Friday, 19 July 2013
GOT your head screwed on right? This may become a pertinent question if this neuroscientist gets his way - he wants to begin transplanting heads.
Doctor Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group has outlined a medical procedure which he says will successfully connect a brain to a spinal chord - the major challenge for any such operation.
"It is my contention that the technology only now exists for such linkage," he writes in the Surgical Neurology International journal.
But how much would such a procedure cost?
Dr Canavero says you would have to put aside some $15 million for the operation alone.
Dr Canavero says his procedure is derived from successful head transplants of animals from experiments dating back to the 1970s.
The head of a rhesus monkey was transplanted to the body of another in 1970 in an experimental procedure.
The head was quickly cooled to about 12C and quickly transferred to a chilled new body.
Once the head was reconnected to the circulatory system, the body's heart was restarted and work initiated to connect the nervous system.
Dr Canavero argues that a "clean cut" by an ultra-sharp cutting implement was the key to success as it would allow the severed nerve cells to fuse with each other.
Late last month, scientists at Case Western Reserve University proved they could now restore some neural connectivity in the spinal cords of rats.
Perhaps all those people who have had their heads cryogenically frozen weren't out of their minds after all.
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A group of Swedish engineers has built a "Sweat Machine" that pulls the sweat out of damp clothing, and then purifies and filters it until it's fit to drink, and in case you're not sweaty enough to contribute, there's an exercise bike attached.
The project was dreamed up by a PR agency and UNICEF as a way of drawing attention to the many parts of the world that lack access to sufficient clean water. Whenever someone chips in sweat or drinks a cup of former sweat, sponsors will donate money to buy water purification tablets in these regions, according to the Gothia Cup's site. Could the sweat machine itself help in these places? Maybe, but not much; it requires a full load of sweat-drenched laundry to make a pint of water.
IT'S the smartwatch created for potentially foolish people.
Japanese watchmaker Tokyoflash launched an innovative wristwatch overnight that not only tests your sobriety with a built-in game, but tests your blood alcohol level with a breathalyser built into its side.
The Kisai Intoxicated watch, offered for a launch price of $US99 until Friday night in Australia, shows the date and time, and offers alarms, as you would expect from any wristwatch.
But a breathalyser is also hidden beneath what looks like a watch dial and can be used to rate the wearer's blood alcohol level from .001 per cent to as high as .2 per cent - four times the legal Australian driving limit.
To test sobriety, or a lack thereof, wearers must unscrew the watch dial, wait while its alcohol sensor heats up, and blow into the outlet from a distance of just 2cm.
The watch's breathalyser display, to the right of its LCD screen, showcases three levels of drunkenness.
No alcohol detected earns a green light, .001 to .06 is classified as "getting drunk" and is indicated by a yellow light, and results of .061 up to .2 are officially classified as "drunk" and show a red light.
The stainless steel watch with rechargeable battery also features a "sobriety game" for those who want a second opinion, asking wearers to press a button to align a moving column with the centre of the screen.
Despite the Kisai Intoxicated's potential to rate alcohol consumption for safe driving, even its makers don't advise relying on its judgment alone.
In the last page of its manual, Tokyoflash advises: "This watch is designed for entertainment only. The retailer does not warrant that the results obtained from this breathalyser will be completely accurate or reliable and accept no liability for consequences arising from its use."
Joaquín Alcaraz Gracia claimed the title of beer drinking champ during a festival in Spain Wednesday, but his victory was short-lived. The 45-year-old man died after the beer drinking contest, during which he reportedly consumed six liters of brew (about 12.5 pints) in 20 minutes.
According to local reports, Gracia won the drinking festival's top prize and hoisted his trophy into the air. But the event, held in the Gea y Truyols district of Murcia, took a tragic turn soon after when Gracia began to vomit and didn't stop.
At that time, witnesses called emergency services, believing Gracia was suffering from alcohol poisoning. Seated in a chair, Gracia was held upright while bystanders waited for medical personnel. Observers noted to local media that the heavyset man appeared to nod off.
By the time the medical team arrived, Gracia was reportedly in cardiac arrest. The 45-year-old was rushed to a local hospital, but passed away shortly after his arrival Wednesday night.
Though Gracia's alcohol consumption is believed to be a factor in his death, officials have not confirmed his specific cause of death. In fact, Mayor José Manuel Gracia walked back the official tally of how much Gracia drank, telling local newspaper La Verdad the winner consumed two to three liters during the contest.
Under the rules of the drinking competition, contestants must drink as many liter-glasses of beer as possible in the 20-minute time span.
The beer drinking contest is part of the area's annual festival, which has been held for more than 15 years. However, following the death, future festival plans have been suspended, La Nueva España notes.
The First Lady of Mavin records, Songstress TIWA SAVAGE joins the list of Nigerian Celebrities on MTN payroll.
The MTN Ambassadorial deal was said to worth about 30million Nairs, "na money be that o"
This is what she said in regards to mtn's deal "MTN ambassador, i don port o. God you are so good to me"
Is Timi seeking attention from the public?
Soul Singer TIMI DAKOLO few days ago shared some controversial tweets on his twitter page about a pastor he met at the airport with so many bodyguards.
He said he was tempted to question the pastor who wants to kill him.
He is now begging all pastors to "STOP MAKING JESUS COMPLICATED"
Do you concur with his statement?
Former Destiny’s Child member, Kelly Rowland has been announced as the face of the all-new F-type series Jaguar. The attractive singer was spotted in Miami where she was shooting the soon to be released commercial for the car series.
Kelly who also currently sits as judge on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor is no stranger to endorsements as she has previously served as spokesperson for the luxury watch brand TW Steel, Sean John’s “Empress” perfume and Dark & Lovely hair relaxer.
Kelly Rowland replaces American singer/songwriter Lana Del Ray who was named as spokesperson for the F-type last year.
A pastor with Deeper Christian Life Bible Church, Abudu, in Orhiomnwon Local Government Area of Edo State, southsouth Nigeria, Eze Fidelis, 47, was taken into custody by the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police for allegedly raping two girls aged 9 and 11.
what would be his sentence if you were the judge?