Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years

Posted on October 23rd, 2017

By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN for The Times of Israel



Sought for 150 years, the remarkable discovery of the small theater changes archaeologists' perceptions of Roman-conquered Jerusalem after the fall of the Second Temple



Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in 70 CE.


Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists announced Monday that for the past two years they have been excavating and exposing a massive eight-meter deep section of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, unseen for 1,700 years.


And in the course of their work, which has been quietly proceeding directly beneath Wilson’s Arch — the area immediately adjacent to the men’s section of the Western Wall — they unexpectedly discovered a small Roman theater. The dig has not encroached under the Temple Mount.


Continue reading.

Israeli company unveils revolutionary artificial cornea

Posted on October 16th, 2017
By Nicky Blackburn for Israel21c


CorNeat Vision develops new nanotech solution that could one day help restore sight to millions who have gone blind due to diseases of the cornea.


An early-stage Israeli ophthalmic medical devices startup has developed a revolutionary artificial cornea implant that holds out hope to millions of blind and visually impaired people suffering from diseases of the cornea.

The nanotech-based solution by CorNeat Vision of Ra’anana is a synthetic cornea that uses advanced cell technology to integrate artificial optics within ocular tissue.

Continue reading.

10 of the coolest biotech companies in Jerusalem

Posted on October 9th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Amazing new technologies for beating conditions including breast cancer, ALS and obesity are under development in Israel’s capital city.


Tel Aviv may be Israel’s high-tech capital, but the heart of life-sciences innovation lies in Jerusalem.


Jerusalem’s life-sciences cluster includes three innovation centers and 140 biomedical companies. About two-thirds of those companies are involved in biopharma (making drugs from living sources rather than chemicals).

Continue reading.

Afterlife snack: Jar of toads popped open in 4,000-year-old Canaanite tomb dig

Posted on October 2nd, 2017
By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN for The Times of Israel


Excavation just outside Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo gives window into funerary rites with unexpected remains of decapitated frogs and not-local myrtle and date pollen



A 4,000-year-old Canaanite “burial kit” has been found to include an afterlife snack pack of nine decapitated frogs. Discovered in a salvage excavation near Jerusalem’s Biblical zoo, a set of intact jars and their contents shedsnew light on funerary rites of the Middle Bronze period — and give a window into an ancient recipe for toad.


The dig’s co-director, Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Shua Kisilevitz, told The Times of Israel on Monday that while food offerings in burials are typical of the Bronze Age, “finding toads is pretty unusual,” she said. “To the best of my knowledge, the only other place in Israel with toad find was in Wadi Ara, and dates to the Late Bronze Age.”


Continue reading.

New app orients visually impaired in malls, schools, hospitals

Posted on September 25th, 2017
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Free text-to-speech smartphone app mimics the function of a venue’s directory board, orienting a visitor toward the proper direction.


Idan Meir thought he was building a technology to help stores sell more goods. He wound up with a product that allows blind and visually impaired people to navigate malls, universities and hospitals.

“It happened almost by accident,” Meir says, explaining the genesis for RightHear, the pioneering accessibility app he built with cofounder and CTO Gil Elgrably.

The two had created a technology to offer virtual on-the-spot coupons to shoppers based on Apple’s iBeacon technology. iBeacons are small self-powered Bluetooth transmitters that can be placed on walls and roofs in a retail location. But the business model wasn’t making sense.

Continue reading.

Pages

Stay connected to our community!