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Desertification solution? Olive Trees.
January 16, 2013 09:18 AM - Billie Frenkel, YNET News via, NoCamels
The planting of ten of thousands of olive trees in arid areas in Israel have proved highly beneficial, according to a study which said the trees provide shade for animals, purge the air and even produce excellent olive oil. The study was conducted by the Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, with the help of the Agricultural Research Organization. Dr. Zohar Kerem, head of the olive oil research lab in the faculty's biochemistry institute, who participated in the study, explained that they followed tree-plantings in Israel's desert areas.
Peace on Earth? Not yet, but actually getting better!
December 31, 2012 07:23 AM - NOCAMELS TEAM, NoCamels
Despite extensive coverage in the media of violent occurrences worldwide, a recent study conducted at Tel Aviv University has actually demonstrated with mathematical proof that as humanity progresses — the world is becoming less violent. Dr. Jacob Bock Axelsen of the biomathematics unit at Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology has discovered that as the human population grows — violence declines. Axelsen uses a mathematical model to describe the correlation between population growth and a decline in violence levels. "This result came from my project on global language diversity," Axelsen tells NoCamels. "[The largest] civilizations [in the world] have passed, or will pass, the demographic transition and reach a constant population size sooner or later," he says.
Israeli Researchers Use Rust To Store Solar Energy
December 10, 2012 01:31 PM - Editor, NoCamels
Using the power of the sun and ultrathin films of iron oxide (commonly known as rust), researchers at the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, have found a novel way to split water molecules to hydrogen and oxygen. The breakthrough, published this week in the scientific journal Nature Materials, could lead to less expensive, more efficient ways to store solar energy in the form of hydrogen-based fuels. This could be a major step forward in the development of viable replacements for fossil fuels.
Countless studies demonstrate the benefits of quitting smoking altogether, benefits which include lowered risk of disease, increased life expectancy, and an overall improvement in quality of life. But health professionals acknowledge that quitting altogether can be a long and difficult road, and only a small percentage succeed. A recent study at Tel Aviv University has shown that even reducing the quantity of cigarettes smoked daily has many health benefits.
Mediterranean And Low-Carb Diets Have Long-Lasting Health Benefits
October 14, 2012 08:04 AM - The NOCAMELS TEAM, NoCamels
Dieting today may still positively affect your health years from now. That's what a recent study conducted by Ben Gurion University and the Nuclear Research Center in Dimona, Israel, has shown. Even if some weight has been regained, the benefits of diets like the Mediterranean or low-carb diet can last years. The study was a follow-up of a study conducted six years ago over 24 months where Mediterranean, low-carb and low-fat diets were introduced to a group of 322 moderately obese people. "Our follow up subsequent data shows lasting, positive effects of Mediterranean and low-carbohydrate diets six years later," says Dr. Dan Schwarzfuchs from the Nuclear Research Center.
New App Serves as Water Pollution Detector
October 11, 2012 11:48 AM - Editor, NoCamels
The popular Waze smartphone navigation app recently introduced a new feature — a water pollution detector. The feature aims to tell users if the lake or river they pass by or intend on swimming in while hiking or camping across Israel, suffers from pollution. The feature is the brainchild of the app's architects and Zalul Environmental Association, which is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Israel's seas, rivers and lakes. WAZE users passing by a polluted waterway see a pop-up window on their smartphones' screens, telling them it is polluted and naming the parties known to be responsible for the pollution.
Even though most creatures use any of a variety of types of camouflage, scientists know very little about the way effective camouflage is created and its characteristics. Cephalopods — the molluscan class that includes octopuses — are considered the most developed, from an evolutionary point of view, of any sea creatures. It is known that their flexible nervous system allows the cephalopods to change the color and even the texture of their skin to adapt to their environment. The existence of large numbers of sea predators is the driving force for the development of various defensive mechanisms and behaviors, including camouflage. The best way to avoid becoming lunch is to make sure that nobody else sees you.
Algae Fuel Advancing in Practicality
August 16, 2012 06:21 AM - The NOCAMELS TEAM, NoCamels
Its deserts are hot and dry, and underground aquifers in the south are brackish or saline. By most standards the deserts in Israel don’t make prime real estate for farmers, but as far as algae are concerned —— minute plants that grow in water and on ponds as scum —— Israel's conditions are perfect. And a new company from Tel Aviv called Univerve is working to turn this natural substance into third-generation renewable fuel for today and the future. High oil prices, and the fact that traditional fossil fuels such as gasoline create dangerous greenhouse gases, have sparked an international movement to create new biofuels from renewable resources.
Nighttime light exposure linked to health impacts, AMA encourages more study
July 22, 2012 09:16 AM - JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH, THE JERUSALEM POST, NoCamels
The American Medical Association has issued an official statement warning against the health hazards posed by exposure to artificial light for hours at work or during sleep. Prof. Abraham Haim of the University of Haifa’s Israeli Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Chronobiology has conducted research on the subject. "The fact that the AMA has taken this matter seriously and come to the conclusion that exposure to light at night is indeed a health hazard is a form of recognition for the various studies that experts such as Prof. Haim have been conducting over recent years," the university stated on Monday. The AMA’s policy announcement supports Haim's research conclusions, it said.
New Brain Stimulation Device Helps Smokers Quit
June 25, 2012 09:29 AM - Or Shmuel, NoCamels
Stimulating the brain using magnetic currents can significantly reduce the urge smokers have to light up, researchers discovered. During the study, which was conducted in Israel, a special helmet-like device was developed for deep stimulation of specific parts of the brain. The device sends magnetic currents to the brain that stimulate the nervous system while the patients are entirely conscious.