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Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:58 AM
— It sounds like something out of a horrible B movie, but a professor in Italy says a team has successfully transplanted a human head in China. It was done on corpses to see if surgeons could reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels.
“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done,” Sergio Canavero, the director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, said. “A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage,” the Telegraph reported.
He added that it would be the last step before a full head transplant happens some time before the end of the year, USA Today reported.
A firm date for the living patient surgery has not been released.
Canavero said the procedure happened in China because “the Americans did not understand” and wouldn’t fund the experiments, USA Today reported.
Experts in the medical community said that a procedure like this would not be allowed in either the United States or Europe.
While it’s being called a head transplant, it’s technically a body transplant, where the recipient with a functioning brain will have his head transplanted to a donor’s body who has been declared brain dead, USA Today reported.
Doctors will fuse the spinal cord and attach blood vessels and muscles then the patient will be kept in a coma for a month as the person heals, Newsweek reported. If it is successful, the patient could walk again, Canavero claims.
Many in the medical community said that not only is it doubtful the procedure will be successful, there also are ethical questions, saying that whoever undergoes the procedure will be in incredible pain, and not able to breathe or control their own heart rate, Newsweek reported.
Canavero cites studies on animals to support his plan, but other doctors say that, ‘You’re not going to jump from rodent to human” and that Canavero’s plan is “criminal,” Newsweek reported.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:28 PM
— A dramatic tackle of an armed robber was caught on CCTV in Monterrey, northern Mexico on Monday, April 23.
A store customer wearing a cowboy hat can be seen removing his glasses and tackling a young man who enters the store pointing a gun at employees.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:59 AM
SOUTH LANARKSHIRE, Scotland — A castle in Scotland has lasted for 500 years but the property is apparently no match for an angry badger. Yes, you’ve read that right. An angry badger shut down tourist access to a tunnel at Craignethan Castle, the BBC reported.
Officials allowed the public access to the rest of the 5-century-old building but the tunnel was closed not only for people’s safety, but also for the badger’s, officials told the BBC.
The badger apparently did some damage to the masonry of the castle before it left the building either Friday night or Saturday morning on its own accord.
#badgerupdate While our furry friend left the building over the weekend, we can confirm the #CraignethanCastle cellar tunnel remains closed this week. Our work team on-site need to repair some of the stone masonry the badger damaged. The rest of the castle is open for visitors. pic.twitter.com/MgmJVObWnt— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 18, 2018
The animal left after castle staff members tried cat food and honey to coax it out, the Guardian reported.
Thank you to all our friends and followers for sending through their #badger tips. We now know badgers much prefer peanuts and even bananas, over cat food. If your castle tunnel is experiencing similar problems, remember the @ScottishSPCA can assist with animal welfare enquiries. pic.twitter.com/9iVqVI1LYV— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 18, 2018
Castle staff members who run the property’s Twitter account had a little online fun, posting a GIF image of dancing badgers when they announced the tunnel’s closing.
Beware the #AngryBadger!— Historic Scotland (@welovehistory) April 13, 2018
If you're heading to #CraignethanCastle over the next few days you might find the Cellar Tunnel closed due to the presence of a very angry badger. We're trying to entice it out with cat food & send it home to #chilloot https://t.co/K4C2lA84xD pic.twitter.com/nTuC9VPOuo
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
— A 18-week-old polar bear cub left the birthing box at Gelsenkirchen's zoological garden for the first time together with his mother on Friday, April 13.
The cub was born on Dec. 4, 2017 and now weighs about 20 kilograms (44 pounds.)
Gelsenkirchen Mayor Frank Baranowski unveiled the name of the little polar bear. Five proposals were up for election for almost two weeks: Nanook, Mathilda, Lenja, Lore and Baerbel.
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:28 PM
— Belgium's Planckendael Zoo on Wednesday (April 11) welcomed its third baby elephant this year, a boost to the zoo's breeding program of Asian elephants.
The new arrival, still without a name, became the first male Asian elephant to be born at the zoo this year.
On his feet within fifteen minutes of his delivery and now walking well, the newborn is perfectly healthy, the zoo said.