With the onslaught of recent terror attacks in Israel, it's been hard to feel safe. The person next to you at the bus stop may be hiding a knife in their pocket. Any car on the road may swerve and attempt to ram into you. These attacks are nearly impossible to prevent, as many of them are lone wolf attacks. While technology may not be able to completely prevent these attacks, it may be able to help with the response. Two Israeli startups are helping Israelis get a quicker and more effective response from emergency services.
In the war against bacteria, scientists are constantly having to invent new antibiotics as bacteria evolve resistant strains. Now an old idea seeing the light of day for the second time may hold the answer to the antibiotic vs. bacteria arms race. Two Israeli scientists, Dr. Ronen Hazan from the Institute of Dental Sciences at Hebrew University and Dr. Nurit Beyth from Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, are researching the therapeutic potential of a virus taken from Jerusalem’s sewage.
Israel’s economy has long been heavily reliant on tourism. With the holy sites of Jews, Muslims and Christians, there is an almost unlimited tourist potential. For decades, the tourist industry has focused on group tours, travel packages and generic activities, with a small niche catering for high-end luxury travel. But in the past few years, a new breed of tourism providers has emerged, catering to budget travelers, independent backpackers and those alternative tourist experiences.