Sleep is extremely important. Without it we have a lot of trouble functioning. Sleep is often passed over when thinking about one's health. “So I don't get 9 hours of sleep every night, what's the big deal?” The big deal is sleep deprivation, which can be a lot more harmful than a little yawning or possibly decreased performance at work. The National Department of Transportation estimates that drowsy driving has lead to 1550 fatalities and 40000 injuries in the USA. As you can see, sleep deprivation is not just an annoyance; it's a danger.
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.