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Israel outshines all in finding keys to long life


The field of biogerontology was born in Israel, & recently leading world experts gathered in Israel to compare with one another their latest & exciting discoveries.


What genes hold the key to longevity? Why does long life run in certain families? Could age-related diseases be conquered by slowing the aging process? Why do people lose muscle mass as they age, and why do smokers lose it faster?

Dr. Haim Cohen, left, and Dr. Yariv Kanfi in their Bar-Ilan University lab with the famous long-lived mice. Photo by Yoni Reif

Dr. Haim Cohen, left, and Dr. Yariv Kanfi in their Bar-Ilan University lab with the famous long-lived mice. – Photo: Yoni Reif

These are some of the questions Israeli biogerontologists are answering for a world where the average age is on the rise and the number of people 65 and older is expected to double by 2040. Continue Reading »

Obama to get chip embedded in an ancient piece of Jerusalem stone from PM

According to Prime Minister’s Office, the unique gift of a nanochip containing the founding declarations of U.S. & Israel set in ancient stone, symbolizes the main messages of the Presidential visit — the strong and deep bilateral ties.

By Ilan Gattegno and Israel Hayom Staff


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give U.S. President Barack Obama a special gold-coated silicon nanochip containing the U.S.’s Declaration of Independence written alongside Israel’s founding document.

The nanochip U.S. President Barack Obama will get from the prime minister, with the Jerusalem stone underneath. – Photo: Yoav Bachar & Shlomo Shoham, Technion.

The chip was manufactured by scientists from the Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute.

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VIDEO: Haifa’s Technion students do the Purim Harlem Shake

Israel’s Institute of Technology students release their latest in a series of Jewish holiday dance videos intended to demonstrate the Technion as the hip institution, that it is.


The Technion has just released its latest in a new series of Jewish holiday videos – part of a campaign to promote itself as a hip institution.

Screenshot of Technion Purim dance video

Photo by Screenshot of Technion Purim dance video (below)

Its latest Purim video, just released on YouTube, shows a group of physics students doing their own version of the Harlem Shake, a 1980s dance recently re-popularized that has individuals dressed in strange attire jerking themselves around to the sounds of an electronic dance track. Continue Reading »

Technion Embryonic Stem Cell Discovery Could Be Breakthrough in Fertility Treatment

Researchers from the Technion & the Emek Medical Center in Afula discover a potentially new way to grow human eggs.


An end to egg donation? Israeli researchers from the Technion‘s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine have discovered that the amnion membrane, a part of the amniotic sac, may contain embryonic stem cells that could be developed into human eggs. The discovery was made by doctoral student Ayelet Evron mentored by the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Eliezer Shalev.

The human egg – Photo Wellcome ImagesAmnion membranes constitute a part of the inner layer of the amniotic sac, which protects the fetus throughout the pregnancy period. Continue Reading »

Video: How do Technion Students Light Hanukkah Candles?

Students at the Technion in Haifa have come up with an original way to light Hanukkah Candles.

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The holiday of Hanukkah is just around the corner, and students at the Technion in Haifa have come up with an original way to light the menorah.

Hanukkah 101 at the Technion – Screenshot

The students, Eyal Cohen and Tomer Wassermann from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan of Industrial Engineering and Management, took on the challenge of building a Rube Goldberg machine that lights the menorah.

While this is probably too much of a challenge for “ordinary” people, it is a lot of fun to watch. Continue Reading »

Synthetic biomechanical spinal discs fight back pain

1/10th of people suffering from degenerated discs suffer from long-term pain & disability.


Damaged spinal discs cause a great deal of trouble for people with chronic back problems, and a burden on the economy due to absenteeism from work and financial costs of treatment.

Back pain [illustrative] - Photo: Thinkstock/Imagebank

Back pain [illustrative] – Photo: Thinkstock/Imagebank

Sufferers are told to rest, take analgesics and – if these don’t help – undergo operations, but these are not always fully effective. One-tenth of people suffering from degenerated discs suffer from longterm pain and disability.

But some scientists are trying to find ways to alleviate the problem of damaged discs. Continue Reading »

Make way for a hand-drying revolution


Move over jet dryers & paper towels. Israeli designed & manufactured UltraClean will transform the way we dry our hands in public restrooms.


Here’s a multiple-choice question: What is the most hygienic and ecologically responsible way to dry your hands in a public restroom?

(a) paper towel

(b) forced air dryer

(c) fabric towel on a continuous loop

(d) an Israeli invention soon to hit the market

The answer is (d), says Avi Kafzan, a Technion-trained mechanical engineer and owner of Manal-Israel Clean Towels, the largest hygiene company in Israel.

The UltraClean machine won a prestigious design innovation award.

The UltraClean machine won a prestigious design innovation award.

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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 »

Israelis rejoice over discovery of ‘God particle’

Scientists revel with colleagues around world over discovery in Geneva of new sub-atomic particle.



Theoretical and experimental physicists see the groundbreaking discovery of a new subatomic particle – announced Wednesday in Geneva – as even more of a technological and scientific achievement than America’s first landing on the moon. But unlike the astronauts’ romp over the dusty lunar rocks in 1969, the new breakthrough is so intangible that it leaves the general public clueless.

Scientists explain search for Higgs boson particle

Scientists explain search for Higgs boson particle – Photo: REUTERS

Scientists at Geneva’s European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) – where scores of Israelis have worked for decades to bring the discovery nearer – confirmed that they had discovered a particle fitting the description of the Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle” seen as key to understanding how the universe is built. Continue Reading »

BREAKTHROUGH: Israeli Researchers Grow Human Bones From Fat

Scientists have grown human bone from stem cells in a laboratory. The development opens the way for patients to have broken bones repaired or even replaced with entire new ones grown outside the body from a patient’s own cells.



The researchers started with stem cells taken from fat tissue. It took around a month to grow them into sections of fully-formed living human bone up to a couple of inches long.

The first trial in patients is on course to be conducted later this year, by an Israeli biotechnology company that has been working with academics on the technology. Continue Reading »

Researchers Find Cluster Of Genes That Predict Parkinson’s

Technion researchers from the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine have identified five genes that predict Parkinson’s disease.



Blood Test - Health News - Israel - Photo by Jeremy L. Grisham for the U.S. Navy

Blood Test – Health News – Israel – Photo by Jeremy L. Grisham for the U.S. Navy


“Currently, there is no blood test that can diagnose PD, making the detection of individuals at risk or at earliest stages of PD practically impossible. Instead it is identified by a clinical neurological examination based on findings suggestive of Parkinson’s disease,” says Dr. Silvia Mandel, Vice Director of the Eve Topf Center

Mandel adds that “finding biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease will help to capture those high-risk subjects before symptoms develop, a stage where prevention treatment efforts might be expected to have their greatest impact to slow disease progression.” Continue Reading »

Technion suing Microsoft for NIS 25 million

Institute of Technology subsidiary claims software giant uses marketing programs developed by one of its professors without permission

Lital Dobrovitzky



The Technion Research and Development Foundation (TRDF) filed a NIS 25 million (roughly $6.5 million) damages claim against Microsoft and Microsoft Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Technion Institute of Technology

Technion Institute of Technology

The organization claims that Microsoft is using online marketing software developed by a Technion professor and that it is doing so despite the TRDF’s refusal to release the rights for it and without paying anything in exchange.

According to the lawsuit, TRDF is a for-profit subsidiary owned by the Technion Institute of Technology and serves as its business branch. Continue Reading »

Intel Opens Computational Intelligence Center in Israel

Collaborative project brings together experts from Haifa Technion and Hebrew University, with initial $15M 5-year budget.


Citing Israel’s “tremendous intellectual talent,” Intel has opened a center for Computational Intelligence (CI) research in Israel, with the collaboration of the Haifa Technion and Hebrew University. “It was only natural that when we started to think about where we’d might locate a new research institute that we’d want to look at Israel,” Justin Rattner, Intel’s Chief Technology Officer, told Arutz Sheva.

The purpose of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Computational Intelligence is broadly described as the study of future interaction between people and computers. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Technion improves microscope resolution 10-fold

“Breakthrough” uses computational method to improve resolution of microscopes and imaging systems.



Haifa’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has registered a patent for a new technique that improves tenfold the performance of any type of sophisticated microscope and imaging system without making hardware changes.
Scientist at work (illustrative) - Photo: Marretao22/Wikimedia Commons
Scientist at work (illustrative) – Photo: Marretao22/Wikimedia Commons

The discovery, which has just been published in the Nature Materials journal, has aroused great interest in the scientific world and industry, being described as a “breakthrough with the potential to change” these fields.

Their innovative method substantially improves the resolution – the ability to distinguish between details – of images seen through microscopes.

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Google Donates NY Office Space to Israel’s Technion Institute

Google is planning to provide office space to the new applied science program of Cornell University and Technion Institute of Technology.

Google is planning to provide 22,000 square feet of its New York City headquarters to the new applied science graduate school of Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Mayor Bloomberg at Google press conference

Mayor Bloomberg at Google press conference - Reuters

Google CEO Larry Page and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the partnership at a news conference on Monday at the company’s headquarters in the heart of Manhattan’s high-tech zone.

Officials at Google estimated the market value of the space, which will be provided to the joint venture between Cornell and Technion, at between $10 million and $12 million. Continue Reading »