A Russian man who doctors say should have been dead long ago has volunteered to become the first human head transplant patient in a groundbreaking operation one neurosurgeon calls "HEAVEN."
The Russian man, Valery Spiridonov, 31, has Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, "a genetic disorder that wastes away muscles and kills motor neurons — nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that help move the body," according to The Atlantic magazine.
"He has no memory of ever walking, and his movement today is limited to feeding himself, typing, steering his wheelchair with a joystick, and little else. He sits with his right leg perpetually crossed over his left, and his body below the neck looks shrunken, almost deflated. His condition is fatal, but there's no telling how much time he has left — according to doctors, he should have died long ago," explained writer Sam Kean in a feature on Spiridonov, appearing in the September issue of the magazine. more >>
The ongoing IFA Conference 2016 kept its tradition of launching the newest laptops, tablets and other gadgets for consumers to enjoy. This year, the biggest technology event in Europe showcased one of the most interesting products to date—the smartwatch.
Combining the features of a mobile operating system and the handy accessibility of a wearable gadget, the smartwatch serves a lot of purposes. Fitness enthusiasts can use it to track their workout progress, busy users can type texts directly on the small screen, and it can even help users prevent during emergencies; all while keeping the time and date.
At the IFA, two new offerings of the product stood out: the Asus ZenWatch 3 and the Samsung Gear S3. With consumers possibly choosing between these two as their first smartwatch, it is important to note their striking similarities and key differences. more >>
The 2016-17 La Liga season is only entering its third week of contention, but a lot of action had kept fans on the edge of their seats. Top-tier talents are once again showing off their skills amid tight competition in the Spanish league.
It is never too early to keep track of this season's frontrunners for the coveted Pichichi Award, given to the best goal scorer at the end of the year. However, while the list includes predictable names, the grueling league can still trigger a lot of changes in these players' prowess.
A transgender politician from Bolton, England, who was born a male but transitioned into a female, has complained to police about a "hate crime" in which a fellow councilor used the wrong pronoun when addressing the politician.
"For someone in the highest public forum of the town to feel transphobia was acceptable is shocking. It is not acceptable in Bolton — it shouldn't be acceptable anywhere," said the politician, Zoe Kirk-Robinson, after the town's former mayor Guy Harkin used the word "he" instead of "she."
Kirk-Robinson added: "Bolton has a problem with hate crime and for Harkin to engage in a personal attack against me in this matter only serves to legitimise transphobia in the eyes of the average bigot — which makes life harder for all LGBT people." more >>
The first reports of Christian leaders being arrested in Russia following the passing of new anti-terrorism laws that ban evangelism outside of churches have started coming in.
The Moscow Times reports that Sergei Zhuravlyov, a representative of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested earlier this month while he was preaching before the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community, and was charged with violating a provision of the law that bans illegal missionary activity.
Law enforcement officials later told Interfax news agency that Zhuravlyov is being accused of "fomenting negative attitudes toward the Russian Orthodox Church," and of having ties to the Ukrainian nationalist political party called Right Sector, which is banned in Russia. more >>
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of social media giant Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis at the Vatican, and later shared their admiration for the pontiff's "mercy and tenderness" and the way he has connected with people of different faiths.
"Priscilla and I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he's found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook message on Monday.
"We also discussed the importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access. We gave him a model of Aquila, our solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to places that don't have it. And we shared our work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help people around the world," he added. more >>