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Genes from Dead Sea to produce more drought-tolerant crops

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


PlantArcBio aims to make the world’s critical crops able to thrive on less water by adding specific genes found in desert regions.


The biblical Joseph foresaw in a dream a seven-year drought and subsequently guided Egypt’s rulers to set aside enough stores of wheat to survive it. Today, climate change has ushered in a new era of drought – and this time there’s no end in sight. The drought of 2012, for example, covered nearly two-thirds of the continental United States and caused some $40 billion in agricultural damage.


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Conservation program serves as lifeline for rhinos

Posted on October 8th, 2018
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine 


Israel's rhino herd is the largest of 78 participating zoos in Europe.


It's a girl!

Israel's Ramat Gan Safari, a 250-animal reserve, just announced the birth of a healthy female baby rhinoceros. The new calf, born three weeks ago, has not yet been named. It's the 30th birth of a rhino baby in the safari since its creation on the outskirts of Tel Aviv back in 1974. Their first baby rhino – named "Shalom" – was born exactly 40 years ago today.

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Billions of sterile mosquitos to eradicate Zika, malaria

Posted on October 1st, 2018
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Israel’s Senecio is testing its high-tech system for sorting, packaging and delivering sterile male mosquitos in the millions over infested areas.


Mosquito-borne illnesses, responsible for up to 750,000 deaths a year worldwide, include tropical killers such as malaria and dengue, along with terrifying upstarts like Zika, which can cause birth defects and have invaded parts of the southern United States.


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

Posted on September 24th, 2018
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

Posted on September 17th, 2018
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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