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China launches crewed spacecraft Shenzhou-12 in historic mission

China launched a spacecraft on Thursday carrying three astronauts to part of a space station still under construction for the longest stay in low Earth orbit by any Chinese national.

A Long March 2F rocket transporting the Shenzhou-12, or "Divine Vessel", bound for the space station module Tianhe blasted off at 9:22 a.m. Beijing time (0122 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu province.

Shenzhou-12 is the third of 11 missions - four of which will be crewed - needed to complete China's first full-fledged space station. Construction began in April with the launch of Tianhe, the first and largest of three modules.

The astronauts Nie Haisheng, 56, Liu Boming, 54, and Tang Hongbo, 45, are to work and stay on Tianhe, the living quarters of the future space station, for three months.

Chinese astronauts Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming speak before the launch of the Long March-2F Y12 rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and the three astronauts, from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for China's first manned mission to build its space station, near Jiuquan, Gansu province, China June 17, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

During their sojourn on the cylinder-like Tianhe, slightly bigger than a city bus, the three men will test the module's technologies including its life-support system.

The men will also be monitored for how they fare in space physically and psychologically for an extended period of time. An upcoming mission to the space station will last six months.

"This will be the first crewed flight in the space station (construction) phase, and I'm lucky to be able to have the 'first baton'," Nie told reporters in Jiuquan a day before the launch.

The veteran astronaut has been hailed by his team as a bastion of stability and a teacher figure who constantly challenges others with tough questions.

People wave before the launch of the Long March-2F Y12 rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and the three astronauts, from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for China's first manned mission to build its space station, near Jiuquan, Gansu province, China June 17, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins


"As long as we have him in our hearts, we have nothing to fear," fellow astronaut Wang Yaping, who is part of the Shenzhou-12 backup team, told state media previously.

"In our crew, elder brother Nie is like the needle that stills the sea," she said.

Liu Boming, like Nie, was from the first batch of astronauts selected in the 1990s for China's space programme.

Known for his intellect, Liu is often addressed by his colleagues as "Little Zhuge", the renowned military strategist who lived in China two millennia ago.

On the Shenzhou-7 mission in 2008, Liu famously used a crowbar to pry open the hatch after it refused to open.

Former air force pilot Tang Hongbo, 45, was from a later batch of astronauts, and trained for more than a decade before being selected for his first spaceflight on Shenzhou-12.

"I've waited for 11 years, and finally I'm ready, and I can contribute my strength," Tang told reporters on Wednesday.

Since 2003, China has launched six crewed missions and sent 11 astronauts into space, including Zhai Zhigang, who carried out China's first space walk ever on the 2008 Shenzhou mission.

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Israeli Hi Tech
5 Israeli Firms Named World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers

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.

# Israeli Pride # Israeli Economy # Technology
Israeli Hi Tech
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), rocket propulsion company 'Tomer' sign MoU to widen cooperation

Under the agreement, the companies will jointly develop rocket propulsion systems as well as innovative missile and rocket engines 

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced Tuesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tomer, an Israeli government-owned developer and producer of rocket propulsion systems, under which the two companies will expand their synergy in the fields of propulsion for rockets and missile development. The MoU includes investment in joint projects, mutual R&D and establishment of infrastructure for their respective R&D departments to develop advanced technologies in the field of rocket propulsion and innovative rocket motors that are faster and higher in quality, according to IAI. 


# Technology # Israel Defense Forces
Science & Innovation
Israeli Automated First-Aid System Wins Smart Cities Connect Award

Israeli company Inovytec won a Smart Cities Connect Smart 50 Award for its implementation of the SALI first-aid system in Marburg, Germany.

The automated emergency care device has also been deployed in Romania and Israel.

When someone experiences a cardiac or medical emergency in a public area where SALI is available, any bystander can open the case and place the patient’s head on an integrated headrest. A video screen inside guides the bystander by providing basic first aid and attaching tools for non-invasive airway management, automated oxygen therapy, vital monitoring, and defibrillation.

SALI automatically connects to an emergency dispatch center, enabling interactive instruction from a medical professional and real-time transmission of vital signs.

A study of the implementation in Germany found that SALI reduced the time to first medical treatment by six minutes and 12 seconds. This time can be critical for improving outcomes.

SALI was also placed in 240 supermarkets and 140 public areas in Bucharest as part of a national emergency healthcare services project in Romania.

“SALI helps cities create connected safe zones within which people are significantly more protected in emergency situations,” said Inovytec CEO Udi Kantor. “It empowers community members to be responsible for one another and take action before the arrival of the emergency response team.”

# Israeli Medical Tech # Health # Technology
NYC has over 15,000 CCTV cameras with facial recognition

Amensty investigation found that the NYPD has over 15,000 active CCTV cameras with facial recognition in NYC, and most of them are located at ethnic neighborhoods. 

Thousands of volunteers looked at google maps photos and found the locations of public and private cameras. They found than 3,590 are in Manhattan, 8,220 are in Brooklyn and 3,470 cameras are the Bronx. Queens and Staten Island were still counting. 

Amnesty blamed the city for placing most cameras at predominantly multicultural neighborhoods. In east New York neighborhood in Brooklyn they have found the highest concentration of cameras, a predominantly black neighborhood. 

"The spread of CCTV cameras can be used for facial recognition and could turn into an Orwellian surveilance levels." Said Matt Mahmudi, AI and Human Rights researcher for Amnesty. "You are never anonymous, whether you attend a protest, walking around, or even buying groceries - you are tracked by facial recognition cameras in NYC."

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Israeli Hi Tech
Smart Israeli system keeps polluted air out of buildings

Over the past few months, previously obscure terms like viral droplets, aerosols and airborne transmission have become part of our everyday vocabulary. Yet even before Covid-19, the quality and safety of the air we breathe posed a serious public health challenge.

To combat this situation, buildings are equipped with filters and fresh-air systems that clean the air coming in. But they can’t take on all the gaseous pollutants and ultra-fine particles that waft in.

This is where Israeli startup Urecsys steps in. Founded in 2014, the company developed a solution that uses big-data analysis and machine learning to predict air pollution levels both inside buildings and in their surroundings.

This enables ventilation systems to draw in outdoor air only when pollution levels are low, ensuring that people breathe in the cleanest air possible.

“If you learn to predict the behavior of air pollution, you can reduce 40 percent of the medically significant air pollution” from entering a building, explains Urecsys VP Strategy Yonatan Houri.

Predicting changes in pollution level

Houri joined Urecsys as a partner over two years ago but became so enamored with its solution that he turned into an employee.“I completely fell in love with the company,” he says.

“Both the financial potential,” he notes, “but more importantly the value that the company has, the impact that it could have on the world, is amazing.”

Backed by serial entrepreneur Kobi Richter, Urecsys was founded by two scientists, Nir Bassa and Shimon Amit, who were studying the impact of air pollution on cancer.

They discovered, for example, that around 2,500 Israelis die each year from diseases most likely stemming from exposure to air pollution – more than the number of people killed in car accidents.

“Once they realized that air pollution was so bad, they looked at ways to reduce it,” Houri notes.

Instead of going in the direction of air filters, they decided to focus on the parameters that affect the levels of air pollution.

“There are frequent changes in the levels, and they’re very powerful,” Houri says. “Once you know how to predict these changes you know when the air will be very polluted and you’ll know when it will be very clean.”

“There are many different factors that contribute to these changes in air pollution levels,” he adds.

“If there’s traffic outside your building there’s higher level of pollution than there would if there wasn’t,” he notes as an example. Other factors include wind, sunlight intensity, humidity and barometric pressure.

Urecsys takes all of these into account and studies the buildings where its systems are installed for a period of one to three months. At the end of this machine-learning process, the solution is connected to the existing ventilation system to make it “smart.”

“We always compare what goes on inside and what goes on outside and that’s how we decide when to bring in the air,” Houri adds. “It’s not a filter; we don’t filter out anything.”

Urecsys has been in operation for around a year and a half and has installed its solution in about 15 buildings in Israel. It recently raised $4 million, which will be used toward expansion in Israel and abroad.

The company is focusing on large buildings, since private homes don’t have the filtration system hardware that the solution connects to, making it more expensive to install.

“In every single building, on every single day, we see a dramatic drop in air pollution,” Houri says.

Minimizing corona infection

Used to dealing with air pollutants in regular times, recent months have seen Urecsys trying to aid in the coronavirus crisis.

“Once the outbreak started, we started research to see if there’s anything we can do to help,” Houri says. The company found four ways.

Firstly, he says, temperature control can help minimize the infection radius. By raising the temperatures in buildings during nighttime, the company hopes to kill any Covid-19 viruses lingering on surfaces.

“The second thing we will do is while people are inside the building is raise humidity levels,” he adds. “The more humidity you have in the air the more you’re going to minimize the radius of infection.”

This is already happening in one building, “and it’s going to be happening much more now that people are going back to work.”

Thirdly, Urecsys is bent on ensuring compliance with ventilation standards.

“We make sure that the building doesn’t over ventilate but also doesn’t under ventilate and gets enough fresh air at all times,” he says.

The last measure is more long-term.

“People who are exposed to high levels of air pollution are going to be more susceptible to complications of coronavirus,” Houri notes. That’s why, he says, maintaining high air quality could be beneficial ahead of future outbreaks.

“Maybe the biggest challenge we’re encountering is awareness of air pollution,” he observes. “People in Israel don’t have enough consciousness of the problem of air pollution.”


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S.Korean designer creates “Third Eye” for “smartphone zombies”

A South Korean industrial designer has come up with a satirical solution for “smartphone zombies” who can’t take their eyes away from their screen long enough to stop themselves walking into a wall or other obstacle.

Paeng Min-wook, 28, has developed a robotic eyeball he has dubbed "The Third Eye", which obsessive mobile phone users can strap to their foreheads so they can browse injury-free on the go.

The device, part of an artwork Paeng has called "Phono Sapiens", opens its translucent eyelid whenever it senses the user's head has been lowered to look at a smartphone. When the user comes within one to two metres of an obstacle, the device beeps to warn of the impending danger.

"This is the look of future mankind with three eyes," Paeng, a postgraduate in innovation design engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, told Reuters as he demonstrated use of The Third Eye around Seoul.


"As we cannot take our eyes off from smartphones, the extra eye will be needed in future."


# Technology # South Korea
Bill Gates' next generation nuclear reactor to be built in Wyoming

Billionaire Bill Gates' advanced nuclear reactor company TerraPower LLC and PacifiCorp (PPWLO.PK) have selected Wyoming to launch the first Natrium reactor project on the site of a retiring coal plant, the state's governor said on Wednesday.

TerraPower, founded by Gates about 15 years ago, and power company PacifiCorp, owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway (BRKa.N), said the exact site of the Natrium reactor demonstration plant is expected to be announced by the end of the year. Small advanced reactors, which run on different fuels than traditional reactors, are regarded by some as a critical carbon-free technology than can supplement intermittent power sources like wind and solar as states strive to cut emissions that cause climate change.

"This is our fastest and clearest course to becoming carbon negative," Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said. "Nuclear power is clearly a part of my all-of-the-above strategy for energy" in Wyoming, the country's top coal-producing state.

The project features a 345 megawatt sodium-cooled fast reactor with molten salt-based energy storage that could boost the system's power output to 500 MW during peak power demand. TerraPower said last year that the plants would cost about $1 billion.

Late last year the U.S. Department of Energy awarded TerraPower $80 million in initial funding to demonstrate Natrium technology, and the department has committed additional funding in coming years subject to congressional appropriations.

Chris Levesque, TerraPower's president and CEO, said the demonstration plant would take about seven years to build.

"We need this kind of clean energy on the grid in the 2030s," he told reporters.

Nuclear power experts have warned that advanced reactors could have higher risks than conventional ones. Fuel for many advanced reactors would have to be enriched at a much higher rate than conventional fuel, meaning the fuel supply chain could be an attractive target for militants looking to create a crude nuclear weapon, a recent report said.

Levesque said that the plants would reduce proliferation risks because they reduce overall nuclear waste.

In addition to bringing carbon-free power online, Wyoming Senator John Barrasso said construction of the demonstration project could lift up the state's once active uranium mining industry.

Barrasso, the top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, co-sponsored bipartisan legislation signed into law in 2019 that directed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to create a path to licensing advanced nuclear reactors such as the TerraPower demo.

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Israeli Hi Tech
What is a SPAC and why are Israeli companies so keen on them?

Israel has positioned itself as a benchmark that other nations will measure themselves against as the economy starts to rumble past Covid, while much of the world is still under lockdown.

Israeli tech was extremely strong in raising VC money in 2020 during the pandemic, to the tune of almost $10 billion according to an IVC and Meitar report.

That is why SPACs, which have taken off during the pandemic and have created a major buzz in both the Israeli ecosystem and on Wall Street, are currently so popular.

SPAC is an acronym for “special purpose acquisition company.” A SPAC is a shell company created by a group of investors who have two years to use the cash they have raised to merge with a private company.

A SPAC is a different way for a company to raise growth capital — as opposed to an initial public offering (IPO) — as well as raise money from private investors and eventually from the public.

According to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, “A SPAC is created specifically to pool funds in order to finance a merger or acquisition opportunity within a set timeframe.”

Wall Street can be an opaque place, so it’s worth exploring this financial phenom, and getting a better understanding past all the hype.

SPAC mania

SPACs have been around since the 1990s but have increased in popularity during the pandemic and have exploded in the past year as more money has been raised through SPACs in 2020 than in the previous few years combined.

There are a lot of factors involved in why this is happening now. Israeli companies have opted to do SPACs for several reasons, which include access to capital and unreadiness for an IPO.

In the past, market conditions impacted Israeli companies that wanted to go public. Raising a SPAC helps to offer a sense of control rather than being at the whim of the market. Also, a SPAC costs less than a traditional IPO.

Risk does factor in for companies and for the management team (“sponsors”) who raise money through SPACs. Often, sponsors have experience building and running a company. They make a small investment for the operations of the company, then go on a roadshow and search for money for the SPAC. They present their capabilities as sponsors, and where they believe there is an opportunity for investors.

If they do not find a company to merge within two years (which is rare), the money is returned to the shareholders; this helps create confidence for investors to invest.

This is far different than investing traditionally in publicly traded companies. While sponsors take on the most risk when participating in a SPAC, retail investors can participate in a SPAC when its IPO happens.

The companies

Israeli companies from a wide variety of verticals are raising money via SPACs, and will continue to do so in the coming months.

One such company is Innoviz, which creates navigational sensors for autonomous cars. Innoviz was one of the first startups to complete a SPAC by successfully merging with the Collective Growth Corporation and beginning trade on NASDAQ. This gave Innoviz an infusion of cash to help the company grow and expand its laser-based sensors.

But it’s not only startups doing SPACs. Valens, a semiconductor maker founded over 15 years ago, is one of the seasoned companies jumping on this bandwagon. Others include eToro, ironSource and Pagaya.

From the founders’ perspective, participating in a SPAC helps them maintain a bigger stake in their company, which they may not have otherwise when raising capital.

The investors’ perspective

Completing a SPAC requires investors. These will often be former entrepreneurs or executives such as Ilan Levin, chairman & CEO of the Moringa Acquisition Corp and previously the CEO of Stratasys.

Regarding the Israeli opportunity, Levin states: “As one of the few Israel-based, tech-focused SPACs, we were excited by our ability to tap into the ever-growing number of companies coming out of Israel, that are ready for the public markets, and the opportunity to leverage what the public platform has to offer to further expand their business and achieve long term market leadership in their respective sector.”

Eze Vidra, “godfather of London’s tech scene.” Photo: YouTube screenshot
Eze Vidra, managing partner at Remagine Ventures, adds that “over a dozen new Israeli-founded unicorns [private companies worth over $1 billion] were created since the beginning of 2021.

“While SPACs are not right for every company, several Israeli growth startups have taken advantage of the current opportunities in the market. SPACs offer founders more control in the overall process of taking the company public: they can be done in a significantly shorter timeframe than traditional IPOs/direct listings, and founders can get pricing certainty before the company starts trading.”

What this means for the Israeli ecosystem

SPACs are another way for companies in the Israeli ecosystem to reach their goals of raising capital with an eventual exit or IPO.

The frenzy around the amount of money raised through SPACs could be one of the signs of an economic bubble. Regardless, Israeli founders are taking advantage of this opportunity along with investors’ desire to profit.

Is this another step in the maturation of the Israeli ecosystem? Or just another buzzy financial trend that does not have long-term longevity?

Several factors have contributed to the popularity of this way of raising money over the past year, which include a high valuation for the companies and an alternative to the traditionally long IPO process.

There are potential challenges for Israeli companies that choose to go public with a SPAC and regulatory activity is expected in the coming months. In the US, the SEC is prone to start investigating when there is a lot of noise and money being made in a short time.

“There are more than 400 SPACs looking for transactions,” says Rubi Suliman, partner at PwC Israel. “If you take an average SPAC of $250 million, then there is over $100 billion in money sitting in accounts associated with SPACs. That is a huge amount of money.”

He adds, “Companies taking the SPAC route have to be ready and understand all the implications of being a public company.”

While not every SPAC raised will complete a transaction, even if 60-70% complete deals it will make a huge impact on the capital markets and could usher in the next phase of growth for the Startup Nation.

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Gaza is a testing ground for AI based combat

Russia Today claimed that 'Guardian of the Walls', the last round of combat between Israel and Hamas was "the first AI war", that was proud to feature advanced techologies to capitalize on the vast amounts of data about Gaza.

"For the first time, AI played a main role in fighting the enemy", said IDF intelligence senior, as quoted by Israeli media. Elite intelligence unit 8200 used a software system called "Alchemist", "Gospel" and "Depth of Wisdom", to increase IDF's power as opposed to Guerilla operations in Gaza.

The data running the AI was collected with satellites, CCTV cameras, human intelligence and signal interception. The volume of the data was incredible, said IDF spokesman unit. For instance, every target in Gaza was photographed at least 10 times a day during the 11 days of combat. It looks like our military was happy with the algorithm.

"Gospel" program checked targets in real time for air strikes, while "Alchemist" warned our forces from possible attacks, reports say.

Israeli intelligence claimed that this technology can map out most of the underground tunnels in Gaza that were used as terror infranstructure. They say that it helped eliminate Hamas senior officer.

"Years of work, thinking outside off the box, full force of the intelligence brigade and on the ground informants led to a ground breaking solution to the Gaza Metro" said top officer.

Critics of Israel are probably not excited about the IDF using AI technology, and will see it as a sales pitch. The conflict looks unsolvable at this time, but makes for a comfortable setting to test out new technologies.

IDF says that AI based technology in Gaza helped minimize hurting civilians.

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Israeli Hi Tech

The logo of Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd, the country's largest telecom group, is seen outside their headquarters in Tel Aviv. 

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Israeli Hi Tech
4 Israeli startups on Gartner 2021 Cool Vendors list

Analyst house Gartner recently published its 2021 Cool Vendors list, which features Israeli startups Apiiro, Lightrun, Run:AI and VOOM. Each company appeared in a different Cool Vendor category.

In the DevSecOps category, Gartner named Apiiro, which focuses on multi-dimensional application risk management that gives organizations visibility and control over their risk, from design to code to cloud. The startup was founded in 2019 and has offices in Tel Aviv and New York.

“Solutions that use risk-based mechanisms are helping security teams identify the specific application code that most needs attention, thus reducing the time spent on nonproductive testing,” says Gartner VP Dionisio Zumerle. “Security leaders that look for a way to simplify their integration into the secure development lifecycle should track the approach proposed by Apiiro.”

In the Monitoring, Observability and Cloud Operations, Gartner named Lightrun, which enables developers to gain deeper insights into their live applications by allowing them to insert logs, metrics and traces during runtime. The company was founded in 2019 and is based in Tel Aviv.

In the Enterprise AI Operationalization and Engineering category, Gartner named Run:AI, which acts as an operating system for AI and runs a compute-management platform for orchestrating and accelerating AI. It was founded in 2018 and is based in Tel Aviv.

In the Insurance category, Gartner named VOOM, an insurance technology company that specializes in creating and distributing insurance products for high-risk, episodic-use mobility verticals such as drones, e-scooters, e-bikes, motorcycles, and light planes. The company was founded in 2016 and has offices in both Tel Aviv and Palo Alto.

The US-based Gartner research and advisory firm publishes its Cool Vendors annually. Nominated vendors must be less than 10 years old with annual revenue less than $100 million, and considered to be innovative, impactful and intriguing.


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Startup Nation Daily Show
Interview? Intervyo!

Startup Nation Daily Show

May 22nd, 2021

Today's episode features Intervyo, the world's first automated interview simulation system.

# Technology # NEWSRAEL TV # Startup Nation Daily Show
New Google tool to preserve Yiddish
Google has launched a new tool called Woolaroo that aims to help preserve languages on the brink of extinction, among them Yiddish using AI technology. Today, Yiddish is still spoken among Jewish communities in Israel, the US and parts of Europe. That's a "vaunderlikh" (amazing) initiative, Google!
# Jewish History # Technology
Israeli Hi Tech
American Axle, Israel's REE to develop electric-vehicle propulsion system
Automobile parts maker American Axle & Manufacturing (AXL.N) and Israel's REE Automotive will jointly develop an electric propulsion system to tap accelerating demand for battery-powered vehicles, the companies said on Friday. The propulsion system, which powers automotive vehicles, will incorporate American Axle's electric drive units into Ree's technology that integrates all the traditional vehicle chassis components into the arch of the wheel. The electric drive units will be developed by American Axle in Detroit and prototypes will be delivered by the end of the year. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed. "This agreement to provide electric drive technology ... is an important step in growing AAM's electric propulsion business," said American Axle Chief Executive Officer David Dauch. Earlier this year, REE agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check company 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp (VCVC.O) in a deal that valued the electric-vehicle technology startup at around $3.6 billion. Investors in the transaction included Mahindra and Mahindra (MAHM.NS) and auto supplier Magna International (MG.TO). Separately, American Axle said it will receive $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance the development of its electric drive technology.
# Technology # Israeli Technology
Food and Recipe
High-tech cocoa spread with 50% less sugar hits US shelves
Lovers of all things chocolate spread, this one is for you. Israeli food-tech startup DouxMatok recently launched a line of cocoa spreads in the United States based on its proprietary technology that cuts sugar content by 50 percent, making Sunday morning pancakes a far less sugary and guilt-ridden event. DouxMatok, which was founded in 2014, has developed a product called Incredo sugar – 99.9% real cane sugar with a tiny grain of silica added to each crystal. This combination boosts the sweet sensation on taste buds, enabling manufacturers to cut down on sugar without compromising on taste or texture, as is often the case with artificial or alternative sweeteners. The company announced at the end of April the release of its Hazelnut Cocoa and Dark Cocoa Salted Caramel spreads, which are available on its website and at Pop Up Grocery, a pop-up grocery store specializing in innovative products. The Incredo spreads, DouxMatok says, contain 48 percent less sugar than leading brands, as well as 30% of the recommended daily fiber intake in two tablespoons. Prior to the launch of the spreads, DouxMatok focused on partnering with food service providers, bakeries and sweet snack manufacturers who incorporated its sugar into their products. In March, Incredo Sugar won the FoodBev Media 2021 World Food Innovation Award for Best Ingredient Innovation.
# Technology # Israeli Technology
SpaceX Starship rocket prototype achieves first safe landing
SpaceX achieved the first successful touchdown of its prototype Starship rocket during the latest test flight of the next-generation launch vehicle in south Texas on Wednesday, after four previous landing attempts ended in explosions. The feat marked a key milestone for the private rocket company of billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk in its development of a resusable heavy-lift launch vehicle to eventually carry astronauts and large cargo payloads to the moon and Mars. The Starship SN15 blasted off from the SpaceX launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, along the Gulf Coast and reached its planned maximum altitude of 10 kilometers (6 miles), then hovered momentarily before flying nose-down under aerodynamic control back toward Earth. Maneuvering itself back into vertical position under rocket thrust as it approached the ground, the 16-story, three-engine vehicle descended to a gentle touchdown on its landing gear. "We are down, the Starship has landed," SpaceX principal integration engineer John Insprucker said during live commentary for the flight. A video feed of the landing showed flames continuing to burn at the base of the rocket after the engines cut off, but an automated fire-suppression system trained a steady stream of water onto the landing pad, eventually extinguishing the blaze. The flight came on the 60th anniversary of the first spaceflight by an American astronaut - Alan Shepard's launch on a 15-minute suborbital mission atop NASA's Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Musk declared success on Twitter, posting a terse message in the understated parlance of spaceflight: "Starship landing nominal!"
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Israeli Hi Tech
Israeli Startups in Europe
Did you know? There are 912 Israeli start-ups currently operating in 28 countries throughout Europe, which employ thousands of locals. Wow! 🇪🇺🇮🇱 Source: StandWithUs
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Global News
China launches key module of space station planned for 2022
China launched an unmanned module on Thursday containing what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent space station that it plans to complete by the end of 2022, state media reported. The module, named "Tianhe", or "Harmony of the Heavens", was launched on the Long March 5B, China's largest carrier rocket, at 11:23 a.m. (0323 GMT) from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the southern island of Hainan. Tianhe is one of three main components of what would be China's first self-developed space station, rivalling the only other station in service - the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is backed by the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. China was barred from participating by the United States. "(Tianhe) is an important pilot project in the building of a powerful nation in both technology and in space," state media quoted President Xi Jinping as saying in a congratulatory speech. Tianhe forms the main living quarters for three crew members in the Chinese space station, which will have a life span of at least 10 years. The Tianhe launch was the first of 11 missions needed to complete the space station, which will orbit Earth at an altitude of 340 to 450 km (211-280 miles). In the later missions, China will launch the two other core modules, four manned spacecraft and four cargo spacecraft. Work on the space station programme began a decade ago with the launch of a space lab Tiangong-1 in 2011, and later, Tiangong-2 in 2016. Both helped China test the programme's space rendezvous and docking capabilities. China aims to become a major space power by 2030. It has ramped up its space programme with visits to the moon, the launch of an uncrewed probe to Mars and the construction of its own space station. In contrast, the fate of the ageing ISS - in orbit for more than two decades - remains uncertain. The project is set to expire in 2024, barring funding from its partners. Russia said this month that it would quit the project from 2025. Source: Reuters
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Science & Innovation
Astronauts arrive at space station aboard SpaceX Endeavour
Astronauts arrive at space station aboard SpaceX Endeavour A four-astronaut team arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour, NASA said, after becoming the first crew ever to be propelled into orbit by a rocket booster recycled from a previous spaceflight. The Endeavour capsule, also making its second flight, was launched into space on Friday atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX is the Elon Musk's commercial rocket company. The Endeavour docked to the space station complex at 5:08 a.m. EDT (0908 GMT) while the spacecraft were flying 264 miles (425 km) above the Indian Ocean, NASA said in an update on the mission. On board were two NASA astronauts - mission commander Shane Kimbrough, 53, and pilot Megan McArthur, 49 - along with Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, 52, and fellow mission specialist Thomas Pesquet, 43, a French engineer from the European Space Agency. The mission marks the second "operational" space station team launched by NASA aboard a Crew Dragon capsule since human spaceflights resumed from American soil last year, following a nine-year hiatus at the end of the U.S. space shuttle program in 2011.
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