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7 intriguing things you didn't know about the Dead Sea
by Anna Norris for FromtheGrapevine
This super-salty lake has a long history and is a source of awe around the world.
The still, dense waters of the Dead Sea have mystified people for thousands of years. As scientists continue to research its hypersaline waters, more and more questions about this body of water seem to pop up. Yet there are many things we do know about the Dead Sea, and most of them may surprise you.
1. The Dead Sea is not a sea.
Converting chicken bones and diapers into chairs and pails
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Waste-conversion technology piloted by UBQ in Israel creates bio-pellets from household garbage, ready for using in manufacturing commercial products.
What if you could make a new trash bin out of trash, or plumbing pipes from a pile of rubbish?
A waste-conversion technology set up in Israel’s Negev desert demonstrates that it can do exactly that, using the 80 percent of household garbage that is typically not recycled.
Tyson Foods Backs Israeli Startup to Grow Meat in the Lab
by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Tyson Foods, the largest US meat processor, has invested in an Israeli biotech company developing a way to grow affordable meat in a laboratory that takes live animals out of the equation.
Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19
Want more information on Shavuot? Check out Jvillage Network's Shavuot Guide.
Commemorating both when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, Shavuot is a time we are encouraged to give and reflect on the gift of Torah and the gifts that the earth provides. Shavuot is also an exciting holiday for vegetarians, since it is a tradition to eat at least one dairy meal on Shavuot. This makes Shavuot an excellent opportunity to educate about the benefits of limiting meat consumption, and consuming sustainable and ethical fruit and dairy.
Byzantine pigeon poop greened the Negev
By Brian Blum for Israel21c
Researchers determine that pigeons raised in the south of Israel were prized for their droppings, not their meat.
Byzantine farmers in the Negev desert raised pigeons 1,500 years ago not for their meat but for their excrement.