Paralysed man walks again, British cranes make historic comeback, world’s largest wild-life bridge
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, an electrical implant helps a man with a severed spinal cord to walk, the number of British cranes reaches its highest number in 400 years, and a wild life bridge in urban Los Angeles helps man and beast coexist.
Electrical implant helps paralysed man walk again
Michel Rocatti severed his spinal cord after a motorbike accident. Now Swiss researchers at Lausanne University Hospital developed an implant that demonstrates muscle movements, improves balance and allows him to stand and walk.
Highest number in 400 years: Cranes return thanks to conversation efforts
After improving their preferred habitat, young birds were hand-reared and released in the Somerset Levels and Moors. Now the population of the bird reached 200 cranes of which 72 are pairs.
Los Angeles to build world’s largest urban wild-life bridge
This spring the construction of the wild-life crossing worth 88 million US-Dollars will begin. Not only will it assist the coexistance of man and mountain lion, it could also reduce the 20 large-animal crashes per day.
Reasons to be cheerful
Canada’s doctors can now prescribe national park passes
Spending time in nature can boost self-esteem and reduce stress-levels.The PaRx initiative provides a one year-long pass to patients who received corresponding prescriptions from doctors in four of Canada’s provinces.
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Digital cardiovascular disease treatments help more than 100 patients in Ireland
The programme, developed as an alternative to in person treatment during the pandemic, involves weekly Zoom meetings as well as prerecorded videos, ultimately improving blood pressure control whilst reducing anxiety and depression among patients.
Planet-warming methane leaks to be closed in US
The Biden administration has pledged $1.15 billion US-Dollars to states, following up on its commitment to reduce methane emmissions, also outlining how to prevent further leaks from occurring via an interagency working group.
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Information batteries’ could precompute data to use renewable energy
Computer scientist Jennifer Switzer suggests that predicting the use of computing could prioritise the use of renewable energy and reduce the amount needed from conventional sources, ultimately fostering a more efficient energy usage.
How India’s grassroots initiatives help organise waste management
Kabadiwalla Connect is one of the subcontinent’s organisations helping to bring together India’s informal small scrap dealers and formal waste management to efficiently use technology-and industry-based solutions.
Police and citizens break barriers in conflict resolution sessions in US
Trauma to Trust is an initiative in Newark, entirely funded through grants, bringing together officers and citizens to share their perspective on trauma-ridden experiences to prevent further mistrust from occurring.
Netherlends export floating home projects to flood-prone nations
Seeing escalating interest in their floating home solutions, dutch-led projects are now being implemented in the Maledives and French Polynesia to prepare home owners for rising sea levels.
Adversity to University: degrees for homeless people
In our new podcast episode, we’re talking to two special guests, Becky Edwards and Darren Higginson who are part of a pioneering programme at the University of Chichester that opens up access to higher education for people who have experienced homelessness.