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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                     March 31, 1995, V3, #59
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Infra-Red Camera Spots 'Radiator' on Vultures

A concealed camera, originally developed for military and industrial purposes, has been used lately for the first time in research on animal behavior. The 'Inframetrics 760' developed by the Israeli electronic company Elbit, which uses infra-red rays, has documented the behavior of a vulture in flight. It focused on the bird's physiology and use of energy. Zoologists from Tel Aviv University carried out the experiment, singling out an indigenous vulture sometimes found on the Carmel range but more in Galilee and on the Golan. It also appears in Spain, southern Europe, the Atlas mountains and North Africa, and in the Alps and Balkans.

This breed is diminishing and is in danger of extinction. Specimens are being bred in the Tel Aviv University zoological garden and released to freedom.

The new camera has shown for the first time that a vulture's neck acts as a radiator, releasing heat, with the blood circulation of the vulture adjusting itself in the vessels in the neck to the temperature of the weather. Small transmitters have been fitted on the backs of some vultures which have been tracked in their flights into Syria after being released on the Golan.

Antiquities Department Looking for a Main Street

An unprecedented project by the Antiquities Department recently was opened to the public at the site of the Biblical Temples in Jerusalem, where huge stones which fell to the ground from the Temple wall when the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. It was discovered that they were covering a main street in the Herodian old Citadel of Jerusalem.

It has been identified as the commercial center through which pilgrims passed on the way to the Temple. Archeologist Dr. Ronni Reich is conducting the excavations and removal of the stones. The site will be part of the attractions next year during the 3,000th anniversary celebrations of Jerusalem.

American Jews Asked to Buy West Bank Apartments and Rent Them to Israelis

The council of Jewish Settlements has recently embarked on a campaign to sell apartments in settlements to Jews abroad. The buyers would then rent them to Israelis who want to move into the areas, but either can't afford the apartments or are wary of risking their money.

Council spokesman Yechiel Leiter said a "couple of dozen" of apartments have been sold in the US and Europe and they are continuing to market the apartments. Another spokesman Aharon Domb is now pushing the idea on a fundraising trip to France. Leiter said the Diaspora Jews are being asked to invest in the apartments rather than donate to the country.

"These people are investing in the country just as people did in the 1930s and '40s," said Leiter. He would not say where the housing are adding that they are not in areas like "greater Jerusalem."

An Interesting Character -- Archaeologically Speaking

A marble bust of the Roman Emperor Andrianus, who cruelly suppressed the Jewish revolt of Bar-Kochba in the second century of the Common Era, has been found at the Mediterranean port of Caesarea. It was found 33 years after the discovery of the famous huge granite headless statue of that very emperor in the area.

An erotic clay tablet of a couple of lovers was found in the nearby harbor dating from about 3,000 years ago, and was apparently owned by a Byzantine collector [Caesarea became part of the Byzantine empire after the Romans]. Another partial statue in bronze, of the head and torso, of the Emperor Andrianus, was found at Beit She'an, and is on display in the Israel Museum.

Treasure Trove of Gold Coins

A treasure trove of gold coins from the late Roman era has been uncovered at Caesaria and have gone on exhibit at the Hecht Museum of Haifa University. It contains 99 coins from the second half of the fourth century. It was enclosed in a basalt stone jar under a mosaic floor, and unearthed in the summer of 1993. Each coin weighs 4.5 grams and has the portraits of a Roman emperor and a local god on the obverse and reverse.

New English-Language Fax Newspaper Starts Operations

An English-language newspaper, distributed by fax, "Israel By Fax," aimed at investors and Jewish communities abroad, has started publishing. Similar to Israel Faxx, it is a daily paper, containing a roundup of news from the Israeli press on economics, politics and society. There are also articles on culture, tourism, art, archeology and religion.

Isabelle Tze'iri, a recent immigrant to Israel from France where she worked in communications, founded the paper. She was until recently the advertising and marketing director for the leading French paper, Le Monde. Tze'iri has signed a contract with a New York company, specializing in faxed newspapers. She says her company has the potential of sending out 10,000 issues daily, in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Britain and South Africa -- as well as Jordan, Egypt and other Arab countries. The publisher said she started the publication "to take advantage of progress in the peace process to diffuse information about various aspects of Israel."

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