Technology

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...

It’s A-maize-ing: Popcorn Is A New, Sustainable Insulation On The Market

By: Martin M Barillas

By Martin M Barillas Researchers in Germany have gotten the go-ahead to commercialize a product that provides sustainable, environmentally friendly building insulation: popcorn Conventional insulation, made of mineral fiber or plastics, occupies approximately 90 percent of the market. Plastic, however, is made from petroleum and contributes to pollution. Researchers at...

Bot A Breakthrough: Tiny Nanobots Can Deliver Chemo Straight To Cancer Cells

By: Martin M Barillas

By Martin M Barillas Researchers have developed microrobots shaped like fish, crabs and butterflies that can be directed by magnets to deliver powerful chemotherapy drugs directly to areas where cancer cells grow, reducing the side effects of current cancer therapy. Published in the journal ACS Nano, a proof-of-concept study revealed...

FDA Approves Incisionless Ultrasound Brain Surgery For Parkinson’s Symptoms

By: Martin M Barillas

By Martin M Barillas The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an innovative incisionless surgery for debilitating Parkinson’s disease that offers an outpatient alternative to invasive deep-brain surgery. Insightec’s Exablate Neuro ultrasound device was successfully tested at the University of Virginia health system, which is now one of only...

News Flush! How To Celebrate World Toilet Day

By: Naama Barak

By Naama Barak On Friday, Nov. 19, we’ll be gathering in restrooms worldwide to celebrate World Toilet Day, established by the United Nations to raise awareness of sanitation challenges across the globe. To mark the event, here is everything you could possibly want to know about the toilet situation in...

Cool Way To Chill: How Ice Can Be Used To Store Solar Energy For Air Conditioning

By: Abigail Klein Leichman

By Abigail Klein Leichman Storing solar energy between sunset and sunrise is a huge challenge. Nostromo Energy decided to meet that challenge by using an unlikely substance: water. Installed on the roof, basement or walls of commercial and industrial buildings, Nostromo’s modular IceBrick stores energy in ice capsules and directs...