Technology

Instant Fresh Hummus Is Now Only A Push Of A Button Away

By: Naama Barak

By Naama Barak Ever had a strong craving for hummus but not inclined to go through the trouble of making it yourself? Or maybe you just can’t find a brand you like in the supermarket. With the rising popularity of plant-based foods comes new technology that could make fresh hummus...

Innovation Laboratories Aim To Provide Scientific Solutions For Industry

By: Jon Schiller

By Jon Schiller Several new laboratories are set to join forces with Israeli industry to advance groundbreaking research with potential applicability within three to seven years. Tel Aviv University announced its intention to launch the Center for Innovation Laboratories before the 2021-2022 academic year. Six laboratories, along with additional labs...

A Smart Polymer That Would Heal Wounds Without Sutures

By: Brian Blum

By Brian Blum It’s long been a staple of science fiction to mock the simple suture as outdated. And why not — the wound-closure technique has been in use for at least 5,000 years. Professor Hossam Haick’s chemical engineering lab at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology has created a...

Armis, Moon Active Each Raise $300 Million In November

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

By Abigail Klein Leichman Internet of Things cybersecurity startup Armis and mobile gaming startup Moon Active, two Israeli companies, each ended the month of November with $300 million more in the bank. Armis is now valued at $3.4 billion (up from $2 billion just eight months ago) and reportedly is...

Makers Design Helpful Devices For People With Disabilities

By: Naama Barak

By Naama Barak Five-year-old Shani loves drawing and playing, but she has disabilities that make these typical childhood activities difficult. A team of volunteer makers called “Drawing Dreams” created a 3D-printed hand support enabling her to draw, play and eat independently. It worked so well that Shani’s special-ed kindergarten in...

How Israel Became The World’s Cyber Powerhouse

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

By Abigail Klein Leichman It is not by chance that 40 percent of all private cyber investments in the world are invested in Israeli companies, and that a third of the world’s unicorn cyber companies — private startups worth at least $1 billion — are Israeli. “Cybermania: How Israel Became a...

Hospital Cyberattack Is The New Pandemic; Here’s The Cure

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

By Abigail Klein Leichman In a ransomware attack, a piece of malicious software paralyzes your computer until you pay the demanded sum. It’s a scary situation that will cost you money and time. When a ransomware attack hits a hospital, it can even cost lives: A recent lawsuit in Alabama...

No Fueling: Sugar-Eating Microbes Could One Day Fuel Cars

By: Martin M Barillas

By Martin M Barillas Two scientists have harnessed strains of bacteria that feast on glucose (a type of sugar) and turn it into olefins, a type of hydrocarbon that is a component of gasoline, posing the possibility of a new way to fuel vehicles. “Making biofuels from renewable resources like...

Can A Drone Prevent Disastrous Oil Spills?

By: Brian Blum

By Brian Blum An October oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach, California, drove home the ongoing potential for ecological disasters stemming from leaky, malfunctioning, corroded and sometimes even sabotaged oil and gas pipelines. The answer to preventing leaks and spills is constant monitoring. But keeping your eyes on...

HomeBiogas Wins UN Deal To Convert Waste In Refugee Camps

By: Naama Barak

By Naama Barak Israeli renewable energy company HomeBiogas, whose system converts organic waste into clean cooking gas and biofertilizer, recently won a United Nations tender to supply refugee camps in several African countries. HomeBiogas products channel food leftovers or toilet waste into a tank where bacteria digest and convert them...

Why Are Israelis Masters Of Food Innovation?

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

By Abigail Klein Leichman What is the recipe for meat and dairy without cows? Snacks and sauces with less sugar and salt? Long-lasting fresh produce and compostable food wrappers? A fast-growing, climate-threatened world is hungry for such recipes. Appropriately enough, the search began in the kitchen — or rather, The...

Mental Health: How Your Brain Really Can Cure Your Body

By: Brian Blum

By Brian Blum Your phone pings. It’s a message from a friend you met for drinks last night, who just tested positive for Covid-19. Your throat starts feeling scratchy. A short cough sputters out. Is your body temperature rising? You run to take a PCR Covid-19 test. When the results...

Testing Female Fluids To Detect Signs Of Early Disease

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

By Abigail Klein Leichman Diagnosing disease through analysis of bodily fluids, like blood or saliva, is nothing new. Vaginal fluids, too, contain much clinical and biological information, but until now have not been the subject of much research. “Many male researchers don’t even know what they are,” said Dr. Shlomit...