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.

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  • The Cambrian explosion
    Modern lobopodians are rarely seen forest dwellers called velvet worms. Their ancient relatives, though, were pioneers of the Cambrian explosion, a time when Earth experienced an unprecedented surge in biodiversity. As they report in the Proceedin…
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  • Rapid unplanned disassembly
    FEW things are as spectacular as a successful rocket launch, but a failed one comes close. On June 28th SpaceX, an upstart rocketry firm founded by Elon Musk, an adventurous technology billionaire (see article), began what was to be its seventh un…
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  • Sounds bad
    CLINICAL depression is, simply put, a dreadful disease. Diagnosing it is anything but simple, however. Its symptoms vary, can shift with the ups and downs of everyday life, and sometimes overlap with those of other diseases. For these reasons, it is…
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  • Knowing the drill
    A future fossil?ANIMALS and plants are not the only things that form fossils. Tsunamis—the huge waves created by some submarine earthquakes—do so, too. A tsunami generated in January 1700, off the Pacific coast of North America, for example,…
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  • Strike out
    CHECKING an airliner’s wings and fuselage for damage after it has been hit by lightning or suffered a bird strike is more than just a time-consuming nuisance. In the cut-throat world of commercial aviation, time is money, and a plane in a hangar is…
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  • Blood earth
    Your friendly, neighbourhood muckspreadersA HOLLOW tree, you might reasonably suspect, is a dying tree. But often that is not the case, especially in the tropics. Lots of trees in tropical forests remain alive long after their cores have rotted a…
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  • Climate change
    In May India was struck by a deadly heatwave. Temperatures as high as 47°C caused 2,200 deaths. This week a heatwave in Pakistan claimed the lives of hundreds more. As the chart shows, the number of extreme weather- and climate-related events is…
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  • Coiled and ready to strike
    DRONES may one day transform the way parcels are delivered, crops monitored and suspects apprehended. Those who talk up these possibilities, though, often neglect to mention the drawbacks of such robot aircraft—one of which is that most cannot f…
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  • Horsey, horsey, don’t you stop
    RECEIVED wisdom, among both scientists and breeders, is that a modern, thoroughbred racehorse runs about as fast as it is possible for anything horse-shaped to run. Examinations of historical records, conducted over the past few years, have concluded…
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  • Reading lessons
    Louis Braille, digital masterIN 1970 more than half of blind American schoolchildren could read Braille. Now, only about 10% can. That decline is mostly a consequence of a change of policy, otherwise welcome, which means that the blind are taught…
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  • A little bit, better
    A COMPUTER proceeds one step at a time. At any particular moment, each of its bits—the binary digits it adds and subtracts to arrive at its conclusions—has a single, definite value: zero or one. At that moment the machine is in just one state,…
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  • Shifting identity
    WATCHES and spectacles were “wearable technology” long before the marketing maven who dreamed the term up was born. But now that some of these devices are fitted with gizmos which let their wearers monitor and record their lives down to the milli…
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  • Global disability
    IN 2013 the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, in Seattle, carried out a survey of the world’s disease burden. The latest results of this study, focusing on disability, have just been published in the Lancet. The burden of disability i…
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  • Friends, then benefits
    Just good friendsBEAUTY opens many doors. Study after study has concluded that the comely earn more, are better liked, are treated more indulgently and are even given more lenient sentences in court than their plainer counterparts. The door it op…
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  • After the fall
    THE BRIGHT red robot lay sprawled across the threshold, seemingly unable to go on....
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  • Retina selfie
    Looking healthyWHETHER or not eyes are windows to the soul, they can provide a view of a person’s health. Eye problems are not the only things to show up; recent studies indicate that eyes can also reveal the presence of broader disorders like…
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  • Towards a body-on-a-chip
    IN A recently opened laboratory just north of London, an experiment is under way to discover how the liver will respond to an new drug. Normally such a test would be carried out on liver cells cultured in rows of dishes or—as regulators require…
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  • A handy collaborator
    THE most popular event at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, held in Seattle at the end of May, was the Amazon Picking Challenge. Dozens of humanoid robots competed to move items ranging from rubber ducks to paperback books betw…
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  • Chop-chop
    HELICOPTERS have clear advantages over fixed-wing aircraft. But they also have a big drawback: they are slow. The fastest struggle to exceed about 320kph (200mph)—less than the cruising speed of a second-world-war-era propeller plane.At an airc…
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  • Reviving ancient shells’ colours
    The pigment molecules that give living things their dazzling colours are delicate things that degrade over time, which is why the palaeontological specimens in museums often look dull. But a trick discovered in the 1970s helped: dipping ancient sh…
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  • No-stitch corneal transplants
    Groundbreaking fiber-optic laser system seamlessly closes incisions after corneal transplants, and could be used in many other surgeries.
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  • ‘Waze’ for the sleep-deprived
    Sleep ASAP gathers data on ‘sleep strugglers’ and offers meetups and webinars introducing non-narcotic techniques for a good night’s sleep.
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  • Wellness wearables for the womb
    Israel’s Nuvo Group develops wearable, sensor-based devices for parents to better connect, monitor and bond with baby during and after pregnancy.
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