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Soldiers wounded in combat in Gaza are led to the emergency room at Soroka. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90

Growing life sciences at home, in the desert

Hoping to reverse Israel’s brain and biotech innovation drain, the new NGO BioNegev plans to transform the Negev Desert into a major biotechnology hub. Israeli biotech companies like Given Imaging, which has developed a camera in a pill, are improving …

Applause for clapping your hands

The first-ever study of hand-clapping songs reveals a direct link between those activities and the development of important skills in children and young adults.   Hand-clapping games lead to neater handwriting and fewer spelling mistakes, according to Israel’s Dr. Idit …

Tuesday Night Live takes to the US roads

A TV variety hour, filmed live in Jerusalem on Tuesday nights, is taking its show on the road, starting with Texas. Co-hosts Ari Abramowitz, left, and Jeremy Gimpel. “Tuesday Night Live” (TNL) in Jerusalem has gone to Texas. TNL, a …

Israelis and Palestinians meet for Startup Weekend

Israelis and Palestinians joined forces for a Startup Weekend, to explore the possibilities of developing new technology businesses together. One hundred and fifty entrepreneurs took part in the Jaffa conference held at the Peres Center for Peace. Joining a worldwide …

Israeli aid team first to reach the Congo

Israeli aid team first to reach the Congo

Once again, Israel is first on the post-disaster scene, as its specialists in burn treatment and plastic surgery rush to the aid of the Congolese following the recent tragic fire.   Hundreds of people were left with severe burns when …

Getting to the heart of the matter

Whatever the political climate, the charity Save a Child’s Heart saves the lives of Palestinian children. Now the Israeli government and the EU have stepped in to fund further vital heart surgeries for Palestinian and Iraqi children.   Some of …

Putting coexistence center stage

Israel‘s mixed Jaffa Arab-Hebrew Theater may be an “island of sanity” according to its director, but its survival is by no means a foregone conclusion.   Working at peace – the Jaffa Arab-Hebrew Theater. Given the tensions between Jewish and …

The potato guy [video]

The potato guy [video]

After nearly 30 years of research, Professor David Levy has developed a strain of potato that can be grown in hot, dry climates, and irrigated by saline water sources. Professor David Levy’s windowsill is lined with potatoes of numerous shapes …