Tech talk: Technology of biblical proportions

Nanotechnology at the Israel Museum The Israel Museum in Jerusalem will soon be displaying the Nano Bible that was created at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

April 21, 2015 22:12
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Smar phone  LG’s G Flex 2

Smart phone LG’s G Flex 2. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Nanotechnology at the Israel Museum The Israel Museum in Jerusalem will soon be displaying the Nano Bible that was created at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Nanotechnology is the greatest innovation since the creation of the printing press, which led to the printing of the Gutenberg Bible.

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Scientists at the Technion succeeded in using nanotech to engrave the entire Bible onto a silicon chip the size of a grain of sugar that is coated with a thin layer of gold. As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Israel Museum will be displaying the Nano Bible alongside the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex, a manuscript of the Bible from 10th century CE.Technion Nano Bible

The Nano Bible is a silicon chip that is coated with a 20 nm.-thick layer of gold. It is half a square millimeter large and has 1.2 million letters that were engraved on it using a focused ion beam generator that shot gallium ions onto a gold surface covering a base layer of silicon.  This project is the brainchild of Prof. Uri Sivan and Dr. Ohad Zohar of Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute as part of the institute’s educational program that aims to increase young people’s interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Solar energy gains momentum Solar energy has been a major source of energy in Israel for decades now, and almost every home here has solar panels on its roof, which helps heat our water and saves huge amounts of money on our electricity bills.

The founding team of Generaytor, Amit Rosner, Idan Ofrat and Paolo Tedone, also founded Yeloha, a “cleanweb” start-up that aims to deliver a “one-click solar” solution to homeowners whose roofs are not solar suitable. A P2P, or “sharing” economy, solar start-up, Yeloha enables people who have solar panels to share the electricity produced with other users, creating a social network for sharing cheap energy. This is especially helpful for people renting or families without access to a rooftop. As a result, solar energy producers find that their electric bill is significantly lower, and they receive extra income from the electricity that they “share” with others.

For now, this service is only available in the US.

Yeloha recently raised $3.5 million, and according to founder Amit Rosner, the system is perfectly suitable for the Israeli market, but first they must receive approval from the Israel Electric Corporation and carry out legislative reform in the Knesset.

2 new smartphones are on the market Cellular manufacturers are continuously launching newer and better models that include technologies that are not fully developed, such as 3D screens, flexible screens, long-life batteries that can last up to a week and quick charging batteries that can fill up in under 60 seconds.

Two new models that I found particularly interesting are the Samsung S6 and LG’s G Flex 2. They both have a large screen, fast processors and relatively low prices due to competition from cheaper Chinese devices. The Samsung S6 is light-weight, has a 5.1 inch screen and is comfortable to hold. And fortunately, Samsung got rid of all superfluous apps. The G Flex 2 has a 5.5 inch concave screen that is different from anything that the market has seen up until now.

Both models are improved over previous models. They both have cameras that work faster, stronger processors, larger memory and the finger recognition button works better. But is this enough to convince someone to upgrade their phone? From sales data, apparently not and prices are still pretty high: G Flex 2 is selling for NIS 3,600 and the Samsung S6 is selling for NIS 3,899.

If you’re one of those people who always needs to have the latest gadget, then you probably already own one of these two models. If you’ve been using one of the older models for the last two years and you’re having a hard time deciding if it’s worth upgrading, and you’d love to have a phone that’s attractive and a little different, then the new LG is probably the right phone for you.

SanDisk – iXpand memory extender Has it ever happened to you that you’re relaxing on your daily commute, chilling out to your favorite tunes, and then... silence – your cellphone battery just ran out? Or you’re filming your c h i l d ’ s first school performance and... your phone just shuts off? And it’s so hard to figure out what pictures or videos to delete or recall if you’ve uploaded the movies to your computer at home.

A great solution to these oft-occurring situations is SanDisk’s iXpand, which has come out with a flash drive that looks like a large disk-on-key that plugs right into your smartphone and expands its memory. You may not feel like carrying around another gadget with your cellphone, but it’s certainly worth it when you run into situations like the ones described above. iXpand is a great way to transfer data from your phone to your computer, since it fits right into the USB hub.

Works with Apple and Android. (The Apple version is larger and more expensive.) Prices for iPhone: 16GB is NIS 249 and 64 GB is NIS 499.

Price for Android: 16GB is NIS 59 and 64 GB is NIS 189.

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Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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