December 15, 2020
Colorectal cancer grows slowly and can be cured when detected early. Yet nearly 700,000 people die of the disease every year worldwide, mainly because it’s just so unpleasant to provide a stool sample and undergo a colonoscopy.

Now there’s an early screening device coming to the market that doesn’t require you to do anything but sit on the toilet. The technology can also detect dehydration and urinary tract infections. The OutSense IoT (Internet of Things) sensor clips onto the toilet and operates automatically, non-invasively, discreetly and without active user intervention.

The OutSense team includes such experts as CSO Tali Treibitz, head of the Marine Imaging Lab at the University of Haifa; and CTO Yaara Kaap Barnea, who has a PhD in biology and specializes in biometric monitoring. Continue reading
University of Haifa Governor to become
Second Israeli Astronaut
Representatives of the Ramon Foundation headed by Ran Livne, together with President Reuven Rivlin, recently announced the identity of Israel’s second astronaut: 62-year-old Eytan Stibbe, a former fighter pilot and a close friend and colleague of Israel’s first astronaut, the late Ilan Ramon.

Eytan is expected to blast off at the end of 2021 on a historic scientific mission to the International Space Station (ISS), and thereby create an opportunity for breakthroughs in dozens of Israeli technologies and scientific experiments in space. He is an active member of the University of Haifa's Board of Governors and sits on its Steering Committee. Other members of the Board of Governors include our own Dr. Arnie Aberman, Dr. Michael Baker, Tony Comper and Donald Carr. Continue Reading
Archaeologists in Golan Heights Unearth Fort Dated to Time of King David
Researchers say the newly discovered site was probably part of the enigmatic Kingdom of Geshur.
Rock etchings were unearthed inside the fort that showed two figures with raised arms, possibly praying toward the moon. They also discovered a statuette of a woman holding a musical instrument that looks like a drum.

“We understood that we had something very, very important,” says dig co-director Barak Tzin, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa, in a Hebrew video translated by the Times. “We were astonished to discover a rare and exciting find: a large basalt stone with a schematic engraving of two horned figures with outspread arms. Smithsonian Magazine
Everybody Wins Should Israel-Lebanon
Maritime Talks Succeed
Op-Ed by Professor Rear Adm (ret.) Shaul Chorev, head of the Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center at University of Haifa and Director of the University's Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.

Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz recently issued an open invitation of sorts via Twitter welcoming Lebanese President Michel Aoun to meet in Europe in order to settle a long-standing dispute regarding the two country’s maritime borders.

On the surface, such a development is hardly groundbreaking, but considering Israeli law enforcement still considers Lebanon an enemy state after engaging in four bloody conflicts, these not-so-secret negotiations may set the stage for a paradigm shift for Israel, Lebanon and the region at large. Continue reading
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