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Research on monkeys could enable paralysed hands to move again

Pioneering research at Newcastle University could eventually allow patients paralysed from the waist up the power to grasp objects with their hands.

The process involves redirecting electronic signals from the brain to the spinal cord through a computer.

To test the theory, scientists used macaque monkeys, temporarily paralysing them to mimic human injuries, inevitably raising concerns over experiments on animals.

Dr Andrew Jackson, Research Fellow at Newcastle Univeristy, explains the controversial decision and the process involved.


Video flying through space shows how universe would look to Captain Kirk

On the day scientists in the United States announced they may have detected echoes of the Big Bang at the start of the universe, researchers in the UK showed off a unique image of the cosmos in more recent times.

The team from Durham University used data from telescopes and satellites to put together a detailed map of thousands of galaxies, which Dr Peder Norberg compared to the view Captain Kirk and his team in Star Trek would have from their flights around space:


Huge crane can lift 208 tonnes

Crane will be used to move cargo and maintain gas and oil drilling rigs Credit: Able UK

The Leibherr crane has been specially adapted to meet Able UK’s requirements.

It can lift 208 tonnes and increased height to reach over tall structures.

It will be used for handling cargo, particularly components for the offshore wind sector, and maintaining offshore drilling rigs.

Huge harbour crane on its way to Teesside

The Leibherr crane will be the UK's largest harbour crane Credit: Able UK

The UK's largest harbour crane is due to arrive on Teesside later today (Thursday).

The huge mobile crane is being delivered from Rostock in Germany.

It's expected to get to the Able Seaton Port at 5 pm.

It is seen as a major step forward in the expansion of port facilities on the Tees.

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