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An injection that melts fat holds out promise for the obese

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:00am

By Brian Blum for Israel21c


The cost to treat obesity in the United States alone is expected to rise from $325 billion in 2014 to $555 billion per year by 2025.



Raziel Therapeutics wants to be the Botox for obesity.


Whereas an injection of Botox smooths out wrinkles, this Jerusalem medical startup is developing an injection that doesn’t just smooth, but literally melts away fat cells. Unlike Botox, though, Raziel’s fat-burning approach has the potential to do a lot more than simply make you look better.


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2,700-Year-Old Jewish Seal Found in Jerusalem

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00am
By Liel Leibovitz for Tablet Magazine


History, too, recognizes the city as the Jewish capital


Earlier this week, Israeli archaeologists revealed a recently discovered 2,700-year-old clay seal impression, unearthed not far from the Western Wall and belonging, according to the inscription, to one of the governors of Jerusalem mentioned in the bible.

About as big as a small coin, the seal carries an inscription in Hebrew that reads “belonging to the governor of the city.” Having studied it, Hebrew University professor Tallay Ornan and Tel Aviv University Professor Benjamin Sass described the image it depicts: “Above a double line are two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner. Their heads are depicted as large dots, lacking any details. The hands facing outward are dropped down, and the hands facing inward are raised. Each of the figures is wearing a striped, knee-length garment.”

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EcoPeace Middle East wins 2 prestigious prizes

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:00am
By ISRAEL21c Staff


Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian environmental group wins European awards for its Program on Water Security and its Water & Energy Nexus project.


During November, two prizes were garnered by EcoPeace Middle East, a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists.

The Geneva Center for Security Policy chose EcoPeace Middle East’s Program on Water Security for this year’s Prize for Innovation in Global Security from among 114 entrees from 50 countries.

Members of the jury included the director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva; former chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, head of the Division for Security Policy in the Swiss Directorate of Political Affairs and others.

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CHINESE INVESTORS FLOCK TO ISRAEL FOR UNLIKELY REASONS

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:00am
BY MAX SCHINDLER for JPost.com


Chinese money is increasingly flowing into Israeli hi-tech companies and is likely to overtake the US as the number one source of foreign investment for the Jewish state.


China is becoming an increasingly attractive market for Israeli start-ups seeking to raise funds, and it may soon overtake the US as its number one investor due to political and psychological factors.
“The Chinese don’t look at politics,” said Edouard Cukierman, chairman of Cukierman Investments House and managing partner at Catalyst-CEL. “The Europeans [and Americans] don’t always, in the geopolitical aspect, look favorably at Israel. The Chinese look at what Israeli innovation can do for their business, what’s in their interest.”


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Israeli army uses new method to destroy Gaza terror tunnel

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:00am
From JTA


The Israel Defense Forces discovered and demolished a terror tunnel that crossed into Israel from central Gaza.

The tunnel, which had been monitored for several weeks, was demolished Saturday, the IDF announced Sunday. The tunnel is believed to have belonged to the Hamas terror organization. The exit of the tunnel had not yet been completed.

It was blown up using a new method that does not require air strikes or explosions.

The tunnel had electricity and other amenities, such as ventilation and communications equipment, suggesting that it was a significant tunnel for Hamas, the IDF also said in a statement.

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Israeli device banishes finger-pricking for sugar levels in diabetes patients

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00am
By SHOSHANNA SOLOMON for The Times of Israel


Cnoga says it has created the first commercially available noninvasive glucose meter, using a camera and algorithms to read changes in fingers' color


Diabetes patients know that one of the greatest challenges in managing the ailment is tracking their blood sugar, or glucose, levels. To do that the only option available today is through the use of standard glucose meters — devices that require multiple finger pricks each day, a painful process.

For years, researchers have been trying to find a noninvasive, quicker and easier way to monitor blood glucose. Even the most advanced devices in use today, like needle sensors, which can track glucose continuously, need to be inserted under the skin every one to two weeks.

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The top eight things to do in Israel on the eight days of Hanukkah

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:00am
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c

 

Looking for your own great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in our Hanukkah Guide.

 

 


ISRAEL21c brings you eight awesome ideas for celebrating the Festival of Lights in Israel, where it all happened back in the year 165.


Torch relay
The annual Hanukkah Torch Relay marks the beginning of the holiday in Israel. People line the road from the city of Modi’in to the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem’s Old City, passing a burning torch from hand to hand. The torch then lights the giant hanukkiyah (menorah) at the Western Wall.

Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is believed to have been the home of Hanukkah’s heroes, the Maccabees, and the place where the Maccabean revolt began.

Eat 
Sufganiyot (doughnuts) are by far the most popular Hanukkah food in Israel. Every year, Israelis eat a whopping 24 million of these calorie-heavy-sugar-covered-fried treats made especially for the holiday.

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Sleep deprivation causes neurons to nap, Israeli study finds

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:00am
By SHOSHANNA SOLOMON for The Times of Israel


Researchers say that the longer we stay awake, the slower our brain gets, damaging visual perception and memory associations


You may be staying up way too late every night scrolling through Facebook, but your brain cells aren’t necessarily along for the ride.


Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) together with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, say that when we are sleep-deprived, the activity of our brain is affected because individual neurons slow down, damaging the brain’s visual perception and memory associations.


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‘Rock stars’ of the IDF: Israeli soldiers go on tour to educate the masses

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:00am
By CATHRYN J. PRINCE for The Times of Israel


Groups seek to put a human face on the Jewish state while countering misconceptions and anti-Israel activists


The questions come fast and furious for Israel Defense Force reservists Keren and Haitham, who goes by the nickname Tom.

“How do you show your support for Israel on campus?” “How does training and combat affect you?” “Do you have to live in Israel to show your love for it?”

About 40 students sit inside the book lined beit midrash, or study hall, of Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE). They have more questions than time allows. Still the pair does their best to answer each one clearly, concisely and completely.

This is the second to last stop on a nearly three-week long Israeli Soldiers Tour, or IST, through New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Along the way the two, whose last names have been withheld for security reasons, met students at University of Hartford and cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Who's behind the coolest new feature on the iPhone X?

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine 


Apple turned to its R&D center in Israel for their new Face ID technology.


The wait is over. Apple unveiled the highly anticipated new iPhone models at an event streamed around the world.

Called the iPhone X, it marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's debut in 2007. While there are many new whiz-bang features on the phone, one in particular caught our attention: Face ID. The new technology is an infrared face scanner that will unlock your iPhone simply by looking at it. (Die-hard From The Grapevine readers will recall that we predicted this back in the summer of 2015. OK, so we were off by two years. We're not perfect.)

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Disasters know no borders - MEFF joint international exercise

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:00am
From Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority collaborate in MiddleEast forest fires exercise.

 

 

The overall goal of the exercise is for participants to exchange knowledge and attain common capacities, to effectively respond to disaster situations, especially along and across mutual borders.

 


The Middle East Forest Fires (MEFF) joint international exercise taking place today (Tuesday, 24 October 2017), is conducted under the sponsorship of EU member states: Italy, France and Spain, and held in participation and under the positive cooperation of Jordan, Israel and the PA.

The joint exercise, supported by the European Commission's Civil Protection Exercise program, aims to preserve lives and natural resources, regardless of nationality and/or borders.

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Israeli woman unites Hebrew and Arabic in a unique new typeface

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:00am
by Green Prophet Guest in Cities


An Israeli designer with roots in Haifa has developed a new script that bridges a basic cultural divide between Israeli Jews and Arabs.

Liron Lavi Turkenich (pictured below), instructor of graphic design from Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art, was raised in a Haifa, a city with a blended ethnic population where Hebrew and Arabic are spoken. A Hebrew speaker, it occured to her several years ago that she had never paid attention to the Arabic letters on bilingual road signs. Instead, she was “just looking at Arabic as decorations and not letters with content – and in fact, kind of ignoring the Arabic,” Turkenich told NoCamels. (Green Prophet has written about the hypnotic visual affect of Arab calligraphy on non-Arabic readers, as example in this story about Tunisian-French artist eL Seed.)

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Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:00am

By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN for The Times of Israel



Sought for 150 years, the remarkable discovery of the small theater changes archaeologists' perceptions of Roman-conquered Jerusalem after the fall of the Second Temple



Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in 70 CE.


Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists announced Monday that for the past two years they have been excavating and exposing a massive eight-meter deep section of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, unseen for 1,700 years.


And in the course of their work, which has been quietly proceeding directly beneath Wilson’s Arch — the area immediately adjacent to the men’s section of the Western Wall — they unexpectedly discovered a small Roman theater. The dig has not encroached under the Temple Mount.


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Israeli company unveils revolutionary artificial cornea

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:00am
By Nicky Blackburn for Israel21c


CorNeat Vision develops new nanotech solution that could one day help restore sight to millions who have gone blind due to diseases of the cornea.


An early-stage Israeli ophthalmic medical devices startup has developed a revolutionary artificial cornea implant that holds out hope to millions of blind and visually impaired people suffering from diseases of the cornea.

The nanotech-based solution by CorNeat Vision of Ra’anana is a synthetic cornea that uses advanced cell technology to integrate artificial optics within ocular tissue.

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10 of the coolest biotech companies in Jerusalem

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Amazing new technologies for beating conditions including breast cancer, ALS and obesity are under development in Israel’s capital city.


Tel Aviv may be Israel’s high-tech capital, but the heart of life-sciences innovation lies in Jerusalem.


Jerusalem’s life-sciences cluster includes three innovation centers and 140 biomedical companies. About two-thirds of those companies are involved in biopharma (making drugs from living sources rather than chemicals).

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Afterlife snack: Jar of toads popped open in 4,000-year-old Canaanite tomb dig

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00am
By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN for The Times of Israel


Excavation just outside Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo gives window into funerary rites with unexpected remains of decapitated frogs and not-local myrtle and date pollen



A 4,000-year-old Canaanite “burial kit” has been found to include an afterlife snack pack of nine decapitated frogs. Discovered in a salvage excavation near Jerusalem’s Biblical zoo, a set of intact jars and their contents shedsnew light on funerary rites of the Middle Bronze period — and give a window into an ancient recipe for toad.


The dig’s co-director, Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Shua Kisilevitz, told The Times of Israel on Monday that while food offerings in burials are typical of the Bronze Age, “finding toads is pretty unusual,” she said. “To the best of my knowledge, the only other place in Israel with toad find was in Wadi Ara, and dates to the Late Bronze Age.”


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