Israel

Nothing but blue sky… and it pays off

Around the world there’s growing pressure on blue skies research as cash-strapped governments look for quick¬†answers to complex questions. In Israel, I spoke to numerous Nobel Laureates who bemoaned this state of affairs. They told me that they would not have made their discoveries if they hadn’t been given the remit to follow their curiosity. […]

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Israel: Startup Nation

Sciblogs editor and Science Media Centre director Peter Griffin spent a week in Israel attending the World Science Conference and visiting some of the country’s most innovative technology startups. Check back here for new posts documenting the insights he gained from the ‘startup nation’. Also check out Peter Griffin’s interview with Radio New Zealand about […]

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Salt of the earth

When you drink from a tap in Israel, chances are that you are taking a mouthful of the Mediterranean. As I explained in my last water-themed post, around 60 per cent of Israel is desert and the rest of it is pretty dry too. The Dead Sea on the east border of the country is […]

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When boring is good

“Do you ever feel tired during the day? Do you suffer from mild headaches?” The questions were coming thick and fast from Gabi Arad, of Israeli medical device maker Itamar, which is based in the ancient Roman town of Caeserea, halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The previous night I’d worn to bed Itamar’s US$5,000 […]

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The effort to green the Negev

A look at a map of the Middle East confirms that Israel is a tiny country relative to its neighbours. But consider the fact that 60 per cent of its landmass is also covered in desert, an arid expanse to the south of the country – the Negev. Yesterday I ventured into the blistering heat […]

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Is science the new peace plan?

Could science be the bridgehead for peaceful collaboration in the Middle East where all else has failed? That’s the question preoccupying many at the World Conference of Science being held in Israel where 15 Nobel Laureates are holding a week of lectures and panel discussions for 400 high school and university students from 70 countries. […]

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