Announcing IsraelCast - The JNF Podcast!
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.
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Clean electric power for planes could be about to take off
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.
Israel Is the Key to Solving the World’s Water Crisis
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.
Archaeologists discover that ancient farmers were surprisingly high-tech
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine
Israeli civilizations from 5,000 B.C. seem to have used advanced irrigation techniques.
Seven thousand years ago, you might picture ancient farmers waiting for the rain to water their crops, or perhaps dragging pots of water from nearby streams on particularly dry summers.
But to their surprise, archaeologists from Israel's University of Haifa and the German Archaeological Institute recently discovered that ancient civilizations may have used advanced irrigation techniques to grow their crops. These people weren't just farmers; they were engineers.
How'd the scientists discover this? They found hundreds of olive pits in an excavation in northeastern Israel.
U.N. showcases a country that's a force of nature
by Zach Pontz for FromtheGrapevine
Israel's natural beauty is celebrated with riveting photography display.
Israel prides itself on its variety of natural landscapes and unspoiled scenery. And no wonder: the country's biodiversity is impressive. Its landscape is dotted with everything from snowy mountaintops and sunburnt deserts to evergreen forests and pristine beaches.
This visual variety is on show in a new exhibit at the United Nations in New York City. Titled "The Natural Side of Israel," it brings together a beautifully curated selection of nature photographs captured by Israeli photographers. Here's a sampling of what's in the show: