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If cannabidiol, , a non-psychoactive produced by the , has shown to help alleviate issues like inflammation, anxiety, skin conditions, arthritis and joint in people, will this -derived extract have positive effects on animals, as well? Itay Ben-Mordechai, head of innovation at Weedley, a leader in the development and distribution of cannabidiol-based natural products (CBD) for , and his Tel Aviv-based team, says the answer points to a ‘yes.’ “We’ve seen how well animals respond to CBD oil and treats,” Ben-Mordechai says, noting that so far only research subjects and investors have tried Weedley’s CBD-infused transdermal and oils. “We saw how well a horse reacted to CBD oil drops. The horse had been taking steroids for over two years to treat a nervous skin condition and after two weeks of using our product, not only did the skin condition improve but the horse was taken off steroids. A great anecdotal story, no doubt. But Ben-Mordechai and the Weedley team know that scientifically-backed research and development is crucial to win over the market. tech

Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA), an emergency medical care and disaster response provider, announced that it inaugurated its new ‘Sea-Bulance’ service to assist people in need of critical medical treatment and rescue while at sea. The Sea-Bulance currently operates in the Sea of Galilee, a freshwater lake in northern Israel known in Hebrew as the Kinneret. MDA said the boat, a whale r500 professional, can reach speeds of up to 35 knots (more than 60 km / h) and can travel from one side of the Sea of ​​Galilee to the other in just 10 minutes.

Revolutionary technology developed in Israel in the wake of the 2014 kidnapping and of three Israeli teenagers is now being used by large companies, enterprises, academic institutions, and emergency service providers to keep workers and civilians safe. SayVU Technologies says it is working with partners all over the world to find technological for emergency services and first responders, as well as create cities and . Founded in the fall of 2014 by Amotz Koskas, Alex Rivkin and Dror Matalon, the company developed an end-to-end platform designed to minimize the emergency response time for personal and public safety.

Dead Sea

As a top tourist destination, Israel welcomed a record-breaking 4.1 million visitors in 2018 and just over two million from January to May this year. Tourists flock to the country to seek its exciting array of sites, including ancient and historic cities, picture-perfect beaches, fabulous shopping, renowned museums, and countless hiking trails. One of Israel’s most visited destinations is the famous Dead Sea, the lowest elevation on Earth at 430 meters (1,410 feet) below sea level. As the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, the Dead Sea, bordered by Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank, is a natural and historic wonder. There is no marine life in the lake due to its high salt concentration (which is how it earned its “dead” title in English). Visitors typically cover themselves in the lake’s mineral-rich mud, believed to hold healing properties for skin conditions, and float naturally and effortlessly in its waters. In recent decades, scientists have observed that a large amount of the freshwater that feeds the Dead Sea has been diverted, lowering the lake’s water levels and making it even saltier. This trend was first observed in 1979 when scientists noticed salt crystals precipitating, or “snowing,” out of the top layer of the sea’s water. This salt crystal “snow” has piled up on the lake bed, puzzling scientists across the globe as the sinking salt defies the laws of physics. The salt layer on the lake floor has been growing about 10 centimeters (four inches) thicker every year.

Rishon LeZion

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Vostochny Cosmodrome

Israeli tech startup launched its first nano-satellite, the NSLSat-1, into space on Friday, July 5, fitted with an innovative, that expands and offers high-performance and affordability. The company developed a fabric-like, flexible and expandable dish antenna to offer high-throughput communications for small that is up to 100 times faster than that of today’s best-performing nano-satellites.

Israeli and high-tech firms were sold for a record $14.48 billion in the first half of 2019, according to a new released this week by Israel-based Research Center and law firm Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal. The first six months of the year had 66 exits, including one major deal where @mellanox Technologies, a US-Israeli multinational supplier of computer networking products, was acquired by graphics-processor technologies manufacturer Nvidia for $6.9 billion. Excluding this mega-deal, the total exit value would have reached $7.58 billion in the first half of the year. The figures reflect a significant increase in total exit value in the first half of 2019 in comparison to the first half of 2018 as the number shot up from $6.49 billion to $14.48 billion. The total exit value in 2019 sets a five-year record, reaching $116.6 million, which is almost double compared to $63 million in 2015 annually, according to the report.

Join NoCamels co-founder @anouklorie and her venture capitalist husband Barak Rabinowitz for Stories, a series of intimate and inspiring with Israeli visionaries — business gurus, music icons, star chefs and more! The is now ! New episodes every week.

The Kitchen foodtech hub

Food tours, culinary festivals, – our generation seems to be obsessed with food. Between billions of social media posts displaying meticulously composed plates and perfectly marbled lattes, the next Netflix original series about extraordinary cuisine, and millions of sites with recommendations for “the best” vegan, gluten-free, and rainbow-colored food, we can’t get enough of the aesthetic that comes with enjoying our meals. But the global food industry has been in desperate need of innovation. According to the UN, an estimated 124 million people in 51 countries are currently facing food insecurity, while one-third of all produced food is still going to waste. Not to mention the environmental impact as farmers grapple with increasingly harsh weather conditions, pests, pollutants and soil depletion in the face of ever-growing product demand. With a world population that is set to reach close to 10 billion by 2050, the big question remains: Will we be able to produce enough ? Some Israeli startups have been trying to answer this question. And they appear have found common ground under one roof in Tel Aviv: The Kitchen FoodTech Hub. The Kitchen is Israel’s first and, currently, only technology incubator focused on food and beverages and is a seed investor in related . It was developed in with the Strauss Group, one of Israel’s biggest food product manufacturers company that is competing on a global scale. After winning a tender issued by the Israel Innovation Authority for operating a tech incubator, the Strauss Group opened the doors of The Kitchen on January 1, 2015, in . The accepts on a rolling basis, and its portfolio has grown to 12 companies with three more companies in various stages of in the approval process.

Yoav Hadas, 51, worked as a pastry chef in Israel for twenty years until he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in April 2015. His cancer was metastatic, spreading to other organs in his body, and lowering his five-year-survival rate to three percent. He was given between six months and a year left to live. When he told his wife and three boys about his diagnosis, he “decided to do everything – to try everything – to change this,” Hadas said in a phone interview with NoCamels. Hadas and his wife were “looking for something outside the box because regular treatment was not promising for [his] condition.” They came across Dr.Talia Golan, an Israeli oncologist as well as lead researcher of the Pancreas Cancer Olaparib Ongoing (POLO) Clinical Trial at the Sheba Medical Center, working specifically with patients with advanced stages of pancreatic cancer as well as a BRCA 1 or 2 germline mutation.

Bushwick, Brooklyn

Mister Rogers would probably have jumped on the opportunity to live in a Venn neighborhood. The Israel-based social urban planning startup Venn is creating a “new way of neighboring” and rebuilding communities in the world’s biggest cities. Founded in 2016 by friends Or Bokobza, David Sherez and Chen Avni, this urban-tech startup is transforming developing neighborhoods into friendly communities. For Bokobza, Sherez and Avni, the idea of living near one another and raising their families side-by-side was a shared dream. They chose Shapira, an underserved neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv, as the site on which to build their vision: an urban renewal project that would include managing and refurbishing fair-priced real estate and developing shared spaces for the community. Moreover, they wanted their venture to support local businesses, give space for cultural community projects and even create jobs. It was an experiment that went right. To date, there are Venn neighborhoods operating in New York (Bushwick), Berlin (Friedrichshain) and Tel Aviv (Shapira). At the end of June, the company announced the completion of its Series A round with total funding of $40 million.

Tel Aviv, Israel

In Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and many more cities around the globe, e-scooters have been boosting our daily mobility. Yet, this new mode of transportation comes with a perilous downside. In 2018, more than 1,500 people were injured in e-scooter related accidents across the US, according to a recent study. In Israel alone, the number of deaths that involved personal electric vehicles rose from seven in 2017 to 19 in the following year, just when e-scooters pioneered the local market. Despite the risk, adequate insurance coverage for e-scooters and other personal transportation devices is missing. Enter Voom, an Israeli insurance platform for specialized mobility, that is developing an on-demand, telematics-based solution for “everything you can ride, fly or sail”.

Four Israeli companies were among 56 firms named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to its “Technology Pioneers 2019” list. The round-up, according to WEF, includes early-to-growth-stage companies from all over the world, pioneering new technologies in fields such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, quantum computer systems, compostable packaging, and blockchain. Companies were divided into eight categories including health, mobility & supply chain, food security & agriculture, and digital. The Technology Pioneer community was launched in 2000 by the World Economic Forum. The “pioneers” are selected by a committee of technology and innovation experts, academics, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. The committee evaluates candidates against selection criteria before making recommendations to the World Economic Forum. Companies selected to the Technology Pioneers partake in a two-year journey with the World Economic Forum, engaging in the Forum’s initiatives, activities, events, and bringing cutting-edge insights and fresh thinking to critical global discussions.

Israel will not attempt a second mission to the moon after all, Israeli non-profit @spaceil the organization behind Israel’s historic initiative to land a spacecraft on the moon, announced. This despite a previous and much-publicized announcement that it would launch a second spacecraft, just days after its first one, , crash-landed on the lunar surface. The crash on April 11 dashed Israel’s hopes of becoming the fourth country in the world (after Russia, China, and the US) to complete a controlled lunar landing. Instead of another moon mission, SpaceIL said it would seek out “another, significant objective for Beresheet 2.0.” The details of the endeavor were not yet known.

NoCamels toured The @perescenter for Peace & Innovation and got an inside look at how the center is showcasing Israeli innovations that are repairing the world. We even had conversations with the themselves through incredible VR . One room takes you into the past with a timeline of Israeli innovations. The room transforms into an escape room to provide an interactive experience for the youth at the center who are learning to take peacebuilding and innovation into their own hands. Another room is focused on the present where 45 Israeli technologies are available to learn about and interact with. A third room brings us to the future, where a Virtual Reality experience shows what the future of technology might bring. The Peres Center focuses on innovation that is driven by necessity and opportunity, and hopes for a future in which there are endless solutions created by not just the startup nation of Israel, but an entire region of innovators and leaders.

tech startup Venn announced the closure on Tuesday of a $40 million Series A round to expand the company’s of transforming developing into vibrant communities. Investors included Pitango Venture Capital, Hamilton Lane, on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, and Bridges Israel. Founded in 2016, by CEO Or Bokobza, CXO (chief experience officer) Chen Avni and CRO David Sherez, Venn says it creates urban by managing homes, creating shared spaces, and supporting businesses and initiatives for community engagement on a neighborhood-wide level. It also facilitates resident-led events through a digital platform and ‘personal assistant’ app.

As a leading tech powerhouse, Israel often sees its entrepreneurs build their businesses abroad to tap into international markets from the get-go. In recent years, New York’s rapidly growing tech ecosystem has led many to choose the Big Apple over the Bay Area. A newly-released report by the New York-Israel Business Alliance, an organization that promotes economic opportunities between New York state and Israel, has found that Israeli-founded companies are already making a substantial impact on the state economy – to the tune of $18.6 billion in revenue in 2018 alone. about the impact Israeli companies are making in New York.

Paris, France

The of may be in autonomous vehicles, but it could also be in battery-powered planes. That is, if an array of and hybrid-powered aircraft from aerospace companies like Airbus and United Technologies, showcased at the 53rd Paris Air Show last week, ever become more than just an exhibit for spectators. But while plans to go electric may seem ambitious – as ambitious as, say, an car – Israeli-founded global manufacturer Eviation Aircraft has already debuted its full-scale, all-electric commuter airplane Alice to a crowd of reporters and industry experts. And the feedback at the largest aviation event in the world has been overwhelmingly positive. Just days after US-Israeli startup New Future Transportation (NFT) unveiled its design for an electric, autonomous flying vehicle that will take commuters door-to-door at Israel’s EcoMotion conference, Eviation Aircraft debuted its full-scale, all-electric commuter airplane Alice at the Air Show.

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