About USISTF

The U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation (USISTF) is a Washington, DC based 501c3 non-profit organization founded by a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Israel Ministry of Economy. The objectives are to facilitate joint research and development cooperation, scientific exchange that could lead to cooperative commercial activities, enable the development of emerging technology sectors, and assist in the adaptation of military technology for commercial use.

  • newPack power
    Don’t let the grey hair fool youLIKE people, wolves have found that there are benefits to be had living in a group. Together they can more effectively take down large prey, raise families and defend their territory. The received wisdom is that…
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  • newWaterworlds
    FOR decades, researchers looking for life elsewhere in the solar system have stuck to a simple rule: “follow the water”. The stuff is essential to life on Earth, and its peculiar properties mean those hunting aliens think the same will be true…
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  • newCoping with adversity
    Snap a wheel off a robotic vacuum cleaner and it will circle hopelessly. For a rover plonked onto a distant planet or a search-and-rescue robot sent into perilous surroundings, the consequences of damage can be more dire. A fixed number of conting…
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  • newDo you see what I see?
    HUMAN beings are not born with the knowledge that others possess minds with different contents. Children develop such a “theory of mind” gradually, and even adults have it only imperfectly. But a study by Samantha Fan and Zoe Liberman at the Univ…
    - 19 hours ago 28 May 15, 2:49pm -
  • Double take
    THOSE who visit the Louvre, in Paris, hoping to get a good picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, “Mona Lisa”, are destined for disappointment. Their photos will almost certainly be ruined by reflections from the bulletproof glass that…
    - 8 days ago 21 May 15, 2:45pm -
  • Sheet lightning
    SEARCHING for a way to make an electric car that is truly competitive with its petrol and diesel equivalents is frustrating. The lithium-ion batteries used to store the juice which powers such cars are almost cheap enough and almost long-lasting enou…
    - 8 days ago 21 May 15, 2:45pm -
  • The crowd will see you now
    THAT people scour the pages of the world wide web searching for answers to medical problems is well known. Indeed, doctors label the most diligent seekers of online medical information “cyber-chondriacs”. Some frustrated individuals have even set…
    - 8 days ago 21 May 15, 2:45pm -
  • Early man
    This blade, together with almost 150 other stone artefacts unearthed recently in Kenya, to the west of Lake Turkana, pushes the age at which early humans are known to have made such tools back 700,000 years, for dating of the strata they were foun…
    - 8 days ago 21 May 15, 2:45pm -
  • Reservoir rats
    Little breederBETWEEN 1346 and 1353 the Black Death killed over a third of Europe’s population. It took 150 years for the continent to recover. The disease was so devastating that it changed the social order, as a scarcity of labour led to high…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 15, 7:01pm -
  • Only connect
    SHORTENING an industry’s supply chain is bound to affect the activities of its suppliers. That is as true of the recreational-drugs business as it is of any other. Some street pharmaceuticals, such as methamphetamine and cannabis, are already pr…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 15, 3:00pm -
  • Crystal clear?
    ON THE desk of Chris Case, chief technology officer of Oxford Photovoltaics, there sits a small but heavy vial filled with a canary-yellow liquid. “That’s enough for a kilowatt,” he says. The material in the vial is called methylammonium lea…
    - 15 days ago 14 May 15, 3:17pm -
  • The X-files
    Hand in glove with Peter HomerFROM the Longitude Prize offered by Britain’s parliament in 1714, as reward for a way for ships to determine their location when out of sight of land, to the Orteig Prize, offered in 1919 for a crossing of the Atla…
    - 15 days ago 14 May 15, 3:17pm -
  • The watcher in the water
    “TRUST, but verify.” That was Ronald Reagan’s mantra for nuclear agreements, though the proverb itself is Russian. But verifying that a country is not cheating on one important matter of nuclear diplomacy, the manufacture of plutonium, is hard.…
    - 15 days ago 14 May 15, 3:17pm -
  • Getting a grip
    NEXT time you shake hands with your doctor, beware—you may be giving away your life expectancy. A paper just published in the Lancet, by Darryl Leong of McMaster University in Canada, reports that a simple way to assess how likely someone is to di…
    - 15 days ago 13 May 15, 10:46pm -
  • To sleep, perchance
    PITY the poor pineal gland, tucked behind the thalamus in a gap between the brain’s hemispheres. It has a simple task—to make melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. In days gone by, it would start doing so after sunset, ramp up to a maximu…
    - 16 days ago 13 May 15, 7:38am -
  • Rail strike

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  • A glittering prize
    GETTING a telescope into orbit is challenging and costly. Astronomers want instruments with the biggest mirrors possible. Big mirrors gather more light, so can see fainter objects. They also have higher magnification, so can resolve finer details. Th…
    - 22 days ago 7 May 15, 3:07pm -
  • Cool thinking
    LIQUID nitrogen seems a good place to start if you want to cool something down. If Peter Dearman, a British inventor, is correct, it might be even better than it looks. Mr Dearman is a man with a bee in his bonnet. He has dreamed, since he was 15,…
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  • Shape-shifters
    Home, sweet homeFROM humanity’s point of view, one of the most important events in history was the evolution of the eukaryotic cell—the sort from which people’s bodies are made. Without this innovation, which happened about 2 billion years…
    - 23 days ago 6 May 15, 5:00pm -
  • First principals
    Satisfied?THE Stones or the Beatles? That, as any baby-boomer knows, is the most important question in music. But for American boomers it raises a second question. Were those two bands really responsible for the revolution of 1963 and 1964, which…
    - 23 days ago 5 May 15, 11:07pm -
  • Hackers meet their match
    Did your cursor just vanish? That’s not a glitch but a feature for Israeli fraud-busting startup BioCatch.
    - 2 days ago 27 May 15, 3:30am -
  • 12 top ad-tech companies in Israel
    Israeli technology is enabling the digital advertising revolution that changes the way advertisers reach customers and the way customers engage with ads.
    - 4 days ago 25 May 15, 7:00am -
  • How to keep spear-phishers away
    Ironscales trains employees to spot spear-phishing attacks. ‘Our brain is the best anti-fraud system that exists inside of any organization.’
    - 12 days ago 17 May 15, 6:00am -
  • New tech approach to stuttering
    ‘NiNiSpeech can revolutionize the whole industry of stuttering treatment, not just the treatment itself,’ says company founder.
    - 4 days ago 25 May 15, 6:24am -
  • Biomed companies in Israel hit record numbers
    IATI Biomed 2015 conference in Tel Aviv attracted the cream of the healthcare-industry crop from 45 countries.
    - 11 days ago 18 May 15, 6:00am -
  • Weaning baby triggers this surprising effect
    Israeli scientists find an unexpected link between weaning and the ability of pancreatic beta cells to regenerate. Are there implications for diabetes?
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