Highlights from verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com:
Happy in Tel Aviv. Israelis dance to the sounds of Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy” with background scenes of Tel Aviv / Yafo.
Israel prize for developer of Alzheimer’s treatment. The Israel Prize for Medicine goes to Professor Marta Weinstock-Rosin of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Weinstock-Rosin developed Exelon, for treating dementia related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Exelon is currently undergoing Phase II trials.
Elderly and infirm can stay at home. Israeli life-science company Essence has launched Care@Home – an in-home care monitoring solution for the elderly and chronic disease sufferers. The system learns a person’s everyday routine and detects any deviations, such as skipped meals, reduced activity or unusual events.
Ten years of caring for seriously ill. The Israeli charity Life’s Door – Tishkofet has helped more than 10,000 patients, family members and professionals in its ten years of operation. Professor Ben Corn of Tel Aviv University founded the organization after losing his father to cancer and finding no one to help with the trauma.
Ukrainians treated in Israel. Seven Ukrainians wounded in the Ukrainian unrest are being flown to Israel for treatment. One, Alexander, aged 20, landed at Ben-Gurion airport last week and was rushed to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot for wrist surgery.
22 ways Israel has helped Africa in last 3 years. A great summary by Israel21c of Israel’s recent technological, humanitarian, medical, ecological and agricultural aid to developing African nations.
Thinner, stronger and greener packaging. Israeli start-up Valentis is developing a packaging material that is has a strength-to-weight ratio 8 times greater than stainless steel. The material is based on nano-crystalline cellulose (NCC), a biodegradable, transparent material made from plant pulp waste.
Israel’s cyber industry. Israel National Cyber Bureau (INCB) has estimated exports by Israeli companies in the cyber field at $3 billion in 2013 – three times greater than those of the United Kingdom. Also, Israeli cyber companies raised $165 million last year – approximately 11 percent of total funds raised worldwide.
What went right in the State of Israel? Please read this great article by Professor Michael Curtis. It describes some of the major International companies that have come to the Jewish State to share in its success.
Two Israelis win Oscars. Israel’s Niv Adiri picked up an Oscar to add to the BAFTA he’d won previously for his team’s work on the sound of the multi-award winning film “Gravity.” Also celebrating was Israel’s Arnon Milchan who co-produced “12 Years a Slave” which won the top prize of Best Picture.
Hi-tech internships in Israel. The Israel Tech Challenge, a new initiative by The Jewish Agency, will offer young gifted Jewish students in computer science from around the world – among them Ivy League students and employees of companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google – an insider’s look at the Startup Nation.