July 2016 Newsletter


Naked Except for White Shoes and Socks

By: Yoram Yahav

A gorgeous couple, completely naked except for white socks and white shoes, stared back at me from the storefront window. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I might have mistaken them for Greek or Roman sculptures standing frozen half facing each other, breathtakingly beautiful, perfect bodies, deep blue eyes, her long blond flowing hair and his Elvis hair style.

I noticed a sign in English positioned next to a small red bucket sitting on the ground. “There is a center for blind people in New Delhi” the sign said. “They need money to eat. They can’t see, so if you CAN see and like what you see, please place any amount you wish in the bucket and we promise to deliver it to the center.” Below was information on the center and its mission, how to donate, etc.


Turn Down the Heat

By: David Miron-Wapner

We are the proverbial frog in the slowly boiling pot of water.  As it gets hotter we first ignore it, then we seem to adjust, then we struggle, then… it is too late.

The frog metaphor cautions us to be aware of ignoring even gradual change especially when the consequences concern our very survival. Why is humanity not jumping out as month after month record average temperatures are soaring to new heights?

The latest data show unanimously that May 2016 was the twelfth straight month of record monthly temperatures globally and continues a string of 369 consecutive months at or warmer than average. May was “only” 1.11°C above average across the planet, following the staggering rise in April of 1.28⁰C.



Lester Thurow – A Tribute to a Man Greater Than Life

Yoram Yahav and the Yoyah Group

Thank all of you who responded to our sharing with you the sad news of the passing of our dear friend Lester Thurow.






Beyond Moore’s Law: Vacuum Tubes?

By: Shlomo Maital

Sometimes, you can innovate by going back to the future. Take, for instance, the transistor. They are getting ever smaller, and more and more of them are packed into a microprocessor.   Semiconductor companies like Intel now work in 10 to 20 nanometer dimensions (a DNA strand is about 2.5 nanometers).   Below 10 nanometers, who knows how silicon will behave?  At those dimensions, it starts to emit light and becomes very flexible.

Almost half a century ago, Intel founder Gordon Moore stated his famous law, that the number of transistors that could be etched into silicon wafers would double every 18 months or so. This has held true, remarkably. But it seems we are approaching the limit of Moore’s Law. The smaller transistors get, the more they leak electrons.