Scientists develop innovative way to remove viruses from drinking water

Posted on June 19th, 2017
By ISRAEL21c Staff    

Israeli and American researchers develop novel membrane filtration methods to fill a critical need worldwide.

A team of Israeli, German and US researchers have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the process of removing viruses from treated municipal wastewater used as drinking water by cities suffering water shortages.

The new approach for virus pathogen removal was developed by a team from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

“This is an urgent matter of public safety,” the researchers said. “Insufficient removal of human adenovirus in municipal wastewater, for example, has been detected as a contaminant in US drinking-water sources, including the Great Lakes and worldwide.”

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Coral reefs are struggling everywhere – except for this one place

Posted on June 12th, 2017
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 


Scientists have made a fascinating discovery about some coral reefs' ability to withstand heat.


Changes in the environment have wreaked havoc on the world's coral reefs. It was recently discovered that large portions of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's most beautiful underwater attractions, are either dead or dying.

The situation is indeed dire. But in one region, coral seems to be not only surviving, but thriving.

Scientists out of Israel and Switzerland, working at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israel, found that coral reefs in the Red Sea are not bleaching, or expelling the algae living with them, like other reefs do when temperatures rise above the summer maximum. This bleaching is said to be the result of decades of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases. But in many of the Red Sea's coral reefs, corals are tolerating these rising temperatures.


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Announcing IsraelCast - The JNF Podcast!

Posted on June 5th, 2017
From JNF


We are thrilled to bring you IsraelCast, JNF’s very own podcast, where we’ll be sharing stories of interesting people doing fascinating work all over Israel. Hear about the Kenyan student who is learning hi-tech farming skills in the Negev Desert that he will bring back to his family. Learn about the world’s most renowned spice provider. Listen to a student on the front lines of the BDS fight. We are excited to inspire you with these narratives, and will introduce new stories every other Wednesday.

Listening is easy.

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Clean electric power for planes could be about to take off

Posted on May 29th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Inflight, on-demand hydrogen production could mean ‘greener’ commercial jets for the future.

Israeli aerospace engineers have developed and patented a process that can be used onboard aircraft while in flight to produce hydrogen from water and aluminum particles safely and cheaply. The hydrogen can then be converted into electrical energy for many functions of the plane.

The significance of this invention is that it could pave the way for less-polluting, more electric aircraft in place of the current hydraulic and pneumatic systems typically powered by the main engine.

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Israel Is the Key to Solving the World’s Water Crisis

Posted on May 22nd, 2017
BRADLEY MARTIN for The American Spectator

One of the great stories of our time.

During the 20th century, the world saw the greatest population boom in human history. The annual growth rate of the world’s population stands at 1.6 percent and the world population is expected to grow from 8 billion to 10 billion by the year 2100. The need to fix our ever-growing water shortage has never been more crucial.

One in six people on the planet currently lack access to clean drinking water. By 2025, it is estimated that two-thirds of the world’s population will suffer from water shortages, particularly devastating to children. As it now stands, 1.8 million children die every year due to water-borne illnesses. This number is expected to increase in upcoming years, unless we tackle this global water crisis head on.

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