Gypsy Jazz in Israel

Gypsy Jazz in Israel

It is no secret that Israelis love music. Besides Jacob’s Ladder Folk Festival for Irish, bluegrass and folk music enthusiasts, there are festivals for lovers of jazz, guitar, oud and…

Coffee on the Run

Coffee on the Run

One of the noticeable things about walking through Manhattan is the high percentage of people sipping from large cups of coffee in paper cups. While it’s true that most of…

Kansas City Tragedy

Kansas City Tragedy

Love vs. Hate Kansas has been back in the news, but this time it is not famous for its tornados, red shoes or dogs named Toto. Whatever fantasy the Wizard…

Tel Aviv’s Love of Selfies

Tel Aviv’s Love of Selfies

It could be that residents of Tel Aviv are just happy people or possibly oozing with self-confidence, but now there is actual data proving their commitment to sharing their personal…

Happy Cows Produce More Milk

Happy Cows Produce More Milk

It must be one of the best-kept secrets in Israel that most of the dairy farmers in Israel are equipped with an undergraduate degree in the field! Maybe a high degree of education is typical of other countries’ farmers, but not in Kansas, where I grew up.

Collaborating for a Cure

Collaborating for a Cure

  Cancer remains a present day scourge of the earth as it continues to inflict pain, suffering and even death to individuals across nations without partiality to race, age or…

Harps as Portable Spas

Harps as Portable Spas

One of those who may have played a role in their speedy recovery is Sunita Staneslow, a well-known harpist not only in Israel, but throughout the world. While we are very fortunate to have such a talented harpist in Israel, she has gone a step beyond entertaining typical audiences.

Israeli Technology Brings Instant 3D Playbacks

Israeli Technology Brings Instant 3D Playbacks

Enjoying the pub scene and watching the game live on the big screen, one of them made the comment that he’d like to see the game from the perspective of the ball. The idea was hatched on the back of a napkin and two years later, the system they developed is being used around the world for for instant 3D playbacks.

Watch Out For Exploding Stars!

Watch Out For Exploding Stars!

Since then, new research in Israel has been developed that can alert us to the next time an interstellar catastrophe is in the making. This research, conducted by Eran Ofek and his staff from the Weizmann Institute of Science, uncovered a little known secret about our universe.

What We Can Learn from Worms

What We Can Learn from Worms

What began as research on the lowly worm has ended up amazing scientists and medical professionals with a possible cure for neurodegenerative disease. An Israeli startup company, TyrNovo, is collaborating with Hebrew University researchers to develop a potential treatment for such diseases of the brain as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s.

Dream Come True for the Blind

Dream Come True for the Blind

What more could a blind person want than to be able to see? An amazing invention is aimed at doing just that. Bar-Ilan University’s Professor Zeev Zalevsky created a contact…

Controlling Home Appliances with Hand Gestures Coming Soon

Controlling Home Appliances with Hand Gestures Coming Soon

Last week, it was only a well-founded rumor, but this week it’s official. Apple is acquiring the Israeli company, PrimeSense for some $345 million. Why? Not only because it’s a great company that developed the motion-detecting game console, Kinect, but Apple is interested, as in VERY interested, in PrimeSense’s ability to map 3D spaces. PrimeSense is best known for the controls it developed for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console, but its solutions are also adaptable to iRobot’s Ava, Asus Xtion and 3D scanners.

Big Buck Exits in Israel’s Hi Tech

Big Buck Exits in Israel’s Hi Tech

Remember when we reported that Google was planning to buy the Israeli traffic app Waze for a sum close to $1 billion? That was undoubtedly a huge sum of money for an Israeli startup, but it turns out that there have been many other successful exits this year.