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Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists launched in Israel

December 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists was held in Jerusalem on March 19, 2017. The awards recognized the innovation and excellence of early career scientists and engineers.

The awards look at support scientists and engineers with their independent research. The judges had selected three young and promising faculty members from Israeli universities.  The Awards honor young scientists and engineers in three disciplines, which include Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Chemistry. The Blavatnik awards for Young Scientists are one the largest unrestricted prizes offered to early-career researchers. The winner will each be presented with US$100,000 to further their research.

The universities include all Israeli universities, like Technion and the Weizmann Institute. The awards are jointly administered by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (IASH). The awards are also overseen by the Scientific Advisory Council, co-chaired by IASH member, and Nobel Prize Laureate, Professor Aaron Ciechanover. The winners are chosen by disciplinary juries composed of the world’s most distinguished scientists and engineers.

The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists commenced in 2007 by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Len Blavatnik, the Founder, and Chairman of Access Industries, funded the awards to encourage and support young scientists to help promote discoveries in science and technology that will benefit the world in the future.

The professor Nili Cohen, the President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, said that the Blavatnik Awards help to support young scientists in Israel who have demonstrated outstanding merit in the field of science and engineering.

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Apple CEO touts future technology amid iPhone worries

July 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As iPhone sales declined for the second straight quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook peeled back the curtain ever so slightly on its work in artificial intelligence and augmented reality, aiming to reassure investors that the company is ready to ride the next wave of technology. Raving about hit smartphone game Pokemon GO, Cook stressed that Apple is “high on [augmented reality] for the long-run” and investing heavily. Augmented reality, in which computer-generated content is overlaid on the real world, is one of the latest fixations in the technology business, with Pokemon GO among the first applications to catch on.

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Microsoft opposes U.S. labor board ruling on contract worker rights

June 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Microsoft Corp has asked a federal court to throw out a ruling by a U.S. labor board extending the responsibility of companies for contract workers, arguing that the case would have big implications for the technology company. An August 2015 decision by the National Labor Relations Board expanded the definition of a “joint employer”, which could require more companies to bargain with and have liability for workers hired by contractors. The decision expanded the test for joint employment beyond whether a company had “direct and immediate” control over employment conditions of another company’s workers, to consider indirect or unexercised control.

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U.S. lawmakers probe Fed cyber breaches, cite ‘serious concerns’

June 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Dustin Volz and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional committee has launched an investigation into the Federal Reserve's cyber security practices after a Reuters report revealed more than 50 cyber breaches at the U.S. central bank between 2011 and 2015. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Friday sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to express “serious concerns” over the central bank's ability to protect sensitive financial information. The letter cited the Reuters report, which was based on heavily redacted internal Fed records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Google self-drive CEO: No plans to expand Fiat Chrysler partnership

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google has no plans to expand its partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to create a self-driving car, the program chief at the Alphabet Inc unit said on Thursday, affirming that the technology company was still in talks with other potential partners. Earlier this month, Google and Fiat Chrysler agreed to work together to build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans in the most advanced collaboration to date between Silicon Valley and a traditional carmaker. Google said it was not sharing proprietary self-driving vehicle technology with Fiat Chrysler, and that the vehicles would not be offered for sale.

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‘Hyperloop’ sled speeds through U.S. desert via electromagnets

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Rory Carroll NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Reuters) – A car-sized sled powered by electromagnets rocketed to more than 100 miles (160 kph) an hour through the Nevada desert on Wednesday in what the Los Angeles company developing the technology said was the first successful test of a futurist transit system called hyperloop. Hyperloop One is among several companies competing to bring to life a technical vision by Elon Musk, the founder of rocket maker SpaceX and electric car company Tesla Motors, who suggested sending pods holding passengers and cargo inside giant vacuum tubes between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

April 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court in the Western District of Washington, argues that the government is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing Microsoft from notifying thousands of customers about government requests for their emails and other documents. The government’s actions contravene the Fourth Amendment, which establishes the right for people and businesses to know if the government searches or seizes their property, the suit argues, and the First Amendment right to free speech.

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U.S. prosecutors, Apple to bring witnesses to hearing on locked iPhone

March 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government and Apple Inc will be able to cross-examine the other's witnesses in a court hearing next week on whether the technology company must help federal investigators unlock an encrypted iPhone tied to one of the San Bernardino killers, Apple said. The hearing, set for Tuesday, is the latest development in a showdown between Apple and the government that has become a lightning rod in the national debate over digital privacy and what kind of data on phones and personal devices should be accessible to law enforcement. All the witnesses have given written declarations in the legal briefs already filed in the case, said an Apple lawyer who spoke to reporters on a conference call on Friday, on condition of anonymity.

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Britain to test driverless cars on motorways from next year

March 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain said it will begin trialing driverless cars on motorways for the first time in 2017, as it moves toward its goal of allowing autonomous cars to take to the streets by 2020. The government said last year there were no legal barriers to the technology being tested and gave the go-ahead for vehicle trials to start on some local roads. Finance minister George Osborne will announce plans on Wednesday to test vehicles on motorways and say the government will bring forward proposals to remove regulatory barriers to the technology, the Treasury said.

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Google search chief Singhal to quit, to be replaced by AI head

February 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – Google parent Alphabet Inc said Amit Singhal, the longtime chief of its Internet search business, will leave the company and be replaced by the head of the technology giant's artificial intelligence business. John Giannandrea, currently a vice president of engineering, will replace Singhal, a 15-year Google veteran, once he leaves on Feb. 26. “Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day,” Singhal wrote in a blog post.

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