The World Economic Forum chose five Israeli companies for its 2021 list of 100 Technology Pioneers from six continents that are “poised to have a significant impact on business and society.”
“These companies show great potential to not only shake up their industries but offer real solutions to global problems,” said Susan Nesbitt, head of the Global Innovators Community at WEF, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
The companies are:
1. CropX, pioneering the world’s first do-it-yourself farm management platform using big data, machine learning, and cloud technology to boost agricultural output and save water, based on real-time soil data gathered by sensors.
2. MDClone, liberating useful medical data from privacy shackles by creating an exact replica of original data without patient identifying information.
3. Cheq, protecting large organizations from customer acquisition fraud.
4. MyndYou, developer of an artificial intelligence-based virtual care assistant that helps care teams and payers help seniors by managing to manage social impact of health, chronic conditions, medication adherence, and fall prevention.
5. Phinergy, creating clean energy via a metal-air technology that extracts power contained in metals such as aluminum and zinc.
Technology Pioneers will be invited to participate in World Economic Forum activities, events, and discussions throughout the year, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.
On June 15, Israel bid farewell to the last hallmark of the Covid crisis, lifting the requirement to wear facemasks following the almost absolute decline in new cases of the virus in the country.
This easing of regulations pertains to the wearing of facemasks in all indoor places, after the requirement to wear them in outdoor public areas was waived in April.
Now, people in Israel are only required to wear a mask in high-risk welfare institutions and eldercare facilities, when flying and while making their way to isolation.
Israelis were ordered back in April 2020 to wear masks whenever leaving home. The rule was enforced by the police, who handed out heavy fines in cases of non-compliance.
Earlier this month, limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings were lifted, meaning that leisure, hospitality, and cultural venues no longer require patrons to show their vaccination or recovery certificates. Businesses, too, no longer need to adhere to sanitary and physical distancing regulations.
At the end of May, group travel to Israel resumed and individual foreigners are to be allowed into the country starting July 1.
The Nefesh B'Nefesh-FIDF Lone Soldiers team took a trip up to Michve Alon to visit the IDF's newest recruits!
Olim from across the globe spend the first three months on this base in the north of Israel where they are taught Hebrew and learn about the IDF and Israel, before drafting into their various units.
The team was joined by different government ministries, municipalities, and various organizations who came to assist these soldiers in completing many bureaucratic errands, which they aren't always able to deal with during their limited time off base.
Thousands came to celebrate the march of the flags in Jerusalem today after last month's celebration was halted due to terrorist activities started by Hamas.
Thousands of participants marched through Jerusalem and held a central dance with the flags upon reaching Nablus Gate.
Netanel Vaknin, one of the participants, said: "We came here, thousands of marchers from all over the country, to proudly wave Israeli flags and convey a clear message to Hamas- that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel."
Four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome will line up for this year's race with Israel Start-Up Nation as their road captain, the team announced on Tuesday.
Froome spent more than three weeks in hospital after breaking his neck, femur, elbow, hip, and ribs in a high-speed crash in 2019.
The 36-year-old Briton said at the Criterium du Dauphine this month that his target was not winning the Tour this year but returning to his former levels.
At the end of an IDF forum today and in a celebratory ceremony, the IDF Chief of General Staff presented a decoration for battle in the South Lebanon Security Belt to the NCO responsible for disciple in the IDF Officers Training School since 1968, and longest-serving member of the IDF, Yitzhak Taito.
Taito, who has participated in almost every war Israel has fought, celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday.
He was greeted in the hall with salutes and applause by the dozens of commanders in the audience.
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In a historic move, Israel has become the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur in the fashion industry.
The Jerusalem Flag March is currently taking place in the Old City of the Israeli capital. While many Israelis were walking through the narrow streets and allies of the Old City - singing, dancing and waving flags - a young Palestinian approached the march and started yelling "Allahu Akbar". The Border Police, who is securing the march, blocked him immediately from getting any closer.
Author: Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel 21c
Life expectancy was increased by an average of 30 percent in male and female mice engineered to have high levels of a protein called SIRT6, a team of international scientists reported in the journal Nature Communications.
The mice also were better able to overcome age-related diseases such as cancer and blood disorders, and remained vigorous as they aged rather than becoming frail.
The study was led by Prof. Haim Cohen, director of the Sagol Healthy Human Longevity Center at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Cohen’s research has long focused on how SIRT6 is involved in regulating biological processes such as aging, obesity and insulin resistance.
The team used biochemical methods and metabolic analyses to uncover the mechanism through which SIRT6 acts as a type of “fountain of youth.” Whereas older animals generally experience a decline in energy, the bodies of mice with extra SIRT6 broke down fats and lactic acid to create sugar utilized for energy in their muscles and brain.
“This discovery, combined with our previous findings, shows that SIRT6 controls the rate of healthy aging,” said Cohen. “If we can determine how to activate it in humans, we will be able to prolong life, and this could have enormous health and economic implications.”
Cohen did the study with his PhD student Asael Roichman; Prof. Eyal Gottlieb from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; Prof. Rafael de Cabo of the National Institute on Aging at the U.S. National Institutes of Health; and Prof. Manuel Serrani of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Barcelona.
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