Environment
Slime is making millions of people sick every year. Photo via www.shutterstock.com

Solar energy that floats on water

Award winning Israeli company Solaris Synergy has designed solar energy grids that can float on water, reducing energy production costs, and preventing water loss. Co-founders Yossi Fisher and Dr. Yuri Kokotov in front of a computer-generated image of a Solaris …

Butterflies to Bat Yam

Nature lovers spearhead efforts to transform Bat Yam into a butterfly paradise, attracting new species to the city’s streets. Bat Yam’s educational butterfly pavilion has so far attracted four species of butterflies and a whole lot of schoolchildren. Butterflies are …

Water, water everywhere and every drop to drink

An Israeli company’s water purification systems deliver safe drinking water from almost any source, including contaminated water, seawater and urine. A man using WaterSheer’s Sulis device for clean water in Tanzania. Following a major earthquake in Taiwan in 2009, humanitarian …

A hornet with solar energy panels built in

While abundant resources are channeled to converting sunlight into power, it emerges that the common Oriental hornet has known the secret all along. Structures in the body of the Oriental hornet trap solar light and beam it into lower layers …

A “toothpaste” that saves kangaroo lives

A specialized tooth varnish developed by scientists in Israel can help kangaroos bounce back from a common and often-fatal gum disease. Kangaroos at Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo are now safe from the often-fatal lumpy jaw disease, after scientists created a new …

Raising fish in the desert

With fewer fish in the sea with each passing year, Israel’s Grow Fish Anywhere has found a way to grow them in the desert. Biological filters and specially developed bacteria treat the water the fish are growing in, without wasting …

Green is the new tourism

As we become more conscious of the size of our ecological footprints, it’s good to know that in Israel we can go green in our leisure options as well. At Essene Farm, in Even-Sappir near Jerusalem raw-food cuisine is served …

A simple solution to a complex wastewater problem

A simple device from Israel can render the delicate, complex problem of biological wastewater treatment perfectly manageable. An Israeli installation of the Mapal wastewater treatment system. Good technological solutions don’t have to be complicated. That’s the thinking that drives Mapal …

Cloud seeding doesn’t bring more rain, say scientists

New research from Israel shows that changing weather patterns – not the weather-modification process of cloud seeding – is what makes the rainfall. Photo by Kobi Gideon/Flash90. Scientists have discovered that cloud seeding doesn’t increase rainfall. Rain is such a …