Last year, Dr. Sergio Canavero created quite the ruckus (to put it mildly) when he vowed to be the first person to transplant a human head onto a deceased donor’s body. Yes, he is planning on attempting the world’s first human head transplant (or body transplant, depending on how you look at it).
In fact, it has been about a year since his initial proclamation, and the Italian neurosurgeon still stands firm on his declaration, despite claims from other experts that it is nothing but a PR Stunt (at best) or a hoax. Some have even hypothesized it’s all just a plot meant to promote Metal Gear Solid.
This last claim is due to the doctor’s uncanny resemblance to one of the game’s main characters (it must be noted that there is scant evidence to actually support this hypothesis beyond this).
Honestly, it has been a story full of drama and sensationalist publicity. This whole mess went so far that talks of lawsuits were flying all over the place. But Canavero stands firm, insisting that the attempt must be made at some point. So, why not now? “Of course there will be ideas that crater. The history of mankind is trial and error. But we have to be dreamers. If you don’t dream, you’re not going anywhere. You might call me a bit crazy. A kook. I am! You have to be if you want to change everything,” he said in an interview with The Guardian.
Canavero continued by asserting that such daring enterprises are part and parcel of scientific exploration. Society’s job, according to him, has always been “to tease apart the kooks from the super-kooks. And maybe you can only know that after the caper.”
At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons last year, Canavero tried to recruit US surgeons to join his head transplant team. And now, it seems that he is actually moving forward with this work. He says he has assembled a team of surgeons from China, South Korea, and Russia. All they are waiting for is approval and, well, money.
His collaborator, Dr Xiaoping Ren of China’s Harbin Medical University, claims that he was able to successfully transplant the head of a monkey onto another monkey in January, but that it had to be euthanized for “ethical reasons” 20 hours after. Yet notably, the spinal cord wasn’t actually attached (which raises significant questions about the viability of such an operation on a human).
Although a lot of attention centered on Russian volunteer Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a Werdnig-Hoffman disease, Canavero now clarifies that the first patient to undergo the head transplant will be a Chinese patient.
“We’re looking at a date around Christmas 2017 to perform the transplant in China. The Chinese team has already experimented on human cadavers to hone the technology,” Dr. Canavero revealed.
Many argue (a majority of scientists working in this field) that a head transplant is currently impossible, despite advancements dealing with spinal cord problems. Recently, we covered how scientists were able to regenerate spinal cord axons, but even that procedure takes a lot of time, and it is a very recent development…one that is probably not a part of Canavero’s plan.
Most say that the surgery will end in death. Others note that it may actually result in something far worse than death, as the difference in brain chemistry could overwhelm the patient and cause a level of insanity never before seen.
Canavero calls the procedure the “head anastomosis venture,” code-named “HEAVEN.” But is it? It may lead to new knowledge and information, but as other experts note, it will likely also lead to the patient’s death and (very possibly) no information that we couldn’t obtain through working on cadavers.
Libras tend to be kind and peaceful, so they’re not likely to deliberately hurt anyone. They also believe in karma, so it’s a safe best that most Libras will attempt to live positively, productively, and consistently. Their friends usually learn that Libras virtually always do what’s asked of them, and they often do a far better job than they have to. However, they also get taken advantage of as a result of these characteristics, although the popularity they gain from being so helpful and enjoyable might lessen these types of negative experiences.
Scorpios are fascinating because they value trust and loyalty, and the more honest and loyalty their friends are to them, the more Scorpios will do to defend and care for their friends. Scorpios tend to understand most human beings very well, so they usually know what they need to do to properly help and support their friends.
Pisces are normally incredibly emotional, and this allows them to form deep connections with other human beings. They tend to be better friends than their friends could ever expect ahead of time, and Pisces are ideal people to confide in without having to fear being judged afterward.
Geminis are also deeply emotional, but they are also social and outgoing (similar to Libras). This means that Geminis are good friends to have meaningful conversations with, and they’re also good friends to have a good time with in general (anytime).
Leos are known to be very calm and well-grounded, and they have an odd reputation: friends and human beings in general tend to fall in love with Leos. This is partly because Leos are excellent in one-on-one situations, and they have a knack for being able to tell if certain relationships are likely to last over the long-term.
People of this sign are usually introverted, and they often prefer to keep a close circle of friends rather than a larger circle of more distant individuals. Sagittarius frequently get lost in their work—and in their own world—so they tend to make better friends than partners. But if you like human beings who are guarded and deep, then a Sagittarius could be the person you are looking for.
People of the sign of Aquarius have a reputation for being a little strange, but they are also known to be crazy-fun. They might be tough to get a hold of—or to keep track of—but if you can keep up with them, an Aquarius will likely enhance your lifestyle (and yourself).
These individuals are sometimes described as “loner-types,” but if they let you into their tight circle of friendships, then a Cancer is likely to help you far more than you help them. They tend to lack confidence somewhat and they don’t frequently believe in second chances, but if you’re OK with these things, a Cancer could be an ideal friend.
Aries value trust above virtually all else, and although it takes a while to earn theirs, once you have it an Aries will be fully committed to your friendship. They may seem tough at first, but they will seem softer soon enough. An Aries will probably get angry every once in a while, but if you can handle that, then you can probably handle the friendship of an Aries.
Taurus tend to be laid back and carefree, and they also make extremely loyal and helpful friends. They usually don’t believe in holding grudges, although they can be stubborn about other things such as making final decisions and doing something they don’t want to. However, you should be able to count on a Taurus to be a true friend.
Sometimes Capricorns can be trouble, because some individuals of this sign have been known to plant bad ideas that results in bad choices. However, it’s usually an adventure when you’re spending time with a Capricorn, so you could do worse when it comes to friends.
Virgos often have short tempers, and they have also been known to burn bridges—sometimes by soaking the bridge in gasoline first. Yet, they can definitely be beneficial friends to have in many situations. Just make sure you always remain their friend once you become their friend.
A notorious and elderly neo-Nazi has been sentenced to six months in prison aged 88. The well-known German Nazi has been convicted of Holocaust denial on multiple occasions, though she has not previously served jail time as the cases are under appeal. Ursula Haverbeck was sentenced at a Berlin district court Monday for saying at a January 2016 event in the German capital that the Holocaust didn’t take place. ‘Suicidal’ woman roaming university with handgun forces lock down Her offensive claims also suggested that there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz death camp. German news agency dpa reported that Haverbeck, 88, said the trial against her was incomprehensible. She claims she was simply reading from a book. Haverbeck said that it was ‘not true’ that there were gas chambers at the Auschwitz death camp. Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel, 88, waits for her trial at the Amtsgericht Tiergarten courthouse in Berlin (Picture: EPA)
LAST NIGHT, THE United States experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. At least 58 people are dead and over 500 more wounded. No, that’s not a typo: More than 500 people were injured in one single incident.
As tens of thousands enjoyed a music festival on the streets of Las Vegas, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, was perched 32 floors above them in his Mandalay Bay hotel room. Paddock had 19 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammo — supplies that are plentiful in a nation that has more guns than people. A few minutes after 10 p.m., Paddock opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd. They were sitting ducks.
No expensive wall along the Mexican border would’ve prevented this. No Muslim ban stopping immigrants and refugees from a few randomly selected countries from reaching our shores would’ve slowed this down.
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Paddock, like the majority of mass shooters in this country, was a white American. And that simple fact changes absolutely everything about the way this horrible moment gets discussed in the media and the national discourse: Whiteness, somehow, protects men from being labeled terrorists.
The privilege here is that the ultimate conclusion about shootings committed by people from commonly nonwhite groups often leads to determinations about the corrosive or destructive nature of the group itself. When an individual claiming to be Muslim commits a horrible act, many on the right will tell us Islam is the problem. For centuries, when an act of violence has been committed by an African-American, racist tropes follow — and eventually, the criminalization and dehumanization of an entire ethnic group.
PRIVILEGE ALWAYS STANDS in contrast to how others are treated, and it’s true in this case, too: White men who resort to mass violence are consistently characterized primarily as isolated “lone wolves” — in no way connected to one another — while the most problematic aspects of being white in America are given a pass that nobody else receives.
Stephen Paddock’s whiteness has already afforded him many outrageous protections in the media.
While the blood was still congealing on the streets of Las Vegas, USA Today declared in a headline that Paddock was a “lone wolf.” And yet an investigation into his motivations and background had only just started. Police were only beginning to move to search his home and computers. His travel history had not yet been evaluated. No one had yet thoroughly scrutinized his family, friends, and social networks.
Paddock was declared a “lone wolf” before analysts even started their day, not because an exhaustive investigation produced such a conclusion, but because it is the only available conclusion for a white man in America who commits a mass shooting.
“Lone wolf” is how Americans designate many white suspects in mass shootings. James Holmes was called a “lone wolf” when he shot and killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. And Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and shot and killed the pastor and eight other parishioners, was quickly declared a “lone wolf.”
For people of color, and especially for Muslims, the treatment is often different. Muslims often get labeled as “terrorists” before all the facts have come out.
Just consider President Donald Trump. This morning, Trump tweeted, “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” That’s fine, but Trump doesn’t even seem angry. It’s peculiar that he didn’t call the shooter a “son of a bitch,” like he did the NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem. He didn’t create an insulting nickname for Paddock or make an immediate push for a policy proposal.
Compare that to how Trump treats incidents where he believes the assailants are Muslims. After a bomb exploded in the London subway, Trump tweeted that the attackers were “loser terrorists” — before British authorities had even named a suspect. He went on to immediately use the attack to push his Muslim ban.
We must ask ourselves: Why do certain acts of violence absolutely incense Trump and his base while others only elicit warm thoughts and prayers? This is the deadliest mass shooting in American history! Where is the outrage? Where are the policy proposals?
What we are witnessing is the blatant fact that white privilege protects even Stephen Paddock, an alleged mass murderer, not just from being called a terrorist, but from the anger, rage, hellfire, and fury that would surely rain down if he were almost anyone other than a white man. His skin protects him. It also prevents our nation from having an honest conversation about why so many white men do what he did, and why this nation seems absolutely determined to do next to nothing about it.
I spoke to two people this morning, one black and the other Muslim. Both of them said that, when they heard about this awful shooting in Las Vegas, they immediately began hoping that the shooter was not black or Muslim. Why? Because they knew that the blowback on all African-Americans or Muslims would be fierce if the shooter hailed from one of those communities.
Something is deeply wrong when people feel a sense of relief that the shooter is white because they know that means they won’t suffer as a result. White people, on the other hand, had no such feeling this morning, because 400 years of American history tells them that no such consequences will exist for them today as a result of Paddock’s actions.
It is an exemplar of white privilege: not just being given a headstart in society, but also the freedom from certain consequences of individual and group actions
Law enforcement rushed to the Playboy Mansion Friday … when rumors swirled Hugh Hefner may have died.
Several news agencies, including TMZ, got a tip the Playboy king had passed away. We called law enforcement to confirm or shoot down the story … and we were told they were unaware of a death at the Mansion.
We’ve learned earlier today, cops went to the bunny house and spoke with staff members who said Hef’s health remained unchanged. A staff member told Hef the police had come to check on him and he then personally called cops to say he was okay.
Hef has been in frail health over the last few years … and rarely comes out of his bedroom
There’s a reason people love having a Gemini in their life: they feel like a breath of fresh air. Geminis are always excited about something and their passion is infectious. Unfortunately, the price of this good characteristic it’s shadow quality: Geminis are very fickle. Not even a Gemini knows what a Gemini wants because what they want is constantly changing. One week a Gemini wants someone who is demure and sweet, the next week they want someone who is aggressive and independent. When you capture a Gemini’s heart, it is for a short time only. They’ll love you with all of their heart, but know that they’ll love someone else just as much when their mood shifts.
Leos go where the attention is. If you aren’t giving your Leo enough love and attention at home, they have no problem wandering to someone who better fulfills their needs. The problem is that all relationships have their ups and downs, it’s pretty much a guarantee that even in the most loving relationships, there are periods where you can feel (temporarily) overlooked.
The good thing about Aquarians is that they are so intelligent and open-minded that they’re very fun to talk about ideas with, and they can introduce you to ways of thinking you’ve never considered. The bad thing about Aquarians is that if you have traditional values, it’s not a given that they’ll agree with you just because that’s the way things work for most people. Aquarians can be cold and calculating and they can justify cheating to themselves in a number of different ways, and you won’t know until they’ve explained this justification back to you that it’s somehow your fault. They weave a tangled web of rationalizations that will not only make you feel hurt, but patronized as well.
People born under Aries do not like to be bored. If you’re a homebody they might put up with your for awhile, but they will soon be lusting over a flashier model that seems just as independent and adventurous as they are. To an Aries, an affair can seem like a dangerous and exciting venture, an experience they’d like to cross off their bucket list at least once. Be careful that this person sees you as their partner in crime because they’re prone to seeing any kind of commitment as a ball and chain.
|Cancer Horoscope – in detail
Ruling Planet: Moon
Cancer Traits: The Crab is known to be very unpredictable, indecisive, temperamental, and insecure. They profoundly fear rejection by their loved ones and are prone to get hurt easily. The otherwise tenacious, loyal, sympathetic and strong Crabs are vulnerable in many ways. The fact that they are rather emotional and sensitive only adds to their vulnerability. Some Cancer born individuals are also quite moody, prone to pessimism and suspicion. What is remarkable about the Crabs is that they are extremely intuitive and imaginative. In fact, we suggest you to purchase your Janampatri report, to gain an insight about various areas of your life.
Lucky Day: Monday, Thursday
Lucky Number: 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25
Lucky Colour: Orange, White
Lucky Stone(s): Pearl, Moon Stone, Rubies. (The gemstone is suggested considering Aries as the Ascendant/Lagna Sign. To know your Ascendant/Lagna Sign, click here.)
Lucky Talisman: Sea Shells
Positive Qualities of Cancer: Tenacity, Loyalty, Patriotic, Sympathetic, Persuasive, Intuitive and Sensitive. Moreover, you may get Your Astrology Profile report, to understand your strengths as well as weaknesses, and improve your life accordingly.
Negative Qualities of Cancer: Temperamental, Pessimism, Suspiciousness, Insecure, Wavering emotions, Tendency to take hurts to heart, Inability to forgive easily. Moreover, you may Talk to an Astrologer – NOW, to get instant replies for any problem, from our expert astrologers.
Possible Health Concerns: Being governed by the Moon, the Crabs are very sensitive and vulnerable, they are prone to emotional disruptions. They easily get depressed and can be very pessimistic. They may also be susceptible to gastric problems, heartburn and obesity. They should, therefore, keep a close watch on their diet. As they worry a lot, they become prone to all kinds of stress-related problems. Anyway, you can avail the Remedial Solutions for Personal Issues service, basis your Natal Chart, to lead a stress-free life.
Compatible Signs: Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus and Virgo.
Famous Personalities: Bimal Roy, Edmund Hillary, Carlos Santana, Dalai Lama, George Michael, Jessica Simpson and Nelson Mandela. You might also be interested to know about Cancer Career.
So much of the Earth’s forest has been destroyed that the tropics now emit more carbon than they capture, scientists have found.
Tropical forests previously acted as a vital carbon “sink”, taking carbon from the atmosphere and turning it into oxygen, but the trend has reversed: they now emit almost twice as much carbon as they consume.
Scientists said ending deforestation and degradation in the tropics could reduce global carbon emissions by 8 per cent.
In a paper published in the journal Science, researchers from Boston University and the Woods Hole Research Center said there is a limited window of opportunity to reverse the trend by restoring forested areas.
They used a new method to assess carbon density, measuring levels not just in areas of complete deforestation but also places where more subtle losses have been caused by forest degradation and disturbance.
Satellite images, laser technology and field measurements were used to record how vast areas of forest have been lost since 2003.
Dr Alessandro Baccini, who led the study, said: “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.
“Forests are the only carbon capture and storage ‘technology’ we have in our grasp that is safe, proven, inexpensive, immediately available at scale, and capable of providing beneficial ripple effects—from regulating rainfall patterns to providing livelihoods to indigenous communities.”
The study found that the tropics now contribute more carbon to the atmosphere than they take in. 862 teragrams of carbon are emitted while only 437 teragrams are consumed.