Nina du Plessis

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Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

<b>This report contains scenes of surgery.</b><p>A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.<p>Darek Fidyka, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.<p>The …

Medicine

Volcanoes Reveal Lunar Eruptions Long-Lived

Changing Planet<p><b>Astronomers are moonstruck! The man in the moon, we learned just last week, formed from dark flowing lava over three billion years ago, instead of a long supposed giant asteroid impact.</b><p><b>Now, we learn that same volcanism may have kept on erupting until surprisingly recent …

The Turbine Tweak That Could Save Battered Bats

Solution: Make turbines look less like trees<p>Wind turbines kill upwards of 600,000 bats each year. (As if bats didn’t have enough problems already…) But the good news is that there may be something we can do to cut down on turbine-related deaths. Paul Cryan, a biologist with the U.S. Geological …

Wind Power

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

A new way of tracking the deadly virus that's spreading through West Africa<p>Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered …

Disease

Creators of the AeroMobil flying car propose moving road traffic to the skies

The creators of a flying car called AeroMobil say that transport networks are "in crisis" and suggest that a potential solution could be shifting …

WHO Endorses Blood Transfusions to Combat Ebola

Is it really the least bad option they have?<p>In the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the World Health Organization has declared that treating patients with the blood of Ebola survivors should be a top priority.<p>The latest count suggests that more than 3,700 people across five West …

New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

A new species discovered off Australia may reshape the animal family tree.<p>A handful of strange mushroom-shaped animals discovered in the deep sea off Australia in the 1980s have finally been named by scientists. The organisms are so unique that they may rearrange the earliest branches of the animal …