Tag Archive for Ben-Gurion University

3 Israeli Scientists patent new ‘Stealthy Fiber Optic Communications’

An eavesdropper listening in catches only noise, since the signal is hidden below the noise level & it will take years for the eavesdropper to break the encryption key.

By Chana Ya’ar


Two Israeli university professors and a PhD candidate have created a concept for “stealthy fiber optic communications.”

Developed by Ben Gurion University of the Negev’s Prof. Dan Sadot and Prof. Ze’ev Zalevsky of Bar Ilan University together with PhD student Tomer Yeminy, the new encryption method enables stealthy transmission of any optical communications signal.

Currently in the patenting process, the new encryption method spreads the transmission below the noise level in both time and frequency domains. Continue Reading »

Israeli Student Delegation Off to Africa to Eliminate Tropical Diseases

Many diseases the western world considers extinct are still very much a problem in 3rd world countries. A delegation of 9 students from Ben Gurion University was sent to Makele, Ethiopia, to take part in an extensive educational medical program which aims to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.


The program is led by Professor Zvi Bentwich and is being implemented by the Faculty of Health Science’s Center for Emerging Diseases, Tropical Diseases and AIDS (CEMTA) with the assistance of other bodies, including UN organizations, local government agencies and the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Social Awareness: Israeli Students Go To Africa To Battle Neglected Diseases

Social Awareness: Israeli Students Go To Africa To Battle Neglected Diseases – Photo: Ben Gurion University

According to Prof. Continue Reading »

BGU Study: Hamas Rockets Worse on Bedouin Youth Than Jewish Youth

A Ben-Gurion University study shows Bedouin kids were more psychologically distressed than Jewish kids by the rocket fire during Operation Pillar of Defense

By David Lev


Bedouin youth were angrier and more psychologically distressed than their Jewish counterparts by the rocket fire in November, according to a new Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study. It is the first follow-up study after the two weeks of rocket fire and subsequent Operation Pillar of Defense.

Prof. Shifra Sagy, Dr. Sarah Abu-Kaf and Dr. Orna Braun-Lewensohn of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program interviewed 78 Jewish youths and 91 Bedouin youths from the South of Israel about their reaction to the barrage of rockets fired at the South by Hamas in Gaza. Continue Reading »

Israelis turn reading glasses into night-vision glasses

A Ben-Gurion University team create a thin coating that could turn any pair of reading glasses into night-vision glasses using invisible infrared light based on nan-photonics technologies.


A thin coating that could turn any pair of glasses into night-vision glasses using invisible infrared light is being developed by a team at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba. BGU is only one of two recipients of a major grant from the Israel National Nanotechnology Institute to create the coating.

Eye glasses – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

The team is led by Prof. Gabby Sarusi, who has a long history at the defense oriented companies Elop/Elbit, will lead a group of researchers aiming to create the coating. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Top 10 ways algae boost medicine, energy & science.


Israel’s scientists find novel approaches to tap into the potential of this slimy plantlike organism for nutrition, fuel, & innovative medical therapies.


Algae come in different shapes, sizes and colors — from unicellular micro-algae to macro forms, and from red to yellow to blue to green. The plantlike organisms bloom in ponds, rivers, lakes and neglected swimming pools; the biblical prophet Jonah complained about algae enveloping his head his when he was dumped out of the boat at sea.

Israeli innovation is turning algae into a range of vital new products. Photo by www.shutterstock.com

Israeli innovation is turning algae into a range of vital new products. – Photo by www.shutterstock.com


But while algae can be a pest to prophets and pool cleaners, thanks to Israeli innovation algae are forming the basis of next-generation biofuels, medical therapies and sustainable vegan-based vitamins. Continue Reading »

Israeli Physics Students Take Quantum Leap at Int’l Competition in Warsaw

Israel student takes 1st place for his research into energy in unique gases found in charcoal fibers.

By Yael Branovsky


Israeli high school students have won first prize at the 20th annual First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics competition, held in Warsaw. It is the first time an Israeli delegation has won the top prize at the international competition.

The Israeli team at the Ilan Ramon Youth Physics Center at Ben Gurion University. – Photo: Alberto Dankberg

The competition, held at the Warsaw Institute of Physics in the Polish Academy of Sciences, requires high school students from across the globe to submit research papers in the fields of physics and high-technology. Continue Reading »

Ben-Gurion University scientists have overcome ‘blood brain barrier’

‘V-Smart technology’ unique targeted drug delivery system technology could improve treatment of neurological diseases.



After eight years of intensive work, a team of Ben-Gurion University scientists has overcome the “blood brain barrier” that prevents drugs from passing into the brain and reaching specific targets to fight disease.The system of synthetic nanoscale structures, called V-Smart drug delivery technology, also allows oral medications to pass through the epithelial tissue of the intestinal wall and other biological membranes; thus, the Beersheba researchers hope that injectable-only drugs for a variety of diseases could eventually be made in pill form.
BGU Team

Team of Ben-Gurion University scientists
Photo: Dan Michalis/BGU

The breakthrough technology, which uses microscopic, bubble-like membranous structures known as vesicles, was developed by the interdisciplinary team of emeritus Prof. Continue Reading »

Gray water is safe for household use, according to Israeli scientists

Israel’s Health Ministry opposition nixes plan for household recycling systems.

Scientists from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have proven the efficiency of gray water purification systems and that people should be encouraged to use such water.

The project is one of the most comprehensive ever undertaken anywhere in the world to study the re-use of gray water – water that is generated in homes in laundry, dishwashing and bathing and can be recycled to irrigate gardens.

Researchers at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa

Researchers at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. – Photo by Moti Milrod

The study found that in most cases the quality of the water stored after treatment was very high. Continue Reading »

BGU students develop autonomous drone

Software engineering students’ program enables AR Drone helicopter to fly automatically, without remote control

By Vita Kairys



Maxim Kirilov, Yuri Bakolin, and Yuval Kovler, three software engineering students from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, have developed a program that makes the AR Drone helicopter autonomous – allowing it to fly without being remote-controlled.

The drone Screenshot

The drone - Screenshot

With the new program, the drone – equipped with two cameras and an ultrasound sensor – receives instructions by Wi-fi from a computer in range.

Kirilov, Bakolin and Kubler developed the project to see how an autonomous drone could be used for various daily purposes, such as security sweeps of the university’s corridors. Continue Reading »

BGU, US Hospital Link on Pediatric Medical Technologies

Ben Gurion University is collaborating with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to create new medical devices for children.

Ben Gurion University of the Negev is collaborating with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to create medical devices for children.

The new project combines the medical expertise of doctors at the medical center with the technical and engineering expertise of faculty at BGU in Be’er Sheva.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Israel news photo: courtesy of BGU

The initiative is aimed at improving health outcomes for children by tailoring device designs to meet the unique physiological differences and medical needs of children, according to Netta Cohen, head of BGN, the technology commercialization company of BGU. Continue Reading »

Israeli Scientists make breakthrough in ALS treatment

BGU researcher, colleagues identify compound that may prolong life for Amytotrophic Lateral Sclerosis patients.


Prof. Esther Priel - Photo By BGU


A Ben-Gurion University researcher and her colleagues have identified a chemical compound that may lead to prolonged lifespans for patients with Amytotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Prof. Esther Priel and her team published an article in the February edition of EMBO Molecular Medicine Journal, in which they demonstrate how their compound can induce an increased production of the enzyme telomerase in the bodies of laboratory mice and in human stem cells. The increased amount of telomerase slows the progression of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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