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Is that food really fresh? Find out at a glance

Posted on January 15th, 2018
By Brian Blum for Israel21c



An Israeli company is marketing its intelligent date code labels that monitor the temp and time interval of food products on their way to consumers.



“The milk is past its expiry date. We have to throw it out.”


“No, we don’t. It smells fine.”


“But it says so right on the carton.”


It’s an argument that’s been heard in households around the world: Does the expiration date on the package really mean the milk or the chicken or the eggs are bad?


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FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE TOGETHER

Posted on January 8th, 2018
From jpost.com


MIDBAR-the Swiss Society for the Revival of Desert Areas embarks on a tour of the Negev with KKL-JNF to learn how the organization combats desertification in Israel.

Combating desertification is one of the central values KKL-JNF has championed under its banner. Friends the world over aid KKL-JNF in combating desertification, and one of the most prominent  among them is MIDBAR - the Swiss Society for the Revival of Desert Areas.

Over the past several years, MIDBAR has supported several projects including planting a grove of trees in the green belt surrounding Beersheba, plantings in the Duda’im Forest and soil conservation and tree plantings along the Karkur Stream. 

“When I see the trees grow here in the middle of the desert, I draw strength from them”, said Armand Rudolf von Rohr, CEO of MIDBAR, during a study tour of the Negev with KKL-JNF. “I believe that trees are the natural solution to global warming.”


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Israelis debut an autonomous robotic submarine

Posted on January 8th, 2018

By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
 
 


Ben-Gurion University launches company to commercialize the unique underwater vehicle for research, security, communications or military uses.


Under the surface of waterways across the globe, small remotely operated submarines are busy checking pipelines, mapping underwater minefields, taking geological and biological samples, scouting locations for communication cables, and searching for sunken vessels.


A group of 20 undergraduate and graduate engineering students from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev saw that existing autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have several limitations and they worked with Prof. Hugo Guterman in BGU’s Laboratory for Autonomous Robotics (LAR) to build a better model.


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Former cannabis activist’s agtech ideas are game-changers

Posted on December 25th, 2017
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has one technology to stabilize plant root temps and another to irrigate farms with dew condensation.


Boaz Wachtel is best known in Israel for founding the Green Leaf (Ale Yarok) political party, which ran for Knesset several times on a platform of legalizing cannabis. Green Leaf never passed the voter threshold and Watchtel “retired” from the party in 2006. He has now transformed his passion for green into a different kind of initiative.

Wachtel is the founder of several Israeli agriculture technology companies. His latest – Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies – just went public on the Australian Stock Exchange, raising a modest $5 million.

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Is the future of sustainable electricity ... in turkey droppings?

Posted on December 18th, 2017
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 


A new study shows that poultry excrement could be used as a viable biofuel.


This time of year, we typically think of turkey as the centerpiece of a giant, hearty, all-American holiday meal.

But according to a new study, we should all be looking at it from a, um, slightly different angle.

Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel found that converting treated waste from turkeys, chickens and other poultry into combustible solid biomass fuel would produce an alternative energy source that's environmentally safer than coal, and could be used to replace it.

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