Archive for Innovations & Discoveries

‘Made in Israel’ Anti-Radiation Vest to be Tested by NASA In Deep Space

 

NASA plans to use Israeli firm’s StemRad’s upper-body vest, that protects vital organs, bone marrow & tissues that are especially sensitive to radiation, in future manned missions to space.

By Tofi Stoler

 

The Israel Space Agency (ISA) announced on Tuesday that it is entering an agreement with NASA to test a radiation suit manufactured by Israeli company StemRad Ltd. during a deep space mission. The agreement is scheduled to be signed at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado later that day.

StemRad’s anti-radiation vest. – Photo: PR

Dubbed AstroRad, the vest-like suit, first adapted for female astronauts, protects vital body organs and tissues which are especially sensitive to radiation damage such as lungs, bone marrow, the large intestine, the chest and the ovaries, the agency said in a statement. Continue Reading »

‘Eitan’ – Tests completed for the most advanced APC in the world

WATCH VIDEO: ‘Eitan,’ Israel’s newest armored personnel carrier in the IDF, complete with RAFAEL’s ‘Trophy system,’ providing 100% protection against any kind of anti-tank missiles attack, has successfully passed a series of tests on Israel’s tough terrain.

By Rafael Levi

 

The Administration for Merkava and Armored Combat Vehicles in the Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with the Ground Forces and the Nahal Brigade, have completed a series of extensive tests on the “Eitan” armored personnel carrier.

The tests examined “Eitan’s” performance in difficult terrain in various areas of the country, from the Golan Heights to southern Israel, as well as its performance on the road. Continue Reading »

Dead Sea Scrolls to be Palestinian’s next religious ‘theft’ at UNESCO

Complicit in the theft of religious heritage sites, UNESCO happily ascribed to the ‘Palestinians’, Christianity’s Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2012; the agricultural terraces of Battir, site of the ancient Jewish fortress at Betar, in 2014; Judaism’s Tomb of the Patriarchs in 2017, but their most egregious abandonment of their responsibilities, in 2016 UNESCO ignored the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

BY HERB KEINON, TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

The next “prize” the Palestinians will likely claim as their own at UNESCO will probably be the archeological site of Qumran and its Dead Sea Scrolls, Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Israel’s mini space lab arrives at International Space Station

Israel’s 5.1lb mini-lab developed by SpacePharm will be conducting its first experiments on living cells in microgravity environment, simulating body temperature, and will be controlled remotely from Earth.

By Ilan Gattegno

 

An Israeli-developed, state-of-the-art space laboratory hosting four science experiments docked in the International Space Station Tuesday after a successful launch.

The space lab, built by Israeli company SpacePharma with the support of the Science Ministry’s Israel Space Agency,  is unique in that it requires no physical human contact, as it is controlled remotely by researchers on Earth.

Two of the experiments to be conducted on the space lab were developed by American researchers and one was developed by Swiss researchers. Continue Reading »

State of Israel receives Technology Pioneer Award for David’s Sling Weapons System

Israel’s David’s Sling anti-missile defense system receives int’l award for technological innovation that serves Israel’s current 3-tier defense systems, filling the gap between the long-range Arrow defense system and the shorter-range Iron Dome interceptor.

By i24NEWS

 

Israel’s latest creation in defense technology, the David’s Sling Weapons System, received an award for technological innovation on Tuesday, a press release from the Israeli ministry of defense announced Wednesday.

Israel’s missile defense system David’s Sling wins 2017 Technology Pioneer Award – Photo: Defense Ministry

The Technology Pioneer Award was granted and accepted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) director Moshe Patel on behalf of the State of Israel at the 2017 Multinational Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Conference in Boston. Continue Reading »

FDA approves Israeli-developed, personally tailored cancer-killer drug

Developed by researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute and Sourasky Medical Center, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked the approval for their cancer treatment Yescarta, based on technology that uses the patient’s immune system to destroy cancer cells.
• List price in U.S. for the personally tailored drug is $373,000.

By Hezi Sternlicht & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Kite Pharma, founded by Israeli-American Professor Arie Belldegrun in 2009, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted regular approval for its cancer treatment Yescarta.

California-based Gilead Sciences bought Kite Pharma for $12 billion in August this year.

Professor Arie Belldegrun – Photo: Kite Pharma

The product, which was approved on a fast-track process, is based on innovative technology that recruits the body’s immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells. Continue Reading »

Historic observation of Neutron star collision vindicates Israeli scientist’s theory

Vindicated: The once-ridiculed Prof. Piran, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said he was treated with ‘utter contempt’ after publishing his heavy-metals effect prediction of a Neutron star collision, back in 1989.

By i24NEWS

 

For the first time, scientists have witnessed the cataclysmic crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars in a galaxy far away, and concluded that such impacts forged at least half the gold in the Universe.

But the observation is both exciting and perhaps almost bittersweet for a group of Israeli scientists who predicted the idea which was dismissed by the scientific community at the time.

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered the largest and brightest set of rings from X-ray light echoes ever observed.

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Israel Shipyards launches OPV designed for Cyprus Navy

In a deal valued at tens of millions of Euros, Israel Shipyards is building a technologically advanced naval ship that will be delivered to Cyprus by the end of 2017.

By Israel Hayom Staff

 

Israel Shipyards has unveiled an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) designed and built for the Cypriot Navy. The project has been valued at tens of millions of Euros. The high-end vessel is slated to be delivered to the Cypriot Navy by the end of the year and integrated into the fleet patrolling Cyprus’ exclusive maritime economic zone.

In a statement released on Sunday, Israel Shipyards said the OPV, ordered in December 2015, was launched at a ceremony held last week at Israel Shipyards’ facility at Haifa Bay. Continue Reading »

Israel presents the Rambow UGV, its newest armed unmanned ground surveillance vehicle

Meteor Aerospace’s newest UGV can operate in a variety of defense and homeland security missions, sustaining Israel’s position on the cutting edge of autonomous ground vehicles used for defense and intel acquisition.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Meet RAMBOW, Israel’s Meteor Aerospace’s latest unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unveiled Monday at the AUS&R Unmanned Systems 2017 Air Show held by iHLS.

Designed with a low silhouette for a range of defense and homeland security missions, RAMBOW can participate in a variety of missions such as ground warfare, intelligence gathering and logistical supply, as well as strategic facilities and border defense, with no risk to personnel. Continue Reading »

Israel’s spacecraft to the moon begins construction

SpaceIL has undertaken to promote scientific & technological education in Israel, working with Israel Aerospace Industries that is currently assembling SpaceIL’s spacecraft to inspire the next generation in Israel to study science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

By Ynet

 

SpaceIL, the Israeli representative in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, is making giant strides to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon, after the base structure of the craft was received at IAI facilities earlier this week.

The skeleton of the spacecraft consists of two perforated “sandwich” boards, upper and lower plates and a cone ring structure.

These components, designed by an aerospace industry and manufactured in Spain by IberEspacio, complement the sub-system structure of the spacecraft to be launched to the moon during the coming year. Continue Reading »

Israeli company wins tender to build prototype smart-wall for US-Mexico border

A subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries was named 1 of the 4 companies to win the gov’t tender to build a prototype of a ‘smart border wall’ US Pres. Trump wants between the US and Mexico.
– Elta, the IAI subsidiary, will receive a $300,000-500,000 grant to develop a working model.

By Udi Etsion

 

An Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary is on the shortlist to construct the new border wall between the United States and Mexico, an enormous project and long-touted campaign promise by President Donald Trump.

Elta North America, the aforementioned IAI subsidiary, was announced Saturday as one of only four companies to construct a prototype for a “smart border” wall, after winning a US Customs tender. Continue Reading »

UNPRECEDENTED DISCOVERY: 7,200 yr-old vessel for food storage unearthed in Jordan Valley

Prof. Danny Rosenberg, at the University of Haifa said that with the exception of these finds at Tel Tsaf, no evidence of mass-food storage between 7,500 – 6,500 years ago has been found anywhere in the region.

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD

 

A unique 7,200-year-old clay vessel recently unearthed in the Jordan Valley by researchers from Israel and Germany may represent the oldest evidence yet of ancient class structure as it relates to food storage rituals in the Near East.

Archeologists working at the Tel Tsaf excavation site near the Jordan River. – Photo: Courtesy of University of Haifa

The relic was discovered at the Tel Tsaf archeological site during digs overseen by Prof. Continue Reading »

WATCH: US Army eyes Israel’s Trophy active protection system for M1A1 Abrams tanks

Should the US Army decide to acquire the added defensive technology, they will be the first army outside the IDF to install the battle-tested, ‘Trophy’ active protection system.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

After years of testing Israel’s Trophy active protection system, the US Army is close to giving the green light to having it installed on the M1A1 Abrams tank.

Trophy LV By Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for all combat vehicles. – YouTube

The US Army would then be the first army outside the IDF to use the system.

Maj.-Gen. David Bassett, who is in charge of the US Army’s programs in the area of ground combat systems, was quoted by the DefenseTech website as saying that he plans to make the decision on the system as soon as possible. Continue Reading »

New Israeli field bandage found effective, stops blood flow from artery, stomach

Israeli-made Woundclot, successfully field tested by Border Police, stops bleeding in 40 seconds and was found effective in stopping blood flow from bleeding artery or stomach.
• Police, military forces worldwide express interest in the life-saving bandage.

By Itsik Saban

 

Israel’s Border Police are making preparations to equip their medics, commanders and team leaders operating in the Jerusalem area with Israeli-made Woundclot hemostatic bandages, which help save lives by making the blood flowing from wounds clot faster. The bandages dissolve within seven days.

New bandage stops the bleeding, allowing the seriously wounded more time to be evacuated to hospital.

Border Police medics tested the bandages during the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, and they proved efficient in stopping bleeding quickly and keeping victims alive while they were being transferred to hospitals for further treatment. Continue Reading »

Israel poised to become global exporter of medical marijuana

Israel’s Public Security Minister opposed the recommendation, but still, an inter-ministerial committee OK’d the export of medical cannabis abroad, even after being warned how Israel may be unprepared to handle the ramifications of the export of this ‘dangerous drug.’

By Eli Senyor, Gad Lior

 

Israel will soon become a major exporter of medical cannabis and be one of the only nations in the world to officially export the plant to countries that approved it for medicinal use, all the while marijuana remains an illegal, controlled substance in Israel.

According to estimates, revenues from the export of Israeli cannabis could reach about NIS 1 billion a year. Continue Reading »