Japanese Must Tap Their ‘Inner Israeli’

Japantimes.co.jp By GLENN NEWMAN Aimless, Japan has been struggling to find a suitable vision, or model, for its future. Should it strive to be like Finland, small but prosperous? Should it de-emphasize economic growth and focus on sustainability and lifestyle? Should it look to the go-go '80s for inspiration? Or should it withdraw from active engagement with the world and into its own cultural comfort zone (neo-isolationism, or shinsakokushugi)? (more…) Continue reading

Foreign Ministry Steps in to Fly Home Israelis Stranded in Rome

Timesofisrael.com The Foreign Ministry said Sunday it was bringing home 200 Israeli passengers who were stranded in Rome when the airline they had tickets on went belly up. (more…) Continue reading

Israeli Coach Slam Dunks Olympic Medal for Russia

JPost.com By: Allon Sinai LONDON – There is at least one Israeli who will return home from the London Olympics with a medal after coach David Blatt guided the Russian basketball team to an 81-77 victory over Argentina to clinch the bronze medal on Sunday. (more…) Continue reading

Turning Sound into Sight for the Blind

Israel21c.org By: Abigail Klein Leichman People born blind can be trained to visualize objects using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) programmed by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences and the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada. (more…) Continue reading

Israel ‘Highless’ Marijuana Offers Medical Benefits Without The High

Huffingtonpost.com By: Maayan Lubell SAFED, Israel (Reuters) - They grow in a secret location in northern Israel. A tall fence, security cameras and an armed guard protect them from criminals. A hint of their sweet-scented blossom carries in the air: rows and rows of cannabis plants, as far as the eye can see. (more…) Continue reading

New IDF Invention Will Expose Underground Tunnels to Gaza

Al-monitor.com By: Hanan Greenberg The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) announced that they have found a solution for one of the most disturbing challenges they face, mainly on the Gaza border: A new technology, codenamed “Mispar Hazak,” or Power Number, that will expose the underground tunnels of the Palestinians, used to smuggle large amounts of firearms and other sabotage materials into the Gaza Strip. (more…) Continue reading

Haifa Team Finds Genes that Predict Parkinson’s

JPost.com By: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich Researchers at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa have identified a group of five genes in the blood that can predict whether an individual will in future develop the severe and ultimately fatal neurological condition Parkinson’s disease. (more…) Continue reading

Israel Becomes Lab for Electric Car Network

Msnbc.msn.com By: Amy Teibel ROSH HAAYIN, Israel — Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi has begun rolling out the world's first nationwide electric car network. Now, will the drivers come? (more…) Continue reading

Paralyzed Woman Finishes Marathon in Bionic Suit

British mom crosses finish line at London Marathon 16 days after race began. (more…) Continue reading

IDF Launches New Submarine, a Possible Second Strike Weapon

Israelnationalnews.com By: Gabe Kahn and Gil Ronen The IDF on Thursday launched the fourth Dolphin-class submarine – the INS Tanin [Crocodile] – to enter the service of Israel's Navy. The ceremony, held in the German shipyards at Kiel near Hamburg, comes as Israel looks to built up its deterrent power on the seas. (more…) Continue reading