Category Archives: r & d

Alternative Energy Smackdown!

In the area of renewable energy, it seems as if every silver lining has a cloud; solar energy, for example, is great when the sun is shining, but not too …

Of Mice and Cellphone Users

Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. Build a better mouse, though, and you could rake in some serious cash! As devices go …

When the Blind Lead the Seeing to Solutions

The next time you call your local municipality’s local help and information center (“106” in popular parlance, referring to the municipality-sponsored phone number you dial for assistance in your town), …

Making the Deserts Bloom – Phase II

Each day, there are more mouths to feed on earth – and less food to feed them with. Blame it on global warming, an impending ice age, the Mayan calendar, …

The IV Police

You go to the hospital to get better, not to get sicker. Yet hospitals can be dangerous places. What happens, for example, if the doctor or nurse forgets to give …

Keyed In on Modern Technology

The phrase “door technology” is a bit oxymoronic – it’s just a door, isn’t it? But like everything else, hi-tech is doing wonders for doors – or more specifically, locks. …

Tobacco – the Newest Health Plant!

You usually don’t think of tobacco as being good for you – quite the opposite. But here’s a modern Israeli miracle; the plant that, in cigarette form, is responsible for …

An Israeli Flag in the Cloud

You would think that it was discovered one day out of the blue a couple of years ago by Google and Amazon. Of course, you have to give those two giants their due; but the cloud, and SAAS, has many other important players – one of them being Israeli startup Clarizen. It may not be Amazon S3, but Clarizen has helped plant an Israeli flag up in the cloud – and the company is actually one of the more successful cloud companies out there.

Hi-Tech Hasbara

Israel dedicates large amounts of time, money and energy explaining its political positions to an often-hostile world. Perhaps it would be more effective if Israel explained to skeptics just how much the hi-tech innovation that the country has been responsible for has helped the world.

The 72,000 to 1 Ratio

Israel, with its 7.7 million population, has 107 companies representing it at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That works out to one company per 72,000 Israelis. Not bad!