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AOL to invest up to $1 million in Israeli startups

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May 27, 2014
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AOL Inc said on Sunday it is starting a program in Israel to assist start-ups, and that it will invest at least $100,000 in as many as 10 projects at a time.

The Internet giant already has a development center in Israel, and its new project, called Nautilus, is meant to give “maximum freedom to entrepreneurs” and “grant them access to all the tools and connections of a global company”, said Hanna Laschover, chief executive of AOL Israel.

AOL will escort each start-up, which will be chosen from a variety of fields that are connected to its global activities, for a period of a year, the company said.

The first investment will be in Take& make, AOL said in a statement, a start-up that has developed a platform for “do-it-yourself” videos.

:: Haaretz.com

Israeli discovery could reverse Alzheimer’s damage

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May 21, 2014
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A team from Tel Aviv University may have found a way to reverse some of the damage caused by Alzheimer’s.

According to Times of Israel:

“Tel Aviv University Prof. Illana Gozes describes how NAP, a snippet of a protein essential for brain formation, has been proven in previous studies to protect cognitive functioning. Loss of NAP exposes cells to physical damage that eventually destroys them, but applying proteins with NAP-like properties makes them healthy again.

“It’s just such a protein that Gozes and her team have discovered. The research, she said, could eventually lead to development of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s.”

This groundbreaking research could one day help minimize or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more at Times of Israel.

Top 10 Apps for Touring Israel

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May 8, 2014
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Now is the time to jump on the bandwagon as record-breaking numbers of tourists are entering Israel — 776,000 people in the first three months of 2014, three percent more than the same period in 2013.

Touring Israel on a budget? Download some of these awesome applications to your smartphone to get the most out of your trip.

1.The Israel App

You don’t need to hire a guide or even access the Internet to take advantage of professional guides’ expertise when you use the iOS and Android Israel App: GPS Digital Travel Guide. Hailed as a tourism game-changer, it provides audio explanations and links to articles and photos of hundreds of popular tourist sites and off-the-beaten-track destinations. Choose from dozens of walking tours or let the app figure out where you’re standing based on GPS tracking. Get directions, search destinations and make hotel and rental car reservations.

2. Israel Tourism Guide

This iOS app features six different modules: attractions, map, POI (points of interest) search, translator and world clock. You can find information on attractions, museums, beaches, restaurants, bars, hotels, landmarks and shopping destinations with ratings, reviews, image galleries and daily updates. The POI search also acts as a guide to finding the directions from one place to another via GPS.

3. Eilat City

This GPS-powered multilingual app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch puts the Red Sea resort city at your fingertips. Eilat City provides location-based information on hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, pubs and bars, diving clubs and more.

4. Chronus Imaging

Chronus develops location-based, augmented reality Android and iPhone apps for cities and heritage sites, allowing visitors to experience and explore significant tourist attractions as they were in historical times. It added Tel Aviv to its roster last summer. The web interface lets travelers upload tours and stories via a social plug-in.

5. VisiTLV Tel Aviv-Jaffa Official Guide

Screen shot of the VISITLV app

Screen shot of the VISITLV app

This iOS app from the municipality gives you images and descriptions of Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s most popular attractions, including museums, walking tours, restaurants and bars, sights and hotels.

6. Old City of Jerusalem Audio Walking Tour

The Jerusalem Development Authority made this free app for the “independent tourist,” and it makes good sense because the Old City of Jerusalem is a “must see” stop on any Israeli vacation – yet its vast web of alleyways is awfully confusing. Fifteen different GPS-navigated tours (five of them wheelchair accessible and all with an audio transcript for users with hearing impairment) explore houses of worship, marketplaces, eateries, the Temple Mount compound, the Western Wall, the Garden Tomb and other iconic locations. Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.

7. Tour Haifa 

The Tour Haifa application matches places of interest to your location in town, allows you to save favorites and supplies useful information about opening hours and other details. Through 2eat, it also provides phone numbers of restaurants, cafés and pubs in the “capital of the North.”

8. Haifa Maps and Walks

This iOS app presents several self-guided walking tours with detailed route maps and navigation features to get from one site to the next. Included are six museums, the Bat Galim neighborhood, the Bahá’í World Center, nightlife, shopping, architecture and the Ein Hod artists’ colony a short distance from the city.

9. Masada Acoustiguide

The Israeli company Espro Acoustiguide makes many of the audio guides in use at museums and tourist sites across the world. It also offers many touring apps. Download its English-language Masada tour iPhone app directly from the website.

10. Tel Aviv Gay Vibe

Travelers to Israel interested in Tel Aviv’s LGBT scene can download several new apps, including this iOS one, offering information on special events, LGBT bars, clubs and restaurants to people over 17 years of age. TLV Scene (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=il.co.tlvscene.android), for Android devices, offers exclusive benefits and free entrance into LGBT parties and clubs.

:: Israel21c.org

Grey’s Anatomy Spotlights Israeli Med Tech

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May 7, 2014
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The physicians on Grey’s Anatomy are all actors, of course, but the space-age medical imaging technology recently featured on an episode of the popular ABC medical drama is for real.

Viewers of the show saw how RealView Imaging, based in the small Israeli northern city of Yokneam, is making it possible for surgeons to use three-dimensional holography in planning the steps of delicate, complex procedures.

The unique display and interface system projects hyper-realistic, dynamic 3D holographic images “floating in the air” without the need for special eyeglasses or even a conventional 2D screen.

The projected 3D volumes appear in free space, allowing the doctor to literally touch and interact precisely within the image — a breakthrough giving surgeons an unprecedented opportunity for guidance before taking a knife to the patient.

In the episode, Dr. Cristina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) comes across this Israeli cutting-edge technology when she is visiting a wealthy Swiss hospital.

Her former love interest and fellow heart surgeon, Dr. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington), explains that the holographic reproduction of a beating heart – enhanced with digital the data from X-ray, MRI or ultrasound imaging — can be manipulated and even sliced open virtually,

In real life, the RealView system was incubated at the Trendlines Group’s Misgav Innovation Accelerator and successfully tested at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petach Tikva in a trial together with Royal Philips’ interventional X-ray and cardiac ultrasound systems. The company was founded by a urologist and the technology is meant to improve outcomes for all sorts of surgical procedures.

The Grey’s Anatomy shout-out isn’t the first time Israeli med tech from Yokneam has been featured on TV. In 2010, Argo Medical’s ReWalk exoskeleton helped a wheelchair-bound character on Glee to walk for the first time.

:: Israel21c.org

Google Doodle for Yom Haazmaut

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May 6, 2014
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Google is celebrating Israel’s 66th birthday with its latest Google Doodle! Check it out!

Israeli Lab Develops Technology to Rapidly Detect Breast Cancer

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May 2, 2014
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An American-based technology business, with an office near Jerusalem in Moshav Ora, has developed a way to quickly and easily detect breast cancer in its earlier stages through a simple blood test. According to Times of Israel, this method will be an “accurate, cost-effective, immune system-based means of detecting the presence of cancer in the breast tissue”. These tests are designed to detect cancer before it becomes visible by mammograms.

Read More at Times of Israel