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A Tale of Love and Darkness review - Natalie Portman's love letter to Israel

 A Tale of Love and Darkness film still. Photograph: PRFormer Dan David Prize laureate, Amos Oz, has this month seen the cinematic release of the film adaptation of his autobiographical work, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Natalie Portman's directorial debut has been getting a lot of attention, with endless plaudits for Oz himself -- the Guardian, for instance, calling him "Israel's most celebrated contemporary novelist."

(A trailer for the film can be viewed here: Natalie Portman's "A Tale of Love and Darkness - film trailer")

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Give the Homless Homes - The New Yorker

Give the Homless Homes ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTOPH NIEMANNIt turns out that housing the homeless is far cheaper than leaving them out on the streets: "A Colorado study found that the average homeless person cost the state forty-three thousand dollars a year, while housing that person would cost just seventeen thousand dollars."

Read about Give the Homless Homes at the New Yorker

(One of the Dan David Prize categories for 2016 is combatting poverty. Learn more here: selected fields 2016

Elastic drug delivery technology releases drugs when stretched

NC State researchers create a stretchable drug delivery mechanism.In a remarkable breakthrough, researchers from two North Carolina universities have developed a drug delivery technology that enables an elastic patch to be applied to the skin and release medications when the patient stretches and compresses microcapsules embedded in the patch. Inside the microcapsules are nanoparticles that can be filled with the relevant drug.

The developers also incorporated "microneedles" on top of the microcapsules, which are painless but nonetheless capable of delivering drugs that need to be infused directly into the bloodstream.

(Nanoscience is one of the categories for the 2016 Dan David Prize. Learn more here: selected-fields-2016)

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Project uses crowd computing to improve nanotechnology water filtration

1056px-FilterDiagram.svg.pngNearly 800 million people worldwide don't have access to safe drinking water, and some 2.5 billion people live in precariously unsanitary conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Together, unsafe drinking water and the inadequate supply of water for hygiene purposes contribute to almost 90% of all deaths from diarrheal diseases -- and effective water sanitation interventions are still challenging scientists and engineers.

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2013 Dan David Prize laureate Leon Wieseltier responds to criticism in Michael Oren's new book.

Wieseltier-on-OrenMichael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States now serving in the Knesset, has harsh words for numerous American Jewish journalists in his new memoir, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. In it, Oren likens criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leveled byJoe Klein of Time, David Remnick of The New Yorker and Thomas Friedman of The New York Times to the sort of antagonism “traditionally triggered by the Jews.” Oren also recalls a private conversation with Leon Wieseltier, the longtime New Republic literary editor now at The Atlantic. In the pages of The New Republic, Oren writes, Wieseltier once described Netanyahu as a “gray, muddling, reactive figure” and “a creature of the bunker.” “When I suggested to Leon that his hatred of Bibi had become pathological,” Oren writes, “he merely shrugged and admitted, ‘Yes, I know, it’s pathological.'”

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