Media & Events

Wikipedia co-founder, genome project leader among recipients of Dan David Prize

The co-founder of Wikipedia and the leader of the Human Genome project were among the six recipients of the annual Dan David Prize at Tel Aviv University Sunday evening.

Mr Jimmy Wales. (photo credit:Courtesy)

The co-founder of Wikipedia and the leader of the Human Genome project were among the six recipients of the annual Dan David Prize at Tel Aviv University Sunday evening.

“Once again we are welcoming in Tel Aviv some of the greatest contributors to the advancement of humanity – this year in fields that are connected to the way we gain knowledge and share information,” said Ariel David, the son of the late Dan David and a board member of the Dan David Prize and Dan David Foundation.

Each year, the Dan David Foundation awards $1 million in each of three categories – past, present and future – which is then divided up among the recipients within each grouping.

Read the article

Past, Present and Future achievers feted at Tel Aviv event

Six winners split $3 million as Dan David Prizes are awarded

HAD 3036

The past, present, and future of science, technology, and other areas of human achievement were to be spotlighted Sunday night, as the Dan David Foundation and Tel Aviv University give out the annual Dan David Prize.

Named for the eclectic Jewish businessman whose gift sustains the prize, the foundation annually distributes three prizes of a million dollars apiece to be shared by six outstanding individuals whose unique innovations have impacted the world. The prize is considered one of the most important in the academic world.

Read the article

Wiki founder wins $1m Israeli prize

Jimmy Wales, 5 other laureates, honored for achievements in science, technology, cultural accomplishments

Jimmy Wales. (photo credit: CC BY Jol Ito, Flickr)


JERUSALEM — Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is among the winners of this year’s Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments.


The Dan David Foundation awards six $1 million prizes annually in three categories: past, present and future.


Read the article


Skull discovery tells a story of when humans first had sex with Neanderthals

Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans

manot-cave.jpg?w=600A key event in human evolution is the expansion of modern humans of African origin across Eurasia between 60 and 40 thousand years (kyr) before present (bp), replacing all other forms of hominins1. Owing to the scarcity of human fossils from this period, these ancestors of all present-day non-African modern populations remain largely enigmatic. Here we describe a partial calvaria, recently discovered at Manot Cave (Western Galilee, Israel) and dated to 54.7 ± 5.5 kyr bp (arithmetic mean ± 2 standard deviations) by uranium–thorium dating, that sheds light on this crucial event. The overall shape and discrete morphological features of the Manot 1 calvaria demonstrate that this partial skull is unequivocally modern. It is similar in shape to recent African skulls as well as to European skulls from the Upper Palaeolithic period, but different from most other early anatomically modern humans in the Levant. This suggests that the Manot people could be closely related to the first modern humans who later successfully colonized Europe. Thus, the anatomical features used to support the ‘assimilation model’ in Europe might not have been inherited from European Neanderthals, but rather from earlier Levantine populations. Moreover, at present, Manot 1 is the only modern human specimen to provide evidence that during the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic interface, both modern humans and Neanderthals contemporaneously inhabited the southern Levant, close in time to the likely interbreeding event with Neanderthals...

read the whole article

During This Time of Conflict Between Israel and Hamas - Revisiting Quotes by Amos Oz

Amos oz675















AMOS OZ, Renowned Israel Novelist, 2008 laureate

"Two children of same cruel parent look at one another and see in each other the image of the cruel parent or the image of their past oppressor. This is very much the case between Jew and Arab: It's a conflict between two victims.

And in this respect, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a tragedy, a clash between one very powerful, very convincing, very painful claim over this land and another no less powerful, no less convincing claim.

If we don't stop somewhere, if we don't accept an unhappy compromise, unhappy for both sides, if we don't learn how to unhappily coexist and contain our burned sense of injustice - if we don't learn how to do that, we end up in a doomed state.

It is crystal clear to me that if Arabs put down a draft resolution blaming Israel for the recent earthquake in Iran it would probably have a majority, the U.S. would veto it and Britain and France would abstain."

Israel at War With Hamas and Itself

170px-Pro Hamas Rally in Damascusisrael rally











Leon Wieseltier, 2013 laurete, on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas

The ugly realities of murders and missiles

Read the New Republic article