hummingbirds that zip about in all directions to bats that veer sharply
to nab flies in midair and land upside down to hang from cave ceilings,
the world is filled with extraordinary flying animals.
tiny aviators are more agile than any aircraft — but that may be about
to change. Inspired by the aerial abilities of birds, bats and insects,
researchers are crafting a new generation of ultralight drones that lack
propellers and are equipped not with fixed wings but with flapping
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The study recording brain signals sent to trigger organ movement is considered a breakthrough.
Doctors have turned the brain signals for speech into written
sentences in a research project that aims to transform how patients with
severe disabilities communicate in the future.
The breakthrough is the first to demonstrate how the intention to say
specific words can be extracted from brain activity and converted into
text rapidly enough to keep pace with natural conversation.
In its current form, the brain-reading software works only for
certain sentences it has been trained on, but scientists believe it is a
stepping stone towards a more powerful system that can decode in real
time the words a person intends to say.
Doctors at the University of California in San Francisco took
on the challenge in the hope of creating a product that allows
paralysed people to communicate more fluidly than using existing devices
that pick up eye movements and muscle twitches to control a virtual
“To date there is no speech prosthetic system that allows users to
have interactions on the rapid timescale of a human conversation,” said
Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon and lead researcher on the study published
in the journal Nature.
Chief Rabbi of Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu addressed the question of
whether the Oslo Accords are “in accordance with halakha,” or Jewish
In a Twitter video posted on Tuesday as part of a daily series
addressing questions in halakha, Rabbi Eliyahu said, “The Torah speaks
about the land of Israel hundreds of times. Out of those, dozens of
times speak of the covenant that G-d made about the land. A covenant and
“Dozens of other times, the Torah speaks of the exalted status of the
land of Israel, and there are 87 times – I counted – in which the Torah
speaks about ‘inheriting the land,’ which means conquering the land.
Thus G-d makes a covenant with Abraham in the ‘Covenant between the
Parts,’ that he will give him the land to ‘inherit,’ meaning to
‘conquer,’” the rabbi adds.
“This is what all the Torah commentators say, and regarding the World to
Come it is also written, ‘G-d will bring you to the land that your
forefathers inherited, and you shall inherit it – Just as they
conquered, so you shall conquer and rule over it.’ Because rule over the
land of Israel is Torah law, a positive mitzvah (Divine commandment)
according to [Torah commentator] Ramban – to conquer the land – and
[Torah commentator] Rashi says this, too. And it is understood from the
simple reading of the text.”
“There is no subject that the Torah repeats so many times like this one,
due to its great importance,” Rabbi Eliyahu notes. “Why is it
important? Because in our day there are those who think it is a
political issue, whether the Palestinians will control the land of
Israel or the Jewish people. But it’s halakha. The Ramban says, ‘Why
does the Torah define the borders of the land of Israel? To tell you, in
these borders – only you shall rule.’ This is the mitzvah of inheriting
“How can one ignore this? I don’t understand,” Rabbi Eliyahu emphasizes.
“I address these things to the secular public to whom the tradition is
dear, but mainly to the religious public. How can you keep every mitzvah
that the Torah mentions only once, but throw aside this mitzvah that is
brought up so much and is so dear to G-d. This subject must be
remedied. Learn what is written in the Torah, see what G-d wants, and do
Iranian diplomat Amir Al-Moussawi reports of a plan to create an “axis
of resistance” against Israel that will include a united military front
comprised of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, which would
work together in any future military confrontation.
In an interview with the Felesteen al-Yawm website, which is affiliated with the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, al-Moussawi estimated that a recent visit to Tehran by
a senior Hamas delegation was linked to the creation of the new front,
and was aimed at coordinating positions on the economic and security
levels as well as assisting “Palestinian refugees” in Lebanon.
Al-Moussawi said the talks with Hamas in were successful, and that Hamas
conveyed a message to Iran’s leader from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
about his organization’s preparedness for any confrontation with Israel
in a scenario of war between Iran and Israel and the US.
Al-Moussawi also said that Iran intends to work to bring Hamas back to
Syria and intends to discuss the matter with the Syrian leadership.
During the civil war in Syria, Hamas relocated its leadership office to
Turkey after it refused to support Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, a
close ally of Iran’s, in the uprising against him.
Speaking about alleged Israeli air strikes in Syria,
al-Moussawi said that the new axis of action has plans for a response,
but he does not want to expose them to the “enemy” at this point. He
also estimated that Syria would respond if Israel attacked its territory
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met on
Monday to discuss efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict, AFP reported.
Sisi’s office said the two leaders reaffirmed their support for a two-state solution.
The meeting comes ahead of an expected visit to
the region by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White
House advisor Jared Kushner, who is pushing the Trump administration’s
peace plan which has been rejected by the Palestinian Arabs and
criticized by Jordan.
Kushner’s initiative, partially unveiled at
a Bahrain conference in June, dangled the prospect of pumping $50
billion-worth of investment into the Palestinian Authority economy.
Little is known about the political component of the peace plan, but Kushner indicated in April that the plan would not focus on the two-state solution.
In a statement Monday, Sisi’s office said the Egyptian and Jordanian
leaders had agreed on “the importance of intensifying efforts” to resume
They stressed the talks should abide by the two-state solution long
accepted internationally as the basis for a solution: a “Palestinian
state based on the June 1967 boundaries with East Jerusalem as its
Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said recently that Jordan will not accept any deal that neglects the legitimate right of the Palestinians to establish a state.
Last week, King Abdullah II met PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in
Amman, and restated his position that the creation of a Palestinian
state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital is the only way to end the
The PA has rejected the US peace plan before it has even been unveiled, claiming it is biased in Israel’s favor.
has expanded its operations against Iranian targets to Iraq, where Air
Force jets have struck twice in ten days, a report said Tuesday morning.
Israel commonly conducts strikes in Syrian territory, targeting Iranian
missile shipments meant for Lebanese terror group Hezbollah to use
against the Jewish state, but strikes in Iraq by Israel have not been
reported since the 1981 bombing of a nuclear reactor.
Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic-language newspaper published in London, cited
Western diplomatic sources as saying an Israeli F-35 plane was behind a July 19 strike on a rocket depot in a Shiite militia base north of Baghdad.
The IDF has not commented on the report.
The Saudi-based al-Arabiya network reported at the time that members of
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah had been killed in the
strike. It said the base had shortly before the strike received Iranian
ballistic missiles, which had been hidden inside trucks.
Iraq’s military said at the time that one fighter was killed and two
Iranians wounded, saying the strike was carried out by an unmanned
drone. The United States denied involvement.
Asharq Al-Awsat also said that Israel was behind another strike in Iraq
carried out Sunday at Camp Ashraf, the former headquarters of the exiled
People’s Mujahedin of Iran, located 40 kilometers northeast of Baghdad
and 80 kilometers from the Iranian border.
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