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Grasping the real challenges of the global village

As requests for Israeli know-how multiply across the globe, Haim Divon, head of MASHAV, Israel’s Center for International Cooperation, strives to supply specific solutions. Pragmatist and philosopher, Haim Divon (at the back), head of Israel’s center for international cooperation, Mashav …

Multi-tasking science

Professor Marcelle Machluf juggles her family and research in three groundbreaking fields: Cancer therapy, gene therapy and tissue engineering. In Israel, women have to do everything at once: Marcelle Machluf. On her frequent world travels in pursuit of science, Prof. …

Delivering an educational miracle

With hard work and passion, Karen Tal went from winning over neighborhood bullies to transforming a sub-standard school into an “educational miracle”. Photo by Sharon Bentov. Once in danger of closing, Karen Tal has transformed Bialik-Rogozin into a model school …

A blood-shy, blood cancer warrior

Israeli professor, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz is one of only a few non-North Americans to win a grant from the Leukemia & Lymphona Society to develop antidotes for blood cancers. Prof. Varda Shoshan-Barmatz has developed a peptide that zeroes in on specific …

The man who sells spiders for strawberries

Bugs are Dr. Shimon Steinberg’s bread and butter. The R&D manager at Israel’s Bio-Bee works to undo the damage of chemical pest control and encourage what nature intended. On the hunt for bugs in Morocco: Dr. Shimon Steinberg inspects strawberries …

Fruit fly fluke

An Israeli scientist’s discovery of TRP channels is making waves worldwide, since these proteins are involved in vision; initiating the sensation of pain, temperature and taste; and even in hereditary neurological diseases. After 15 years of researching a mutant fruit …

Akin to a Nobel win

For the first time, an Israeli professor has been awarded the Fields Medal for Mathematics, said to be the equivalent of a Nobel Prize, by the International Mathematical Union. Indian President Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil awards the Fields Medal for …

A solution to olive your problems

Inspired by biblical descriptions of the health benefits of olive oil, physiologist Dr Shaul Eger has devoted himself to concocting remedies in which it’s a key ingredient. A search for a cure to his own health problems led to a …

Israel’s man on space

It’s men like Dr Zvi Kaplan who are leading Israel, one of only eight nations in the world to launch an indigenous satellite into space, into the billion-dollar space industry. Zvi Kaplan (right), the head of the Israel Space Agency …

Turkey vs Israel? Not when it comes to sailing

Religious and political views get checked at the door when the Turkish sailors show up for practice with their Israeli coach. Picture courtesy of Walter Cooper/US Sailing. Against the odds: Israeli yachtswoman Linur Kliger. When two teams of Turkish sailors …