Science

Peres: science the key to secure Israel’s future

By Orlando Radice, June 18, 2013

In an interview with the JC ahead of his Presidential Conference and 90th birthday celebrations, Shimon Peres said that science and technology are the key the future “identity and existence” of the Jewish state.

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Discrediting us

June 13, 2013

Any move which undermines the freedom of our faith schools must be resisted and condemned. But the objections from some quarters to Michael Gove's reforms to GCSEs on the basis that the new exams involve a basic study of evolution are risible and discredit the entire foundation of faith schools. Teaching science to young Jewish children is not the enemy of knowledge. It is a prerequisite of it.

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Hague signs scientific collaboration deal between the UK and Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2013

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has agreed an initiative that will promote co-operation on scientific issues between the UK and Israel.

The Today Memorandum of Understand on Scientific Cooperation was signed by Mr Hague and Yaakov Peri, the Israeli minister for science, technology and space.

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When hypocrisy met vanity

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 20, 2013

Coincidence is a funny thing. Take last Wednesday. I had reserved that morning to prepare a lecture on the intellectual origins of Nazism. I intended asking why so many apparently sane academics saw fit to endorse Nazism, and indeed promote it.

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Genetic screening may be under UK threat

By Sandy Rashty, March 28, 2013

A row has erupted over a potential government decision to discontinue screening for life-shortening diseases that have a high degree of frequency in the Ashkenazi Jewish community.

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Turing Award won by Israeli second time in a row

By Anna Sheinman, March 13, 2013

The Turing Award, known as the Nobel Prize of computing, has been won by an Israeli for the second time in a row.

Professor Shafi Goldwasser of the Weizmann Institute of Science near Tel Aviv won the 2012 prize along with Prof Silvio Micali of MIT for their work creating the foundations of internet security.

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Ready, aim… best-selling scientist targeted for his ‘dangerous’ views

By J Po'Malley, March 8, 2013

I have spent less than three minutes in the company of Jared Diamond and he assures me that he does not pose a threat to my life.

“I can promise you that I have not made a move to kill you yet. Nor have I detected any move on your part to kill me. But in a traditional society both of us would have made a move to kill each other by now, or else run away,” he says solemnly.

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New Technion device can ‘smell’ cancers

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2013

Within a few years, doctors may be able to detect various types of cancer from exhaled breath, if plans to bring an Israeli invention to the market go smoothly.

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Facebook founder launches bid to encourage science

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed plans to sponsor a valuable new award for scientific research.

The scheme, which involves five $3 million awards, will honour pioneering research in the fight against disease. It is described as being "dedicated to advancing breakthrough research, celebrating scientists and generating excitement about the pursuit of science as a career".

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Queen Esther and the flap of a butterfly’s wing

By Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman, February 21, 2013

In the summer of 1666, the English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton is said to have pondered the falling of an apple while in the gardens of Woolsthorpe Manor, his family home in Lincolnshire. This apocryphal story describes the seminal moment which prompted him to realise that there must be a force acting on the apple which draws it to the centre of the earth.

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