I’ve been offline for quite a few months, so I will only give an update from the past few weeks:
- In a survey published recent an Switzerland, Israel was first in terms of investment in research and development out of the 55 most developed countries. It was also second in raising capital and second in development of IT.
- New York Magazine named Tel Aviv as one of the four recommended cities for spending a brief holiday. They even suggested Betty Ford, the restaurant where my co-workers and I do lunch often (it’s not a rehab!)
- Some science stuff:
- Israeli astronomer Prof. Zvi Mazeh and his team have discovered a new planet that they named HAT-P-2b. This is especially great since Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
- The robotics class at Ostrovsky High School in Ra’anana won the 14th annual World Robotics Championships for the second year in a row.
- Some sports stuff:
- The Israeli youth team for pairs bowling won the Gold in the European Bowling Youth Championships, gold in the boys’ masters final, bronze in the boys’ team even, and silver in the all events competition.
- The girls won a silver medal in the girls’ trio and one of the participants, Roni Aharonowitz, was the first female ever to bowl a perfect 300 game in the history of the competition.
- Israel’s delegation to the World Swimming Championships for Disabled Youth brought home six gold medals and four silver medals.
- Arik Ze’evi the Judoka won a bronze medal from the European Judo Championships. So did Gal Yekutial (different weight categories).
- Some medical stuff:
- Newsweek called Dr. Eyal Gur, head of microsurgery at Ichilov Hospital as one of the best microsurgeons in the world.
- They also named Prof. Lior Gepstein from the Technion for developing heart tissue and pacemakers from stem cells.
- And Dr. Shulamit Levenberg, also from the Technion, for creating muscle tissue that they body doesn’t reject.
- AND Dr. Hossan Haick, also from the Technion, for inventing an electronic “nose” that can diagnose cancer.
- And some good news to finish off with: The Jewish National Fund is working with the Palestinian Authoriy, Egypt, and Jordan to plawn 5 million olive trees along the common borders.
I’d like to mention that some of these items were taken from the Israel Good News Digest.