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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Tuesday, 13 November 2012), for the third year, at a ceremony at Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva, awarded the "Prime Minister's Prize for Initiatives and Innovation."

 The goal of the prize is to encourage initiatives, innovational thinking, imagination and creativity among various population groups, including young people, and thereby lead to significant changes in society, the environment, science, technology, etc.

 The Prizes, which are worth NIS 170,000, were awarded this year to entrepreneurs in two categories: The Prime Minister's Prize for Initiative and Innovation for Financial Profit and the Prime Minister's Prize for Initiative and Innovation Not for Financial Profit (NIS 70,000 each). Two honorable mentions will also be awarded, one in each category (NIS 15,000 each).

 Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "These two great forces – initiatives and innovation – push society and life to new heights. We are facing a very promising and, in a certain sense, a very challenging period. The development of the world of the Internet has reached the cyber world very quickly; the cyber world reaches the world of cyber-attacks. There must also be defenses; new things come from this defense – new industries and new understandings. We must advance these from within both the Government and the Prime Minister's Office. I believe that this is not only within us, it is also our future. Therefore, we established this Prize. Initiatives and innovation advance humanity, the State of Israel and society. The pace of change, applications and initiatives is increasing. This attests to the creativity of the Jewish People, the State of Israel and Israeli citizens."

Photo: PRProf. Yosef Yarden and Dr. Hyman Muss Honored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for Discoveries that Unraveled the Biology of Breast Cancer and Work to Improve Treatments

An Israeli researcher and an American clinician-scientist whose work has led to more personalized treatments for breast cancer are being honored as this year's winners of the prestigious Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Brinker Awards for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science and Clinical Research, the highest awards of merit given by the world's leading breast cancer organization.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Israel
The Centre for the Study of European Politics & Society at Ben-Gurion University
and The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International & Regional Studies
at the Tel Aviv University

are pleased to invite you to

The First Conference of Young Israeli Researchers in European Studies

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva

W.A. M. Minkoff Senate Building

Please confirm your participation:
Tel: 08-6477064   or   054-5844774
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Solar technology to convert greenhouse gas into fuel

The possibility of converting CO2 to fuel in a clean and efficient manner will turn brown coal into a source of environmentally friendly fuel.

An Israeli-Australian venture will use solar technology developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of brown coal. The venture has been recently launched in Israel by NewCO2Fuels Ltd., a subsidiary of the Australian company Greenearth Energy Ltd., which has acquired an exclusive worldwide license for the solar technology from Yeda, the Weizmann Institute's technology transfer arm.

New Weizmann Institute technology speeds up DNA “rewriting” and measures the effects of the changes in living cells

Our ability to “read” DNA has made tremendous progress in the past few decades, but the ability to understand and alter the genetic code, that is, to “rewrite” the DNA-encoded instructions, has lagged behind. A new Weizmann Institute study advances our understanding of the genetic code: It proposes a way of effectively introducing numerous carefully planned DNA segments into genomes of living cells and of testing the effects of these changes. The study is being reported in the June issues of Nature Biotechnology and Nature Genetics.

Until now, changing the DNA sequence has been a slow and labor-intensive process. It took several weeks to alter just one DNA region at a time; testing the effects of each of these changes took even longer. In the new study, Weizmann Institute scientists have developed a technology that makes it possible to simultaneously introduce tens of thousands of DNA regions into tens of thousands of living cells – each region in a separate cell – in a planned and systematic manner, and to measure the results of each such change with great precision and within a single experiment.