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For the past three decades American and Israeli scientists have been engaged in a fruitful collaborative effort and have jointly conducted dozens of challenging research and development programs, aimed at improving the performance of US and Israel's military helicopters and to integrate advanced capabilities in future platforms.

 
 
 
An official ceremony was held at Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMOD) on November 3, 2016, on the occasion of 30 years of fruitful collaboration in the domains of rotorcraft technologies and human factors engineering. The ceremony was headed by US Ambassador to Israel, HE Dan Shapiro, and IMOD Head of DDR&D, Brig. Gen. (res) Dr. Daniel Gold and attended by Director of US ARMDEC, Mr. James B. Lackey, IMOD Head of R&D Technology Base, Dr. Moshe Goldberg, officials and guests.
 
 
 
The rotorcrafts technologies effort is jointly headed by the US Army Aviation & Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (ARMDEC) and the IMOD Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D). Participating parties include the research and development teams at the IAF, the Technion, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University and Haifa University. 
 
 
 
The United States and Israel have been collaborating on rotorcraft technologies since the 1980's, with over one hundred scientists and engineers from both sides developing breakthrough technologies in the areas of aeronautical mechanics, aerodynamics and human factors engineering (HFE) for helicopters. 
 
 
 
The operation of helicopters is especially challenging due to the technical complexity and operational demands of low-level night flights. Accordingly, advanced HFE solutions are required to enable efficient and safe operation. The research efforts in this domain resulted in improved pilot displays and obstacle avoidance solutions. Additional efforts addressed the challenge of two aircraft jointly lifting heavy loads, beyond the capacity of a single helicopter. Some of the research products have been implemented in US rotorcraft, come of which are also operated by the IAF. Other will be integrated in future platforms or upgrades. 
 
 
 
HE Ambassador Shapiro: “This rotorcraft cooperation has long been considered among the best US-Israel research agreements. It is unique in that it brings together the technical leaders from our two countries to conduct joint research on problems of common interest to our countries.  At the same time the personal connections have enriched understanding of each other’s cultures and history and strengthened the ties between the two countries.”
 
 
 
Dr. Danny Gold: "The defense ties and close collaboration of the US and Israel are deep and long lasting. The Rotorcraft Project Agreement (RPA) collaboration is very special, as it embodies the deep research cooperation between the Parties. In my view, the RPA collaboration sets the gold standard for US-Israeli Defense R&D."
 
 
 
 
 Photo credit: Dana Shraga, Ministry of Defense
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

The Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel (SEEEI) will hold its annual 17th international convention on November 9 – 11, 2016, in Eilat. This year convention, "Electricity 2016", is titled "Smart World a new era of energy".

 

This is the 17th  annual meeting of SEEEIl, and is considered to be one of the largest and most influential in the fields of electricity and energy in Israel, with the participation of senior decision-makers from the governmental agencies  and  the business sector in Israel; entrepreneurs, experts and opinion leaders from Israel and abroad.

 

Among the major figures who will participate in the  convention:  Government Ministers; Shaul Meridor, Director General of the Ministry of national infrastructures, energy and water resources; Ofer Bloch, CEO IEC; Buki Carmeli, head of the national Cyber Defense Authority; Jeffery Ketz, Chief Executive of energy technologies at IBM USA; Prof. Shmuel Oren, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Alessandro Clerici, Italy, a senior at WEC (the Italian National Committee of World Energy Council); Dr. Frederick Bauchot, IBM, CTO for Gisc Energy; Dr. Cathy Yao Chen, Research department manager at ABB Research Institute in Sweden; Elisha Yanay, Chairman of the Association of electronics & software industries, former Senior Vice President at Motorola worldwide; Omer Keilaf, CEO and Ce-founder of start-up company Innoviz, which generates a revolution in autonomous vehicles; And many other dignitaries.

 

In 2015 more than 1300 local and overseas visitors attended Electricity 2015. This year we expect similar number of attendees. The main topics that will be discussed include: cyber safety, transport, renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy management in buildings, developing smart grids, smart cities and campuses IOT, light engineering; training engineers and the registration regulations for electrical engineers, trends and innovations, power production, etc.

 

SEEEI's chairman, Emil Kaufmann, forecasts   that "in 20 years, most public transportation in the country will be electrified, electricity production will be distributed and a substantial portion will consist of small power stations operated by gas and renewable energies". 

 

 

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Courtesy: SEEEI. From left to right: Lieutenant Colonel Luca DottarelliMr. Emil Koifman – chairman of SEEEI; Prof. Izzy Borovich – the forum chair and Mr. Elisha Yanay – chair of the Industrials Association of Electronics and Software Industries.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakthrough research at Tel Aviv University unravels the metastatic mechanism of melanoma

 

Tel Aviv University researchers, together with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, have discovered the mechanism by which melanoma spreads to other organs in the body, and have found ways to prevent the metastasis.

 

In a landmark discovery, researchers at Tel Aviv University have unraveled the metastatic mechanism of melanoma, the most aggressive of all skin cancers. The scientists discovered that before spreading to other organs, the tumor sends out tiny vesicles containing molecules of microRNA. These induce morphological changes in the dermis – in preparation for receiving and transporting the cancer cells. The researchers also found chemical substances that can stop the process, and are therefore promising drug candidates. 



The paper was published yesterday (Monday, 22 August 2016) as the leading cover-page article of the prominent scientific journal Nature Cell Biology .

Melanoma, the most aggressive and lethal type of skin cancer, causes the death of one person every 52 minutes (according to data from the Skin Cancer Foundation), and the number of diagnosed cases has been on the rise for the past three decades. Despite a range of therapies developed over the years, there is still no full remedy for this life-threatening disease. A recent study at Tel Aviv University proposes new and effective methods for diagnosing and preventing this most deadly of skin cancers.



"The threat of melanoma is not in the initial tumor that appears on the skin, but rather in its metastasis – cancer cells sent off to colonize in vital organs like the brain, lungs, liver and bones," says research leader Dr. Carmit Levy of the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine. "We discovered how the cancer spreads to distant organs, and found ways to stop the process before the metastatic stage."



Morphological changes in the dermis 
The researchers began by examining pathology samples taken from melanoma patients, and the findings were striking indeed. "We looked at samples of early melanoma, before the invasive stage," says Dr. Levy. "To our surprise we found changes that had never before been reported, in the morphology of the dermis – the inner layer of the skin. Our next task was to find out what these changes were, and how they related to melanoma." In the ensuing long and complex study the group was able to discover - and also block – a central mechanism in the metastasis of melanoma. 



According to Dr. Levy, scientists have known for years that melanoma forms in the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. At this early stage the cancer is unable to send off colonizing cancer cells, because it has no access to blood vessels - the highways that carry the cells to other parts of the body. With no blood vessels present in the epidermis, the tumor first needs to contact the abund ant blood vessels running through the dermis. But how is the connection made?



"We found that even before the cancer itself invades the dermis, it sends out tiny vesicles containing molecules of microRNA. These induce the morphological changes in the dermis, in preparation for receiving and transporting the cancer cells. It now became clear to us that by blocking the vesicles, we may be able to stop the disease altogether."



Transforming melanoma into a nonthreatening illness
Having discovered the mechanism, the researchers proceeded to look for substances that could intervene and block the process in its earliest stages. They found two such chemicals: one, SB202190, inhibits the delivery of the vesicles from the melanoma tumor to the dermis; and the other, U0126, prevents the morphological changes in the dermis even after the arrival of the vesicles. Both substances were tested successfully in the lab, and may serve as promising candid ates for future drugs. In addition, the changes in the dermis, as well as the vesicles themselves, can be used as powerful indicators for early diagnosis of melanoma. 



"Our study is an important step on the road to a full remedy for the deadliest skin cancer," says Dr. Levy. "We hope that our findings will help turn melanoma into a nonthreatening, easily curable disease."

The group at Tel Aviv University worked in close collaboration with Prof. Jörg D. Hoheisel and Laureen Sander at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Dr. Shoshi Greenberger at the Sheba Medical Center and Dr. Ronen Brenner at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. Lab research was led by Dr. Shani Dror of Dr. Levy's research group.



(The research was funded with the support of the Science, Technology and Space Ministry in the framework of a joint German-Israeli canc er research program.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Israeli start up NUVIAD today announced availability of outstanding innovative advertising service which allows business owners to create self mobile campaigns

 

TEL AVIV, September 20,  2016; The Israeli start upNUVIAD today announced availability of NUVIAD Express™ – an innovative advertising service which allows business owners and mobile marketers to create mobile campaigns focused on location, people knowledge and deep big-data analytics.

 

For the first time, advertisers and business owners can just enter the address of their business or the addresses of their competitors and NUVIAD Express™ will provide detailed audience analysis including gender, age group, most used apps in the area, and more. This data can then be used to create mobile campaigns targeting the exact audience for the business using advanced click-to-call technology.

 

"For the first time, we can provide a viable alternative to standard pay-per-click services. NUVIAD Express™ not only provides a better targeting option for business owners, but also offers it at lower costs per customer than the services businesses already use," said Rafi Ton, CEO of NUVIAD.

 

"Running hundreds of campaigns for our customers, we've managed to refine the technology to fit the needs of local and regional businesses – driving customers to their business using click-to-call technologies. We have also simplified the process of creating the campaign and ads, by focusing on native ad formats. All you need is a title for your ad, a promo line and your logo. Your promotion will appear on thousands of apps targeting potential customers in the proximity of your business. Best of all, you don't even need a website as you can use NUVIAD's click-to-call option and receive calls directly to your business," added Rafi.

 

NUVIAD Technologies is one of the leading mobile advertising providers focusing on mobile advertising and native ad formats, and utilizing advanced machine learning algorithms to deliver highly targeted mobile advertising campaigns while continuously improving their results.

 

http://express.nuviad.com/

 

 Photo provided by Nuviad Technologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Israeli Green Renovation Project Inaugurated   

 

An energy-saving green renovation project initiated by the Ministry of Housing and Construction.

 

KKL-JNF, in conjunction with the Israel Energy Forum, the Ministry of Housing and Construction and the Sderot Municipality, has finished renovating an apartment building in Sderot as the initial stage of a “green” urban renewal and construction project, which was officially inaugurated at the end of June.
 
 

The aim of this renovation, which forms part of the Ministry of Housing’s Urban Renewal project, was to upgrade an old building and make it the first structure to be refurbished to meetgreen building standards, and those of the Retrofit method in particular. At the end of June the building was inaugurated at a formal ceremony with the participation of KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar, MK Yael Cohen Paran, Ministry of Housing and Construction Director General Eshel Armoni and Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi.



This national endeavor on the part of KKL-JNF, in conjunction with the Israel Energy Forum and the Sderot Municipality, brought to a successful conclusion an energy-saving green renovation project initiated by the Ministry of Housing and Construction. The objective was the renovation of an old 18-apartment building to make it conform as much as possible to green energy-saving construction standards.



The Ministry of Housing and Construction is the initiator of Israel’s Urban Renewal program, and this particular project was an additional step in a series of moves to benefit the residents of dozens of towns and cities, via the renovation of buildings and public areas, social activism, and community empowerment.

 

 More :  http://www.kkl-jnf.org/about-kkl-jnf/green-israel-news/july-2016/sderot-green-renewal/