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Seaweed: The World’s Engine?

August 4, 2008

Tags: Alternative Energy, Desert & Water Research

Ha'aretz--Ben-Gurion University researchers are working on a new diesel fuel based on plant and animal fat. They are trying to develop the technology to produce oil from seaweed, which would then serve as a basis for fuel.

Reflective Mirrors Raise Solar Potential

August 3, 2008

Tags: Alternative Energy, Business & Management, Desert & Water Research, Robotics & High-Tech

Reuters--Reflective dishes may be the answer to make solar energy competitive with conventional sources of power. A team at Ben-Gurion University have found just that, in a far less known material that is more efficient when used with a reflective dish.

Israeli Firms Invest in Clean Tech

August 3, 2008

Tags: Alternative Energy, Desert & Water Research

JTA--With an eye toward the global energy crisis and Israel's own looming power shortages, dozens of Israeli start-up companies are investing in clean technology, including Zenith Solar which licensed solar technology from Ben-Gurion University.

Making the Negev Bloom

August 3, 2008

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Negev Development & Community Programs

Chronicle of Higher Education--Ben-Gurion University was established in 1969 in Beer-sheva, the south's largest city, with a self-proclaimed double mission: to educate students and to help solve the many problems that have plagued the communities that surround it. And while it is clear that one university cannot solve the region's economic and social problems, Ben-Gurion is making an impact.

From Far Beneath the Israeli Desert, Water Sustains a Fertile ...

August 3, 2008

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Negev Development & Community Programs

The New York Times--Fish farming in the desert may at first sound like an anomaly, but in Israel over the last decade a scientific hunch has turned into a bustling business.

No Room Left for Nomadism

August 3, 2008

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Negev Development & Community Programs, Social Sciences & Humanities

Jewish Exponent--The Bedouin are full Israeli citizens -- comprising about 80,000 people in the north, and 180,000 in the south, roughly 25 percent of the entire Negev population -- entitled to the same rights of Israeli Jews.

Olive Oil Yields Soar with NMR

August 3, 2008

Tags: Business & Management, Desert & Water Research, Robotics & High-Tech

Scientific American--By correlating fruit color with oil content measured via nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), growers can find the optimal time to harvest their olives.

Israel’s Big Green Future

August 3, 2008

Tags: Alternative Energy, Desert & Water Research, Negev Development & Community Programs

E Magazine--From biofules to fish farms, water purification, "green" building, and marine life restoration, BGU researchers are doing what they can to maximize Israel���s limited natural resources.


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