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Humans are just a tiny fraction of all life on Earth

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine


That’s one of the many findings from the most comprehensive global census of living organisms ever done.


There are 7.6 billion people in the world, but we humans are no match for bacteria, fungi and, in the biggest way, plants.

That's one fascinating takeaway from a massive, comprehensive study of all life forms on Earth, conducted by researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science and the California Institute of Technology.

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7 intriguing things you didn't know about the Dead Sea

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:00am
by Anna Norris  for FromtheGrapevine 


This super-salty lake has a long history and is a source of awe around the world.


The still, dense waters of the Dead Sea have mystified people for thousands of years. As scientists continue to research its hypersaline waters, more and more questions about this body of water seem to pop up. Yet there are many things we do know about the Dead Sea, and most of them may surprise you.

1. The Dead Sea is not a sea.

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Converting chicken bones and diapers into chairs and pails

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Waste-conversion technology piloted by UBQ in Israel creates bio-pellets from household garbage, ready for using in manufacturing commercial products.


What if you could make a new trash bin out of trash, or plumbing pipes from a pile of rubbish?

A waste-conversion technology set up in Israel’s Negev desert demonstrates that it can do exactly that, using the 80 percent of household garbage that is typically not recycled.

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Tyson Foods Backs Israeli Startup to Grow Meat in the Lab

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:00am
by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff


Tyson Foods, the largest US meat processor, has invested in an Israeli biotech company developing a way to grow affordable meat in a laboratory that takes live animals out of the equation.

 

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Shavuot

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
From Hazon


Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19


Want more information on Shavuot? Check out Jvillage Network's Shavuot Guide. 


Commemorating both when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, Shavuot is a time we are encouraged to give and reflect on the gift of Torah and the gifts that the earth provides.  Shavuot is also an exciting holiday for vegetarians, since it is a tradition to eat at least one dairy meal on Shavuot. This makes Shavuot an excellent opportunity to educate about the benefits of limiting meat consumption, and consuming sustainable and ethical fruit and dairy.

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Byzantine pigeon poop greened the Negev

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Researchers determine that pigeons raised in the south of Israel were prized for their droppings, not their meat.


Byzantine farmers in the Negev desert raised pigeons 1,500 years ago not for their meat but for their excrement.

 

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Israel to Rehabilitate Dried-Up Rivers With New Desalination Plants

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
By JNS


Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Water announced Monday that two new desalination plants will be built to offset the deficits of an extended five-year drought that has left Israel’s sensitive water sources at their lowest levels in nearly 100 years.

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Making Synagogues Sustainable

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Paula Jacobs for Tablet Magazine


Congregations around the country have found ways to protect the environment and combat the effects of climate change


In Florida, synagogues are combating the effects of rising sea levels, high tides, and tropical storms. In California, they are conserving water in the aftermath of years of drought and water shortages. In New York, they are working to eliminate greenhouse gases and toxic waste. And in Massachusetts, they are reducing energy consumption and dependency on fossil fuels.

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