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Making train travel safe from disaster

High-tech sensing data from satellites, airplanes, and unmanned aircraft come together in an early-warning system for train operators that can predict natural disasters and prevent terrorist attacks. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90. An Israeli researcher is one of a worldwide team …

Detecting depression online

An online ‘depression detector’ developed in Israel can identify depression 78 percent of the time, according to a team of clinical psychologists. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90. A new algorithm developed by Israeli researchers can identify Internet users who are feeling …

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 …