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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...

  • Defense System Converted To Medical Device That Saves Lives

    By Jared Baker

    May 31, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    Researchers from Bar Ilan University in Israel are developing a system to monitor patients on ventilators, alerting doctors and nurses if something goes wrong.

    The technology comes from research originally intended for the military, designed to monitor complex systems in Unmanned...

  • Dead Sea Scrolls debut online [VIDEO]

    September 27, 2011 | 9:51 am

    Internet users can now view the Dead Sea Scrolls online.

    The Israel Museum on Monday launched the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, which provides access to high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as additional data and background information.

    The project is a collaboration...

  • Judoku app released for iPad

    August 2, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Judoku, a Jewish version of Sudoku, has been released as an application for the iPad.

    The game uses Jewish symbols such as a Star of David and shofar, or letters of the Hebrew alphabet, in place of numbers. It also includes humorous explanations of the Jewish symbols.


  • Israel asks Apple Inc. to remove ‘third intifada’ app

    June 22, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Israel’s government has asked Apple Inc. to remove an application called “ThirdIntifada,” which encourages uprising against Israel, from its App Store.

    Israel’s Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein, made the request Tuesday in a letter sent to Apple...

  • Israeli inventiveness gets local spotlight

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 7, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    When Noam Bardin demonstrated how Waze — a Twitter-infused GPS — got him from LAX to the Luxe Hotel on Sunset in 26 minutes during rush hour, several attendees at the third annual Israel Conference immediately took out their phones to download his app.

    “The closing of the 405...

  • Google ordered to stop recommending anti-Semitic sites

    May 19, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    A court in Buenos Aires has ordered Google to stop recommending anti-Semitic and racist websites to users.

    The injunction issued May 17 comes following a complaint filed by several Jewish organizations. The decision came on the World Day of the Internet.

    The court ordered Google...

  • Inspired by Facebook, Israeli couple names their daughter Like

    May 16, 2011 | 11:20 am

    An Israeli couple has named their daughter Like, in honor of Facebook.

    Lior and Vardit Adler, from the central Israel city Hod Hasharon, told the German press agency DPA that they like to give their children uncommon names.

    Their other two children are named Dvash, which means...

  • Mass graves database to go online

    May 16, 2011 | 11:17 am

    Information gleaned from Father Patrick Desbois’ years-long search for mass Jewish graves in Eastern Europe will be made available on a database.

    Desbois’ organization, Yahad-In Unum, has joined with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Jewish Committee to set up an...

  • JTA launches online archive with a quarter-million articles

    May 4, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    JTA has launched a digital archive containing 250,000 articles dating from 1923.

    The JTA Jewish News Archive, which is searchable and free for the public to use, was launched officially Tuesday evening with a celebration at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

    Highlights of...

  • World Press Freedom Day: New technology’s threats and potential

    May 3, 2011 | 11:08 am

    Newspaper readers might notice an empty white space in place of front page stories in their favorite broadsheets and tabloids on Wednesday morning. It’s part of a campaign organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers to mark World Press Freedom Day.  Larry...

  • Facebook to monitor intifada page, won’t remove it

    March 28, 2011 | 10:32 am

    UPDATE: Facebook has removed the “Third Palestinian Intifada” page from their website.

    Facebook will monitor a page calling for a third Palestinian uprising against Israel but will not remove it.

    Third Palestinian Intifada,” established on Facebook less than a month ago, calls for...

  • Grant contest will award Jewish day schools new classroom technology

    By Rachel Heller

    March 23, 2011 | 12:16 pm

    Jewish day schools in the Los Angeles area have until April 1 to take part in a unique contest that will award grants of up to $25,000 for cutting-edge classroom technology and programs.

    The Technology for Schools Grant Contest, open to day schools across the country, is a new...

  • Should frozen sperm be used to create posthumous grandchildren?

    March 22, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    Last fall, 27-year-old Ohad Ben-Yaakov was injured in an accident at his part-time job, and he died after two weeks in a coma. Ben-Yaakov wasn’t married, nor was he in a relationship. No woman was pregnant with his child.

    Nevertheless, his devastated parents believe it’s not...

  • Facebook purchases Israeli start-up

    March 21, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Facebook is purchasing its first Israeli company, a start-up called Snaptu.

    Facebook will pay an estimated $60 million to $70 million, according to reports citing market sources. The deal is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.

    The company, established in 2007 with...

  • Jewish digital media projects awarded grants

    March 14, 2011 | 10:20 am

    The Jewish New Media Innovation Fund has announced $500,000 in grants to nine digital media projects.

    The projects are designed to engage 18- to 40-year-olds in Jewish life, learning culture and community.

    The awards announced Monday are the first in the pilot program funded by the...

  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg obtains restraining order against alleged stalker

    February 8, 2011 | 11:39 am

    From LATimes.com:

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against Pradeep Manukonda, who allegedly stalked the billionaire and his family asking for money.

    The court order was issued last week, demanding that the 31-year-old stay away from the co-founder of...

  • Jewish group claims Hamas hacked its website

    February 4, 2011 | 10:15 am

    The website of the Jewish People Policy Institute was hacked Thursday by a group that the institute claims is affiliated with Hamas.

    The JPPI, a Jerusalem-based think tank that focuses on the Jewish future and Israel’s security, issued a statement saying hackers took over its...

  • Technion gets $5 million to develop a better battery

    January 31, 2011 | 10:25 am

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has given the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology a $5 million grant to further develop a light, long-lasting and environmentally friendly battery for energy storage.

    The grant, which will be paid out over three years, will be...

  • Yad Vashem launches Farsi YouTube chanel

    January 24, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Yad Vashem has launched a YouTube channel in Farsi and an expanded version of its Farsi website.

    The Farsi YouTube channel launched Sunday contains survivor testimonies, archival footage and mini-lectures by Holocaust historians on topics such as contemporary anti-Semitism, and what...

  • Intel to invest $2.7 billion on Israel plant

    January 19, 2011 | 10:59 am

    The U.S. chip-maker Intel Corp. will invest $2.7 billion to upgrade its plant in southern Israel.

    The Kiryat Gat plant will start producing the next generation of 22-nanometer chips in December, Intel announced at a news conference Tuesday.

    The investment in upgrading the plant includes a $210 million grant from the Israeli government.

    Intel also will be hiring 1,000 new workers for the new production line. It will be the second plant in the world to manufacture the new chips.

    The company already employs more than 7,000 people in Israel, according to reports.

  • iPhone app brings Western Wall closer

    December 30, 2010 | 9:25 am

    Using a new iPhone application, the Western Wall is only a touch away.

    The new application, the Kotel Application, which was released this week in Hebrew, English and Russian by the Western Wall Heritage Center, permits users to see a live video feed of the Western Wall Plaza. They can also send a note to the wall and use the application’s compass to pray in the direction of the wall.

    The application is free at Apple’s iTunes store.

  • Oldest ancient teeth found in Israeli cave

    December 28, 2010 | 10:15 am

    Eight teeth found in a cave in central Israel are reportedly the earliest remains of Homo sapiens ever discovered.

    The teeth, discovered in a cave near Rosh Haayin, east of Tel Aviv, have been estimated to be about 400,000 years old. If the initial findings are confirmed, it would...