Fall Armyworm is invading the Near Middle East. New reporting app aims to mitigate risk, spread awareness. Have a half billion to spare? The UN is fundraising.
Thirty-five years ago an Israeli researcher documented the case for medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy. It was one of these studies by a Prof. Raphael Mechoulam that Denver-based physician Dr. Alan Shackelford read when he was debating one of the hardest questions of his career: Should he, could he? give a 5-year-old pot?
Rusty Brick is planning ahead for the day that Google Glass is released onto the market with a new app for modern observant Jews.
It was only a matter of time: the 3D printing revolution has officially arrived in Lebanon, where artists, architects, and designers are eager to keep pace with Europe and the United States. French Architect Guillaume Crédoz has founded the region’s first 3D printing shop in the Mar Mikhayel neighborhood of Beirut, a bustling hive of […]
Banking on Masdar to lead the Arab world in sustainability in 2013? With over 50 percent of the world’s oil and gas reserves the Middle East is not the likeliest place to be witnessing a green revolution, but with climate change running its course and oil prices rising through the roof, the region, and especially […]
The Bee’ah School of Environment (BSOE), an education initiative created by a United Arab Emirates-based environmental and waste management company, recently announced it is expanding its networks in the eastern and central region of Sharjah, engaging with 160,000 students in over 200 schools. The BSOE envisions an expansion of this initiative, hoping to spread throughout […]
World food prices soared over 6 percent in July according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Prices are continuing to rise, and food security is already a constant threat in the West Bank and Gaza. The Applied Research Institute in Jerusalem estimates that over half the households in Gaza are food insecure, and […]
If you ever wondered how the coffee machine works or how your iPhone responds to touch, then littleBits are for you. Lebanese designer Ayah Bdeir has recently received an additional $3.5 USD million in venture capital to scale up a hugely popular new line of toys that makes building electronic circuits as easy as fixing […]
In Kuşköy, which literally means “Bird Village” in Turkish, the villagers have been able to communicate across long distances well before the invention of cellphones. Laid out along a deep, lush valley in Turkey’s Pontic Mountains, Kuşköy isn’t an easy village to traverse quickly. So some time ago — 400 years, according to some local estimates — […]
Forget about the hours you spend trying to clean your hard drive from some malicious virus that’s trying to wipe out your hard drive. You have your virus protector on, maybe have even gone further and found a good hard disk encryption service that protects your small business. But be on the alert: Cyber attacks […]
Gold and Co. London encases electronics in 24 carat gold-plating; their best market? The Gulf, naturally. It’s impossible and rude to speak for the dead, but we find it hard to believe that Steve Jobs would have wanted anything he designed covered in gold. But this is the Gulf and we’ve seen stranger things, including […]
Yesterday a solar flare that slammed into earth did not create any of the disruptions forecasted by scientists. Earthlings waited with bated breath yesterday as a solar flare hurled by a coronal mass ejection on the sun slammed into our planet. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) both cautioned that this would […]
Egyptians researchers believe that sugar beets like those pictured above can help to clear the country’s stockpile of land mines. 20% of the world’s land mines are planted in Egypt, where they have killed or maimed a total of more than 7,000 people in the last 25 years. They are scattered in the western desert […]
A new scientific breakthrough at Tel Aviv University is changing the conversation about what it means to be a “natural human being.” With 7 billion people consuming the earth’s dwindling natural resources, a rising number that is rapidly reaching proportions that could collapse the planet, the question of artificially prolonging human life with technology remains […]
Soon virtual tourists will be able to view images of Israel via Google street view, reducing the need to get on a carbon-emitting airplane. Google, our modern-day cartographers, have been discovering new ways to map out the world since 2007 when they came out with Google Maps. One of the ways in which they’ve created […]
From March 4 to 5th, unplug from your computer and back into your soul, and save the environment for a day. Jewish tradition considers a day of down time sacred. For observant Jews, Shabbat (or the Sabbath) is a time to switch off electronics, to unplug the laptop and television, to ditch the Wii, and […]
No need to think with Kraft and Intel’s “Meal Planning Solution?” We have Miriam, the high queen of delicious, nutritious food, who constantly breaks the sound barrier with her inventive ideas. She makes carob balls look as delicious as the goopiest doughnut, while her soups could probably qualify for the highest Michelin award. For those […]
A burst pipe soon thing of the past? News about new investment in Israeli cleanteach tends to be dominated by announcements of new and advanced technologies being invented, or massive investment in world leading solar technology, but the latest news are of a more mundane nature: Israeli business daily Globes is reporting that Dexia Israel […]
Good news for all our readers out there who have (paper and ink and fossil fuel saving) Kindle Wireless Reading Devices: now you can get your Green Prophet news downloaded straight to your Kindle! The Kindle is Amazon.com’s lightweight, portable electronic reader that can hold as many as 1,500 books (eliminating the need for these […]
Legendary American environmentalist Bill McKibben is paying the region a visit in early September. On Monday, September 7th McKibben will speak at 9.30 AM in Beer Sheva, in Israel’s Negev. Exact location TBA. Born in 1960, McKibben founded the 350.org campaign to address the climate crisis. He published his first book as a serial in […]
With today’s factory farming methods blamed by many as the cause of outbreaks like the swine flu epidemic now infecting people globally, it’s no surprise that interest in Israeli start-up CartaSense is running so high. The company has created technology that can pinpoint a sick pig or cow in real-time, and help the farmer isolate […]
In a move that is sure to be a stepping stone to the flying car, Ford is currently testing a new type of laser ignition system to replace the conventional spark plug (invented way back in the 19th century). The new laser ignition system is reportedly more reliable – especially in cold weather – and […]
Hurricane Katrina: Phone home –– If you have a cell phone tower planted somewhere near your home or your kid’s daycare, you’ll probably think they are evil, but new research finds that cell phone towers can give precious information to help us understand climate change patterns, and floods. Though New Orleans residents were told to […]
With the aviation industry reeling from increasing fuel costs, dipping profits and those pesky upcoming environmental regulations, airlines are scrambling to become more efficient, cut costs and increase fuel efficiency. Japan Airlines did their part to shed excess weight on their flights by shortening their blankets by a centimeter, and Northwest Airlines did it by […]