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 adaption of military technology for commercial use.

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  • Strange medicine
    Set phages to “kill”SET a thief to catch a thief is an old proverb. In the 1920s, shortly after the discovery of viruses, it was put to good use by doctors. They found they could treat certain infections with bacteriophages—viruses that att…
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  • Harvest festival
    FOLLOWING Pluto’s demotion from that hallowed status in 2006, a generation of schoolchildren has grown up learning that the solar system has eight planets. But it came close to having nine. The asteroid belt, a ring of spacegoing rubble between…
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  • Plugging away
    A nice post-coital snackSMACK! You’ve managed violently to halt a mosquito snacking on your blood. But how likely is it that the departed beastie was the kind that transmits malaria? The latest research shows that the answer has a lot to do wit…
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  • Computers, gaming
    HOW good are computers at learning to play computer games? The chart shows the performance of a machine using artificial intelligence to play a selection of classic video games, compared with that of a professional human tester.The work—present…
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  • Did dark matter do in the dinosaurs?
    EVERY 250m years the sun, with its entourage of planets, completes a circuit of the Milky Way. Its journey around its home galaxy, though, is no stately peregrination. Rather, its orbit oscillates up and down through the galactic disc, the place wh…
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  • Mote prevention
    EYELASHES, as any would-be femme fatale knows well, are seductive. But that is probably not their main purpose. Men rarely flirt by fluttering their eyelids, yet men have eyelashes, too. Moreover, the market for false lashes suggests that if seduc…
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  • A galactic vampire
    AS EVERY horror fan knows, the secret of eternal youth is to suck the lifeblood of others. If you are a galaxy, that lifeblood is hydrogen gas, from which stars form. And it seems that some galaxies are indeed able to maintain a youthful appearanc…
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  • Identifying portraits
    The left-hand portrait above is of Galileo Galilei, one of history’s most famous physicists. But the right-hand one? Its identity divides scholars. Some think it is also Galileo; others disagree. Disputes like this are common in art history. Ami…
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  • Bionic eyes
    MACULAR degeneration is a form of sight loss caused by the death of photoreceptor cells in the macula—the central part of the retina. It afflicts 30m-50m people, most of them elderly. The result is a shadowlike void in the centre of a sufferer’s…
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  • Onwards and upwards
    VACCINES are medical science’s nuclear weapons. Clean water and sewage disposal aside, they have saved more lives than any other public-health measure. Vaccines have wiped smallpox, a disease once dreaded by rich and poor alike, from the face of…
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  • Yoo-hoo, we’re over here!
    You rang?ONE of the sessions of the AAAS meeting was dedicated to planets in other solar systems, a field of enquiry which has blossomed as thousands of them have been detected. Finding such exoplanets is interesting in its own right, of course.…
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  • Scent off
    Smells red to meTHE Maniq have a word for it—and so do the Jahai. Each sort of smell in their environment, that is. Putting names to smells is reckoned—unlike, say, naming colours—to be notoriously difficult. But perhaps that is because all…
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  • Light at the end of a tunnel
    Indistinguishable from magic?HOLOGRAMS are a staple of science fiction. For many, the very word will conjure an image of Princess Leia from “Star Wars” (pictured), or of the holodeck of the starship Enterprise. Making real moving holograms,…
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  • Awakening
    IN NOVEMBER 2011 an American icebreaker, USCGC Healy, set off from Seward, Alaska, to sail north through the Arctic Circle into the Chukchi Sea. It was the beginning of the winter-long polar night. Sea ice was forming. The sun did not appear in th…
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  • Tough old birds
    ON EARTH it is a fact of public life that politicians love to trumpet new infrastructure but take much less interest in maintaining what already exists. The same rule, it appears, applies in outer space. Many satellites launched for important purp…
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  • An acid test for the high seas
    IN MANY ways, litmus paper is the perfect scientific sensor. It is cheap, requires no power or skill to use and delivers instant results. Blue paper turns red in acids. Red paper turns blue in alkalis. And that is all you need to know.In the real…
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  • Making sweet music
    BIOLOGICAL evolution happens by random mutation and selection. Technological evolution involves selection, too. Products preferred by customers are the ones that reproduce. But since technology is the product of conscious design, the mutation part…
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  • Wings of steel
    A LOT of tosh is talked about “nanotechnology”, much of it designed to separate unwary investors from their hard-earned cash. This does not mean, though, that controlling the structure of things at the level of nanometres (billionths of a metr…
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  • Continental divide
    IT WAS far too small a victory to count as an equaliser. But cheers were still heard in American meteorological circles after the storm that hit the country’s east coast last month left the city of New York mostly unscathed. For more than two de…
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  • Cads and dads
    RECEIVED wisdom and biological theory both have it that males are (or, at least, would like to be) more promiscuous than females. That does not stop a lot of men settling down happily as faithful husbands. Conversely, wisdom and theory also sugges…
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  • Israeli brain power tackles brain disorders (audio)
    Ahead of BrainTech2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel Brain Technologies director tells ISRAEL21c about some amazing advances.
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  • Time-release cannabis pill coming
    Cannabics Pharmaceuticals says its innovative technology puts standard doses of the medicinal cannabis compounds into a sustained-release capsule.
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  • Goodbye Dr. Google, hello Medivizor
    Israeli-American medical health startup personalizes health information and keeps patients up to date with the latest medical news.
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  • Israeli maternity hotels pamper new moms
    Hospitals across Israel have opened top-notch maternity hotels to help new mums and babies rest and recuperate after the birth.
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  • Living the Sweet Life with diabetes
    Married couple Jessica Apple and Michael Aviad each developed type 1 diabetes and started a prominent e-zine, ASweetLife, to provide fun and information.
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  • Israel’s first Canna Tech event draws a crowd
    Cannabis tech is the lowest-hanging fruit today, because medical marijuana growers adopt new technologies much faster, says one investor.
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  • Catching pneumonia before it kills
    Two Israeli medical device concepts for easier diagnosis of pneumonia win Grand Challenges grants.
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