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Israel’s Cedar wins award at Cannes

Israeli film director Joseph Cedar clinched the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival for his film, Footnote. Footnote is a drama-comedy about the rivalry between a father and son who are competing Talmud scholars at the Hebrew University …

Israel No.1 investor in R&D

Israel is still the world’s top investor in R&D as a proportion of GDP in 2011, according to the World Competitiveness Index by Switzerland’s IMD Business School. Israel ranked 17 out of 59 countries in competitiveness overall, the same as …

Harrah’s buys Israeli Playtika for $80m

Israeli social games developer Playtika has been acquired by Harrah’s, a unit of Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, at a company value of $80-90 million. The buyout comes just one year after Playtika was founded.Harrah’s purchase is the largest acquisition of an Israeli …

Rambam, Thai institute collaborate on cancer research

Israel’s Rambam Medical Center has signed an agreement with Thailand’s Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) to begin cooperation in cancer research with Thailand.CRI President Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol (the daughter of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit) and who is also …

Coen brothers win $1m. Dan David Prize

Photo by YehoshuaYosef/Flash90. Joel and Ethan Coen at Tel aviv university after winning the Dan David Prize. American filmmakers, Joel and Ethan Coen were awarded the Dan David Prize worth $1 million at Tel Aviv University yesterday for their contribution …

Israeli experiment aboard Endeavor

Today’s scheduled launch of the Endeavor space shuttle will not only mark the end of the era of NASA shuttle launches but will also close a circle for Israeli professor Dan Gazit of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Gazit’s experiment in …

2011 showing Israel as tourist hotspot

Over one million visitors arrived in Israel during January-April 2011 - four percent more than the same period last year. The new figures come in the wake of the Tourism Ministry’s announcement to intensify investments in Israel’s tourism industry. “The ministry initiated several …

TAU: Ultrasound instead of CT scan

Tests that use radiation are always less desirable than those that don’t. And so when it comes to diagnosing head and neck ailments, the use of CT and MRI scans – which use potentially dangerous amounts of radiation – can …

Tunick: Nudity is an explosion of life

Photo by Udo David Jansen American art photographer Spencer Tunick is fully aware of the brewing controversy surrounding his project at the Dead Sea. But the photographer known around the world for taking pictures of large groups of nude figures …

House stars tour Israel

Photo by Daphna Tal From left to right: Fox TV drama House actors Jesse Spencer, Amber Tamblyn and Omar Epp and the show’s creator and executive producer David Shore visiting Tel Aviv-Jaffa during a week-long visit to Israel. Four stars …