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“Methuselah” Palm Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Is a Father

Publication: National Geographic   Date: March 24, 2015   View Article

A male date palm tree named Methuselah that sprouted from a 2,000-year-old seed nearly a decade ago is thriving today, according to the Israeli researcher who is cultivating the historic plant.

The plant was sprouted in a laboratory in 2005, and when a National Geographic news story about the event resurfaced this week on the social media website Reddit, we decided to check in on Methuselah and see how it’s doing.

“He is a big boy now,” says Elaine Solowey, the director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel.

8 Jewish archaeological discoveries

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: December 10, 2008   View Article

The Holy Land continues to produce ancient treasures thousands of years after the events described in the Bible. Learn about eight archaeological discoveries made in recent years that have shed light on Jewish history and the Old Testament.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: McCartney in Israel, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 29, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include Durga Puja clay idols in India, Paul McCartney performing in Israel, the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle in Germany, an attempt at crossing the English Channel with a pedal powered ship, and the trip home for the Eid-al-Fitr holiday in Indonesia.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: Fire Ritual, Festival …

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 15, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include the Yadnya Kasada festival in Indonesia, a festival in honor of Ganesh in India, the Marian Procession in France, choristers at the West Minster Abbey Choir School in London, and Japanese Buddhists in Israel.

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