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In the Desert: Why Israel is a Model for Some of the ...

August 8, 2008

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

Chicago Jewish News--The four-day conference was held under the joint auspices of BGU's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, and drew more than 200 participants from 33 countries to BGU's Sede Boqer campus, deep inside the Negev Desert region.

BGU Initiates Project to Eliminate Intestinal Worms in Ethiopia

August 7, 2008

Tags: Medical Research, Negev Development & Community Programs, Press Releases

BGU Professor Zvi Bentwich, who heads The Center for Emerging Diseases, Tropical Diseases and AIDS in Israel (CEMTA), is beginning an intensive program in Ethiopia to eradicate intestinal worms which affect as much as 50 percent of the population in Africa.

The Quest for Water Purity

August 7, 2008

Tags: Desert & Water Research

NY Jewish Week--A Ben-Gurion University researcher has a technique to monitor pollutants before they enter Israel���s aquifers.

Higher Education Down South (BGU’s Eilat Campus)

August 5, 2008

Tags: Business & Management, Negev Development & Community Programs

Jerusalem Post--Since its earliest days, Eilat, Israel's sunniest city, has been famous as a paradise for tourists. But now that BGU's new extension campus is up and running, Eilat is also about to become a thriving academic center.

Alcohol May Lower Blood Sugar

August 5, 2008

Tags: Medical Research

Reuters--In people with type 2 diabetes, a daily glass of wine with dinner lowers fasting blood sugar levels, BGU researchers found.

New Artificial Reefs “Grow” From Mideast Peace Deal

August 4, 2008

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

National Geographic--In a rare example of Middle East cooperation, Israelis and Jordanians have joined together to create a string of artificial coral reefs in the Red Sea, spearheaded by BGU researchers from the Eilat campus.

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.

New Device Aids Operating Room Sterility

August 4, 2008

Tags: Medical Research, Robotics & High-Tech

UPI--A new hand gesture recognition system created at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and tested at a Washington, D.C. hospital enables doctors to use hand motions instead of touching a screen, keyboard or mouse to monitor images, minimizing the risk of infection.

Israel Discovers Oil

August 3, 2008

Tags: Business & Management, Robotics & High-Tech

The New York Times--Thomas Friedman visited BGU's Annual Engineering Project Day and determined that BGU students are Israel's "oil wells that don't run dry."The New York Times--Thomas Friedman visited BGU's Annual Engineering Project Day and determined that BGU students are Israel's "oil wells that don't run dry."

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.