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2014-05-18 12:20:10

Severe effects expected on employment and the Negev's economy. ICL freezes planned investments plan in Israel in excess of $1 billion until the Commission's conclusions are delivered and understood. TEL AVIV, Israel, May 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The interim recommendations of the Sheshinski Committee are an economic and social mistake that will practically force ICL to go back on most of its investments in Israel, focus on optimization and cost cutting and drive ICL out of...

Water Bottle Being Modeled After Desert Beetle
2012-11-26 05:15:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Drawing inspiration from a creature known as the Namib desert beetle, a US company has developed a prototype for a self-filling water bottle that could help hydrate people in hot, dry, drought-stricken parts of the world. According to Phys.org reporter Nancy Owano, NBD Nano -- a start-up firm comprised of four recent university graduates -- mimicked the way that the insects collect moisture from the air in the development of their...

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2011-10-12 04:40:19

A geologist has discovered a geological process operating in a remote corner of northern Chile's Atacama Desert. University of Arizona geologist Jay Quade was starting to feel sick when he asked his colleagues Peter Reiners and Kendra Murray to stop their truck. Quade then noticed unusual half-ton to 8-ton boulders near the truck after stopping. The unusually smooth boulders, Quade said, were the result of two million years of seismic waves. The waves caused the boulders to...

Researchers Find Freshwater Springs, Numerous Micro-organisms In The Dead Sea
2011-09-27 10:04:59

[ Watch the Video ] Findings are the result of collaboration between researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have discovered deep freshwater springs on the Dead Sea floor that feed into this rapidly dwindling body of water. In the first-ever Dead Sea diving expedition, the researchers also found new types of micro-organisms growing around fissures in the sea floor as...

2011-07-20 14:24:00

Novel Approach Will Facilitate Immediate Clear-Cut Diagnoses and Reduce the Frequency of Unnecessarily Prescribed Antibiotics Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have developed a new test that quickly and accurately distinguishes between bacterial and viral infections in as little as five hours. Treating viral infections with antibiotics is ineffective and contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, toxicity and greater healthcare costs....

2011-02-15 19:31:06

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers have developed techniques to manipulate root development functionality that can help plants better adapt to hostile growing environments. In a recent paper published in the prestigious journal The Plant Cell, BGU researchers were able show that by manipulating a specific gene they could impact lateral root growth. Lateral root (LR) development is a highly regulated process that determines a plant's growth and ability to adapt to life in different...

2010-12-23 17:36:41

Celebrity journalists have developed as newspapers began to give reporters recognition for their work A new study by Dr. Zvi Reich, a researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel, documents the process through which journalists at major newspapers fought to receive byline recognition of their work, paving the way for today's celebrity journalists. According to the study published in the December 2010 issue of Journalism, an academic journal, "the proliferation...

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2010-02-22 07:47:41

Australians can learn much from their deserts and from desert people about how to cope with climate change and scarce resources. That's one of the messages of a new book launched in the Federal Parliament by Senator Trish Crossin today for the Desert Knowledge CRC and CSIRO Publishing. "Dry Times: Blueprint for a Red Land" argues that desert plants, animals and people have been surviving and thriving for thousands of years on scarce resources and uncertain climates "“ and they have the...

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2009-12-14 07:10:00

Australians can learn much from their deserts and from desert people about how to cope with climate change and scarce resources. That's the message of a new book released today by the Desert Knowledge CRC and CSIRO Publishing. "Dry Times: Blueprint for a Red Land" argues that desert plants, animals and people have been surviving and thriving for thousands of years on scarce resources and uncertain climates "“ and they have the systems to cope with uncertainty which urban society lacks....

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2009-07-01 10:10:00

Researchers from the University of Haifa-Oranim have managed to decipher the unique self-watering mechanism of this plant in the Negev desert, which harvests 16 times more water than other plants in the regionResearchers from the Department of Science Education-Biology at the University of Haifa-Oranim have managed to make out the "self-irrigating" mechanism of the desert rhubarb, which enables it to harvest 16 times the amount of water than otherwise expected for a plant in this region based...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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