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On a mission to revive 45 city lakes by 2025

Almost 500 years ago, when Kempegowda founded Bengaluru (India), he dotted it with numerous beautiful water bodies, thus earning it the sobriquet – city of lakes.

But, that is all in the past, because the present has ravaged the city of its natural treasures. From 262 water bodies in 1960, the figure has declined to 81, of which only 34 are currently alive.

After months of research and study on the city’s lakes, 38-year-old Anand Malligavad is all set to rejuvenate 45 lakes by 2025, with the work already in progress.

“We began the work on April 20, 2017, with a budget of Rs 1 crore and 17 lakh, provided by Sansera Foundation. We needed help and reached out to the nearby community with the help of a senior citizen, B Muthuraman (74). Together, we covered almost 400 houses to spread awareness. Eventually, people began to show up, and joined hands to work long hours to make this possible,” says Anand. He was Sansera’s CSR head at the time.

“A total of 18,000 saplings, 3,000 fruit bearing of 22 varieties, 3,000 native species of plants, and 2,000 ayurvedic plants, now populate the lake area, providing it with a bounty of natural treasures,” he adds.


I kind of sliced and diced the article. More pics at link. Pretty amazing....and can be duplicated here.

First drone-delivered organ used for transplant

University of Maryland Medical Center received the first drone-delivered organ used for transplant

University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore was the site of the drone delivery of an organ used in a transplant, officials said.

The flight took place April 19. Beginning at 1 a.m., a kidney was flown for about 10 minutes, covering a distance of 2.6 miles across the city to UMMC. With a scheduled operation time for 5 a.m., the organ was then successfully transplanted into a patient with kidney failure.

The team behind the effort believes use of unmanned vehicles can expand access to donor organs. Doctors see a need to improve the reliability and efficiency of organ delivery, and believe the approach could be faster and safer. Current transport methods involve chartered or commercial flights, and may not cover all geographical areas. There’s also a need from patients: According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there were nearly 114,000 people on waiting lists for organ transplant.

The effort was a collaboration on multiple fronts.

“As a result of the outstanding collaboration among surgeons, engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), organ procurement specialists, pilots, nurses, and, ultimately, the patient, we were able to make a pioneering breakthrough in transplantation,” Dr. Joseph Scalea the project lead and assistant professor of surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine, who was one of the surgeons that performed the procedure, said in a statement.

It brought together engineers and aviation experts at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, surgeons and researchers at UMMC and the Living Legacy Foundation. AiRXOS, which is part of GE Aviation, also participated by providing monitoring of the flight, and Scalea partnered with several medical technology companies. TEDCO provided funding, and resources were also contributed by University of Maryland, Baltimore’s tech transfer office and the City of Baltimore.

Test flights between medical facilities previously took place at the University of Maryland UAS Test Site in St. Mary’s County, but this was the first time that an organ was delivered for transport. The team from the test site led this flight, as well.

Within the operation, officials said the effort also involved the following tech firsts:

An apparatus to maintain and monitor the organ, which monitors a variety of metrics and transmits data to personnel smartphones.
A custom-built unmanned aerial system (UAS) with eight rotors, which could be reliable even in the face of part failures. This included backup propellers and motors, dual batteries, a backup power distribution board and a parachute recovery system, per UMMC.
Mesh network radios to control and monitor the aircraft, as well as communicate.

Aircraft operating systems combining UAS and organ transport standards.
Along with the medical and technical needs, the flight also had to operate within federal flight regulations.

The patient is a 44-year-old Baltimore resident. They spent eight years on dialysis before undergoing the transplant procedure. Following the procedure, the person, who was not identified by officials, was discharged last Tuesday from UMMC.

“This whole thing is amazing. Years ago, this was not something that you would think about,” the kidney recipient said in a statement provided by UMMC.


Pay It Forward Pizza

What a great idea!

Great dogs!

Biodegradable material for the creation of non-polluting bags

Solubag is a biodegradable material for the creation of non-polluting bags. The material was created in 2014. Chilean company with 3 years of operation dedicated to the development and innovation of packaging products, flexible packaging, rigid, among others, which are friendly to the environment. The company is recognized by University Singularity and Sillicon Valley , where our products are the best innovation in Latin America, a prize awarded at the Summit Conference held in March 2018 in Chile.


Compassionate Cops

"Yesterday, SGT McCoy met a man by the name of Dan Williams, age:57, sitting in front of Wendy's in Horn Lake. He was down on his luck and was hungry. SGT McCoy walked him inside and offered to buy the man lunch. The Wendy's Management would not let the deputy pay, because they covered Mr. Williams' meal instead!
SGT McCoy sat down and ate lunch with Mr. Williams. He found out that Mr. Williams had no money or phone and has been catching rides from Ohio in an attempt to get down to Monroe, Louisiana to be with family.

SGT McCoy could tell that Mr. Williams had a good heart and wanted to help him, so he got with Deputies Brea, Garrett, and Andrews. They all pulled money out of their own pockets and pitched in to buy Mr. Williams an $89.00 Greyhound bus ticket to get home, along with an additional $60.00 for some food and necessities. SGT McCoy later said that Mr. Williams broke down and cried as he was dropping him off at the bus station in Memphis, TN. Mr. Williams looked over to SGT McCoy and told him, "Out of all of the people that reached out to help me in my time of need, it was the cops. Thank you!!"


Something soothing this morning....

Paddling in Norway

Babysitter Heroics

This is one smart poocher! Taking another look....this dog looks like she's recently had puppies.

Robots taking over

Boston Dynamics' robot figured out how to open doors


Betty White celebrates 97th birthday: Her best quotes ever

(From January, but this is a must see clip)

Sure, Mary Tyler Moore could turn the world on with her smile — but her scene-stealing co-star, Betty White, is the one who stole our hearts for the long haul.

From her pioneering work in the 1950s (she was the first woman to produce a sitcom) to her 1970s break-though as the oversexed Sueanne Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to innocent naif Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,” Betty has always been a sure bet.

Jan. 22 marks the television icon‘s 97th birthday. In honor of this momentous occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of the best bon mots from this unabashed vodka lover‘s nearly 70 years in the entertainment biz:


This woman has always been a hoot, and her work with animals makes her doubly lovable.
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