ISRAEL21c


ISRAEL21c was founded in 2001, in the wake of the Second Intifada, to broaden public understanding of Israel beyond typical portrayals in the mainstream media.The organization’s founders – Israeli-American technology executives – understood the great power of the Internet and developed a first-of-its kind online product with global appeal and reach.

Most Recent Articles by ISRAEL21c:

The revolution that’s about to transform blood testing

Aug 16, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

The revolution that’s about to transform blood testing
The way blood-cell counts and diagnostic blood tests are done hasn’t changed in years: Your blood gets drawn into one vial for each type of test and sent to a lab, where technicians prepare slides from each samples and examine them under a microscope. Results arrive in hours or days – and then only if you’re in a place with the necessary infrastructure.


New laser solution could slow spread of forest fires

Aug 8, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Aggressive wildfires are rampaging through many countries this summer, bringing death and destruction in their wake. In California alone, firefighters are scrambling to control 18 separate blazes.

Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change.


Nanodrug tames leishmaniasis and other parasitic diseases

Aug 8, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Nanodrug tames leishmaniasis and other parasitic diseases
Before a sandfly bites, she doesn’t buzz like a mosquito. The beige insect swoops in silently, and only when the itching begins do you know you’ve been her victim. Usually the bite is just an uncomfortable annoyance.

However, more than 90 sandfly species are known to transmit trypanosome parasites called Leishmania. A small fraction of people infected with the parasite will develop leishmaniasis, a disease affecting people in 88 countries.


Ingenious upcycling turns discarded medical device into water filter

Aug 1, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

NUFiltration’s water recycling technology for greenhouses. Photo courtesy of NUFiltration
Every year across the world, more than 250 million dialysis filters are thrown away after only a single use cleansing a kidney patient’s blood of toxins. What if those filters could be recycled for a new use, wondered Tel Aviv University Faculty of Medicine Prof. Yoram Lass.

Could a medical filter that can remove even the slightest unwanted particle from human blood also work for, say, water purification?


Why ‘resilient dyslexics’ have good reading comprehension

Aug 1, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Why ‘resilient dyslexics’ have good reading comprehension
Some dyslexics may improve their reading comprehension by baking cakes and playing strategy games rather than more traditional techniques such as learning the sounds of letters and phonological awareness.


New study offers hope of recovery from spinal-cord injury

Aug 1, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

New study offers hope of recovery from spinal-cord injury
An Israeli study shows great promise for improving the outcome of spinal-cord injuries, which often cause permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions.

In experiments with mice, scientists from Tel Aviv University found that injecting a potent enzyme hours after spinal injury can put the brakes on a cascade of pathological events responsible for neuronal death, such as inflammation and scarring.


New sweet protein holds out hope for diabetics

Aug 1, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

New sweet protein holds out hope for diabetics
Ninety-nine percent of all fruits in the world derive their sweetness from sugar. But there are a dozen or so fruits that grow along the equatorial belt that contain a sweet protein, rather than a sugar.

What if that protein could be turned into a commercial product? Proteins used as a sweetener would have significant advantage over added sugar: they’re digested by the body just like any other protein in the GI tract, they don’t raise your blood sugar or insulin levels, they steer clear of your liver, don’t burden your kidneys, nor do they affect the microbiome in the same way as sugar.


Israeli fruit-fly lure helps save Togo’s mango crop

Jul 25, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Israeli fruit-fly lure helps save Togo’s mango crop
In the Central Valley of Togo, a mango grower named Yacuobuo started killing his trees due to fruit-fly infestation that has decimated his crop over the past three years.


GOSHAWK – the drone that shoots fire kites out of the sky

Jul 25, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

GOSHAWK – the drone that shoots fire kites out of the sky
As “fire kites” and flaming helium balloons continue to plague Israeli communities along the Gaza border, Israeli entrepreneurs have been working feverishly to solve the problem using the latest technology.


Smart probes pinpoint cancer cells for precise surgery

Jul 25, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Smart probes pinpoint cancer cells for precise surgery
Many cancer patients die not from the primary malignant tumor, but rather the spread of lingering cancer cells to other parts of the body, known as metastasis. The so-called “smart probe” developed by a team of Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers may be able to help surgeons pinpoint cancer cells more precisely, allowing them to guarantee the removal of more cancer cells than ever before.


Rescuers turn to Israeli tech to help save trapped Thai boys

Jul 4, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Rescuers turn to Israeli tech to help save trapped Thai boys
Emergency mobile communications technology developed by Israeli company Maxtech Networks is being used by rescue teams working to save 12 teenagers and their 25-year-old coach who have been trapped for 11 days in a flooded cave in Thailand.

The teenagers, a boys’ soccer team, went missing on June 23 after a soccer game when they visited a sprawling 10-kilometer-long cave system in the northern region of Chiang Rai, and became trapped by a flash flood.


The smart oven that cooks your meal in 3 minutes

Jul 4, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

The smart oven that cooks your meal in 3 minutes
First came frozen TV dinners and ready-to-microwave meals. Now there’s Genie, an Israeli high-tech startup offering a countertop “smart oven” claiming to cook restaurant-quality meals and snacks from freeze-dried pods within three minutes. They contain no preservatives, artificial flavorings, colorings or additives.


2000-year-old pottery vessels salvaged from cliff in Israel

Jul 4, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

2000-year-old pottery vessels salvaged from cliff in Israel
Pottery vessels dating back to over 2000 years ago were salvaged over the weekend during a complex rappelling operation from a cave on a cliff along the Lebanon border.

In a coordinated and strenuous effort, with the supervision of the IDF, excavators climbed up ropes into the cave to carry out the excavation. The fragile finds, including two intact wine jars, several storage jars, a bowl, a cooking pot, two juglets and broken shards of several more jars, were successfully lowered 30 meters down on ropes to the base of the cliff in a join operation of Zefat Academic College, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the Israel Cave Research Center and the Israel Cave Explorers Club.


Israeli warning leads Hawaii to ban sunscreen ingredient

May 9, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Israeli warning leads Hawaii to ban sunscreen ingredient
On May 4, the Hawaii state legislature passed a ban on sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone (BP3) after a team of researchers from Israel and the United States provided significant evidence that BP3 has caused coral bleaching at sites in Hawaii as well as in Eilat and the Caribbean.

Under the new legislation, which takes effect in 2021 once signed by Governor Dave Ige, sunscreens containing this chemical will be banned since only a drop of the substance can contribute to coral bleaching.


Coaxing the immune system to fight cancer

May 9, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Coaxing the immune system to fight cancer
Immuno therapy was once the black sheep of cancer research. Originally conceived over a century ago, it aims to stimulate a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. That’s a very different approach than chemotherapy, which essentially poisons tumors.


New, accurate Israeli method detects early breast cancer

May 2, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

New, accurate Israeli method detects early breast cancer
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheva announced the development of a new and accurate method of screening for early breast cancer, using inexpensive technology for breath and urine analysis.


Israeli protective vest to be tested on Orion spacecraft

May 2, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Israeli protective vest to be tested on Orion spacecraft
The AstroRad radiation protection vest designed by Tel Aviv-based StemRad will be worn by a mannequin on NASA’s test flight of its unmanned Orion spacecraft, according to an agreement signed by NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Israel Space Agency Director Avi Blasberger during the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado last month.

Sometime next year, Orion will launch on the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. It will travel 280,000 miles from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the moon over the course of about a three-week mission, and return home faster and hotter than ever before.


New algorithm identifies fake users on social networks

Apr 25, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

New algorithm identifies fake users on social networks
Fraudulent user profiles – bots – are a serious and growing concern on social media. By some estimates, as many as 48 million Twitter accounts and 270 million Facebook accounts are phony, designed for nefarious purposes from ruining reputations to influencing shoppers and voters.


Is cannabis the new wonder drug?

Apr 25, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Is cannabis the new wonder drug?
Israeli scientists are exploring cannabis as a treatment, or even cure, for conditions ranging from cancer to Parkinson’s, asthma, insomnia, PTSD, epilepsy and IBS.

Cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, asthma, insomnia, autism, PTSD, inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinson’s – the list of conditions that can be improved, and possibly cured, by medical cannabis keeps growing longer.


Cell discovery holds out promise for Parkinson’s therapy

Apr 17, 2018 — ISRAEL21c

Cell discovery holds out promise for Parkinson’s therapy
An Israeli-led international study featured on the cover of The Journal of Neuroscience in February, holds the promise of advancing the field of cell-replacement therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

PD, which affects millions of people worldwide, causes devastating motor symptoms due to a loss of dopamine-secreting brain cells (dopaminergic neurons). Although there is no cure for PD, its symptoms can be treated.