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 >>
Bill Nye, popularly known for his 90's hit TV show "The Science Guy," will be making his return to the small screen on Netflix in spring 2017 with the launch of his new show "Bill Nye Saves the World," aimed at getting people excited about science and the challenges of the world.
"Since the start of the 'Science Guy' show, I've been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science," Nye said in a statement, according to Variety.
"Today, I'm excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we'll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we'll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we'll change the world a little." more >>
"The science is settled!" we often hear on any questions surrounding the LGBT issues. But two experts replied last week, "Not so fast."
If you blinked sometime around 2010, you probably didn't recognize the country when you opened your eyes. Once President Obama "evolved" on marriage, and the Supreme Court redefined that institution, the remaining cultural dominoes are falling, and fast.
This year alone, laws were proposed that would force Christian colleges to deny their beliefs, and a federal directive demanded that schools nationwide accommodate transgender students in both restrooms and athletics. And this march is accompanied by the persistent media drumbeat that "the science is settled" on these issues. more >>
Russell Wilson presented a check for $1 million to the Seattle Children's Hospital before the Seahawks' game against the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday that will be used for kids' immunotherapy treatments, which he says has a 93 percent success rate.
"We were able donate over $1 million, which really gives me the chills, because that's what life's really all about — us being able to give back and donate," Wilson said, speaking about the $1,060,005 raised for the Seattle Children's Hospital Strong Against Cancer initiative
"God has given me a great opportunity to play the great game of football," he continued, "but also he has given us all a great opportunity to share and give back. I think about my kids one day, I think about other people's kids, and I don't want it to be my kids, I don't want it to be yours. So ultimately, it's an opportunity to really save kids' lives, and it's really working, that's the coolest part. more >>
A new Pew survey shows that Americans who were raised in church but left their faith sometimes cite a belief in science and a corresponding disbelief in miracles, but some scholars are saying that those things are not mutually exclusive.
Pew Research asked 5,000 of the original 35,071 people from their 2014 Religious Landscape Study a set of follow-up questions earlier this year. Conducted via telephone interview from mid-March to early May, respondents who self-identified as "nones" — those with no religious affiliation — were asked to explain why they left their faith.
In results published on Tuesday, nearly 80 percent of those who identified as "nones" were raised in a religion of some kind before shedding it in their adult years. Many types of replies emerged from the questions, but a common response that appeared was one of no longer believing in their faith because of lack of evidence paired with a newfound belief in "science." more >>
After several universities and science institutes suggested earlier in August that billions of years ago Venus might have once supported life, much like Earth, Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham has argued that the Bible shows that God created life only on Earth.
"When we start with God's Word, we get an entirely different interpretation regarding Venus. Our Creator designed Venus on Day Four of Creation Week just a few thousand years ago. Since Earth, not Venus (or any other planet), was designed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), our presupposition implies that we wouldn't expect to find life on Venus in the past or the present," Ham argued in a blog post on Answers in Genesis.
"Now this is entirely different from the evolutionary expectation, but the difference isn't in the evidence. The difference is in the worldview and presuppositions of the person interpreting the evidence." more >>