Archive for Innovations & Discoveries

Israeli synthetic cornea could restore eyesight to millions worldwide

The first implants of the Israeli startup CorNeat Vision’s synthetic cornea, which bio-integrates with the host’s eye, has received approval to conduct clinical trials on patients at Beilinson Hospital in central Israel.

By ILH Staff

 

The Israeli startup CorNeat Vision has received approval to conduct clinical trials of a synthetic cornea that bio-integrates with the human eye.

The Health Ministry-approved trial of the CorNeat KPro will be run at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva on 10 patients suffering from corneal blindness who are either not candidates for or have experienced one or more failed cornea transplants, the company announced last week. Continue Reading »

Using nanoparticles Israeli mask 98% effective, washable, reusable

What originally started as an Israeli startup, quickly became a commercial business manufacturing anti-viral face masks with a unique anti-pathogen fabric for the U.S. market by using sound waves to infuse nanoparticles into the fabric.

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN

 

The Israeli startup Sonovia, which sped up efforts to manufacture masks using its anti-pathogen fabric at the start of the coronavirus crisis in Israel, has launched commercial sales.

The company’s technology is based on a lab-scale sonochemical process that was developed at Bar-Ilan University. Sonovia started manufacturing its product in March at a plant near Nahariya when Israel had only 200 patients, and has sold 30,000 masks. Continue Reading »

BREAKTHROUGH: Israel finds antibody that neutralizes coronavirus

According to a statement by Israel’s Defense Ministry, the Israel Institute for Biological Research “is the first institution to achieve a scientific breakthrough that meets all three” of the parameters needed.
– Collaborating with the town of Yeroham, a planned vaccine production facility will ensure Israeli self-sufficiency for both regular routine vaccinations and in cases of a pandemic.

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN, ANNA AHRONHEIM, IDAN ZONSHINE

 

The Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has completed a groundbreaking scientific development, identifying an antibody that neutralizes the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, according to a statement by the Defense Ministry.

“I am proud of the Biological Institute staff, who have made a major breakthrough,” said Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday after visiting the Ness Ziona-based lab. Continue Reading »

Israeli farmers’ innovation with declining bee population is mechanical pollinator

Israeli expert says, “As the bee population is declining, global agriculture needs a solution which doesn’t rely on bees anymore but which will either supplement or eventually replace the bees.”

By  Reuters, Israel Hayom Staff

 

A mechanical hum replaced the buzz of the bees in one Israeli almond orchard this season as farmers, concerned over the global decline of bee populations, tried a new method to pollinate their crops.

Through the blooming almond trees near the ancient site of Tel Arad in a desert plain in southern Israel, a tractor pulled a mast equipped with about a dozen small cannons that precisely shot pollen at the trees, allowing them to fertilize. Continue Reading »

Israel Kibbutz volunteers mass-produce reusable masks of all sizes

The Israeli masks, with sizes to fit adults, kids or men with full beards, are made of high-density cotton which can be disinfected in a 60° C laundry cycle for almost unlimited reuse, as global demand has made single-use masks scarce, or too overpriced.

By Reuters

 

Israel is heading off shortages of disposable surgical masks during the coronavirus crisis by mass-producing washable versions sized to fit everyone from children to bearded men who shun shaving due to their religion.

As part of stepped-up precautions against the virus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Sunday made it compulsory for Israelis to cover their mouths and noses while in public. Continue Reading »

100% survival rate on Israeli COVID-19 treatment for critically ill

According to preliminary data provided by the Haifa-based company, not only have all six of the critically ill coronavirus patients that were treated survived, but four of them showed improvement in respiratory parameters.

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN

 

Six critically ill coronavirus patients in Israel who are considered high-risk for mortality have been treated with Pluristem’s placenta-based cell-therapy product and survived, according to preliminary data provided by the Haifa-based company.

The patients were treated at three different Israeli medical centers for one week under the country’s compassionate use program and were suffering from acute respiratory failure and inflammatory complications associated with COVID-19. Continue Reading »

Israeli Expert Confirms: Trump Was Right, Corona Panic Overblown

US President Trump’s initial instinct to assess the pandemic as less lethal caught many by surprise, but he wasn’t wrong about corona death rates says an Israeli medical engineer whose team developed predictive protocols that helped curb the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic for African nations.

By Israel Today Staff

 

US President Donald Trump came under intense criticism for his initial dismissal of the coronavirus as little more than a bad flu outbreak. But an Israeli expert says Trump wasn’t far off the truth, at least in regards to expected fatality rates.

Dr. Dan Yamim, Head of Laboratory for Epidemic Modeling & Analysis (LEMA), Tel-Aviv University.

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Israeli scientist from the U. of Haifa discovers microplastics in milk

A simple experiment conducted by Dr. Noam van der Hal, a PhD in Environmental Sciences, revealed small fragments of plastics are ever-present in the environment and are found in many of our consumer products.

By Dominik Doehler, ZAVIT* Environment and Science News Agency

 

An Israeli scientist has found the presence of tiny plastic particles in three different kinds of milk, as experts are becoming increasingly concerned about potential long-term health implications.

Numerous international research studies have demonstrated that microplastics (defined by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as any plastic fragment less than 5 mm long) have found their way into almost every ecosystem on Earth as well as products for human consumption, such as fish, salt, and beer. Continue Reading »

13 Yr-Old Israeli Girl Develops Oxygen Producing System for Space

Through a process of photosynthesis, the budding young Israeli scientist’s satellite will produce oxygen in space.

By Ruthie Blum

 

A 13-year-old Israeli girl has invented a system for the production of oxygen in space, the Hebrew youth paper Ma’ariv L’Noar reported on Thursday, along with an interview with the budding tween scientist from Ramat Hasharon.

The recent winner of the “Satellite Is Born” award from the Israel Space Agency, Roni Oron developed BioSat “to solve a problem for astronauts trying to prove that life on Mars is possible.”

Budding Israeli scientist, Roni Oron, with her oxygen production device. – Photo: Family photo.

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New Israeli laser detonates Hamas explosive balloons, Iranian drones

WATCH: Innovative Light-Blade laser utilizes a low-powered defensive system, making it suitable to operate in urban environments such as public airports without the risk of blinding or injuring anyone in the area.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS

 

A laser-based defense system capable of taking out attack drones even in urban environments has been developed by Israeli experts, who hope to roll out the system for a range of security uses, including at airports.

The system was developed by Prof. Amiel Ishaaya at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev after incendiary balloons started being launched into Israel in 2018, setting fire to farmland and causing widespread damage. Continue Reading »

Israeli scientists predict coronavirus vaccine only weeks away

Israeli researchers in the Upper Galilee are currently establishing parameters, permitting the safety approvals that will enable the Galilee Research Institute’s preclinical testing of a coronavirus vaccine.

By i24NEWS

 

A group of Israeli researchers at the Galilee Research Institute (MIGAL) are close to developing a coronavirus vaccine that could be ready in three weeks and available within 90 days, according to Israeli Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis.

The research team has already created a vaccine against avian Coronavirus Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV), and are adapting it to create a human vaccine against Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to The Jewish Press. Continue Reading »

Israel begins “Eitan” production, first 8-wheeled APC for IDF

With 2 years of testing behind them, the Armored Vehicles Directorate at the Israel Ministry of Defense decided on the production of the ‘Eitan’ APC, equipped with an unmanned 30mm cannon turret & the developed in Israel, ‘Trophy’ advanced defense system, operational for the IDF by the end of 2021.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Israel Defense Forces administration began regular production of the “Eitan” – the IDF’s first wheeled armored personnel carrier, resembling the Soviet-era BRDM2 (Combat Reconnaissance/Patrol Vehicle) but an 8-wheeled armored combat vehicle version based on the technology of the Merkava and the Namer AFVs.

It is capable of carrying 12-13 combat soldiers, and was developed and built following the lessons of Operation Protective Edge and is expected to replace the IDF’s veteran M113 APC. Continue Reading »

Israeli ‘water from air’ company gets top Energy Efficiency Product award

The tech industry’s top ‘smart home innovations’ are selected each year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the Israeli tech company Watergen, received the 2020 top honor for its home appliance Genny, that extracts potable water from thin air.

By ZACHARY KEYSER

 

GENNY, the Israeli-innovated home appliance that generates water out of thin air, was named the Consumer Technology Association’s Energy Efficiency Product of the Year in the 2020 Smart Home Mark of Excellence Awards at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Wednesday night – an award series that annually recognizes the tech industry’s top smart home innovations. Continue Reading »

US Army to buy Israeli-made Spike missiles over USA made Hellfire

Forced to develop locally made missiles fired from Apache helicopters after Obama halted sales to Israel in 2014, Israel’s ‘Spike’ has over double the distance of American made ‘Hellfire’ and incorporates advanced technologies with smart target tracking designed with artificial intelligence features.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The US Army has chosen the Israeli-made long-range Spike precision missile to use on attack helicopters as an interim solution for greater standoff capabilities.

According to Defense News, an Army Requirements Oversight Council authorized the decision “ahead of a bigger decision” regarding acquiring long-range precision munitions for its air fleets.

While Apache helicopters can currently take out targets like enemy tanks, light bunkers and personnel from 12 km. Continue Reading »

Israel Defense Ministry reveals breakthrough in defensive laser technology

Head of the Israel Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Research & Development, said: “We are entering a new age of energy warfare in the air, land and sea. The R&D investments …in recent years have placed the State of Israel among the leading countries in the field of high-energy laser systems.”

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

The Defense Ministry has made a technological breakthrough in the development of lasers that can intercept aerial threats, including rockets and antitank guided missiles, it announced Wednesday.

New laser technology “makes the security apparatus more lethal, more powerful and more advanced,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday evening. Continue Reading »