The Quasicrystal Laureate

Nobel Prize winner Dan Shechtman discusses the potential uses for quasicrystals Dan Shechtman, the Philip Tobias professor of materials engineering at the Haifa Technion Israel Institute of Technology, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry last week for his discovery of quasicrystals—a form of matter with an atomic structure that was previously thought impossible. In 1982, Shechtman…

Tool Creates Fresh Web Apps from Aging Code

A tool that lets developers turn existing software into fully functional browser-based applications is becoming an increasingly popular way to make business applications accessible via the Web.Visual WebGui, an application originally run on a Web server using virtualization software and a layer of code that renders its interface functional in the modern Web standard HTML5,…

A Less Wasteful Way to Deal with Wastewater

An Israeli company aims to commercialize microbial fuel-cell technology. An Israeli company called Emefcy has developed a process that promises to decrease the energy drain of wastewater treatment. This week, Energy Technology Ventures—a joint venture between GE, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips—invested in the company, marking the venture’s first-ever investment in a non-U.S. company.Conventional wastewater treatment…

Israel Vulnerable to Cyber Attack, Leaders Warn

A conference on cyber warfare in Tel Aviv reveals Israel’s weaknesses—but a strategy to solve them is already in hand. The outgoing head of Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet and the head of the country’s cyber task force, among others, warned at a conference on cyber warfare at Tel Aviv University last week that…