A man has become the first in the UK to be fitted with a bionic hand on the NHS after losing his arm in a train accident.
Mike Swainger, from Hull, was just 13 when he lost his right arm and leg in a horrific accident in 1992 when he was hit by a train while playing with friends.
After being picked as the first person to receive the UK’s most advanced medical technology, Mike said the best thing is being able to walk down the street hand-in-hand with his youngest daughter Jodie, 6.
Mike, 33, said the battery-powered myo-electric bebionic3 hand has given him a new lease of life.
He said: ‘It has changed my life immeasurably.
‘Having a bionic hand that actually works like a real hand is such a confidence booster. It encourages you to take on different tasks and is a great ice breaker. I’ve heard little kids in the street saying “Look, it’s a robot”.’
He continued: ‘The best thing was when my youngest child, Jodie, held the bionic hand in the street without batting an eyelid. My family are over the moon.’
The arm consists of two electrodes in a socket, with one connected to his bicep and the other linked to his tricep.
Electronic impulses from the muscles and nerve endings create a current, which triggers the ‘Terminator-style’ hand.
If Mike tenses his bicep, the hand closes and if he tenses his tricep, it opens.
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Meet Wall-Ye: The French grape-picking robot which can work day and night – and may well put vineyard workers out of a job
If your secret dream is to head to France to take a summer job picking wine, you best be quick or you will be out of luck.
For a new vineyard worker is around, who has four wheels, two arms and six cameras, prunes 600 vines per day, and never calls in sick.
The Wall-Ye V.I.N. robot, brainchild of Burgundy-based inventor Christophe Millot, is one of the robots being developed around the world aimed at vineyards struggling to find the labour they need.
It takes on chores such as pruning and de-suckering – removing unproductive young shoots – while collecting valuable data on the health and vigour of the soil, fruit and vine stocks.
Sales demonstrations are about to begin, and big name French vintners like Bordeaux’s First Growth Chateau Mouton-Rothschild have offered their vineyards as a venue for the 20-kilogramme (44-pound) robot to put on its show.
Wall-Ye draws on tracking technology, artificial intelligence and mapping to move from vine to vine, recognise plant features, capture and record data, memorise each vine, synchronise six cameras and guide its arms to wield tools.
White with red trim, 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall and 60 wide, it also has an in-built security mechanism is designed to thwart would-be robot snatchers.
‘It has a GPS, and if it finds itself in a non-designated vineyard, it won’t start. It also has a gyroscope so it knows if it’s been lifted off the ground,’ Millot said.
‘If that happens, the hard-drive self-destructs and the robot sends a message to the winegrower: ‘Help!”[Top]
Does this image show the ghosts of WWII prisoners on their death march? Former Army Officer takes haunting image along route they took
- Images of ghostly skeletons on Borneo jungle track caught on film
- 2,400 Australian and British PoWs marched 160 mile by Japanese, but only six survived
- Men died of exhaustion, starvation, beatings or bayoneted
When Major John Tulloch retraced the steps of Allied prisoners of war and their infamous ‘death march’ from 1945, he thought his photographs would bare only a vague resemblance to the tortuous route PoWs took 70 years ago.
The retired army officer had revisited the muddy track in Borneo where thousands of World War Two PoWs trudged to their deaths, only to be given a shocking surprise when he looked back at his images.
Maj Tulloch studied his pictures and found what appeared to be hunched, skeletal ghostly figures marching across his photograph, almost exactly in line with the path they took seven decades ago.
The haunting image evokes strong memories of the desperate ‘death march’ made by Allied prisoners of war.
Some 2,400 World War II PoWs died in the horrific Sandakan Death Marches in 1945 to avoid them being liberated as Japan was forced on the retreat.
Severely malnourished and barefoot, they were forced by brutal Japanese captors to walk 160 miles in sweltering heat for a month.
Maj Tulloch took the picture from the window of a 4×4 vehicle while driving along the ‘death march’ route in 2010.
It is thought the astonishing photographic illusion was caused by a the reflection of a patterned towel which was on the dashboard of the vehicle as he took the image.
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The most hyper-realistic tattoos ever.
At first glance, they’re partially surreal, and wholly terrifying.
But the second mouths on neck, open stiches revealing superficial muscles, and the bionic pistons breaking through the flesh on a person’s arm, are actually not real.
Rather, they are hyper-realistic tattoos created by talented tattoo artists.
Venezuelan artist Yomico Moreno, who works out of Caracas, has inked a variety of tattoos, ranging from sinister to downright surreal.
Among his works are bionic arms, layers of skin ‘peeled back’ to reveal a beating heart, and the somewhat less dystopic images of ladybugs and butterflies.
Nasa plans ‘stepping stone to Mars’ deep space base beyond the dark side of the moon
- Nasa will make use of ‘gravity fields’ behind the moon so that spaceship can be ‘parked’ in space
- Base will be 277,000 miles from Earth
Nasa wants to build a manned base which can be ‘parked’ beyond the dark side of the moon as a ‘gateway spacecraft’, to serve as a starting point for manned expeditions to Mars.
It would remain permanently in space 277,000 miles from Earth – in context, the International Space Station is just 230 miles away.
The spaceship would expand man’s horizons – but it will require much problem-solving to figure out how to protect astronauts from radiation, and how to re-supply the ship from a quarter of a million miles away.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Nasa will likely use parts left over from the construction of the ISS, and will need to use the Space Launch System rocket to get the craft out of the atmosphere.
The launch project is currently being built at an estimated cost of $3billion a year, and should be ready in 2017.
Nasa then plans to begin building the moon outpost two years after that.[Top]
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a $2 billion yearly budget for research into creating a super solider as well as developing a synthetic police force. Working with the human genome, DARPA hopes to manipulate certain gene expressions. In experimentation, DARPA and the military industrial pharmaceutical complex are using natural abilities that are enhanced through genetic engineering.
Some of the medical feats DARPA would like to enhance are the ability of military soldiers to regrow limbs destroyed in battle.
By eliminating empathy, the Department of Defense (DoD) hopes to “enhance” a soldier’s ability to “kill without care or remorse, shows no fear, can fight battle after battle without fatigue and generally behave more like a machine than a man.”
Scientists are researching the construction of soldiers that feel no pain, terror and do not suffer from fatigue as tests on the wiring of the human brain are furthered by Jonathan Moreno, professor of bioethics at Pennsylvania State University. Moreno is working with the DoD in understanding neuroscience. The Pentagon allocated $400 million to this research.
Further study could be passed onto the general public in order to maximize profits as well as enhance the drug’s effectiveness. According to Joel Garreau, professor at Arizona University, DARPA is learning how to genetically modify human fat into pure energy by rewiring the metabolic switch which would create soldiers that require less food. By using gene therapy and combining enhancements to alter the color of the human eye is a blending of mutations that have no basis in the natural world.
In 2011, the British Academy of Medical Sciences published a paper explaining the necessity for “new rules to avoid ethical missteps.” Specifying the injection of human brain cells into animals that may give animals human memories or thought consciousness as the goal should be dealt with differently than a non-modified animal.
Human embryos can strengthen or deteriorate the animal test subject which prompted Senator Sam Brownback to push the Human Chimera Prohibition Act of 2005. Brownback expressed need for prevention of closed-door experiments that “blur the lines between human and animal, male and female, parent and child, and one individual and another individual.” The ethical aspect could be defined by two mandates of consideration:
1. They could target the hypothetical scientists creating monsters in petri dishes.
2. They could take a close look at the science that’s really happening in labs around the world.
‘He was the da Vinci of mental manipulation’: Guru goes on trial for ‘brainwashing’ French aristocratic family out of £3.6m fortune
- Thierry Tilly is accused of defrauding 11 members of the Védrines family
- He allegedly told them they were in mortal danger and he’d protect them
- Tilly denies persuading victims to part with property, savings and jewellery
A guru has gone on trial in France accused of keeping three generations of an aristocratic family under his ‘mental spell’ and defrauding them of their £3.6million fortune.
Thierry Tilly is said to have persuaded the Védrines family that he was a Nato ‘master spy’, a confidante of presidents, a financial genius, and the representative of an ancient order which fights the forces of evil.
The 48-year-old, from Oxford, is accused of using brainwashing techniques and violence to convince them that they were in mortal danger from a cabal of freemasons, a European secret society and paedophiles.
Prosecutors have called Tilly, who told 11 members of the family that he could protect them, the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of mental manipulation’.
If convicted, Mr Tilly could face a 10-year prison term and €750,000 (£600,000) fine. Jacques Gonzalez, 65, his alleged accomplice, could face a five-year sentence.
The court in Bordeaux heard that Mr Tilly used his ‘superior intelligence’ to ingratiate himself with the family.
Nevada is supposedly one of those states with a smart meter ‘opt out’ policy. On the ground, however, the reality is a little different.
Mona Orkoulas lives in the mountains outside Las Vegas, Nevada, where she works in real estate. Like many Americans she has been impacted by the downturn in the economy and is struggling to make ends meet. Mona was born in the US and raised by an Egyptian/ Greek family. She has always paid her bills on time, and makes protecting her health a priority. For years Mona worked on humanitarian projects in the Middle East: drilling wells, and providing drinkable water and renewable power to remote villages. So she is familiar with the need for safe, reliable public services. Now, it turns out that she may need some humanitarian assistance herself — not in the developing world but right outside Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The story starts when Nevada Energy (NVE) installed a ‘smart’ meter on Mona’s bedroom wall in January without permission, or even so much as a few days’ notice.
Mona reports that she does not have any prior history of medical issues. Shortly after NV Energy installed the smart meter, she started noticing an increase in her heart rate first thing in the morning and an elevated blood pressure. She felt fatigued, and started having headaches. A low grinding sound had started when the meter was installed and this made it difficult for Mona to sleep, or even be in her own home during the day. She tried different things to get rid of the symptoms, but nothing worked. Finally it dawned on her: the only thing which had changed in her life was the meter. When she started researching the issue, she realized she was not alone. Others were experiencing the same annoying humming grinding sound, the same adverse health impacts — and linking it to recent smart meter installations. She has amassed a whole binder of studies about the negative effects of EMF’s on health.
A letter from Mona’s doctor to NV Energy reads:
Neurological and cardiological findings may be associated with pulsed EMF… EEG, ECG, MRI and sleep study changes may be associated in some hypersensitive individuals to pulsed EMF. If multiple Smart meters are in use in her area, the possibility of constructive and destructive interference between the various EMF signals is a distinct possibility whose effects may be potentially more dangerous. I recommend that this patient be allowed to have NVE reinstall an analog meter at her house.