Science in the shadows

Two headlines caught my attention this morning at the beginning of what promises to be a totally routine week after the wonderful, long weekend of Shavuot holiday.

Israel to ally with Arab neighbours around Red Sea in bid to save world’s corals“ Was one headline.

The second one, I did not fully understand. Clear was only, that the article was also about science, in this case, archaeology. However, this one did not talk about cooperation, but rather the opposite.

Reading the two pieces draws a fascinating picture of what is going on aside from – but always in the shadow of religiously infected politics.

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Israelischer Durchbruch in der Krebsforschung (Video)


Ein neuer israelischer Durchbruch in der Krebstherapie könnte die Überlebenschancen von Krebspatienten dramatisch steigern:

Israelische Wissenschaftler haben einen intelligenten Sensor entwickelt, der Krebszellen ausleuchtet, so dass die Chirurgen sie identifizieren und entfernen können. Der hochempfindliche Sensor, der bisher auf der Welt einmalig ist, identifiziert und markiert Krebszellen während der Operation, ohne dabei umliegendes Gewebe zu schädigen. Der Sensor, der erfolgreich bei Brustkrebs und Melanomen (Hautkrebs) getestet wurde, hat bei den Getesteten eine Überlebensrate von 80% gezeigt. Es wird erwartet, dass der intelligente Sensor die Ergebnisse von Operationen zur Entfernung bösartiger Tumore signifikant verbessern und die Überlebenschancen von Patienten mit lebensbedrohlichen Krankheiten erhöhen wird.

Diese medizinische Entwicklung aus Israel wird dabei helfen, viele Leben zu retten.

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Disproportionate use of innovation

Ever since I finished reading ‚Sapiens, a brief history of humankind‘ a month ago, I am bookless.

Yuval Harari’s book had been incredibly inspiring. It gave me enormous food for thought and incentive for discussions with friends and colleagues.

In my search for the next awesome piece to read and get inspired, I came across some recommendations that blew my mind in a different way.

It’s hard to believe that I could get so excited about technology. But then, it isn’t so much the technology that did it, but the thinking behind it. The level of resourceful creativity, which the human mind is capable of, is dazzling. The results that come of it, when people are determined, are fascinating.

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Blockchain – what’s next?

“Do you have a new hobby?” Asked some of my most loyal followers after I posted the last two articles. And if anyone is wondering, yes it is still me, Ruth, writing.

I tell you a secret: it’s pure curiosity!

All I really wanted, was to understand why Google and Facebook are not supportive of cryptocurrency. While researching I learned that there was a whole world of values, ideologies, technologies and innovations behind it.

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How Blockchain hooks up with Healthcare

Remember where my last post left off? The whole Bitcoin-mania of the last months has stirred my curiosity about blockchain technology.

As I am not a technical person, for me it is more of a gut feeling, that we“ll be hearing a lot about blockchain in the near future.

Sure enough, a day later I came across this article and was fascinated with the possibilities this technology opens. I would not have guessed that out of everything the healthcare industry would benefit.

But first of, here’s an explanation of blockchain in the words of someone, who understands it a lot better than me. When disconnecting it from digital money in my mind, it all becomes more obvious.

„…imagine it as a shared book of records, or in more technical terms, a distributed database that’s designed in such a smart way that whatever is added to this database, that is immutable. As if it is carved into stone. Any change becomes immediately evident. Moreover, there is no central authority to decide what’s right or wrong. No bank, no regulator, no oversight. The participants need to signify they accept a shared consensus.“ (Ivo Lohmus from the Estonian company Guardtime, developing K.S.I. blockchain technology).

I find it exciting and encouraging, what can be done with it. Read for yourselves and let me know if you share my enthusiasm:

Bringing Mars Down to Earth

On that day the four of us stood around the bosses desk and watched the two rockets touch back down on the earth‘ surface as if it were a scene from an old science fiction movie. We went on to discuss the possibilities this would open; the amount of money that would be saved by the reuse of manned rockets. How it would clear a lot of paths in the jungle of space travel. FalconX stirred our imagination.

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