Doctor ready to perform world's first head transplant
Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is set to perform a two-part human head transplant procedure. The willing participant is Valery Spiridonov, a 31-year-old Russian program manager who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a muscle-wasting disorder.
Pharma giant AbbVie coughed up $10 billion to buy a startup
Pharmaceutical company AbbVie has just bought biotech startup Stemcentrx in a deal worth up to $10.2 billion. Stemcentrx has a number of drugs going through clinical trials including Rova-T, which targets a protein that has been linked to cancer stem cells.
Source: Business Insider Australia
Google's CEO thinks devices are no longer important
Google's CEO Sundar Pichai has prophesised that no matter what shape the next wave of devices take they will all be secondary to the "intelligent assistant helping you through your day". Pichai's claim came in the company's annual letter to shareholders.
Source: USA Today
SpaceX is planning to go to Mars as early as 2018
SpaceX is planning to send its Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018. The move marks the company's major step towards achieving SpaceX’s goal of sending humans to the Red Planet. Although, the company hasn't yet said how many spacecraft it will send.
Source: The Verge
Humanoid robot diver travels to ancient shipwrecks
A humanoid aquanaut robot named OceanOne has been able to dive down and investigate the wreckage of Louis XIV's flagship vessel La Lune. The robot was designed and built by roboticist Oussama Khatib and his team at Stanford University.
Microsoft is using synthetic DNA to store data
Microsoft is testing encoding 10 million synthetic DNA strands with specified sequences. Microsoft partner architect Doug Carmean said the initial test phase "demonstrated that [the company] could encode and recover 100% of the digital data from synthetic DNA."