In May 2015 the Pan American Health Organization announced that a case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Brazil, the first infection outside of Africa, Southeast Asia, or the Pacific Islands. On February 1, 2016 the World Health Organization announced a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The virus has been rampantly spreading across the Americas. The international health community is deeply concerned, as they should be. What's the big deal, though?
It's that time of year again: winter. The season of widespread stuffy noses, sore throats, aching, and the rest of the many symptoms people experience while infected with various viruses and microbes. Many of us wake up during the winter feeling generally ill and wanting so so badly to just go back to bed and stay home, but we eventually get up and trudge along through a miserable work/school day. Our initial instinct to go back to bed may be more than just a yearning for rest.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly taking over society. From smart watches to smart home systems, the IoT is infiltrating our lives on a larger and larger scale, and for good reason. The IoT makes us use energy more efficiently, stay aware of the world around us while also using the internet, and keep track of basically anything, and that's barely scratching the surface of how much the IoT is affecting the world around us.
Recent tensions in the Middle East have raised a lot of questions about whether peace will ever be attainable. With Palestinian attacks in major Israeli cities, the terror cells of Hamas, and the threats of Hezbollah and ISIS to the North, the situation doesn't exactly look hopeful. However, even during this tense time, peace efforts are continuing. Some of the main goals are targeting the next generation who may just be our only hope. Two groups leading the way are Games for Peace and Kids4Peace International.
Energy based off of non-renewable resources is a huge problem. Not only does it pollute the air with carbon dioxide and other emissions, it is also not a renewable resource. Luckily we can use energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy. Not so luckily it's fairly expensive to do so...or at least it was until Utilight, a six-year old Israel start-up, came around.
As much as the trucking industry is both helpful and necessary, it's also an enormous pain in the neck. Trucks, which are often empty or not filled to optimum capacity, cause traffic congestion, air pollution and can be a waste of manpower and time. Not only that, but in Europe alone, inefficiency has been estimated to have cost 160 billion Euro. What if we could change something with the trucking industry that not only lowers air pollution and traffic congestion, but also makes transporting goods more efficient and cost-effective? Well it turns out we can.
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.