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  • Space Travel: Is it worth it?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 29, 2012 | 4:16 am

    NASA just embarked upon its most ambitious Mars mission to date, spending a whopping $2.5 billion on this 1-ton rover, hoping to find some evidence as to whether or not Mars once supported life.

    At the same time, a United Nations report noted that there were 870 million...

  • Jerusalem, Tel Aviv on new Google project

    June 5, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Jerusalem’s Old City and parts of historic Tel Aviv are featured in Google’s new “World Wonders Project,” although Jerusalem is not included under the Israel category.

    The project allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the 132 historic and heritage sites from 18 countries and is...

  • Israeli security inspects some Arab visitors email accounts

    June 5, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Israel has begun inspecting emails of some Arab visitors and expelling those visitors who are deemed a threat to the country.

    Israel airport security officials are asking these visitors to log on to their email accounts so officials may conduct a security search for any...

  • Americans, Israelis jointly developed computer virus

    June 1, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The National Security Agency and a secret Israeli military unit jointly developed a complex computer worm that attacked equipment in Iranian nuclear installations.

    The cooperation—which began in the Bush administration and was accelerated by the Obama White House—may have been part...

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  • Rabbinical court fines man for being unfaithful on Facebook

    May 29, 2012 | 4:13 pm

    A woman reportedly proved to an Israeli rabbinical court that her husband was unfaithful by showing it correspondence between him and other women on Facebook.

    The court awarded the woman damages from her husband of about $40,000, Ynet reported. It did not identify where the couple...

  • For haredi Orthodox, Internet threat harkens back to the Enlightenment

    May 22, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    To the outside observer, the Charedi Orthodox anti-Internet rally at New York’s Citi Field may have looked uniform: a single mass of black hats, white shirts and brown beards.

    But the crowd at the May 20 event was far from homogeneous.

    Yiddish speakers sat next to Anglophones....

  • Google donating N.Y. office space to Cornell-Technion school

    May 21, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    Google will donate office space to the new applied science graduate school of Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

    Google CEO Larry Page and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the partnership Monday at a news conference at the company’s New...

  • Haredim fill N.Y. stadium to decry Internet’s dangers

    May 21, 2012 | 10:50 am

    The sellout crowd that filled the New York Mets’ Citi Field on Sunday night wore black and white, not the Mets’ blue and orange.

    And instead of jeering the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves, they faced a foe that was, to hear them talk about it, far more formidable: the...

  • Facebook IPO: Good for the Jews?

    May 15, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    If the Talmud were written today, would it look like Facebook?

    First, the rabbis of the Mishnaic period post a Jewish legal rule. Then, Talmudic sages weigh in with their comments, all pithy and lacking punctuation. Almost immediately, the comments grow far longer than the original...

  • Hoop, there it is! Milken’s robotics team scores big

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 2, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    When “Sir Lancebot,” the motorized basketball-playing robot built by the Milken Community High School’s robotics team, made its debut appearance at a regional competition in San Diego in early March, the results were not encouraging.

    The team, officially called the Milken...

  • Coming to a seder near you: A haggadah on your iPad

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 4, 2012 | 11:10 am

    This Passover, Jews can still reliably be called “the people of the book.”

    If sales of newly published versions of the haggadah are any indication, on the first night of Passover, when it comes time to tell the story of the Exodus, most people sitting at seder tables will be...

  • Singles at Passover saying so long to cell phone, Facebook contacts

    April 3, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    While Passover is the time to clean out chametz, single Jews apparently will be cleaning out their social lives.

    Jewish singles will use the holiday as an excuse to clean out their cell phone and Facebook contacts, a poll conducted by the Jewish dating site Jewcier found.

    In a poll...

  • Quit Facebook or risk expulsion, N.Y. Orthodox school orders students

    March 28, 2012 | 10:23 am

    An Orthodox Jewish girls’ high school in Brooklyn has ordered its 11th-grade students to close their Facebook accounts and pay a fine.

    Administrators at the Beis Rivkah High School, which is associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, reportedly called each 11th-grader with...

  • iPad app for Reform prayer book is launched

    March 20, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    The iPad app for the Mishkan T’filah, the Reform movement’s daily prayer book, was launched.

    The new application, which costs less than $5, was launched at the annual gathering of the Central Council of American Rabbis that began Sunday in Boston. More than 500 rabbis from North...

  • Israeli-led team of scientists discovers longevity gene

    February 23, 2012 | 11:26 am

    A team of Israeli and U.S. scientists has discovered a gene that increases longevity in mammals.

    The team, led by Dr. Haim Cohen of Bar-Ilan University’s Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, and including researchers from Hadassah Medical Center, the Hebrew University...

  • Technology may reveal missing Holocaust graves

    February 8, 2012 | 4:15 pm

    Scientists using ground-probing electronics may have discovered the missing mass graves at the site of Treblinka, one of the Nazis’ most notorious death camps.

    No actual bodies were found and the graves were not excavated, in keeping with Jewish law, but bones and bone fragments...

  • Hackers hit websites of Israeli hospitals

    January 25, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    The websites of two Israeli medical centers as well as several other public Israeli websites, were hacked.

    The websites for Tel Hashomer and Assuta medical centers, among the largest in central Israel, were down Wednesday morning.

    The hospitals’ security systems held back the...

  • Israeli hackers bring down Arab Web sites

    January 18, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Israeli hackers said they brought down the Web sites of the Saudi Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

    The hackers, who call themselves IDF-Team, said in a post on the PasteBin Web site that the Jan. 17 attacks were in retaliation for the cyber attack the previous...

  • Hacker takes over Israeli deputy FM’s website

    January 9, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    A hacker temporarily took over the website of Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon.

    The hacking attempt came Monday. Ayalon had spoken out over the weekend against cyber terrorism after suspected Saudi hackers released the details of thousands of Israeli credit card...

  • Israel concerned it may be under cyber attack

    January 6, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Israeli officials said on Friday they were concerned the country may be under cyber attack after a wave of credit card code thefts in the past week by a hacker who claims to be operating out of Saudi Arabia.

    Credit card company officials said 14,000 numbers had been posted on line...

  • Hackers disable German right-wing websites

    January 5, 2012 | 10:24 am

    The websites of several right-wing extremists in Germany have been attacked by hackers.

    The international hacker group known as “Anonymous” disabled several neo-Nazi websites in an “Operation Blitzkrieg” on Jan. 1, with a “Happy New Year” wish to their targets, according to the...

  • Saudi hackers release Israelis’ credit card details

    January 3, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Saudi hackers released the credit card information of hundreds of thousands of Israelis online.

    Members of the Saudi hacking ring Group-XP took credit for the release of the information on Jan. 2. The information, including credit card details, the holders’ names, addresses, phone...

  • Apple reportedly acquires Israeli startup

    December 20, 2011 | 10:54 am

    Apple reportedly has purchased its first Israel-based company, Anobit Ltd., a flash storage solutions provider, for an estimated $500 million.

    The deal for the Herzliya-based startup reportedly was finalized Tuesday. Anobit’s management was gathering its staff early Tuesday...

  • Cornell wins ‘genius’ contest, to team with Technion for N.Y. campus

    December 19, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    Cornell University will collaborate with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology for a new science campus after winning a competition to build New York City’s next “genius” school.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg was expected to make Cornell’s victory official on Monday at the...

  • Reports: Apple to open Israel development center

    December 14, 2011 | 4:30 pm

    Apple will open a development center in Israel focusing on semiconductors, according to reports.

    The development center would be the first to be opened outside of Apple’s California headquarters, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

    Aharon Aharon, a veteran in Israel’s...

  • Nobel winner Shechtman stresses education, entrepreneurship

    December 12, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Accepting his Nobel Prize, Israel’s Dan Shechtman encouraged entrepreneurship among the young.

    Shechtman, of the Haifa Technion, became the 10th Israeli to win the world’s most prestigious prize at Saturday’s annual Nobel ceremony in Stockholm.

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences...

  • Lawsuits dropped after Apple drops ‘Jew or Not Jew’ app

    November 25, 2011 | 12:13 am

    French anti-racism groups dropped lawsuits against Apple, Inc. after it removed an iPhone app called “Jew or Not Jew?” from online stores around the world.

    The made-in-France app had been removed from Apple’s on-line store in France in September following an outcry in that country. ...

  • An internet guide to finding Israeli products

    November 17, 2011 | 11:38 am

    You could say it all started in 1967, when one of Howard Bernstein’s daughters got married.

    “I insisted we serve Israeli wine,” the Chicago businessman and founder of the Buy Israel Goods (BIG) Web site said. He had visited Israel both as a tourist and in his position as an...

  • Google to open Israeli startup incubator

    November 15, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Google will open a startup incubator in Israel.

    The incubator, scheduled to open in August in offices in Tel Aviv, will host about 20 pre-seed stage startups, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

    The announcement of the new incubator was made Sunday by the director of...

  • Electric car venture raises another $200 million

    November 14, 2011 | 10:38 am

    An electric car venture set to launch a nationwide network in Israel raised another $200 million from U.S. investors.

    Better Place, based in California and Israel, now has raised more than $750 million since it was founded in 2007. The new investors include General Electric and USB....

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