiversity. Yet despite manyContinue Reading »
Legos and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. But while the favorite spreads haven’t changed all that much over time, the building blocks children play with in the 21st century certainly have. Enter BRIXO, an Israeli startup developing electric blocks that bring high-tech functionality to low-tech toys. With BRIXO, kids can create simpleContinue Reading »
The cloud of war constantly hanging over Israel has one shiny silver lining: groundbreaking advances in wound care developed for the battlefield and then shared with the rest of humanity. Now another novel product has been designed originally with soldiers in mind but with a much broader potential: WoundClot gauze, a flexible and easy-to-handle materialContinue Reading »
Omer Arad was on a routine dive when he had one of the most terrifying experiences of his life. “More than 80 feet [24.4 m] below sea level, a malfunction prevented the airflow from the tank to the regulator in my mouth,” said Arad, a computer-science student at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.Continue Reading »
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