This morning as the flauxtillards have begun returning home from their Greek vacation and the flytillards have begun being deported from Israel, it is worthwhile to think about some of the intriguing announcements that have come out of Israel in the last month:
An Israeli study has just shown that the common spice cinnamon seems to delay the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. One element of cinnamon, CEppt can combat the effects of five aggressive strains of Alzheimer’s-inducing genes by dissolving amyloid plaques. The same study shows CEppt and other cinnamon compounds to be effective against Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Scientists had already discovered that cinnamon can help control blood sugar and has both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Israeli company Powermat announced that its wireless charging system for handheld gadgets will be installed into General Motors cars, office furniture, and airport seating.
This morning researchers at Hebrew University have published an article in which they identified for the first time the DNA regions that are the most sensitive to breakage in early stages of cancer development. This discovery will have major implications in cancer prevention.
Nano Retina, a two year old Israeli start-up company announced this week that it is pairing electrodes with living neurons to create bionic sight for the blind.
Israel’s IDE Technologies announced that it is building China’s largest and greenest desalination plant.
The irony of announcements like these is that while flaux and flytillards attempt to isolate Israel, the world is beating a path to Israel’s door to take advantage of its brightly shining creative spirit.
Last Wednesday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Israel’s Chief Scientist Avi Hasson announced the opening of a new trade office in Tel Aviv and the creation of MIIP–a collaborative project to generate discoveries and applications in life sciences, clean energy, and technology. Massachusetts is already allied with approximately 100 companies having Israeli founders or Israel-licensed technologies.