Iran bans dog walking

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In some Middle Eastern cities, the governments embrace dog walking, dog loving and dog everything. It seems like there are more dog parks than people parks in some areas of Tel Aviv, but if you live in Iran, watch out. Taking your dog out for a spin might land you in jail. The country’s totalitarian […]

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The Net’s Most Infamous Mead Recipe

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As promised in our post about the great mead comeback, here is the easiest mead recipe for newbie brewers, Joe Mattioli’s  Ancient Orange, Clove, and Cinnamon Mead. It’s a controversial recipe that has enraged and delighted countless home brewers since it first appeared on the the GotMead site and went on to go viral. Many home […]

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Tips for getting a better night’s sleep

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Good health is dependent on getting enough quality sleep. There are things you can do to ensure that you enjoy the benefits of a restful night’s sleep. Unfortunately, there are far too many people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep each night. Science Daily reports that an estimated one-fourth of Americans suffer from chronic insomnia. […]

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Guess what? Plants blink, maybe even wink

Arabidopsis thaliana. Like eye’s adjustment to sudden changes in light, plants have sensitive mechanisms to protect their leaves from rapid changes in radiation Plants have control mechanisms that resemble those in human senses. According to a new Weizmann Institute of Science study, plants adjust photosynthesis to rapid light changes using a sophisticated sensing system, much in […]

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A new method of measuring how forests moderate the climate gets tested under extreme conditions

The tower at Yatir research station gives scientists a unique opportunity to study how forests respond to hear A dry seasonal heat wave, known as a hamsin in Israel, usually sends residents indoors to the air conditioning. But a group of researchers from Austria, Germany and Italy made a special trip to Israel’s Negev desert early last […]

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Iran’s capital city being swallowed by sinkholes

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Thanks to drought and over-pumping underground water reserves in the western region of Tehran, Iran’s capital city, fissures also known as sinkholes are opening up, causing Iran’s major city and capital city to sink. The sinkholes threaten people’s homes and the local infrastructure. While some Middle Eastern countries like Israel are seeing record rain, Tehran […]

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Israel allows medical cannabis exports (finally!!!)

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Following a flurry of rumors which has caused Israeli investors to become “high” on purchasing cannabis company stock running to invest in companies like iCan exportation of medical cannabis  from Israel may be nearer to reality. Following announced approval by the Israeli government cabinet, the first shipments of medical cannabis may be taking place in six to […]

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27 new drug leads to help treat liver cancer, diabetes and obesity

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Professor Amiram Goldblum and his team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute for Drug Research have discovered 27 new molecules.  These molecules all activate a special protein called PPAR-delta and have the potential to treat fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetic nephrotoxicity, and to heal wounds. News of these findings was published today in Scientific Reports, […]

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Pulling the plug on crypto payments

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Forward-thinking waste management firm, Business Waste, have said that they are ‘reluctantly’ no longer accepting cryptocurrencies – such as Bitcoin – as payment for their services. The company originally announced it had become the first refuse and recycling business to accept these virtual currencies as payment in 2017  in order to give flexibility to their customers […]

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Mead: The Ancient Wine Is Back

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What do you think of when you think of mead? You might imagine Vikings with braided beards quaffing something potent out of cow’s horns. Or possibly, jolly Hobbits clinking pewter cups of golden liquid between nibbles of seed-cake and tarts. But mead is no longer the drink of the mythical past. As the recipe for […]

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Muslim prayer mat designed to use 50% less material

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The Bahraini design office Shepherd Design Studio has tongue-in-cheek reinterpreted the traditional Islamic prayer mat to make it more sustainable. Their solution? Use 50% less material but removing the bits y9ou don’t need. Featuring an unusual form, the rug will certainly catch the eyes of your neighbors during your call to prayer.  “When Muslims are in prostration […]

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