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Past, Present and Future achievers feted at Tel Aviv event

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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

b_300_0_16777215_00_http___images.natureworldnews.com_data_images_full_11780_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...

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

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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

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

The ugly realities of murders and missiles

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Cutting CO2 Emissions to Limit Global Temperature Rise to Below 2°C Is Definitely Achievable

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JAMES HANSEN, 2007 laureate, and his colleagues argue that “the modern world as we know it” – is adapted to what scientists call the Holocene climate that has existed for more than 10,000 years – since the end of the Ice Age, the beginnings of agriculture and the first settlement of the cities.

Warming of 1°C relative to 1880–1920 keeps global temperature close to the Holocene range, but warming of 2°C, could cause “major dislocations for civilization.”

Despite the global agreement to stay below 2°C, the world is on a path that, without action, will lead to an increase of 4°C or more. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its Fifth Assessment Report, known as AR5, that such a rise might exceed the world’s ability to adapt.

The scientific report for the UN Climate Summit shows how the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases (GHGs) can cut their carbon emissions by mid-century to prevent dangerous climate change. Prepared by independent researchers in 15 countries, it is the first global co-operation to identify practical pathways to a low-carbon economy by 2050.

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2C rise will be a disaster say leading scientists

Bold pathways point to a low-carbon future