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Paralysed man with severed spice walks again

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It’s a world-first: A paralysed man, Michel Roccati, with a severed spinal cord has taken his first steps in years

In 2017 Roccati became paralysed after a serious motorcycle accident which caused him to lose all feeling in his legs.

It wasn’t until Swiss researchers, neuroscientist Prof Grégoire Courtine and neurosurgeon Prof Jocelyne Bloch, developed an electric implant that was surgically attached to the patient’s spine which allowed him to walk again.

It’s the first time someone with a complete cut to their spinal cord has regained their ability to walk.

“This is a monumentally huge step forward,”

says Dr Ronaldo Ichiyama at the University of Leeds, UK.

Alongside Roccati, the electrical implant has helped two other patients according to the research team, which has sparked hope for paralysed people to gain back their independence.

Even though this is a major advance in technology, Dr Ichiyama says this needs to be seen in more people before everyone gets “too excited”.

The gift of technology

Michel Roccati called the technology a “gift” and now utilises the implanted device for up to two hours a day to go on walks by himself.

The range of simulation programs also allows him to also stand, cycle and swim.

But researchers are emphasising that it isn’t a cure for a spinal injury and is still too complex for everyday life. It is expected that the technology will continue to be developed and strengthened.

Written by Savannah Pocock

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Chinese spacecraft captures rare images of Mars

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A Chinese spacecraft has captured images of Mars circling around the planet over 13 hundred times

The crewless shuttle reached the Red Planet early last year… deploying a robotic rover.

Some of the photos captured the south pole… a first for China.

The area is known for its large water reserve… hidden under the south pole ice, which was detected by the European Space Agency’s orbiting probe.

Water is a key element in determining whether a planet has the potential for life.

Other images include a 4,000 kilometre long canyon and impact craters in the north of Mars.

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No more AirBNB parties. Ever

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AirBNB has announced an end to house parties forever, in a move that will impact operations around the world

Airbnb announced a global ban on parties following a temporary restriction it put on parties two years ago at the start of the pandemic.

The company is permanently banning “disruptive parties and events,” which include open-invite gatherings.

“Party houses,” will stay banned as well. That will put an end to people booking a house for a big party for just one night.

Airbnb has struggled with party houses, given the noise caused often leads to a visit by the police.

Airbnb placed a ban on party houses in 2019 after five people were killed in a shooting at one of its bookings.

That was followed by a global ban on party houses just as the pandemic hit.

Airbnb says it has seen a 44% year-over-year drop in the rate of party reports since introducing the ban.

“The temporary ban has proved effective, and today we are officially codifying the ban as our policy,” the company says.

The party continues

But how successful will the ban be?

Guests can sometimes check in to remote properties themselves while the owner is away and can invite as many people over as they want.

Airbnb says guests who attempt to violate its rules will face consequences varying from account suspension to full removal from the platform.

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Why Microsoft could be forced to pay more tax

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Tech giant Microsoft is facing increasing pressure to publish its tax data with investors demanding transparency

Investors who are managing more than $350 billion of the company’s assets want access to further financial information. 

It comes as tech giants globally face growing scrutiny over their tax affairs. 

Investors are demanding that Microsoft publish more transparent tax and financial information, as tech giants face growing scrutiny globally over their tax affairs.

A shareholder resolution on tax transparency had been filed to Microsoft ahead of its annual investor meeting this year.

The organiser of the action is UK-based proxy advisers Pensions & Investment Research Consultants.

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone is seen in front of the Microsoft logo in this illustration photo taken July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

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Investors including Nordea, AkademikerPension and Greater Manchester Pension Fund had backed the resolution.

The resolution calls on the company to publish financial and tax information on a country-by-country basis outside its home market of the United States.

The investors want to know whether Microsoft is paying fair taxes and identify any risks posed by tax reforms.

It also calls on Microsoft to produce a tax transparency report in line with the tax standard of the Global Reporting Initiative, a standards organisation.

Microsoft waa not immediately available for comment.

It comes as Microsoft revealed Russian government hackers carried out multiple cyber operations against Ukraine.

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