Reports coming out these past few days suggest that “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert is rumored to take part in the June festivities of Tel Aviv’s gay pride month, to coincide with the delayed promotion for his new album “Trespassing”.AbbaNibi.com has exclusively learned that the flamboyant Lambert, who has been a prolific gay public figure, has been looking into participating in the events in Israel this spring, whether in line with the actual parade or a closed concert. His appearance would be presented as a special high profile guest to celebrate Tel Aviv’s recent worldly accomplishment of being named the top international destisination city by GayCities.com and American Airlines‘s year end survey.
The report of Lambert’s suspected visit comes following news last spring that media mogul Ellen Degeneres, one of the world’d leading gay entertainers, was considering a trip to the holy land, albeit no plans were thus far. Lambert, who lately began promoting his upcoming sophomore album with current single “Better Than I Know Myself” and set to perform with the legendary Queen, has formaly expressed his desire to experience Israel, while interviewing in Israel’s celebrity magazine “Pnai Plus” back in 2010, stating he “would love to come”.
While reaching for comment, AbbaNibi has turned to Yaniv Waizman, the official LGBT counsel to mayor Ron Huldai, who said that despite the fact that no plans have been made known he “would like to take this opportunity to personally invite Adam Lambert to take part in this major event”. Waizman added that “Tel Aviv Gay Pride is definitely an international event that becomes bigger each year and we are embracing any international artist who wants to support the LGBT community”.
Adam Lambert’s affiliation with Israel is not something new. During his season on “American Idol”, online videos surfaced of him singing in Hebrew in the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s memorial in LA. The singer has switched management a few months ago, and his current publicists refused to comment about anything that has to do with Israel. “Adam is very interested in visiting Tel Aviv since he heard so much about it,” a source close to the superstar said, “but he still doesn’t know if it will be a personal visit, or a part of his upcoming world tour.”
By Avigayil Kadesh
“We are Ariel Berko and Yoav Levi from Rogozin High School in Kiryat Ata, Israel. In our experiment, that was chosen to be in the big final of the SpaceLab competition, we want to examine the effect of gravity on the mating process of baker’s yeast, which multiplies via sexual reproduction. We think that the yeast will not do sexual reproduction in space because in this process there are many changes in the cells of the yeast and we think that they are affected by gravity.”
That’s how two Israeli 10th-graders described their proposal for YouTube Space Lab, a worldwide competition that challenges 14- to 18-year-olds to design a science experiment that can be done in outer space. The concept was born at a marketing brainstorming session at Google, YouTube’s parent company, and is co-sponsored by Lenovo.
Based on popular votes received by thousands of applicants, the Israeli boys’ yeast experiment made it to the finals. Now the finalists’ ideas are being scrutinized by an international panel of judges including NASA officials, former astronauts Leland Melvin, Frank De Winne and Akihiko Hoshide, and Cirque du Soleil’s founder, Guy Laliberté.
Six regional winners to be announced February 21 will go to Washington, DC, in March to experience a Zero-G flight and receive other prizes including a Lenovo ThinkPad. Two global winners from this group, representing ages 14-16 and ages 17-18, will have their experiments performed 250 miles above Earth in the International Space Station (ISS), live-streamed on YouTube.
The global winners will get a trip to Tanegashima Island, Japan, to watch their experiment blast off in a rocket bound for the ISS. Alternatively, winners may wait until they turn 18 to train with cosmonauts in Star City, Russia.
Yeast and humans
Fifteen-year-old Yoav explains that he and Ariel (16) heard about the competition through the program for gifted young scientists that they attend for two days, three times a year, at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot. “They asked us if we wanted to take part, and we did,” says Ariel.
Their first idea was to see the effect of gravity on human reproductive cells, but that would have necessitated a microscope, which is against the rules of the competition. “So we searched for something in the same model but bigger,” says Yoav. “The Davidson Institute offered us to try it with yeast, and one of the PhD students there helped us plan the experiment.”
Ariel describes yeast as “a very interesting creature from which we can study about humans. We are more developed creatures, but with a lot in common.”
Yeast exists in two varieties: one reproduces asexually and the other sexually, through a complex mating process called “shmooing.” If yeast can reproduce in zero gravity, perhaps humans also could – and vice versa.
Their biology teacher at Rogozin also helped them ready their project, and they described the proposed experiment to all 1,500 students in their school. Kiryat Ata Mayor Yaakov Peretz encouraged everyone in town to get onto the website and vote for the local boys.
If they win, it will be Ariel’s first trip to America. Yoav was there in 2010 as part of a World ORT youth ambassadors program to Atlanta. “They wanted to let us get to know each other,” he explains. “When I came there [kids my age] still thought there are camels in Israel.”