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Spain To Create Ladino Academy In Israel To Help Preserve Dying Jewish Language

Posted on August 14th, 2017
From JTA


Spain’s leading linguistic authority will create an academy in Israel dedicated to the study and preservation of the Ladino language.

The institution will be the 24th branch of the Spanish Royal Academy, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

Dario Villanueva, director of the Spanish Royal Academy, or RAE, said Ladino is “an extraordinarily important cultural and historical phenomenon” that deserved its own academy.

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Jerusalem's National Library Presents: All the World's Hebrew Manuscripts Online

Posted on August 7th, 2017
By Ofer Aderet for Haaretz
The new website features the world's biggest collection of Jewish and Hebrew manuscripts and should be a treasure trove for researchers


Some 70 years after David Ben-Gurion expressed his dream of gathering all Hebrew manuscripts from around the world and bringing them to Jerusalem, his vision is being realized this week with the launch of the National Library of Israel’s new website.


The goal of the site, called Ktiv, the International Collection of Digitized Hebrew Manuscripts, is to collect scans of all Hebrew manuscripts ever written anywhere, from dozens of libraries, archives and collections around the world.


“This is the world’s biggest collection of Jewish and Hebrew manuscripts,” Dr. Aviad Stollman, the head of collections at the National Library, told Haaretz.


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If a bike could talk to a car, this is what it would say

Posted on July 31st, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Israeli company’s bike-to-vehicle (B2V) technology aims to promote safety and prevent motorcycle accidents.

 

Motorcycle accidents are one of the world’s leading causes of unnatural deaths, accounting for nearly one-quarter of 1.25 million traffic fatalities worldwide every year.

A new bike-to-vehicle (B2V) wireless communication technology from Israel’s Autotalks is designed to turn the corner on that grim statistic.

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Small Israeli family firm hits the Target (and Amazon)

Posted on July 24th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
It takes chutzpah to compete with housewares giants like Rubbermaid, but Bram Industries leverages Israeli innovation to get prime shelf space.


Whoever said little guys can’t win clearly does not know about Israel’s Bram Industries.

One of #1 global retailer Walmart’s smallest suppliers, the 200-employee company based in the working-class southern city of Sderot also peddles its Life Story brand plastic tableware, housewares and storage products in American and European mega chains such as Target, TJ Maxx, Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Tesco, HomeGoods, Home Depot, The Container Store, GiFi and Carrefour, plus stores in Panama and Mexico.

Bram was on Fast Company’s list of 10 most innovative Israeli companies for 2016 for “bringing sustainability to the plastics market – including a fully biodegradable shopping bag” and disposable cutlery made from cornstarch.

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Israelis lead search for dark matter in universe

Posted on July 17th, 2017
By Brian Blum for Israel21c
A large portion of the mass in the universe doesn’t emit light and is invisible to telescopes. This project seeks new methods to detect dark matter.


Does dark matter exist? Astronomical measurements say yes, but it’s never been detected.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is now leading the search for the illusive matter, which is hypothesized to be one of the basic components of the universe, five times more abundant than ordinary matter.

BGU will construct and operate an advanced dark matter detector based on the theory that some types of dark matter produce a signal imitating a magnetic field and may therefore be detectable by extremely sensitive magnetic sensors.

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