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An elevator tech that could save lives in a high-rise fire

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c

 

Seventeen years after 9/11, an Israeli startup is testing its solution to turn the elevator into a traveling ‘safe room’ that can facilitate rescue operations.

 

When there’s a fire in a high-rise building, safety rules dictate that you don’t take the elevator. You head for the stairs instead. But what if using the elevator could actually be the fastest – and safest – way to evacuate a building on fire?

 

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Smart cap tells you to drink water, take meds, refill soap

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israeli startup Water.io began with high-tech Reminder caps and branched out to connected bottle closures that benefit both consumer and manufacturer.


A teenage girl with a mysterious malady motivated the June 2015 establishment of Israeli smart packaging innovator Water.io. Her father and two of his friends cofounded the company after the mystery was solved.

 

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Three important new reasons to love the pomegranate

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


From a supplement protecting against neurodegeneration, to a study indicating the juice can reduce brain damage in embryos, pomegranate research is peaking in Israel.


The regal-looking pomegranate, ruby-red with a crown on top, ripens on Israeli trees just in time to decorate Jewish New Year holiday tables in early autumn. Each fruit has hundreds of edible juicy seeds, called arils, traditionally equated to the 613 commandments in the Torah.

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18 Green Tips for Rosh Hashanah: An Eco-Kosher New Year

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Joe Laur for RecycleBank


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls during late summer/early fall, when we can reap the harvest not just of the land from the past year, but also our souls. Here are 18 tips from a slew of sources to make your Rosh Hashanah sweet and “eco-Kosher”; paying as much attention to natural laws as to Jewish Law.


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Welcome Rosh Hashanah with mindfulness, sustainability, and joy

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
From Hazon


The holiday of Rosh Hashanah is the perfect time to let the blasts of the shofar shake you awake to the world around you. It’s a time to open up to new possibilities and be grateful for everything you have.  And more than anything, Rosh Hashanah offers the opportunity for tshuva (returning/repentance) – to return to our best, most full versions of ourselves. As we turn inward, we have the chance to ask, “what impact do our actions have on our friends and family, our communities, and on the earth?”


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New laser solution could slow spread of forest fires

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Fighting Treetop Fire is developing a system of removing combustible foliage with algorithm-controlled laser beams controlled via helicopter or truck.


Aggressive wildfires are rampaging through many countries this summer, bringing death and destruction in their wake. In California alone, firefighters are scrambling to control 18 separate blazes.


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Ingenious upcycling turns discarded medical device into water filter

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Israeli startup repurposes discarded kidney dialysis filters to make pure water in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Every year across the world, more than 250 million dialysis filters are thrown away after only a single use cleansing a kidney patient’s blood of toxins. What if those filters could be recycled for a new use, wondered Tel Aviv University Faculty of Medicine Prof. Yoram Lass.

Could a medical filter that can remove even the slightest unwanted particle from human blood also work for, say, water purification?

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In this country, charging a small fee for plastic grocery bags is working

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine


Plastic bag use has dropped 80 percent as a result. Is this the model for the rest of the world?


On Jan. 1, 2017, Israel began requiring its supermarket chains to charge 3 cents for plastic bags. Since then, plastic bag use has dropped 80 percent, according to the country's Environmental Protection Ministry.

If that's not enough of a reason to cheer, consider this: That 80 percent reduction is equal to almost 8,000 tons of plastic. Know what else weighs 8,000 tons? About 400 buses.

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