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New Brain Stimulation Device Helps Smokers Quit
June 25, 2012 09:29 AM - Or Shmuel, NoCamels
Stimulating the brain using magnetic currents can significantly reduce the urge smokers have to light up, researchers discovered. During the study, which was conducted in Israel, a special helmet-like device was developed for deep stimulation of specific parts of the brain. The device sends magnetic currents to the brain that stimulate the nervous system while the patients are entirely conscious.
Israel's Secret Project: Super-Battery To Reduce World's Oil Thirst
June 12, 2012 03:57 PM - Alexandra Mann, NoCamels
Quietly and with little media coverage, it seems that Israel has made it its national goal to develop a battery that can provide enough power for a 500 kilometer-drive with a single charge.
Pipe leakages that lead to huge quantities of water loss have lead numerous water-tech companies all over the world to search for monitoring and repairing solutions. Often, these monitoring devices are dependent on electricity and are powered by batteries. An Israeli start up named Hydrospin has developed a solution that incorporates micro-generators that produce electricity from the flow of water inside pipes. These generators produce enough electricity to power smart water monitoring and transmission devices that provide information on unusual water flow, leaks, or other problems.
Lose Weight While You Sleep!
May 19, 2012 09:00 AM - NOCAMELS TEAM, NoCamels
Want to lose weight but find it hard to hit the gym three times a week or eating 1,500 calories per day? You might not have to do either. New research suggest sleeping more could be enough to keep the flab away. Research into the circadian clock that regulates our sleep-wake cycle shows disruptions to the clock may be linked to metabolic disorders such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. And researchers say sleeping for eight hours a night and eating during daylight hours could be as important in controlling weight gain as diet and exercise. Gad Asher, clinician and medical researcher from the Department of Biological Chemistry at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, presented research to a Garvan Institute seminar on obesity in Melbourne last night that found every cell in the body has a circadian clock.
New Anti-Bacterial Packaging To Prolong Pepsi's Shelf-Life
May 9, 2012 08:37 AM - Sivan Kriboshe, NoCamels
Oplon Pure Science, a developer of anti-bacterial plastic sheets for packaging, has signed an $8 million agreement with PepsiCo Corporation for a joint project that will lead to the supply of packaging solutions for their products.
Whatâ€™s a few hundred million years when youâ€™re talking about the formation of the 4.5- billion-year-old solar system? Quite a lot if youâ€™re an astrophysicist it seems. Researchers from Israel, the U.S. and Japan are now saying that the nuclear clock used to measure the age of the solar system has been "ticking faster" than previously thought and that the Earth formed much more quickly than originally believed. "We determined that half life of the geological clock ticks faster," Michael Paul, a professor of nuclear physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told The Media Line.
Cleantech Co Produces Low-Cost Electricity From Waves
April 10, 2012 08:31 AM - Yinnon Shraga, NoCamels
Did you ever look at the sea and found yourself in awe of the power of waves? That is what happened to Israeli engineer Shmuel Ovadia, 30 years ago. Ovadia was at the beach waiting for friends, suddenly humbled by the vast sea and its powerful waves crashing into the shore.
Low-Carb, High-Carb, It Doesnâ€™t Matter, Study Says, It's All About The Veggies
March 9, 2012 08:40 AM - The Media Line, NoCamels
Deciding between the Atkins Diet, Mediterranean diet or a traditional low-fat/high-carbohydrates diet? It really doesn't make a lot of difference, says a team of Israeli nutrition experts. Your chances of losing weight with any of the three hinges on eating more vegetables and cutting down on sweets than on whether you consume lots of meat and fish (as Atkins advises), olive oil and legumes (Mediterranean-style) or pasta and potatoes (the low-fat route).
Breeding Genetically Superior Plants: There's an App for That
March 7, 2012 10:15 AM - Tal Sandler, NoCamels
Plant breeders in many ways are like meticulous painters: To develop new varieties of fruits, vegetables or flowers, they have to know how to mix just the right plants to create new colors, better produce, or longer shelf life. To do that, breeders need to accumulate a lot of data that is complex and sometimes difficult to keep track of and follow. They grow plants in fields and do observations, including going field by field or plant by plant to categorize them under different traits such as size, weight, sweetness, etc.
Things are looking up for aging mice and, if this research pays off, for aging humans, too. Researchers have found that a long-suspected anti-aging protein called sirtuin can make male mice live about 16 percent longer than average, the first such advance for mammals in a field that has thus far only offered the blessings of extended life span to yeast, nematodes and fruit flies.