Roman temple ruin found in the Galilee

By Rachel Fletcher, September 26, 2008
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 The ruins of a Roman temple have been found by Israeli archaeologists in the Galilee. The discovery, made during a Hebrew University dig led by Professor Zeev Weiss, dates from the second century CE, according to the BBC.

The temple's ruins were found beneath a church in Zippori, which was the capital of Galilee during Roman times.

 Israel and Jews are due to feature at a science conference in Texas in October. International Nanotechnology Week will be marked by the Accelerating Nanotechnology Commercialisation conference, held by nanotxUSA in Dallas.

Nanotechnology is the applied science of controlling matter at an atomic and molecular level. Speakers are due to include American physicist Stan Ovshinsky and Zvi Yaniv of Applied Nanotech, reports Nanotechnology Now.

 How appropriate, then, that an Israeli nanotechnology company should claim a technology breakthrough.

Israel21C reports research by company Salio, founded in 2005 by Prof Avigdor Schertz of the Weizmann Institute and researcher Roie Yerushalmi of Berkeley in California.

The technology, licensed by the Weizmann Institute's Yeda, can reportedly cause fabric to expand or retract depending on stimuli, which could, for example, help a wounded soldier.

Salio says its tiny nanomolecular engines respond to stimuli and have been incorporated into detectors and sensors.

An Israeli agro-economist is behind a bio-energy project in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

Igal Shani, one of the officials at Sekab Bio-energy Tanzania, has had a major hand in creating what is reportedly the first-ever extra-large sugar-cane farm for the production of ethanol.

An irrigation expert, he said that half of the area has been planted with sugar cane and a 10-million litre water reservoir has been built, IPP Media reports.

 Who is a Jew? Molecular genetics professor David B Goldstein can probably tell you.

He tracked the history of the Jewish priestly Cohanim caste for his new book, Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History, with some startling results.

Comparing chromosomes of Cohanim with other Jews, his team found that most self-identified Cohanim, whether Sephardi or Ashkenazi, had the same type of Y chromosome.

In addition, he uncovered genetic evidence that the Lemba tribe in Africa may be of Jewish origins.
He described the Cohanim chromosomal continuity as "an out and out stunner".

 Talk about tikkun olam (saving the world)... Isaac Berzin, known for his work on using algae to extract greenhouse gases from the atmosphere for use as fuel, thinks Israel is close to becoming a world leader in various types of green technology.

He told the Jerusalem Post that Israel's strength is "not implementation, but creation and innovation".

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