Archive for Innovations & Discoveries

Bloomberg index places Israel as 5th ‘Most Innovative Economy’ in the world

The 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index advanced Israel from 10th place last year to 5th place this year as a result of better patent registration, outpacing the US, China, the UK and Japan.

By ILANIT CHERNICK

 

Israel has been named as the fifth most innovative economy in the world, according to the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index.

Last year, Israel was ranked in 10th place but this year jumped to fifth place as a result of better patent registration, which has played a large part in its improvement in the rankings.

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Israeli & Harvard researchers succeed in ‘activating’ immune system against cancer

A team of international researchers from Harvard and Bar-Ilan University in Israel have discovered the specific mechanism that allows one’s immune system to attack cancer cells in a particularly efficient manner, and most effectively against lung cancer and melanoma.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

A new mechanism for activating the immune system against cancer cells allows immune cells to detect and destroy cancer cells better than before, according to a study recently published this week in the journal Nature.

The study was led by Prof. Nick Haining, of Harvard Medical School, and co-authored by Prof. Erez Levanon, doctoral student Ilana Buchumansky, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University, and an international team. Continue Reading »

Mom’s melanoma led to Israeli device for early detection

The startup’s patented prototype scanner, BlueSky, is based on DOSI technology that scientist/researcher Ofir Aharon PhD invented, providing real-time data that shows early deterioration of skin lesions before they become pigmented.

By Abigail Klein Leichman

 

Ofir Aharon was in the last year of his PhD studies in electro-optics when his mother was diagnosed with melanoma.

Skin cancer illustration – Mayo Clinic, Patient Care & Health Information

Learning all he could about this deadly form of skin cancer, Aharon came to the conclusion that more than half of malignant melanoma lesions (usually, moles) fail to be diagnosed in the first two years after they appear – at a stage when treatment could be lifesaving. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Knesset approves cannabis export

Medical cannabis stocks reaps windfall at Tel Aviv Stock Exchange as the reform, meant to allow the export of medical marijuana farmed & processed in Israel, was passed with the intention of infusing up to $1 billion annually into state coffers.

By Calcalist

 

The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Tuesday approved a reform that would allow the export of medical cannabis farmed and processed in the country. In total, 21 MKs voted for the law, which passed unopposed. The implementation of the reform, in the works since 2016, is still pending a final vote by ministers.

The reform is forecasted to bring the country anywhere between $70 million and $1 billion a year. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Drone Dome defense system used to re-open Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport in London was only able to re-open after military reinforcements were brought in, equipped with technology that was used to defeat ISIS in Syria, which the Daily Mail identified as the Israeli-made Drone Dome.

By i24NEWS – AFP

 

Another drone sighting forced London’s Gatwick airport runway to close again on Friday..

Police were still unsuccessfully looking for perpetrators in a disturbance that grounded flights in the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom on Wednesday and Thursday, although British media favored the option of a lone-wolf environmentalist attack.

London – Gatwick Airport – Photo: Andre Wadman/Wikimedia

The airport has been in an ongoing dispute with its neighbors and environmental groups about expansion. Continue Reading »

Israeli spacecraft fits final component for 2019 moon launch – a Torah included

UPDATED: The final element on the Israeli spacecraft called “Beresheet” (“Genesis”) has been installed, a digital time capsule consisting of three discs containing the Torah, Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikvah”, an Israeli flag, Holocaust testimony and much more.
– Beresheet is set to blast off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in early 2019, making Israel the 4th country to carry out a controlled “soft” moon landing, after the U.S., Russia, and China.

By Reuters

 

Israeli engineers on Monday added the final element to a spacecraft destined for the moon – a digital time capsule – saying they aim to send the craft up early next year and land it between the landing sites of Apollo 15 and 17. Continue Reading »

Save 10,500gal of water/yr, produce free cooking gas with Israel’s Bio-Toilet

Manure (and food scraps) is flushed directly into the HomeBiogas solar biodigester, where it is broken down by bacteria and transformed into odorless methane gas for household use, in a completely sealed ecosystem.

 

For the millions of people around the world lacking sewage lines or even basic lavatories, the new HomeBiogas Bio-Toilet could provide an answer for waste disposal and energy production all at once.

Flushed with a manual pump using only 1.2 liters of water, the Bio-Toilet does not need to be connected to a water or sewage line and can use graywater.

The waste is flushed directly into the HomeBiogas solar biodigester, where it is broken down by bacteria and transformed into biogas for household needs along with other waste such as food scraps and animal manure. Continue Reading »

Israel Space Agency, NASA sign deal for moon-bound mission

The cooperation agreement allows Israel’s nonprofit SpaceIL’s lunar mission access to NASA tools and services, while NASA will have access to the scientific data returned from the magnetometer installed aboard the Israeli spacecraft.

By ISRAEL21c Staff

 

The United States space agency, NASA, signed an agreement on October 3 with the Israel Space Agency to cooperatively utilize the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL’s commercial lunar mission, expected to land on the moon in 2019.

As a part of the agreement, a retro-reflector from NASA will be installed on SpaceIL’s unmanned spacecraft. This instrument reflects laser beams, which will enable NASA to locate the spacecraft precisely on the lunar surface after the landing. Continue Reading »

Facebook leads in most patent applications in Israel

Of the 6,800+ patent applications submitted to the Israel Patent Office in 2017, Facebook leads with 94 requests.
• The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and the Technion [Israel’s Institute of Technology], top the list of applications by Israeli institutions.

By Ariel Whitman

 

A total of 6,805 patent applications were submitted in Israel in 2017, the Israel Patent Office said on Tuesday.

Social media giant Facebook submitted the largest number of applications, 94, followed by cigarette maker Philip Morris (82), agricultural chemicals company Dow AgroSciences (69) and U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Company (60).

Medical student conducting research – Photo: Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine

The technological arms of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology topped the list of Israeli corporations that applied for patent registrations. Continue Reading »

Israeli researchers develop ‘cluster bomb’ pill to eradicate leukemic proteins

Being developed for oral use, not an injection, the ground-breaking treatment for acute myeloid leukemia will accomplish the work of 3-4 separate drugs, reduce cancer patients’ need for radical procedures and eliminate some unbearable side effects.
• The Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers are  trying to expand the drug’s use to other cancers.

By Ran Reznick, Erez Linn, Maytal Yasur Beit-Or & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have recently developed a breakthrough biological drug to treat people suffering from acute myeloid leukemia.

AML is one of the most aggressive cancers, and while other cancers have benefited from new treatments, there has been little encouraging news for most leukemia patients for the past 40 years, the researchers said in a statement. Continue Reading »

Israeli doctors implant first knee replacement that regrows bone & cartilage

Israel’s first knee implant, recently performed as part of clinical trials at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, was the product of Israeli startup Cartiheal and researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
– Watch video report

 

The team believe they have found a solution to moderate damage done to the knee, with their unique implant that grows both bone and cartilage.

View news source at: https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-israel-performs-1st-knee-replacement-that-regrows-cartilage-and-bone/

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Rare, 2000+ year-old gold earring unearthed in the City of David, Jerusalem

The dazzling golden earring, definitely worn by someone from ancient Jerusalem‘s upper class, dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century BCE, during the Hellenistic period.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

A Hellenistic-era golden earring, featuring ornamentation of a horned animal, was discovered in the Givati Parking Lot in the City of David National Park encircling walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

The discovery was made during archaeological digs carried out by the Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University.

The spectacular gold earring, shaped like a horned animal, dates back to the second or third century BCE, during the Hellenistic period. Continue Reading »

Israel’s SpaceIL spacecraft scheduled to land on moon by early 2019

Israel to become 4th country to launch spacecraft with moon landing.
– SpaceIL’s CEO, “The spot chosen is relatively flat and the spacecraft will have eye contact with the Earth … Once the spacecraft reaches the landing point, it becomes completely autonomous.”
– WATCH VIDEO

By Yaron Drukman, Associated Press, and Reuters

 

The Israeli organization SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced at a press conference Tuesday that it hopes to become the first non-governmental Israeli entity to land a spacecraft on the moon.

The spacecraft will be transferred to the US in November, before being launched in December, and plans are in place to land on the moon on February 13, 2019. Continue Reading »

Israeli firm begins advanced trials for non-opioide alternative in U.S.

Headquartered in Herzliya, the Israeli pharmaceutical received the go-ahead from the FDA to commence advanced trials in the U.S. on its long-lasting pain-killer, confidant it will replace the commonly used and highly addictive opiate-based medicines.

By REUTERS

 

JERUSALEM – Israeli pharmaceuticals company PainReform has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin late-stage clinical studies for a pain relief drug that is a departure from opiate-based narcotics, it said on Tuesday.

Many patients today dealing with pain after surgery are prescribed opioids, which can be highly addictive and are at the heart of a costly health crisis in the United States. Continue Reading »

Israel introduces Sky Spotter to locate Hamas ‘terror kites’ & incendiary balloons

Sky Spotter is an advanced Early Warning system with sensitive optical sensors to identify flying objects from 1km to tens of kilometers away, that alert firefighters to where the kites land for immediate response.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Close to 100 days since the first incendiary kite was launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel causing fires to ravage the south, the IDF has deployed a system that can spot incendiary aerial devices launched from the Gaza Strip, track them and direct firefighters to where they land.

“Since its deployment, Sky Spotter has helped detect and track dozens of terror kites and incendiary balloons that have been flown from the Gaza Strip into Israel,” read a statement by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems provided to The Jerusalem Post. Continue Reading »