Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

Off With Her Head

"Potentially unethical."    That's how one expert described an Italian scientist's plan to perform a "head transplant" by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the 'recipient' head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is "POTENTIALLY unethical?"  Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only "potentially" unethical?Shock and awe. *     *     *     *     * Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred … [Read more...]

Wow! The Supermoon Was Awesome Behind Brazil’s “Christ the Redeemer”!

Supermoon behind Christ the Redeemer

Of all the images of the Supermoon of July 12, 2014, perhaps this is the most dramatic:  the moon low in the sky, behind Rio de Janeiro's iconic 130-foot statue of "Christ the Redeemer."A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full on the same night that it's at the closest point in its orbit.  Saturday's supermoon was the first of the season, but there's another on the way August 10.Photo:  Getty Images … [Read more...]

Why UC-Davis’ New Study of Free Will Is Horse Patootie

Brain

Free will, scientists at UC-Davis claim, may be nothing more than the result of background noise in the brain.  A study published in April in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience purports to show that humans' decisions can be predicted based on patterns of brain activity in the minutes before the choice is placed before them.According to The Independent, The brain has a normal level of so-called background noise; the researchers found that the pattern of activity in the brain in the … [Read more...]


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