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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  • Killing the MESSENGER
    NASA has an undoubted talent for space flight. It also has one for awkward acronyms. A classic of the genre is MESSENGER, the name it has given to a probe currently orbiting Mercury. This is a contrived nod to that god’s role in the Roman panthe…
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 15, 2:52pm -
  • Now and then
    IN THE 19th century, inventors were heroes. The likes of Stephenson, Morse and Goodyear were the shock troops of the Industrial Revolution. Their ideas helped drag humanity from agrarian poverty to manufactured plenty. These days, though, inventor…
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 15, 2:52pm -
  • Gas guzzlers
    SOMETHING called Methylococcus capsulatus might not sound an appetising ingredient for a meal. Methylococcus is a methanotroph, a bacterium that metabolises methane. Fortunately, salmon are not fussy eaters. They will happily consume pelletised prote…
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 15, 2:52pm -
  • Char wars
    SPACE, as the late Douglas Adams pointed out, is very big. But the bit near Earth is also very crowded. Half a century of rocket launches has turned the high frontier into a junkyard. Around 3,000 tonnes of empty rocket stages, defunct satellites, as…
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 15, 2:52pm -
  • Identity plates
    IN MANY living species, the sexes look different from one another. Presumably that was true in the past, too, but knowing for certain is hard because pigments and soft tissues that might be sexually dimorphic are rarely preserved in fossils. Among…
    - 4 days ago 22 Apr 15, 5:31pm -
  • Driven from distraction
    HUMAN beings are a distractible bunch, and their propensity to be elsewhere, mentally speaking, is particularly dangerous when they are motoring. Attempts to deal with this go back a long way. In 1953, for example, the Garden State Parkway in New…
    - 6 days ago 20 Apr 15, 3:00pm -
  • The unfairer sex?
    SCIENCE, popular prejudice often has it, is a man’s world. These days that is not actually true of many disciplines, particularly biological ones. But some, though not all, recent research has suggested women are indeed still discriminated again…
    - 10 days ago 16 Apr 15, 2:48pm -
  • Thin harvest
    MAKING fuel from the solar energy stored in living organisms by photosynthesis is a tempting idea. It sounds inherently green, and so biofuel schemes—ranging from fermenting starch, to recycling cooking oil, to turning algae into jet fuel—have…
    - 10 days ago 16 Apr 15, 2:48pm -
  • Infra digging
    Is anybody out there?THOSE who look for intelligent life on other planets usually confine their efforts to listening for radio signals from stars that are, on the cosmic scale of things, fairly close by. The resounding silence so far does not det…
    - 11 days ago 15 Apr 15, 5:50pm -
  • Robochef gets cooking
    SOME people relish putting on an apron and cooking dinner. Others, though, find cookery a black art best delegated to a domestic helpmeet, a microwave oven or, failing either of those, the local home-delivery service. But Mark Oleynik, a Russian-b…
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  • To the point
    AROUND one in ten Americans is a trypanophobe, stricken with a dread of needles. Some may have inherited a tendency to faint when jabbed; others develop the phobia after a painful injection or a botched blood sample. Sadly, their fears are occasio…
    - 17 days ago 9 Apr 15, 2:44pm -
  • Sky-Fi
    EVER since the early 1990s, when it moved out of universities and was embraced by the general public, the internet has grown relentlessly. Only 2% of the world’s population was online in 1997. By 2014 the proportion had risen to 39%, or about 3…
    - 17 days ago 9 Apr 15, 2:44pm -
  • Someone 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…
    - 25 days ago 1 Apr 15, 2:50pm -
  • The 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…
    - 25 days ago 1 Apr 15, 2:50pm -
  • NASA’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…
    - 25 days ago 1 Apr 15, 2:50pm -
  • Wiring 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…
    - 25 days ago 1 Apr 15, 2:50pm -
  • Cretaceous 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…
    - 25 days ago 1 Apr 15, 2:50pm -
  • 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…
    - 31 days ago 26 Mar 15, 3:47pm -
  • 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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  • 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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