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    A new biofuel, which contains part coffee oil, is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain where it can be used without the need for modification.

    Transport for London has been turning to biofuels to curb carbon emissions, trialling a fuel made with used cooking oil from the catering industry.(Shutterstock)

    Transport for London has been turning to biofuels to curb carbon emissions, trialling a fuel made with used cooking oil from the catering industry.(Shutterstock)

    Waste coffee grounds will be used to help fuel some of London’s buses, Royal Dutch Shell and clean technology company bio-bean said on Monday.

    A new biofuel, which contains part coffee oil, is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain where it can be used without the need for modification, the companies said in a statement.

    Bio-bean and partner Argent Energy have so far produced enough coffee oil to power one bus for a year, if used as a pure-blend for the 20 percent bio component and mixed with mineral diesel to form a B20 fuel, they said.

    Transport for London has been turning to biofuels to curb carbon emissions, trialling a fuel made with used cooking oil from the catering industry, the transport operator said on its website.

    Bio-bean said the average Londoner drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, producing over 200,000 tonnes of waste a year. It collects waste grounds from high street chains and factories, which are dried and processed to extract coffee oil.

    “It’s a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource,” bio-bean founder Arthur Kay said.

    The coffee fuel technology has been supported by Shell.

    source: http://www.hindustantimes.com / Hindustan Times / Home> World / by Reuters, London / November 20th, 2017

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    October 30th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Science & Technology


    Mysuru :

    Karnataka Urinary Tract Surgeons’ Association and Mysuru Urinary Tract Surgeons’ Association is jointly organising the 22nd conference of Urinary Tract Surgeons at Virajpet from November 3 to 5, said Dr Prakash K Prabhu, organising president of the conference, at a press meet held at Mysuru Press Club here on Monday.

    “Titular king Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar will inaugurate the 3-day long conference at Club Mahindra Resort on November 3 at 5:30 pm. Srikantha Siddalinga Raje Urs of Manteswamy Mutt will release a souvenir on the occasion. Robotic expert from Gujarat Dr Pranjal Modi will be the chief guest and will deliver a special lecture,” he added.

    Dr Madappa, Dr H S Prakash, Dr H M Prasad and others were present.

    source: http://www.citytoday.new / City Today / Home> Headlines> Mysore / CT Bureau / October 30th, 2017

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    October 7th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology

    In the recently held district-level Inter-Collegiate Science lecture competition in Kannada, four students from Kodagu got selected for the state level.

    The competition was organised by the Department of Collegiate Education.

    The district-level competition meant for Science degree students was held at Field Marshal K M Cariappa College.


    The events were held in various Science subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Students of Field Marshal K M Cariappa College, T V Prithvish, G Shimla, Sherol Ammanna and M N Ben Bopaiah won in the district-level competition and will represent the college in the state-level competition to be held in Bidar in the second week of October.

    Giving away prizes to the winning students, Cariappa College Principal Dr Parvathi Appaiah called upon degree students to take interest in the research of basic sciences.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Madikeri – DH News Service / October 06th, 2017

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    Deputy Commissioner Richard Vincent D’souza on Monday has threatened the engineers concerned that they would be held accountable for any complaints/problems pertaining to drinking water supply.

    Chairing a meeting on drinking water works and fodder issues, the deputy commissioner expressed his anguish against the engineers over the tardy progress in the drinking water works taken up at a cost of Rs 1 crore last year. The DC was upset over the underutilisation of funds sanctioned for the water works. “If there is failure in utilising the amount, sanctioned last year, to its fullest, how can we seek funds for the current year, the DC questioned.

    The deputy commissioner directed the engineers to expedite the water works and address the water woes in the district.

    Additional Deputy Commissioner M Satish Kumar said, “A Cabinet sub-committee headed by Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa has been constituted. The sub-committee should be apprised of the measures taken.”

    The officials should furnish information related to measures taken to address drinking water complalints, cattle feed among others, he added.

    The Addl DC also instructed the officers to speed up drought relief works.
    Zilla panchayat deputy secretary, planning director, chief planning officer and executive officers of respective taluk panchayats were told to work in tandem to mitigate drought.

    Rural Drinking Water Engineer Shashidhar, along with assistant executive enginers from three taluks in the district, apprised the meeting of the status of the works taken up in the district.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, December 13th, 2016

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    This coffee-infused bioelastic foam can filter lead from water. Photo by Chavan et al., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016

    This coffee-infused bioelastic foam can filter lead from water. Photo by Chavan et al., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016

    Tune in tonight on PBS NewsHour where Miles O’Brien will look at the hazards and history of lead as part of his Leading Edge series.

    Needless to say, humans have a coffee obsession.

    Last year, global coffee consumption weighed in at 10 million tons — or one and half Great Pyramids worth of beans ground into caffeinated oblivion. Now, a lab at the Italian Institute of Technology wants to put those discarded grounds to good use.

    The team has engineered a coffee grounds-infused foam that removes hazardous metals, like lead, from water. Though still in its prototype phase, this foam might be able to clear the worst levels of lead contamination found in places like Flint, Michigan, within a few hours.

    “The proposed method is cheaper [than current large-scale filtration systems], since it uses principally costless waste,” said IIT physicist Despina Fragouli who led the project. “and more sustainable compared to other systems, where synthetic materials are used.”

    The idea isn’t entirely new. Scientists have known for years that coffee contains chemical groups — called carboxylates — that stick to metals. Early attempts at this water remediation concept tried smashing the coffee grounds into a fine powder, which was then mixed into lead-tainted water. The toxic metals bind the powder, and together, they are filtered out of the water. But this procedure is a bit redundant — you need a filter for a filter.

    Fragouli and her colleagues simplified this process by chemically infusing the coffee powder onto a elastic foam. The final spongy foam is 60 to 70 percent coffee by weight.

    Left panel: Bioelastic foam with the spent coffee powder indicated by the yellow circles and the inset. Right panel: Pure elastic foam without coffee powder. Photo by Chavan et al., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016

    Left panel: Bioelastic foam with the spent coffee powder indicated by the
    yellow circles and the inset. Right panel: Pure elastic foam without coffee powder. Photo by Chavan et al., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016

    “Both the coffee and the heavy metal ions are entrapped in the foam,” Fragouli said of her findings published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. “Therefore, no additional procedures are required for the removal of the [coffee] adsorbents and the pollutants from the water.”

    So, a water official would simply pull the foam from the water to take out the metal toxins. The rate of removal depends on how much lead is in the water. If Fragouli’s team started with water containing nine parts per million of lead — 360 times higher than most common amount found during the Flint water crisis — the foam could remove a third of the contamination in 30 minutes.

    Though promising, Fragouli said more research is needed to determine if the foam can obtain lead and mercury levels appropriate for drinking, especially with gunky water flowing through real-world pipes. So far, the sole field test occurred with wastewater from the IIT’s chemistry department, which contained a mixture of metal ions.

    “The results show that the metal ions of interest can be effectively removed,” Fragouli said.

    source: http://www.pbs.org / PBS Newshour / Home> The Run Down> Science / by Nsikan Akpan / September 28th, 2016

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    The grooming for ‘Nagarahavu’ Kannada cinema by PEN Movies Jayanthilal Gada and Sajid Quereshi is going up strongly. It is in this film dialogue king Saikumar is playing a pivotal role. The advertisements released recently on birthday of Saikumar revealed his presence in bilingual ‘Nagarahavu’.

    The team of Sajid Quereshi in Bengaluru developed ‘APP’ for Nagarahavu that is one and half months away from release. At the 9th State Level School Olympics 2016, the Nagarahavu APP was released in the presence of yesteryears top athlete Ashwini Nachappa by producer of ‘Nagarahavu’ Sajid Quereshi.

    The state level student Olympics event also held prizes distribution. Ashwini Nachappa and Sajid Quereshi were honoured at this event.

    Now ‘Nagarahavu’ posters, trailer and other updates are available on APP on your mobile phones. The audio of ‘Nagarahavu’ is releasing on 14th of August while the film is set for release on September 16 – 2 days before Dr Vishnuvardhana birth anniversary on September 18.

    source: http://www.indiaglitz.com / IndiaGlitz / Home / Thursday – August 04th, 2016

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    Mysuru :

    The Leading Physicians of the World (LPW) has recognised Dr. Dechu Ponnappa Puliyanda, MD, an alumnus of Mysore Medical College (MMC), as a top Paediatric Nephrologist in California by including her name in its 2016 edition.

    LPW, which began as a yearly publication, selecting and documenting the biographies of medicines brightest minds, has over time evolved into the largest international exclusive medical organisation, representing first rate doctors in over 100 different medical specialties in all major markets across the globe.

    Profile: Dechu Puliyanda is an astute clinician with a special interest in Pediatric Nephrology and kidney transplantation. After finishing her Fellowship in Nephrology and Transplantation from Harvard, she joined the prestigious Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Beverly Hills California, where she currently serves as the Director of the Pediatric Nephrology programme. She is a professor of Pediatrics at Cedars Sinai Medical Centre as well as Professor of Pediatrics at the UCLA-David Geffen School of Medicine at Los Angeles, California.

    Her research has focused on viral infections in the post transplant period, and surrogate markers for renal transplant rejection. She is a world-renowned speaker and has presented at a number of national and international conferences. She is an author of many peer-reviewed publications in prestigious medical journals. In addition, she has a very strong commitment to providing comprehensive care to children and adolescents with chronic kidney disease.

    Dr. Dechu Puliyanda is is a member of the American Society of Transplantation, International Pediatric Transplantation Association, American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, International Pediatric Nephrology Association to name a few.

    A gold medallist from Mysore Medical College (MMC), Dr. Dechu Puliyanda completed her internship and residency at the Rush Presbyterian St.Luke’s Medical Centre in Chicago. She then completed her Fellowship in Nephrology and Transplantation at the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

    She is the daughter of late Dr. Kokkalera Ponnappa and Machie Ponnappa (nee Pandanda), who is a resident of Mittal Panorama on Lalitha Mahal Road in Mysuru. She is married to Subbaiah Puliyanda and the couple have two children, Siddarth and Sitara.

    Dechu’s brother Uthaiah Kokkalera is a Robotic Laparascopic Surgeon in Los Angeles, California.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / July 18th, 2016

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    Kokkalera Uthaiah Ponnappa, who hails from Kodagu and is now settled in the U.S., has bagged the Resident Achievement Award for 2005, a national award given to a resident surgeon in that country by the Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons (SLS), according to family sources here.

    An SLS communication to Dr. Uthaiah Ponnappa said that in recognition of his being an outstanding laparo-endoscopic resident, his name has been listed in the SLS News and World Report section of the Journal of the Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons.

    Dr. Uthaiah Ponnappa did his MBBS at Bangalore Medical College and went to Manchester in the U.K. for his FRCS. — Staff Correspondent

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Karnataka> Briefly / Saturday – July 16th, 2005

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    May 28th, 2016adminEducation, Science & Technology

    Medical Education Minister Dr Sharanaprakash R Patil assured of upgrading the district hospital in Madikeri by increasing the number of beds from 410 to 650.

    He paid a sudden visit to the district hospital in town on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons later, he said that the hospital lacked space for an upgrade.

    “Land will be needed for construction of the new medical college, but there is a need to upgrade the hospital as well. Compared to last year’s condition, the hospital has improved a lot,” he said.

    Dr Patil inspected the facilities at the dialysis, X-Ray, women’s surgery ward, emergency unit and other wards and directed the hospital staff to clear the hospital of unwanted materials.

    The minister, meanwhile, visited the construction site of Kodagu Medical College and inspected the work. The building can currently accommodate the students of first year MBBS course, he said and directed the contractor to complete the necessary works such as construction of protective walls, as soon as possible.

    “The quality of the construction work is good. If needed, a third party inspection will be conducted regarding the quality of work,” he stated.

    “The Medical Council of India has given permission to start the classes from the current year itself,” he added.

    Dr Patil also inspected various sections such as dissection hall, security section, cold storage, anatomy museum and auditorium. He said that the hostels should be ready for accommodation before the admission of students. MLC Sunil Subramani, DC Meer Anees Ahmmed and district Surgeon Muttappa were present.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri , May 27th, 20`16

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    Nagarahole first in the State to implement the project on experimental basis

    PCCF B.J. Hosmath to inaugurate the project tomorrow


    Mysuru :

    With water bodies drying up due to lack of rains in almost all forests in the State and also because of scorching heat, the Forest Department has now turned towards solar energy to pump water to water bodies on an experimental basis at Nagarahole Reserve Forest, the first in the State to do so.

    The project of pumping water to water bodies by utilising solar power will be inaugurated on Sunday (May 8) by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) B.J. Hosmath.

    The Tiger Tank at Antharasanthe Zone in Nagarahole Reserve Forest, which used to cater to the needs of the wild animals, got dried up about three months ago and the animals were forced to go in search of water.

    RFO Mahesh, who observed the animals moving in search of water, began to fill the water bodies using tankers, but it was not enough to cater to their needs. Hence, a borewell was sunk about 100 mts away from the Tiger Tank and a submersible pump was installed to pump water to the tank. Now, to supply power to the water pump, solar panels with 5100 watts capacity have been installed about 20 ft. above the ground and solar energy is being tapped to supply power to the pump.

    A pipe is placed to pump water from the borewell to the tank, which is about 100 mts. away, and three litres of water is being pumped per second into the tank. The water pump will pump water for 6 to 8 hours a day with a total of 60,000 to 80,000 litres being pumped into the tank every day.

    The solar panel is installed at a cost of Rs. 9 lakh and the cost was borne by wildlife enthusiast Tiger Ramesh, who had earlier donated CCTV Cameras to Bandipur and Nagarahole.

    The Tiger Tank was drying up fast and we used to fill water to the tank using water tankers since three months. For the first time in the State, solar energy is being utilised in the forest to pump water to fulfill the water needs of wild animals. If this experiment succeeds, the same will be implemented in other places where there is scarcity of water.

    — RFO Mahesh, Antharasanthe Zone

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / by M.T.Yogesh Kumar / May 07th, 2016

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