World Environment Day

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Every year on June 5th, we celebrate World Environment Day, encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

Technion dedicates attention year-round to Environmental Science and Sustainability. Here are just a few ways in which Technion research and technologies make our world a better place.

THE GRAND TECHNION ENERGY PROGRAM

The Nancy and Stephen Grand Technion Energy Program at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a multidisciplinary research and education initiative, uniting experts from across the world and inspiring sustainable solutions to the global energy challenge.

Three current research programs are giving us new and renewed energy:

 

 

1. HYDROGEN ON DEMAND

Technion researchers have developed a new method for the production of hydrogen from water using solar energy.

 

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2. RENEWABLE ENERGY

Did you know more energy from sunlight strikes the earth in one hour than is consumed on the planet in one year? Discover how Technion researchers are harnessing this power in an affordable way.

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3. ALTERNATIVE FUELS

From solar to hydrogen to wood materials, these researchers are exploring even more ways to decrease our carbon footprint.

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Technion promotes a greener world as much within the campus as outside of it.

GREEN CAMPUS PROJECT

The Technion Green Campus Project, which has been promoted by the Samuel Neaman Institute for more than a decade, is designed to impart and enhance values on the subject of the environment ​​and its preservation within the Technion community.

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GARDEN OF EDEN

On the Technion campus on Mt. Carmel is an ecological garden. The idea of Prof. Emeritus Zev Naveh became a reality that is beautiful and serene, providing a wonderful landscape for learning about nature.

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A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT MEANS A HEALTHIER YOU

The Technion Center of Excellence in Exposure Science and Environmental Health (TCEEP) which supports state-of-the-art research on human exposure and response to air pollutants.

One of the ongoing research projects touches many; the impact of pollution on autism spectrum disorders. One of the researchers is a fellow Canadian, Yuval.

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CAN BACTERIA GIVE YOU ENERGY?

Thanks to three Technion researchers, including Professor Noam Adir from the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, energy harvesting from cyanobacteria might be the way of the future.

Throughout evolution this photosynthetic bacteria has come to be appreciated as they perform their function without the generation of pollution. Discover how this fascinating process works.

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CLEAN WATER IS ALL AROUND US

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2025, about half of the world’s population will live in areas where there is a shortage of clean drinking water. Technion researchers have developed a model for a system that separates the moisture naturally present in the air around us and converts it into drinking water.

Associate Professor David Broday helped develop this system based on a simple yet powerful principal; “the amount of moisture in the atmosphere is equal to the amount of fresh liquid water in the world). This is a huge amount of water freely available to everyone with no restrictions.”

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You don’t have to be a scientist to help make the world a cleaner place. Incorporating sustainability into your lifestyle means becoming aware of the impact of your choices in food, products, energy use and more.

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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May 30, 2019 is World MS Day, uniting individuals and organizations from around the world to raise awareness and move us closer to a world free of MS.

Canada leads the world with one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS). With an estimated 1 in every 385 Canadians living with MS, research and innovations on the disease are of high interest to our country.

Luckily, Technion researchers have made the news with some very promising discoveries over the past couple years.

PREVENTION

Could what we eat be the cause of autoimmune diseases such as MS? Technion Professor Aaron Lerner and his colleague Torsten Matthias published their research on additives in our food and their effects in Autoimmunity Reviews

https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/news-posts/2016/01/08/rise-ms-autoimmune-disease-linked-processed-foods/ (news article)

RESEARCH

As a subsidiary of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, the Technion Research & Development Foundation Ltd. (TRDF) offers a unique gateway to the Technion cutting edge scientific and technological knowledge and capabilities.

The Merck Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation is a Technion effort to raise money to continue digging for new information on the disease. Discoveries may help those who suffer, as well as prevent new cases from occurring! https://www.trdf.co.il/eng/kolkoreinfo.php?id=6753

ANCIENT GREECE

It took a while, but a hypothesis from the old-world Greeks has been proven accurate! Led by Professor Hossam Haick, a team of 56 researchers from 5 different countries proved smells can be more telling than we thought.   https://ats.org/news/you-are-what-you-exhale-different-diseases-have-distinct-chemical-signatures/

DEDICATION

Associate Professor Ariel Miller has devoted much of his professional career towards understanding the causes and how to treat MS. http://www.rappaport.org.il/Rappaport/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&TMID=610&FID=77&PID=0&IID=245

ONE BRAIN, MANY THOUGHTS: Just take a look at the published paper on his Multiple Sclerosis research! 17 publications since 2001! https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1191/1352458504ms980oa

VIRTUAL REALITY

Technion Computer Science Emeritus Prof. Yoram Baram’s virtual reality device helps people with Movement Disorders like Multiple Sclerosis to walk. Film made by the American Technion Society. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVA1DOf1K9M

 

Looking back is always a refreshing way to see how far we have come. We can’t wait to see what new discoveries come from Technion in the future! Hopefully with all these discoveries we will see the end of this debilitating disease in the near future.

Student Hackathon at Technion

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Technion Hosts t-hack – Israel’s Largest Student Hackathon

The PneuMonitor team developed a system for monitoring life-threatening situations on the battlefield and won first place and a NIS 50,000 prize.

PneuMonitor is the team that won the NIS 50,000 first-place prize at t-hack – the largest student hackathon in Israel, which was held at Technion. The four group members: Noy Mark, Anat Lyubin Haimov, Rafi Gerasi, and Eran Sasha developed an innovative technology that detects a dangerous medical condition known as pneumothorax also known as a collapsed lung.

More than 600 students throughout the country and across 150 teams participated in t-hack, winning cumulative prizes totalling NIS 100,000. In the final stage of the hackathon, 10 groups with outstanding ideas presented their projects to a panel of judges which included, Prof. Adam Shwartz,  Technion’s Senior Executive Vice President; Dr. Irit Idan, Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems; Dov Moran, a serial entrepreneur, investor and inventor of the disk-on-key; and Eden Shochat, a venture capitalist, equal partner at Aleph VC, and  co-founder of Face.com, a world leader in facial recognition for social networks.

T-hack, initiated by Technion’s Student Union (ASAT) and t-hub, Technion’s new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, focuses on three main areas:  autonomous systems, smart cities and accident and emergency medicine. Leading entrepreneurs from Israel’s industry and participating companies served as mentors for the students. The event was funded by Technion and supported by Intel, Facebook, Noble Energy and other technology companies.

At the opening of the event, Prof. Adam Shwartz, said that, “The event was born out of the understanding that entrepreneurship is a worldview and a way of life, and   Technion must provide entrepreneurial education to its students.” Prof. Schwartz is also the Chairman of t-hub, Technion’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, which recently won a NIS 10 million grant from the Council for Higher Education. He added, “We are committed to providing all interested students with the tools to solve engineering, technological and scientific challenges during their professional careers, whether they work in academia, start-up companies, industrial, civilian or security companies, or in any other companies that benefit the public.”

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