by Michael Ordman
We will shortly bid farewell to the old Jewish Year 5773 and welcome in New Year 5774. It is a good time to look both forwards and backwards at some of the latest innovations and discoveries that are making an historic impact on our lives.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was established many years ago
, but its newBioDesign program
is a revolutionary production line for medical innovation. Student teams take clinical problems from Israeli and American hospitals, evaluate the commercial potential and design a solution that can be marketed almost immediately. In its first year, BioDesign has generated:
Israel’s Technion Institute is over 100 years old but its graduates are positively flowing with inventions. One of the latest is the surgical glue Seal-V
that will stop the unwanted flow of blood following operations. Seal-V
is fast bonding, safer than protein-based or synthetic-based alternatives and has just received the European CE mark of approval. Technion students certainly got “stuck in” inventing a new way to perform the traditional Jewish New Year activity of dipping apple in honey. Using an ancient weapon – a crossbow – suitably updated, they shot a piece of apple at a balloon filled with honey, high above Israel Technion’s campus. Why? To show that the Technion aims higher!
Chess is another old traditional activity that Israelis have enhanced using modern technology
. Deep Junior, a program written by Israelis Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky, and running on a Dual 12 core Intel Xenon I5 2.7 GHz computer, won the World Computer Chess Championship in Yokohama, Japan. Junior has now won six of the last eleven
tournaments. The world’s ancient coral reefs
are also benefiting from Israeli technology. The Technion’s Particle Image Velocimeter (PIV) laboratory measures the ocean flow to analyze the health of the ecosystem that lives on these fragile colonies. And ancient man may have invented fire, but when the flames get out of control, Israeli technology is needed
to put them out. Following the Carmel forest fires last year, Israel’s Ministry of Public Security used theoretical models and live feeds to develop the Matash Fire Forecasting System – the first operational system of its kind in the world. It has already helped to control and extinguish forest fires in Israel.
Man has been growing crops for many millennia, but only now have Israeli scientists discovered how to turn previously inedible plants into new food crops
to feed an ever-hungry world. And isn’t it amazing that …read more