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Surgeon develops (possible) method for transplanting human heads

Surgeon develops (possible) method for transplanting human heads

The idea of transplanting a person's head onto another person's body is nothing new, and for those with catastrophically damaged bodies, the prospect is likely an exciting one (and, you know, it's creepy, too). Such ideas have been, more or less, left to the realm of fiction writing, but one scientist is hoping to change that in the next couple years. His name is Sergio Canavero, he is the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group's director over in Italy, and he has developed a new method for living head transplants that just might work.

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Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Earlier this week, both Reddit and Google revealed plans to crack down on adult content, and while Reddit has held firm to its decision, Google has listened to the outcry of its users and, likely upon fully realizing how many users were poised to leave, reversed its decision. Today on the company's Product Forums, Google worker Jessica Pelegio announced the reversal, saying that rather than instituting this new adult content limitation, the company will merely be ensuring that its users stick to the current rules.

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NASA’s Ceres pics show mysterious bright spots on planet

NASA’s Ceres pics show mysterious bright spots on planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is drawing nearer to the dwarf planet Ceres, and unlike the photos we saw late last month when the spacecraft was farther away, the latest ones are quite a bit clearer...and sporting a big mystery. At a distance of 29,000 miles away on February 19, the spacecraft took an image that shows two distant bright spots on or near the surface of the small planet. The cause of those spots continue to be a mystery.

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Hotel builds giant Godzilla, puts guests in a room near him

Hotel builds giant Godzilla, puts guests in a room near him

If you've ever visited Shinjuku and thought to yourself that Godzilla would fit right in with all those towering buildings, you were right, and in the near future you'll be able to find him there -- from the shoulders up, at least. This is thanks to Hotel Gracery, a hotel above Toho Cinema (hence the mythical monster focus), which is building a large Godzilla statue -- a bust, basically -- to complement a couple of Godzilla-themed rooms. You wake up, and there outside the window is Godzilla.

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Medium is encouraging shorter posts with new features

Medium is encouraging shorter posts with new features

If you find yourself on blogging platform Medium, chances are you’re digging into a long-form piece. According to the team at Medium, that wasn’t the intent of their platform. Perhaps out of fear they’re being known as a long-form only platform, Medium is making some changes today that should encourage much tighter writing. A new inline editor will allow Medium writers to scribble out a few hundred words quickly and easily, while redesigns elsewhere make for faster navigation.

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TWC follows Comcast’s lead with offensive name change

TWC follows Comcast’s lead with offensive name change

Whether Comcast and Time Warner Cable will become one in the business world is yet to be seen, but the two appear to already be kindred spirits when it comes to customer service. Comcast was recently in hot water when customers stepped forward showing bills in which their names had been changed to something offensive: in those cases, there was A*****e Brown and Super B***h Bauer, among others. Now a Time Warner Cable subscriber has come forward with a similar story, revealing that her own name was changed.

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Wind-powered drone can fly for hours at a time

Wind-powered drone can fly for hours at a time

The average consumer drones that are becoming more and more popular these days run on batteries, which means at best they can stay in the air between 20 and 30 minutes at a time. But XAir Unmanned Aerial Systems, a California startup, has begun work on a drone model that is powered by the wind, with a prototype that was able to fly for more than two hours continuously. While the lift come from the wind, the 24-ounce fixed-wing design aircraft also features a small solar panel that is used to power electronics and recharge the internal battery.

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Yelp sues websites that promise businesses all positive reviews

Yelp sues websites that promise businesses all positive reviews

As good Yelp reviews have the power to make or break a business, the website takes the ranking and filtering of user reviews very seriously, and does what it can to stop those from gaming the system. That's why Yelp has filed a civil suit against the individuals behind three sites that promise listed businesses to get them a large number of 4 and 5 star ratings from customers, as well as get them to stick to the front page. The sites targeted by the suit include Revleap, YelpDirector, and Revpley.

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Rights to Settlers of Catan movie, TV show sold to producer

Rights to Settlers of Catan movie, TV show sold to producer

If you've never heard of The Settlers of Catan, the gist is that it is a strategy-based board game that has players both competing and working with each other in order to win, mostly through trading resources like wood, brick, sheep, and ore. Created by German board game designer Klaus Teuber in 1995, Settlers of Catan has become incredibly popular around the globe, selling 22 million copies, appearing on PlayStation and Xbox in digital form, and being adapted in recent years for iOS and Android. Now, it might even be turned into a TV show or film. At least it can't be worse than the 2012 movie Battleship.

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Criminals caught with $260,000 in stolen LEGO sets

Criminals caught with $260,000 in stolen LEGO sets

It's hard not to notice these days that Lego is a hot commodity. Between a hit movie based on the small plastic bricks to collaborations with dozens of other franchises, which even cross over into video games, the near-timeless toy is more popular than ever. Like anything with a high value, thieves want to get their hands on it, often for the purpose of reselling it. In two separate situations last week, U.S. police caught more than a few criminals with nearly $260,000 worth of stolen Lego sets in their possession.

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