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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  • newCretaceous insects
    Amber is wonderful for preserving fossils. Not quite as good as Michael Crichton suggested in “Jurassic Park”, but impressive nonetheless. This particular specimen, from northern Myanmar, is a scale insect that lived 100m years ago, during the…
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  • newNASA’s dark materials
    Handle with careSOLAR power is used extensively by satellites and space probes. But there are places where the sun’s rays do not penetrate or are merely a distant twinkle. For those a different power source is required. One of the favourites us…
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  • newThe worlds beyond
    New Horizons at a former planetON JULY 14th a NASA space probe called New Horizons will reach Pluto. Its nine-year journey to the distant reaches of the solar system should be worth waiting for. Even though Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf plane…
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  • newWiring the world below
    THE planet arrogantly dubbed “Earth” by its dominant terrestrial species might more accurately be called “Sea”. Seven-tenths of its surface is ocean, yet humanity’s need to breathe air and its inability to resist pressure means this part…
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  • newSomeone to hold your hand
    EVERYONE arriving at a hospital’s emergency room (ER) wishes to be seen quickly, but for stroke patients it can be a matter of life or death. The most common stroke involves a blood clot blocking vessels in the brain, killing brain cells nearby alm…
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  • Hacking the hackers
    “SET a thief to catch a thief.” Security-conscious companies, from banks to newspapers, often hire, if not thieves, then the analogues of thieves, to test their computer systems for weaknesses. These professional hackers, called penetration teste…
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  • The buzz of something new
    THIS year, some predict, will be the year of the microdrone. Small, pilotless aircraft—most of them helicopters with four or more sets of rotors and a payload slung between them—are moving out of the laboratory and into practical use. They are…
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  • Out of a pickle
    Your Penicillium roqueforti, madamFOR breakfast, a bit of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and, perhaps, a dash of Lactobacillus. For lunch, some Acetobacter or Leuconostoc mesenteroides—but look out for any stray Streptococcus faecalis. In the evening…
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  • Not weeds
    OK. These knotweeds really are weedsTO JUDGE by some of the headlines, you might think they were triffids. Even the term employed for them, “invasive”, has pejorative military overtones. But do interloping plant species from other lands actua…
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  • The chickens are restless
    I think he’s trying to tell us somethingSEISMOLOGISTS tend to greet the idea that some animals know when an earthquake is coming with a sizeable degree of scepticism. Though reports of odd animal behaviour before a quake date back at least as f…
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  • Under the influence
    IT MIGHT sound strange to suggest that flu is, in any sense, a hereditary illness. Classic inherited diseases, such as sickle-cell anaemia and cystic fibrosis, are caused by broken genes that come from a sufferer’s parents. Flu is caused by a virus…
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  • Flatlining
        FOR years, it seemed like carbon-dioxide emissions rose relentlessly, whatever the world’s level of economic activity and however much countries spent on no- or low-carbon energy. Now, though, that depressing fact may be changing.The…
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  • Never again
    THE outbreak of Ebola fever brought to the world’s attention on March 22nd 2014 by Médecins Sans Frontières, an international charity, has infected some 25,000 people and killed more than 10,000 of them—almost all in Guinea, Liberia and Sier…
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  • An ambassador to Neptune’s kingdom
    THERE has, in recent years, been much talk of holidays in space. Though things have not gone well for one aspiring space-tourism business, Virgin Galactic, whose prototype suborbital rocket plane blew up on a test flight in October, those with tru…
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  • Beetlemania
    “AN INORDINATE fondness for beetles.” That was the reply of J.B.S. Haldane, a British scientific polymath of the early 20th century, when he was asked if there were anything that could be concluded about God from the study of natural history.…
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  • Breast really is best
    FOUR extra points of IQ, an extra year’s education and a significantly enhanced income at the age of 30. Those are the benefits of having been breast-fed, according a study just published in Lancet Global Health by Bernardo Horta of the Federal…
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  • Till death us do dart
    THE complexities of human courtship pale into insignificance when compared with those of snails. For a start, snails are hermaphrodites—meaning each has to size up a potential mate from both the male and the female points of view. And, for snail…
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  • Genetically modified people
    OPPONENTS of genetically modified crops often complain that moving genes between species is unnatural. Leaving aside the fact that the whole of agriculture is unnatural, this is still an odd worry. It has been known for a while that some genes mov…
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  • A solar-powered plane takes off
    On March 9th André Borschberg, a Swiss fighter pilot and engineer, took off from Abu Dhabi at the controls of this flimsy solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, on the first leg of a journey around the world. Despite its 72-metre wingspan, the…
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  • A cure for the valuation blues
    AlgoValue, a disruptive new platform for determining the worth of a private startup, is catching on with VCs, CFOs, accountants and lawyers worldwide.
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  • Playbuzz raises $16 million
    ‘Playful content’ creation website has attracted more than 80 million unique users since its December 2013 launch.
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  • Put Bird on your finger and rule your digital world
    MUV Interactive’s trailblazing Bird wearable will turn every surface into a touchable interactive screen through motion, touch and voice.
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