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Cap and rotator: US vets Anthony and James laying a wreath at Latrun war memorial. Photo by Judy Schaffer

A gift of vitality, in the midst of cancer

Cancer survivor and hairstylist Eli Ben Zikri started a non-profit wig service that allows people to feel attractive even when they lose their hair during chemotherapy.   Photo courtesy of Kaplan Medical Center Since 2002, Eli Ben Zikri has fitted …

“There’s only one Tamir Cohen’

After a rocky start at Bolton Wanderers, Israeli footballer Tamir Cohen is proving himself to be a star player. He’s just one of a number of top Israeli footballers making a name for themselves today in European teams.   Stealing …

Israel’s energizer

He developed the first rechargeable lithium battery, and now Prof. Doron Aurbach and his team of 35 may develop the first rechargeable magnesium battery.   The story of Israel’s most prominent battery researcher has a shaky beginning. Prof. Doron Aurbach’s …

A catalyst for change in organic-based fuels

Israeli engineer Dr. Sobhi Basheer has developed a way to minimize the toxic byproducts created while making biofuel from organic waste while lowering production costs.   Dr. Sobhi Basheer of TransBioDiesel: using his experience with enzymes to replace conventional polluting …

Just don’t call him the Zohan

Despite remarkable similarities to Adam Sandler’s the Zohan, for Piny Benzaken, Israeli sportsman turned hairdresser to the stars, it’s all about the work.   Hair history – Piny Benzaken created the unforgettable look that helped John Travolta make his famous …

The engineer who makes wine

By day, he’s a civil engineer. By night, Israeli Doron Yitzhaki is a winemaker, with a new label of blended global wines made from the best wines in the world.   Wine is a romantic business, says Israeli winemaker Doron …

Israel’s maverick academic

Not content to rest on the academic laurels he earned at an unusually young age, Ely Porat also uses his smarts to improve education in the sciences.   How do you become the youngest professor in Israel? Extraordinary smarts and …

Dialysis for our city aquifers

An Israeli engineer has developed a water harvesting and treatment system to collect and clean urban rainwater that he says could work in cities from Melbourne to Manhattan.   When rain pours down on the streets of New York City, …

On the wings of an albatross

Former army helicopter pilot Duby Tal so identifies with the albatross that he named his aerial photography company after the rare bird and soared to success.   It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s an albatross. Veteran helicopter pilot …