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Russian man to undergo world's first full head transplant

Mr Spiridinov, from Russia, suffers from Werdnig Hoffman disease, a muscle wasting condition that seriously diminishes his physical capabilities and left him dependent on a wheelchair.<p>Now he has announced his intention to become the world’s first subject of a full head transplant, so that his brain …

Research appears to show dogs will snub people who are mean to their owners<p>Dogs do not like people who are mean to their owners and will refuse food offered by people who have snubbed their master, Japanese researchers have said.<p>The findings reveal that canines have the capacity to cooperate …

Asia Pacific

How To Build A Roman Catapult In Your Backyard

How to Build a Catapult in an Afternoon<p>Long before the invention of gunpowder, ancient armies used siege engines to hurl all sorts of terrible, yet creative, missiles. The Carthaginians put poisonous snakes in clay jars and then launched them at enemy ships. The Romans preferred to throw bags of …

Oh no: MIT's Cheetah robot can jump over hurdles while running

MIT's scientists spent years making the Cheetah robot a more efficient runner. Now that's done, its creators probably thought it was time to give it a major upgrade: the metal quadruped can now autonomously jump over hurdles like a trained horse. Yes, it can automatically detect and leap over …

Robotics

These 15 Epic Off-Grid Homes Were Created From $2,000 Shipping Containers

A luxury home doesn’t always necessarily mean thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded toilets. Take these homes for example: to …

Top 10 Best Free Antivirus Software Of 2016 — Computer Virus Protection

<i>Short Bytes: fossBytes brings you a list of 10 best free antivirus software of 2016 for different kinds of platforms such as best antivirus for</i> …

Watch A Record-Setting Hoverboard Flight

Funny, Marty McFly was supposed to do that in October<p>Although the movie was set in 2015, <i>Back to the Future Part II</i>-style hoverboards remain the province of fiction or elaborate marketing stunts. But that didn’t stop Catalin Alexandru Duru from building a device inspired by the film, and then, with …

Hoverboards

A Visualization of Sunrise and Sunset Photos Being Snapped Around the World

“All Our Suns” is a new project by NYC telecommunications grad student Michelle Chandra that visualizes the snapping of sunset and sunrise photos …

Cold weather twenty times more deadly than hot weather, study suggests

Reserachers found that moderately hot or cold weather accounts for seven times as many deaths as extreme temperatures<p>Cold weather kills twenty times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study.<p>The findings, published in The Lancet, also reveal that deaths due to moderately …

Climate Change

The rocket-powered rise of the ejector seat

With a bang and a roar, ejector seats in planes have saved thousands of lives. Paul Marks charts their remarkable development.<p>When squadron leader Douglas Davie of the RAF bailed out of a crippled jet on 30 July 1943 he had no choice in the matter: the tremendous jet-assisted g forces simply hurled …

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees: How soon will robots take over the world?

An explosion in artificial intelligence has sent us hurtling towards a post-human future, warns Martin Rees<p>In Davos a few years ago, I met a well-known Indian tycoon. Knowing I had the title Astronomer Royal, he asked: “Do you do the Queen’s horoscopes?” I responded, with a straight face: “If she …

How a bad night's sleep wrecks your skin

Sleeping for just six hours a night for a few days increases the appearance of wrinkles, according to a study - as supermodel Jodie Kidd found out<p>Repeatedly having a poor night's sleep can make us look older than we are, according to a study.<p>After a night of eight hours' sleep, 30 women across the …

Prostate cancer breakthrough as scientists crack genetic code behind nine in 10 tumours

Nine out of 10 cases of late stage prostate cancer can now be linked to changes in the DNA of sufferers, the Institute of Cancer Research<p>Thousands of men suffering from advanced prostate cancer have been offered new hope of a cure after scientists discovered the genetic cause behind 90 per cent of …

On eBay: A 1989 Nissan that Pegs the Weirdness Meter

These days it seems that the further something is from the norm, the cooler it is, and this 1989 Nissan Pao—for sale on eBay right now—is far, far outside the mainstream.<p>Let’s take a look at why this might just be the ultimate counterculture ride: As everyone knows, desirability is inversely …

Photos: Stunning first shots from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

For photography amateurs everywhere, it’s that time of year again: the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, now in its 27th year.<p>An open call for single images, the annual competition will accept submissions from now until June 30. But the bar has already been set high—a few captions from …

The Universe Might Be A Giant Hologram. Cue The Existential Crisis...

Is the world around us really just a trick of the eye?<p>Scientists have long believed the universe could be a giant hologram -- a two-dimensional realm that only <i>seems</i> to be three-dimensional -- and now a group of Viennese researchers have done the math to prove that such a scenario isn't quite as …

Dutch Police Helicopter Snaps Aerial Wedding Photos for Couple While Flying By

One couple in The Netherlands received some unexpected wedding photos from an unofficial photographer this past weekend. A helicopter of the …

Last Chance Mother's Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is less than a week away, and we’re compiling every idea we have for your perfect gift.<p>We know our own shop is stuffed full of fun …

Internet forums are good for you

Internet forums have a positive impact on life satisfaction and lead to increased involvement in communities outside the confines of the online world, according to a study published in <i>Computers In Human Behavior</i>. Redditors might be doing it right. The study approached users on a range of interest, …

Mental Health

You'll need a leather jacket for this retro e-bike

If you're worried that the future will make us lose our sense of style, you should check out what the e-bike industry has been up to. In order to accommodate the electric motors and batteries, designers have thrown off the shackles of minimalist design to make retro-styled vehicles that ooze '50s …

The odd thing that happens when injustice benefits you

It stings when life’s not fair – but what happens if it means we profit? As Tom Stafford writes, some people may perform unexpected self-sabotage.<p>Frans de Waal, a professor of primate behaviour at Emory University, is the unlikely star of a viral video. His academic's physique, grey jumper and …

Here’s What Scientists Learned In The Largest Systematic Study Of Email Habits

For one thing, you’re shockingly predictable<p>You probably get a lot of emails. Heck, maybe someone even sent you this article in an email. And you have likely developed a systematic approach to dealing with this digital avalanche that never seems to end. Even though email has been around for about …

A Pair Of Robot Hands To Help In The Kitchen

While robots have long been relegated to harsh environments like deserts and nuclear waste dumps, now they will hit the harshest environment of all: your kitchen. By using two robotic arms from a company called ShadowRobotics, a company called Moley has created a robotic chef that can chop, stir, …

‘I rule my own ocean micronation’

Many dream of living in an ocean city, but what is it actually like? Rose Eveleth asks the ruler of Sealand, the unusual settlement off the coast of England.<p>Michael Bates grew up seven nautical miles off the coast of England, on a platform made of concrete and metal. Michael, the son of Roy Bates, …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

The Brain

The Strange Ways Your Name Influences Your Behavior

Our given names influence our lives in all sorts of strange ways, affecting everything from where we choose to live to what we do for a living. That's the takeaway of a fascinating new video from PBS Digital Studios' BrainCraft series (above).<p>"We write our names thousands of times throughout our …