Here Are the Best News Bloopers of 2014

With 2014 officially coming to a close, YouTube channel NewsBeFunny has put together and extensive compilation of the best news bloopers of the entire year.

Some of the bloopers are accidentally vulgar, some are just cringe-inducing and others are just funny.

Watch the video below (Warning: Some strong content/language):

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The top 12 Israel stories of 2014

From the first blood test for cancer to inventions that can save your life, and a reinvented wheel, we look back at some of our most exciting stories of the year.

I-Love-IsraelIsrael21c (Dec 26) — To say goodbye to the old year, and to celebrate the new, we’ve brought you our most popular 12 stories of the year. It’s a significant list that demonstrates the incredible diversity and innovation of Israeli life even during the most difficult of times.

  1. Israelis develop the first blood test for cancer

After eight years of painstaking research, Israeli life-sciences company Eventus Diagnostics  has produced a blood test for the early detection of breast cancer.

  1. 18 Israeli inventions that could save your life

ISRAEL21c takes a look at 18 lifesaving innovations from the startup nation.

  1. 10 extraordinary places to stay in Israel

If you’re looking for something a little different from luxury chain hotels, B&Bs and youth hostels, then check out these unusual places to lay your head for the night.

  1. 15 things you didn’t know about the Iron Dome

Israel’s anti-missile defense system was the unexpected hero of this summer’s conflict. Betcha didn’t know there are toy car parts in its history

  1. The surprising duo behind the Hamas missile map

A Belgian-Israeli Jew and a Dutch Muslim developed Israel Under Attack, a new computer tool for mapping rocket trajectories from Gaza.

  1. Revolutionary stem-cell ALS treatment begins advanced trials

BrainStorm’s NurOwn enhanced adult stem cells seem to halt the progression of incurable neurodegenerative diseases.

  1. Israel goes vegan

‘What is going on here is really remarkable. I don’t think this took hold so quickly and intensely in any other place in the world,’ says Israeli food writer Ori Shavit.

  1. A 2 inch computer for $55

CuBox, the smallest computer ever, is made in Israel by an Arab-Israeli company aiming to power the Internet of Things.

  1. 12 hot apps from Israel

Want to be better organized, make music with distant friends, avoid your ex, socialize your shopping experience? Israelis have made an app for that.

10.  Leave it to Israelis to reinvent the wheel

Revolutionary shock-absorbing SoftWheel technology is rolling out for wheelchairs, bicycles and eventually everything else on wheels

11.  ‘Children are children. They are not our enemies’

While her hometown is under constant missile attack from Gaza, pediatric ICU head nurse Irena Nosel cares for critically ill Gazans in an Israeli hospital.

    12.  11 top Israeli innovations to treat, seal and heal wounds

New wound-care products are easing patients’ pain and winning fans among healthcare providers worldwide.

Click here for full article.

If N.Korea Is Upset About Theaters Showing ‘The Interview,’ It’s Really Not Going to Like This Group’s Plans

TheBlaze (Dec 18) — A human rights group plans to airdrop copies of “The Interview” over North Korea when the movie is released onto DVD.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fighters for a Free North Korea will use hydrogen balloons to distribute copies of the controversial movie to those living in the communist country.

“North Koreans risk their lives to watch Hollywood films … and ‘The Interview’ is tremendously threatening to the Kims,” organization founder Thor Halvorssen said. “They cannot abide by anything that portrays them as anything other than a god. This movie destroys the narrative.”

This photo released by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows James Franco, left, as Dave, and Seth Rogen as Aaron, in a scene from Columbia Pictures’ “The Interview.” The movie opens in theaters Dec. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Ed Araquel)

This photo released by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows James Franco, left, as Dave, and Seth Rogen as Aaron, in a scene from Columbia Pictures’ “The Interview.” The movie opens in theaters Dec. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Ed Araquel)

The group, also headed by a former government propagandist who escaped, has smuggled DVD players and other movies into North Korea in the past.

News of the planned airdrops come as some theaters in the U.S. announce that they have elected not to show “The Interview” amid a Tuesday terror threat warning there would be consequences for screening the movie.

“We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places ‘The Interview’ be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to,” the terror threat warned. “Remember the 11th of September 2001.”

The individuals behind the threat appeared to belong to the same group of hackers that recently executed a devastating cyber attack against Sony. U.S. officials suspect North Korea to be behind the cyberattack.

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Iranians Behind ‘Happy’ Video Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail, 91 Lashes

They were sentenced to jail and lashes because in Iran it’s 1) illegal for women to be out in public without a headscarf and 2) it’s illegal for women to dance with men. What a great country that the West totally believes while negotiating over nuclear weapons.

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The Independent (Sep 20) — A group of seven Iranian men and women who created and starred in their own version of a video for Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy’ have each been given suspended sentences of prison time and 91 lashes.

The fun-loving friends were arrested in May after posting their homemade music video ‘Happy in Tehran’ to YouTube.

They were forced to publicly confess and apologise on national television before being released on bail, with police chief Hossein Sajedinia warning others that the video was “a vulgar clip” which “hurt public chastity”.

Their lawyer Farshid Rofugaran told English-language Iranian news outlet IranWire that six of the group were yesterday given six months in prison and 91 lashes, while a seventh – the Director of the video – was also given 91 lashes but one year in jail. The sentences are suspended for three years.

“A suspended sentence becomes null and void after a certain period of time,” he said.

“When it’s a suspended sentence, the verdict is not carried out, but if during this period a similar offense is committed, then the accused is subject to legal punishment and the suspended sentence will then be carried out as well.”

The announcement of the arrests earlier this year drew widespread criticism and even led to Pharrell Williams tweeting that it was “beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness”.

Click here for full article.

Why Coca-Cola’s New Ad Has Received More Than One Million Views in Just Days

A new ad released in the Philippines by Coca-Cola has amassed more than 1 million views in just days — and about halfway through the video, it becomes clear why.

The ad, published on YouTube Thursday, shows a series of individuals answer one question: who are the people you say thank you to everyday?

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Each person reveals the special person they appreciate in their hectic lives: a driver, a grocery bagger and an apartment security guard. Then the individuals admit that they don’t know know the names of these people.

In the second half of the three minute commercial, the ad then shows the individuals say thank you to the people they appreciate by handing them a personalized Coca-Cola bottle featuring their name.

It’s unclear how the documentary-style ad was filmed, or how the individuals learned the name of the people they appreciate, (AdWeek suggests it was staged), but it has nonetheless warmed the hearts of thousands on the Internet.

“Good thing I didn’t skip this video,” one individual commented on YouTube. “Thank you, Coke.”

“This is the only advertisement I didn’t skip,” another echoed. “This is truly heart touching.”

Click here for original source.

Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 20th Jul 2014

Highlights from the free weekly newsletter by verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

  • Two Israeli biotechs have developed solutions to eliminate diabetes.
  • An Israeli system can train your brain so that you can read without glasses.
  • Israeli hospitals are treating Gazan children, UN peacekeepers and the President of Zambia.
  • An Israeli alarm system reminds drivers not to leave their baby in a hot car.
  • Japan’s research & development agreement with Israel is its first with any foreign country.
  • Israel beat Germany and Japan at the Lacrosse World Cup to become world number 7.
  • Despite the rockets from Gaza, 900 Jews began new lives in Israel last week.

Transforming liver cells to cure type 1 diabetes. Israel’s Orgenesis is a pioneer in the field of “cellular trans-differentiation”, a process to transform a type 1 diabetic patient’s own liver cells into new insulin-producing cells.  Orgenesis is partnering with Belgium’s MaSTherCell to scale up development.

http://www.israel21c.org/news/orgenesis-masthercell-to-scale-manufacturing-of-insulin-producing-liver-cells/

 

Minimally invasive implant to cure diabetes.  Globes “startup of the week” is Israel’s Endobetix with its implanted device that traps bile fluids and diverts them to another part of the intestine.  The result is lower blood sugar without drugs or major surgery; hence no more diabetes.

http://trendlines.com/endobetix-featured-start-week/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJYxTtHUQTU

 

Get rid of your reading glasses.  Scientists at Israel’s GlassesOff have developed a proprietary method for improving near vision sharpness, by improving the image processing function in the visual cortex of the brain.  A smartphone app can turn back the age clock of your eyes by over 8.5 years.

http://nocamels.com/2014/07/israels-glassesoff-app-said-to-make-eyes-a-whopping-8-6-years-younger/

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Children are not our enemies. While her hometown is under constant missile attack from Gaza, Irena Nosel from Ashdod cares for critically ill Gazan childrens in Israel’s Wolfson Medical Center.  Irena is pediatric ICU head nurse for Israeli charity Save A Child’s Heart. Plus another similar article.

http://www.israel21c.org/headlines/children-are-children-they-are-not-our-enemies/

 

Zambia president receives medical treatment in Israel. Zambian President Michael Sata, 76, was receiving medical treatment in Israel.  Sata suffered a heart attack in 2008.

http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN0F115P20140626

 

Israel signs first-of-its-kind R&D agreement with Japan.  Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi has signed an industrial research and development collaboration agreement with Israel’s Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett. Israel is the first country with which Japan has signed such an agreement.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4539301,00.html

 

400 French Jews immigrate despite Gaza terrorists.  Some 400 French Jews have just made Aliyah, undeterred by the ongoing rocket fire and conflict with terrorist groups in Gaza. Most of the immigrants are from the Paris area. They include 195 minors and 18 babies. 900 Jews made Aliyah in the past week.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182965#.U8ZoxkCKhD0

 

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Watch Very Carefully to See Why This Tennis Shot Is Unlike Every Other Tennis Shot You’ve Seen

Nick Kyrgios, the 19-year-old tennis star ranked 144th in the world, stunned the number two tennis player in the world, Rafael Nadal, on Tuesday. Kyrgios knocked off Nadal at Wimbledon. And when you see the unbelievable shot below, it’s not hard to see why.

Early in the match, Kyrgios hit an incredible return shot through his legs — but he did it so nonchalantly you might miss it:

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Between-the-legs shots aren’t rare, but many times they’re pulled off with the player turned in the other direction.

Kyrgios is the first man to get to the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years.

He’s also the first player ranked outside the top 100 to beat the No. 1 man at a Grand Slam tournament since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier at Wimbledon in 1992.

Nadal, who owns 14 major singles titles, has appeared in five finals at the All England Club. But he lost in the second round in 2012 and the first round in 2013 – to men ranked 100th and 135th.

Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 1st Jun 2014

Highlights from the free weekly newsletter verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Pancreatic cancer treatment trials continue.  Jerusalem-based biotech Tiltan has raised $1.5 million for the completion of its on-going Phase II clinical study of TL-118, an anti-angiogenic therapy for treating metastatic pancreatic cancer.  80 patients are being tested in seven major Israeli oncology centers and also two in the US.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-pancreatic-cancer-treatment-co-tiltan-pharma-raises-15m-1000915007

 

Generating stem cells quickly and cheaply.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Israeli biotech Cellect has developed a stem cell collection kit that could revolutionize the treatment of leukemia and other immune-related diseases. Cellect’s kit takes only 10 hours to generate sufficient stem cells for bone marrow transplants.

http://israel21c.org/health/israeli-stem-cell-technology-targets-leukemia/

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

IDF’s first female Christian officer.  Yasmin Chayach has become the first Christian woman to complete the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer’s training course.  Chayach, who is from Acre, follows in the footsteps of her brother, who also served in the IDF.  Christian enlistment in the IDF tripled in 2013.

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2014/5/20/israel-welcomes-first-female-arab-christian-idf-officer#.U3yymnaKj2Q

 

Improved Israel-Arab view of the Jewish State.  In a University of Haifa study, the percentage of Israeli Arabs who recognize Israel’s right to continue to exist as a Jewish and democratic state (53%) rose in 2013 compared to 2012 (47%). 64% (up 5%) thought Israel was a good place to live.

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Israeli-Arab-attitudes-toward-the-state-remained-stable-in-2013-study-shows-352773

 

Israelis help AIDS patients in Africa.  Professor Dan Engelhard of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center founded the Art Joy Love organization to help AIDS patients.  In Uganda, his doctors, nurses, medicine, medical clowns, social workers and other volunteers in 18 months have reduced AIDS from 18% down to 16%.

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/africa/140526-israeli-hope-in-uganda

 

India’s Foreign Minister is another friend of Israel.  Last week I reported that India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a friend of Israel.  He has now appointed India’s first female Foreign Minister. Sushma Swara served as chairwoman of the Indo-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group from 2006 to 2009.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/indias-new-foreign-minister-a-strong-fan-of-israel/

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Israeli chips run Cisco’s best router.  Cisco Systems recently declared the ASR 9000 to be its most successful high-end router in a decade. Good news for Israel’s EZchip, which makes the processor that powers it.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-05-18/cisco-s-once-in-a-decade-router-propels-ezchip-israel-overnight

 

Israeli students excel at Asian Physics Olympiad in Singapore.  Israeli 12th graders returned from the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) 2014 with two silver medals, three bronze medals and three honorable mentions. Each of the delegation’s eight members came home with an award.  27 countries competed.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4522479,00.html

 

Israeli students win engineering prize in Turkey.  Three Israeli students from Ben Gurion University won second place at the International Cultural and Academic Meeting of Engineering Students conference (ICAMES), a worldwide engineering project competition organized by the Bogazici University in Istanbul.

http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Pages/news/competition_istanbul.aspx

 

Free drinking water stations – global pilot begins in Tel Aviv.  (Thanks to Size Doesn’t Matter) Israeli start-up Woosh has launched its global pilot, providing free drinking water in Tel Aviv’s public spaces.

http://www.sizedoesntmatter.com/culture/non-stop-city-drinks-non-stop-water/

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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Fitch Ratings give Israel another “A” credit rating.  Fitch gave as positive, Israel’s fiscal consolidation and narrowing of budget deficits.  It also noted, “The start of gas production has caused a structural improvement in the balance of payments that will support continued current account surpluses.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/293951#.U39AqXaKj2Q

 

Teva’s new treatments are worth $1b.  In 2014 Israel’s Teva is launching Zecurity (migraine patch), Adasuve (inhalation powder to treat agitation in schizophrenia patients) and DuoResp Spiromax, (an inhaler).  The combined peak sales of these products are estimated to be $1 billion. It also has 15 treatments in Phase III trials.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/20/teva-pharm-ind-products-idUSL6N0O63LC20140520

 

Israel passes US, Europe in plastic bottle recycling.  54 percent of Israel’s plastic bottles were recycled in 2012, compared to 31.8% in the U.S. and 52.4% in OECD countries.  2013 data shows that Israel recycled 56% of its plastic bottles.  350 million bottles were recycled thanks to more than 20,000 recycling deposit stations.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=17597

 

Five Israeli companies list on London AIM.  Israel’s Marimedia, a provider of solutions for optimizing for the sale of online advertising space, has just listed on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM).  Other 2014 Israeli (or Israeli subsidiary) AIM listings include SafeCharge, Summit Germany, XLMedia and Bagir.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-marimedia-raises-179m-in-london-ipo-1000940566

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT

Israeli student film wins Oscar.  “Paris on the Water,” by Tel Aviv University master’s student Hadas Ayalon, is one of three winners in the foreign film category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards competition.  The award will be presented on 7 June in Los Angeles.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=17567

 

Justin Timberlake brings ‘Summer Love’ to Tel Aviv.  American pop star Justin Timberlake rocked tens of thousands of fans in Park Hayarkon during his first-ever Israel concert. Before the event he prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem – the photo posted on his facebook site received over 250,000 likes.

http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Entertainment/Justin-Timberlake-brings-Summer-Love-to-Tel-Aviv-354725   http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Music/Justin-Timberlake-posts-photo-of-himself-praying-at-Western-Wall-354593

 

Bob Dylan recommended Israel to the Rolling Stones.  Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, revealed that Bob Dylan put the idea in the Stones’ circle to include Israel as a tour stop.  “He said he loved it there,” said Wood. “I said, we’ve never been there, so we’ll have to go play there one day, so there you go.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Music/Rolling-Stones-Ronnie-Wood-Dylan-told-us-to-come-to-Israel-354439

 

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Jay Leno: Israel is ‘a little paradise in the Middle East’

Israel is “a little paradise in the Middle East,” television comedian Jay Leno, in Israel to host the first ever Genesis Prize ceremony, told Ynet on Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview, Jay talks about life after “The Tonight Show,” his plans for the future, his impression of Israeli people, and his Israeli tree…

Click here for video.

Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 25th May 2014

From the free weekly newsletter verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

In the 25th May 2014 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

  • Bone grown in an Israeli laboratory was transplanted back into the original donor.
  • Israel has sent medical and humanitarian aid to Serbian flood victims.
  • Two Israeli companies have joined forces to develop night-vision display glasses.
  • A new Israeli robot can clear landmines without human intervention.
  • France’s top association of cheese makers has recognized Israeli boutique cheese.
  • Novak Djokovic and Billie Jean King have invested in an Israeli tennis training system.
  • This year’s Israel Festival in Jerusalem promises to be the best yet.
  • Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv won the Euroleague Basketball Championships.
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
 
First-ever bone graft, using bone grown in lab.  (Thanks to Atid-EDI) A human patient with deficient jawbone has received a successful bone transplant using bone grown by Israel’s Bonus BioGroup using the patient’s own fat cells. The company expects the graft to be fully tolerated, without immunological rejection.
 
Protein could reverse Alzheimer’s damage.  A protein discovered by a Tel Aviv University research team may reverse the damage caused by Alzheimer’s.  Laboratory tests showed that TAU (tubulin-associated unit) restored levels of the dementia-protecting protein NAP.  It also restored disease-shrunken brains to normal size.
 
Protecting the brain during heart operations.  Israeli biotech Keystone Heart’s TriGuard is a cerebral protection device specifically designed to minimize the risk of brain damage during heart valve replacements and other cardiovascular procedures.  Keystone has just raised $14 million of investment funding.
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
 
PA and Gaza farmers learn Israeli techniques.  Palestinian Arab farmers participated in a five-day course in post-harvest techniques held at the Volcani Institute, within the Israeli Agriculture Ministry complex in Beit Dagan.  The farmers explored a variety of issues related to the packing and storage of fruits and vegetables.
 
Sheriff surprised by Israel.  Virginia State Sheriff Danny Diggs was one of 17 National Sheriff’s Association members visiting Israel for the first time. He said, “You saw people in traditional Muslim attire, traditional Jewish attire and in modern clothing walking along the street, working side-by-side and coexisting”.
 
Arabs want Israeli justice system.  Three Arab writers admired Israel for jailing ex-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert.  No similar result would have occurred in Arab countries.  One said, “Law is above all and this is real democracy. Israel is the only real democracy in the Middle East.”
Israel sends aid to Serbian flood victims.  Israel has sent 1.5 million tons of medical and humanitarian aid to Serbia.  The first shipment of emergency aid included medicine, food, blankets and rain gear.  Israel is due to send more aid, including water pumps. The second link includes both aid to Serbia and to other disaster areas.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
 
Israeli glasses can see in the dark.  “Lumus” and “Opgal“, two cutting-edge Israeli optics companies, have collaborated to develop a Google Glass-style night-vision display system. The Therm-App mobile device, mounted on headgear, transmits high-resolution images to the Lumus wearable display.
 
Blazing performance.  Israel’s BlazeMeter has developed a cloud-based platform for self-testing of mobile and Internet performance.  Its systems include the JMeter mobile testing platform and have conducted more than 500,000 tests over 50,000 users, including Fortune 100 companies.  It has just raised $6.5 million in finance.
 
Joint cyber defense research with the UK.  Britain’s Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance and Israel’s National Cyber Bureau have signed a pact in London to finance joint cyber defense research. 
Robot to clear landmines.  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has presented SAHAR – an autonomous robotic route clearance system.  The system handles functions such as environmental terrain mapping, surveillance, removal of roadblocks, and disposal of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS
 
National debt ratio falls again.  Israel’s debt-to-GDP ratio – the most important index for measuring a country’s fiscal and financial soundness – fell to 66.1% in 2013 from 67.1% in 2012.  In 2006 the ratio was 82% and in 2002 it was over 100%.  The average debt-to-GDP ratio among developed countries is 108.5%
 
Israel becomes a “big cheese”.  The France-based international cheese makers’ association, La Guilde Internationale des Fromagers, is opening its first office in Israel.  A delegation from the prestigious association awarded membership to chef Meir Adoni, gastronomist Michal Ansky and six local boutique cheese makers.
 
Global Confidence in Israel’s Long-Term Viability.  Ex-Ambassador Yoram Ettinger writes a positive summary of Israel’s recent business and economic activity.
Tennis stars invest in Israeli training system.  World number two tennis player Novak Djokovic and tennis women’s legend Billie Jean King have joined in the latest $3.5 million round of funding into PlaySight Interactive – the Israeli company that has developed the SmartCourt sports analytics system.
CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT
 
Jerusalem Light Festival.  The annual Light in Jerusalem Festival Jun 11-19 is free to the public. Highlights for 2014 include four light trails to follow; Light body designers and amazing street performers; 17-meter high light towers.  The two videos below are of last year’s event.
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Don’t miss the Israel Festival.  (Thanks to www.Janglo.net) The Israel Festival (May 29 – Jun 20) is hosting free jazz and street theatre performances at the First (railway) Station in Jerusalem. Events also take place at Sultan’s Pool, the Israel Museum, the Jerusalem Theater and the Convention Center.
 
Israeli beer.  Please watch this new video and maybe plan a visit to Tel Aviv’s “The Dancing Camel”.
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Maccabi are European Champions.  What was deemed as impossible just a few months ago became a reality on Sunday night, with Maccabi Tel Aviv recording a stunning 98-86 overtime victory over Real Madrid in Milan to claim a sixth European basketball championship title in club history.

Here Are the Anti-Obama, Anti-Kerry Jokes Jay Leno Delivered in Israel

Jay Leno humble as always, praising Israel:

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The Blaze (May 23) — Comedian Jay Leno joked about the Obama administration’s Middle East policy Thursday night while hosting an awards ceremony in Israel honoring former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the audience.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Leno drew his “biggest laughs and applause” when he said, “President Obama has declared the month of May Jewish American Heritage Month. He is calling it an opportunity to renew our ‘unbreakable bond with the nation of Israel.’ And he knows it’s unbreakable because he’s been trying to break it for the last five years.”

Shortly after, he turned his sights on Secretary of State John Kerry, saying, “I’ve been doing my research. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, here in Israel the most popular boys name is Noam. The least popular boys name? John Kerry.”

Relations between Netanyahu’s government and Obama administration have been strained over failed peace talks with the Palestinians, exacerbated by suggestions by Kerry that Israel could become an “apartheid” state.

Leno said this was his first trip to Israel, though he has always felt a strong affinity for the Jewish state, telling the Associated Press earlier this month, “It’s a great honor. It’s a great country. It’s a great people.”

He said that while he sees both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he considers himself to be “very pro-Jewish, very pro-Israeli.”

“At some point in your life, you have to sort of take sides. I tend to side with the Jewish point of view on many things, especially issues like this one. I realize how important Israel is,” Leno, who is of Italian heritage, told the AP.

“It is a democracy in the Middle East and I don’t like to see the little guy getting picked on by the big guy,” Leno told the AP in Jerusalem.

“It’s the only democracy in the Middle East. I look around the Middle East and I see people being stoned to death because they’re gay and women being not allowed to drive or not allowed to vote. And here’s this one little paradise in the Middle East where freedom reigns and there’s a democracy, you vote people in you vote people out,” he told an interviewer for Israel’s Ynet before the awards ceremony (the full interview can be viewed at this link.)

Jay Leno earlier this month joined protesters outside the Beverly Hills Hotel that is owned by the oil-rich Southeast Asian nation of Brunei which recently instituted a criminal code based on Islamic sharia law which includes death by stoning for homosexuals.

Leno told the protesters, “Evil flourishes when good people do nothing, and that is pretty much what this is. This is not complicated. These are not crazy left-wing wacko people.”

At his Thursday performance, Leno also joked about local Israeli political scandals.

Leno said he tried to get tickets for a friend. “When I first tried to get him tickets, they were sold out. But luckily, two tickets became available when former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he wouldn’t be using his. You guys are tough. You sentenced your former Prime Minister to six years in prison! Did you hear Olmert’s defense? Not the best strategy. He blamed the whole thing on the Jews.”

Olmert received a sentence of six years imprisonment in early May after being convicted of bribery.

Leno went through a list of past Israeli prime ministers, saying “Israel had some great leaders, David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin. People were really touched by them. Well, of course, not as many people as were touched by former President Katsav.”

Former President Moshe Katzav is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for rape, sexual harassment and other charges.

“I was stunned by how many Israeli politicians are going to prison. When you ask an Israeli politician what his cell number is, it has a whole other meaning,” Leno said.

Leno was hosting the first ever granting of the $1 million Genesis Prize in Jerusalem which was given to Bloomberg for his public service and philanthropy.

Bloomberg said he would use the prize money to set up a new fellowship via the Genesis Philanthropy Group, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Click here for original source.

Netanyahu and Jay Leno have a chinwag

Retired talk show celebrity to host first $1 million Genesis Prize as well as perform a little stand-up

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The Times of Israel (May 21) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed talk show host Jay Leno to Israel on Wednesday at the start of a trip during which the TV celebrity is to host the $1 million Genesis Prize ceremony and tour the country.

“It’s a huge honor,” Leno said as the two men shook hands in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. “I just want to thank you.”

“No,” replied Netanyahu, “thank you.”

According to the Genesis Prize Foundation, the award is aimed at individuals who have gained international recognition in their field and whose action “embody the character of the Jewish people through commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish community and/or to the State of Israel.”

The prime minister is to headline a list of more than 400 dignitaries in an audience that will also include business leaders, Nobel laureates, philanthropists and entertainers. Grammy-winning pianist Evgeny Kissin will perform.

It is Leno’s first trip to Israel. At a time when pro-Palestinian activists are urging entertainers to boycott the Jewish state, he said in an telephone interview earlier this month that he doesn’t have “any problem” with his decision to appear in the country.

While he said that he sees both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Leno said he considers himself to be “very pro-Jewish, very pro-Israeli.”

“At some point in your life, you have to sort of take sides. I tend to side with the Jewish point of view on many things, especially issues like this one. I realize how important Israel is,” he said.

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 18th May 2014

Highlights from the free weekly newsletter at verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

  • Israeli trials show that a synthetic vitamin reduces fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis sufferers.
  • An Israeli is the first female Arab Bedouin doctor in the world.
  • Israel offered to help rescue kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and also trapped Turkish miners.
  • An Israeli company is building a power plant in North Carolina that uses energy from a landfill site.
  • An Israeli smart water filter irrigates trees and plants only when they are thirsty.
  • Egypt wants to buy Israeli natural gas.
  • Hundreds of exhausted migrating birds recover in Eilat.

 

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Vitamin reduces fatigue in MS patients.  Dr Anat Achiron of the Israel’s Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer has reported that in controlled trials, a synthetic analog of vitamin D significantly reduced fatigue, which is common in patients with multiple sclerosis.  The compound is 1a-hydroxyvitamin D3 (alfacalcidol).

http://eng.sheba.co.il/Sheba_News/412.htm

 

Preventing dangerous growth in heart muscle.  Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered that the protein Erbin is an important brake that helps prevent cardiac hypertrophy – the stage before heart failure when the heart grows in an attempt to increase its output.

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/21138   http://www.pnas.org/content/111/16/5902.abstract

 

Breakthrough in understanding genetic disease.  Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have demonstrated the molecular basis of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) – perhaps the most studied among the class of diseases that involves defects in parental imprinting. PWS is due to a defective gene on chromosome 15.

http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/21168

 

The genetic “switch” that thalidomide corrupted.  It is 57 years since the thalidomide tragedy that resulted in thousands of deaths and babies born with severe limb deformities.  Now Tel Aviv University scientists have pinpointed the genetic regulator “switch” responsible p53 and its downstream target gene, MicroRNA34.

http://www.aftau.org/newsroom?b1c560a6-bf84-4a99-94b6-84502b651338

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

 

Special Service.   Teenagers that are unable to join regular Israeli Defense Forces units are not forgotten in the Jewish State.  Please watch, as they (and their parents) are proud to help serve their country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZC42c8lMqg&feature=youtu..be

 

Academic campus for Israel’s haredim.  Rivka Yeruslavsky was born into an Israeli ultra-Orthodox family and studied computer science. She then went on to open the Strauss Campus of Lomda – Israel’s largest vocational institute, designed to bring more haredim into the workforce.

http://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=37&ARTICLE_ID=48774

http://www.strausscampus.co.il/en/    http://docstalk.blogspot.co.il/2012/07/lomda-bridge-to-equal-burden.html

 

Israeli Arabs entrepreneurs get more help.  The Israeli government is offering promising Israeli Arab entrepreneurs and scientists 200 hours of free business consulting, plus research and development grants of up to 85 percent of the funding required to produce their new ideas in the lab.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/05/11/israels-chief-scientist-bringing-innovation-economy-to-israeli-arabs-with-200-hours-start-up-consulting-85-rd-funding-interview/

 

The first female Bedouin doctor is Israeli.  Israel’s Dr. Rania Okby, a specialist in maternal fetal medicine, is the first female Bedouin doctor in the world and a role model for Bedouin women in Israel.

http://www.aabgu.org/media-center/bgu-making-a-difference/bedouin-role-model-rania-okby.html

 

Nigeria thanks Israeli offer to help locate abducted schoolgirls.  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan welcomed the offer by Israel’s Prime Minister to send a team of counter-terrorism experts to assist in the search and rescue operations for nearly 200 Christian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic terrorists Boko Haram.

http://www.jspacenews.com/israel-aid-recovery-276-kidnapped-nigerian-girls/

 

Israel’s MDA offers Turkey help in mining disaster.  Israel’s emergency service Magen David Adom has offered the Turkish Red Crescent assistance after an explosion and fire in a coalmine in the town of Soma that killed more than 200 people.  MDA said they could provide valuable manpower and medical equipment.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Israels-Magen-David-Adom-offers-Turkey-assistance-as-death-toll-in-mine-blast-tops-200-352227

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Transforming phone camera imaging.  Israeli startup Corephotonics has developed a dual-lens phone camera that can produce crystal-clear images on a smartphone even when the zoom function is used.  It uses two 13-megapixel lenses with their own sensors, thus improving low-light performance and producing cleaner images.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-technology-transforms-phone-camera-imaging/

 

Turning waste into energy in North Carolina.  Israel’s Bluesphere is to construct a 5.2-megawatt power plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the fuel for the plant coming from organic waste from the city’s landfill site.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-trash-to-gas-tech-to-make-power-for-nc/

 

Israeli teens take another top international physics prize.  Pupils from Ilan Ramon Youth Physics Center in Beer-Sheva have won their 45th prize in the “First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics” competition.  Israel has won the most prizes since the US-based competition began in 2007 – more than the USA, Russia, South Korea etc.

http://www.aabgu.org/media-center/bgu-making-a-difference/high-schooler-physics-prize.html

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

 

UK on-line retailer uses Israeli software.  UK’s online retail giant Shop Direct, based in Liverpool, has teamed up with Israel’s Cimagine Media and yRuler to launch a new service that will allow shoppers to try-out products virtually before they buy them. The brands include Very, Isme and Littlewoods.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/shop-direct-technology-offers-shoppers-7092638

 

El Al boost number of flights from USA by 30%.  El Al Airlines’ Spring schedule now has 31 weekly nonstop flights between North America and Israel.  They include 22 flights from New York (JFK/Newark), five from Los Angeles and four from Toronto, Canada.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4517757,00.html

 

Tourism at new record levels.  (Thanks to algemeiner.com) The number of tourists visiting Israel in April was a record-breaking 385,000 – 9% more than in Apr 2013.  Even after accounting for the Passover/Easter effect, the increase was still 5%.  Over 1 million tourists have visited Israel in 2014 – 16% more than in 2013.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/05/12/april-sees-four-new-records-for-israel-tourism-upward-trend-continues/

 

Finance raised to drill Leviathan gas.  The developers of Israel’s massive natural gas deposits at the Leviathan field have successfully raised the $2billion necessary to continue the project.  Leviathan’s 18 trillion cubic feet of gas should start flowing in 2016, ensuring Israel’s future energy requirements are secure.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2014/05/12/Leviathan-part-of-Israeli-gas-revolution-exec-says/9001399902921/?spt=sec&or=bn

 

First Turkey, now Egypt wants Israeli gas.  Israel’s new found energy resource could be a big peacemaker.  Following Turkey’s announcement that it was buying natural gas from Israel, now Egypt’s suppliers have signed a letter of intent to purchase supplies from Israel.  Israel used to import Egyptian gas but not any more.

http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Tamar-partners-sign-letter-of-intent-to-supply-gas-to-Egyptian-liquefaction-facility-351430

 

THE JEWISH STATE

 

Green Eilat “saves” hundreds of birds.  The recent sudden heat wave affecting the Middle East took its toll on migrating Corncrakes as they ran out of fat and muscle during their flight from Africa to Europe and Asia.  Luckily they were able to reach Eilat – the first patch of green habitation after endless deserts.

http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Hundreds-of-Corncrake-birds-land-in-Eilat-due-to-heat-wave-351559

 

The future is bright.  Gideon Israel writes the facts that refute any claims that Israel is isolated.  He cites Israel’s improved relations with China, India, Central Asia, South Korea, the USA, Latin America and eleven European countries. (Without even mentioning friendships with Canada, Australia, Japan, Africa, etc. etc.)

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/gideonisrael/israel-at-66-not-a-pariah-not-isolated/

 

UK Rabbis learn more about Israel.  UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and 49 Orthodox British Rabbis have completed a 4-day mission to Israel.  Northwood Synagogue’s Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman said that the trip would help him communicate to congregants not to be emotional about Israel but to seek more information.

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/118038/we-need-understand-israel-better-says-chief-rabbi-ephraim-mirvis

Watch a Hero Cat Charge Down a Dog Brutally Attacking a Child

TheBlaze — A little boy was out enjoying his bicycle in his family’s driveway on Tuesday when out of no where he was attacked by a loose dog.

Luckily, a hero cat was on hand to save the day — yes, a cat.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m., in Bakersfield, California, according to KERO-TV.

Different angles from the home’s surveillance camera show the boy and then the dog prowling around the corner. When the canine spotted the boy on the other side of an SUV, he trotted over and then lunged, violently pulling the boy from his toddler bike.

Then, the family’s cat, Tara, charged and jumped on the dog, frightening him away from the child and chasing him off the property.

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Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 5th May 2014

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ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

V Wave heart device implanted in first patient.  The implant-able shunt developed by Israel’s V Wave treats congestive heart failure patients by reducing pressure on the muscle controlling the blood flow between the heart chambers.  The first patient to receive the shunt is already experiencing an improved condition.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-v-wave-heart-device-implanted-in-first-patient-1000934440

 

Israeli Parkinson’s treatment is used in 40 countries.  Japan’s Takeda has signed a deal to commercialize Teva’s innovative treatment for Parkinson’s disease, rasagiline, for use in Japan.  It follows Takeda’s deal in Dec 2013 to develop Teva’s glatiramer acetate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-takeda-to-sell-teva-parkinsons-treatment-in-japan-1000934433

 

Relief for back pain sufferers.  Israel’s Teva reported success in a Phase III clinical trial for its abuse-deterrent extended-release CEP-33237 treatment for chronic low back pain. The results showed significant improvement as measured by both weekly average Worst Pain Intensity and weekly Average Pain Intensity scores.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-teva-reports-success-in-back-pain-treatment-study-1000935409

 

ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL

IDF medics save choking Palestinian Arab baby.  2nd Lt. Ben Tzanani and his medical team rushed to save a one-month old baby from the village of Beitin near Ramallah.  The baby began to choke whilst her sister was playing with her.  Afterwards many Beitin villagers phoned the division headquarters to express their gratitude.

http://www.idfblog.com/2014/04/26/idf-doctor-saves-life-month-old-palestinian-baby/

 

Arab Bedouins protect Israelis border.  Meet Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib, the commander of the Northern Tracking Unit that operates near the Lebanese border and consists only of Muslim Arab Bedouin soldiers.

http://www.jspacenews.com/bedouin-tracking-unit-combats-hezbollah/

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The other Zoabi – the Muslim Arab Zionist.  Muhammad Zoabi is a relative of anti-Zionist MK Hanin Zoabi but their surname is all that’s in common.  Muhammad says, “we are living freedom”, “the Jews are a great nation and they always accept others” and vows to “stand with the Jewish people until the last day of my life.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/179359#.U1zpgaKoVex

 

Where Christians celebrated Easter in the Middle East.  According to David Parsons, media director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Christians living in Israel have much to be thankful for and little to complain about compared to their Christian brethren in neighboring countries.

http://bristolpress.com/articles/2014/04/19/news/doc5351b84ab42dd333983127.txt

 

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

No need for a periscope.  (Thanks to algemeiner.com) Israel Technion researchers have developed a new camera that enables divers and submarines to see above the surface of the water without a periscope.  The Stella Maris (Marine Refractive Imaging Sensor) counters distortions from the dynamic refraction of water waves.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/04/30/israeli-invention-obviates-divers%E2%80%99-need-for-periscopes/

 

If you can imagine it – we can print it.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Industrial designers Oded Marcus and Shaul Cohen have set-up Tel Aviv’s 3D Factory – a three-dimensional printing shop.  It features a do-it-yourself ‘experience store’ where anyone can print an actual object from a computer design.

http://israel21c.org/technology/3d-print-magic-in-israel/

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Israel is “the wi-fi nation”.  It starts when you arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and are treated to free wifi. Then you get on the train; for over a year now, Israel Railways provides free wifi. The Kavim bus to work offers free wifi.  Enter a restaurant in Tel Aviv and you will likely be served free wifi. It’s not the same in Europe or USA.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israel-the-wifi-nation/

 

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Israel is the place to become a billionaire.  A report by the UK’s Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) shows that after Hong Kong, Israel is the best place to become a “super-entrepreneur”. The CPS report analyzed billionaires on Forbes’ lists of the world’s richest people who earnedtheir fortunes instead of inheriting them.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/report-want-to-be-a-billionaire-come-to-israel/

 

New Trade Offices in Asia, Africa and South America.  Israel will open more trade attaché offices in Asia, Africa, and South America, to follow the growth of its trade balance.  For 2018, Israel forecasts Asia buying 24.5% of its exports, the U.S. 20.3% and European Union 40%.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/04/28/israel-to-open-trade-attache-offices-in-asia-africa-south-america/

 

Venture capital up 53%.  Israeli private high-tech firms raised $673 million in venture capital in the first quarter, up 53 percent from a year earlier.  Foreign investment was the main reason for the increase.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/29/israel-venturecapital-idUSL6N0NL2AG20140429

 

Another Israeli company protects Soccer World Cup.  Israel’s Risco Group has implemented a command and control system for the 44,000-seat Arena Patanal World Cup stadium in Cuiabá, Brazil. In previous news, Israel’s Elbit Systems is providing a Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles for the Brazilian Air Force.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-risco-to-protect-world-cup-stadium-in-brazil-1000935527

 

Intel to invest billions in Israel.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Intel has presented the Israeli government with an investment plan to upgrade its Kiryat Gat semiconductor-manufacturing facility. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said that the investment could reach $6 billion.  The project would require 1000 new employees.

http://israel21c.org/news/intel-to-invest-6-billion-in-israel/

 

CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT

The number of Blue Flag beaches doubles.  21 Israeli beaches and two marinas have just received the Blue Flag international accolade for environmental excellence.  In 2013 only nine Israeli beaches and two marinas reached the sufficient standard.  This year, the Blue Flag was awarded to eight beaches in Netanya alone.

http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/21-Israeli-beaches-2-marinas-receive-Blue-Flag-label-for-environmental-quality-350675

 

Jerusalem is the place to visit.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Leading travel website TripAdvisor has released a new list citing the Top 10 Destinations on the Rise around the world, and ranks Jerusalem as the fourth most popular site to visit. There are over 5,200 Jerusalem related posts on the global travel advice website.

http://israel21c.org/news/tripadvisor-slots-jerusalem-in-top-10-destinations-on-the-rise/

 

La Traviata in Masada.  Following the successes of Nabucco, Aida, Carmen and Turandot, the Israeli Opera will temporarily relocate Paris to the Judean desert.  They will perform a new ravishing production of Verdi’s most popular opera at the footsteps of the majestic Mount Masada from June 12 – 17.

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http://www.israel-opera.co.il/Eng/?CategoryID=498

 

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Watching a Veteran Reunite With His Bomb-Sniffing Dog Will Absolutely Make Your Day

A new video posted online by the Chicago Tribune shows a U.S. veteran reunite with a bomb-sniffing dog he served with abroad.

A few days ago, Sgt. Jason Bos greeted service dog “Cila” at the airport — and it’s safe to say she remembered who he was.

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Sgt. Bos explained that it was difficult for him to return home after serving without Cila, knowing that there was only a small chance he would ever see her again.

“And so when I got the news that she was going to retire out — and if I wanted her — of course I wanted her,” he said. “I was excited, pumped up, very enthusiastic. I didn’t think it was going to happen.”

Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 30th Apr 2014

Highlights from the free weekly newsletter by verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Israel’s splendid global integration.  Yoram Ettinger’s latest financial report on Israel contains eight key indicators. All positive.

IBM launches Israeli start-up accelerator.  IBM Corporation is joining the wave of technology incubator programs with the launch of its first-ever start-up accelerator in Israel.  IBM Alpha Zone Accelerator will provide a 24-week program providing free use of IBM’s development tools and services up to a value $24,000.

Israeli income tax is less than most OECD countries.  The average income tax rate in Israel is 21% (and falling) compared to the OECD average of 35.9% (and rising).  Only three of the 34 OECD countries levy less income tax on its citizens than Israel.

A whole new world.  This Israel Technion video provides a different view of some amazing microscopic objects.  The images seen through a diverse range of microscopes are the products of 29 Technion researchers working in the different areas of exact sciences, life sciences, engineering, and medicine.

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The world’s top producer of in-cab mobile terminals.  Israel’s Micronet supplies half a million terminals for fleet vehicles such as trucks and taxis – more than any other manufacturer. The company’s new A317 model just released now allows users to run apps developed for Android-based tablets.

Israeli radar to protect South Korea from the North.  A team of South Korean military and acquisition officials has been dispatched to Israel to purchase low-altitude surveillance radars capable of detecting small, unmanned drones from North Korea.  South Korea recently discovered three UAVs near the border.

An app to make you enjoy music.  Weizmann graduate Yuval Karminka found that 85% of non-musicians wish they had learned to play a musical instrument. He then founded JoyTunes that produces popular music learning apps that encourage the novice musician to advance in their practicing.

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The cutting edge of desalination.  British trade journal Global Water Intelligence has bestowed its top awards on Israel’s IDE Technologies. Initiatives such as the Soreq plant and the Carlsbad project “will ensure that IDE remains at the cutting edge of the desalination industry for at least another four decades,”

 

Israeli scientists spring-clean the planet.  To mark Earth Day, Weizmann Institute’s latest e-magazine includes the work of Professor Berkowitz who has transformed toxic chemicals in water into harmless compounds.  Also Professor Bayer who designed bacteria that turns waste paper into sugar.  And much more.

 

Technology brings together Jewish & Arab teens.  For 10 years, the Middle East Education through Technology (MEET) program has been uniting budding hi-tech Palestinian and Israeli entrepreneurs from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Mevasseret Zion, Nazareth and Beit Shemesh.

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