Producing water from Miami air

Much was reported about Israel’s Water-Gen, demonstrated by Professor Alan Dershowitz at AIPAC Now the Florida suburb of Miami Gardens is partnering with Water-Gen in a pilot project to extract water from airborne humidity and dispense clean drinking water to residents.

Trees interact with each other

Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have proved that mature spruce trees take up carbon molecules in their top branches and pass them down through the soil to nearby beech, larch and pine trees. These travel through underground highways formed by connected root fungi.

How jellyfish sting

Researchers at Israel’s Technion and the University of Haifa have explained for the first time the unique mechanism by which the most common jellyfish attack their enemies.  They inject toxic material from thousands of microscopic syringes, resembling poisoned arrows, located on each of their arms.

Hold back the desert

To mark United Nations' World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17, here is a video showing how Israel is one of the leading countries fighting desertification, that threatens global hunger, disease, and poverty.

Terminal 1 renovated

My son was one of the first passengers using the refurbished Terminal 1 at Ben Gurion airport.  Passengers of low-cost airlines now check-in, shop for duty free and board planes all from Terminal 1 without being bused to Terminal 3.  The terminal handles 33 flights a day and 1.4 million passengers a year.

Keeping kids safe on their smartphones

Israel’s SafeMobile is a simple-to-install app that will protect children from unsuitable and malicious content when using their smartphones.  CEO Yuval Rapaport was interviewed on ILTV.

What on earth is that flower

I reported previously about Israeli app “Bar-Code Flower,” that allows you to take a picture of a flower with your mobile phone, and then tells you its species. Now FlowerzBot from Israeli startup Cnature identifies 1000 flowers and wildlife. Currently in Hebrew, but soon also in English.

If the shoe fits

Israeli startup Invertex has digitized the way we buy shoes. It uses 3D imaging and artificial intelligence, enabling smartphones to scan feet in shoe shops or at home and suggest the best buys in-store or on-line.  Invertex has just received $2 million of seed funding.

Protection against drones

At the Paris Air Show, Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled its new laser-interception system designed to provide air defense against micro- and nano- unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The “Drone Dome” system detects, identifies, tracks, and neutralizes hostile drones using laser beams.

Cleaning up Brazil’s sewage

Brazil is to clean up its sewage problem using the system from Israel’s Paulee CleanTcc for transforming human waste into odor-free, sterilized farm fertilizer. Currently, 60% of the 6.8 million liters of daily sewage sludge generated in Brazil gets dumped back into nature untreated.