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Bats can tell that air over the urban areas is warmer than air over parks

In a creative collaborative effort between zoologists and geographers from Tel Aviv University (TAU), a new study utilizing bats to map “Urban Heat Islands” in the Gush Dan metropolitan area of Israel reveals that the air over the Ayalon Highway can be up to 5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit) warmer than the air in Yarkon Park… Read More

TAU researchers succeed in producing highly efficient, low-cost “green” hydrogen

Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) have succeeded in producing “green” hydrogen through the use of green electricity. The resulting hydrogen is produced without air pollution and with a high level of efficiency. The new method was developed by doctoral student Itzhak Grinberg and Dr. Oren Ben-Zvi under the guidance of Professor Iftach Yacoby of… Read More

“Super Seaweed” from TAU produces natural health compounds and medicine

Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute (IOLR) have succeeded in significantly increasing the ability of seaweed to produce healthy natural materials. Their research findings may serve the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food, and nutritional supplement industries. The new methods enhanced the production of bio-active compounds that offer medical benefits… Read More

Environmental benefits of food-sharing economies dependent on use of money saved

Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev explored the true benefit of digital food sharing economies and found that a significant proportion of the benefit to the environment is offset when the money saved is used for purposes that have a negative environmental impact. The study was led by Tamar… Read More

Plastic additives selectively harm reproduction process of corals, TAU research finds

A new study by Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat finds that plastic additives used during the manufacturing process have species-specific effects that may damage the population structure and biodiversity of coral reefs. The study was led by TAU PhD student Gal Vered of the Interuniversity Institute for… Read More