Toddler Loses Eye to Crashing Drone

Drones and the dangers of their use can barely stay out of recent news, but the risks of personal drones once again hit home in Britain recently, when a toddlers eyeball was sliced in half by their neighbour’s drone.

16-month old Oscar Webb was playing in front of his home in Southport-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, while the family’s next door neighbour, Simon Evans was flying his drone in his front garden. It was then that the drone collided with a tree and was sent spinning out of control before hitting Oscar. Despite the drone being flown responsibly, the result was one of the worst incidents involving a consumer drone.

The pilot, Evans was described by the BBC as an experienced drone operator, recounted the event: “It was up for about 60 seconds. As I brought it back down to land, it just clipped the tree and span round. The next thing I know I’ve just heard my friend shriek and say, ‘Oh God no’ and I turned around and just saw blood and his baby on the floor crying.”

After being rushed to hospital, it took multiple attempts at surgery to save the eye before it was determined that it would have to be removed. Doctors described the injury as one of the worst eye injuries that they had ever seen. Dr. Faye Mellington, an optics specialist at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, told the BBC: “I’ve not seen one in somebody so young, and I’ve also not see one from a drone.” “Any instrument that can come close to the eye and at high speed can cause devastating injuries,” she said “I supposed given that so many are around now and in frequent use, one may expect several more injuries of this kind.” Oscar is expected to receive a prosthetic eye in the future.

Evans is yet to fly a drone since the incident, “I look at the drones in the garage and I feel physically sick.” He now feels concerned about how dangerous drones can be.

It is incidents like this that really drive home that drones, even used carefully, can be dangerous and that anyone operating a drone should be aware of this and any dangers in their surroundings.

Did Batman Turn From Superhero to ‘Super Murderer’ in the Arkham Knight?

Batman is considered a superhero and was created with that intent in mind. We see that in the comics and movies created so far, but what about the games? Sure, they need to be tweaked a bit to get players more interested in the game and make it ‘sellable’, but how far would you go to change that?

According to a medical examiner, as well as some screenshots, it looks like non-lethal Batman just turned serial killer in the latest Batman: Arkham Knight title. Dr. M. Hussain points out that some of the moves pictured below can cause “damage to the spine and ribs” and other lethal injuries.

“The amount of force required to kick someone across the room would be very high and can cause damage to organs.” Dr. Hussain noted.

On top of that, some of the vehicle collisions and rocket ‘punches’ displayed below simply speak for themselves. Don’t take our word for it though. If you played the game, you may be familiar with some scenes or actions that Batman performs, where it is clearly visible that his opponent(s) have no chance of survival. Here are some examples below:

I know we are talking about a game here where “Nothing is true, everything is permitted”, but let’s be honest here. We want to know Batman for who he was created to be, right? And as far as I know, Batman did not change his approach toward villains. What’s your thought on this? Let us know in the comments below.

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eSports Star Retires Aged 22 Due to Wrist Injury

An eSports star, captain of a top League of Legends team, has been forced to retire from professional gaming at only 22 years old. Hai Lam will no longer be eligible to participate in team games, according to the website of Cloud9, his former team.

It seems that years of high-intensity gaming have left their mark on Hai, who cites a wrist injury as the cause of his retirement. He has been playing with the injury for some time, but it has grown so serious that he can no longer ignore it, with the condition affecting his ability to play at the level he desires.

This is not the first time Hai has been sidelined by injury – he was forced to pull out of an All-Star event in Paris last year after suffering a collapsed lung – but his potentially chronic wrist condition has forced a permanent exit from the sport dedicated much of his young life to. Last month, The Daily Dot published a story about Hai developing tendinitis of the wrist, though it is as yet unconfirmed whether this is the same condition that has forced his retirement.

Repetitive strain injuries are common in even amateur gamers, so there are concerns that as eSports grows in stature, that the demands it puts on competitors could see stories like that of Hai Lam become commonplace.

Following his retirement, Hai will adopt a new role as Chief Gaming Officer for the Cloud9 team, which will see him seek out new gaming talent and strike up relationships with partners and sponsors.

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Might Come with External Airbags

Airbags are the main protection feature inside a car, aiding in protecting the driver and passengers from serious harm in the event of a violent accident. However, we still don’t have anything to protect the car itself or the objects it might hit.

Google has been thinking about adding an extra protection feature to the exterior of its self-driving cars and came up with the idea of having external airbags. As shown in a patent filed by the company, it looks like its self-driving cars might come with a new revolutionary protection feature in the near future.

The external airbags are said to help protect the car, other cars or even people if an unfortunate accident occurs. However, the airbags might have an opposite effect on people, sending them flying and suffering more severe injuries. Google apparently thought about this problem and came up with a solution which involves a visco-elastic material that would have a bit of give to help prevent serious injury.

Though the idea might become a reality in Google’s hands, it’s worth pointing out that Volvo was the first to think about this solution. External airbags seem to have a lot of potential on paper, but do they really do the trick in real life situations? That would remain to be seen.

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Nanotechnology Can Replace Torn Knee Ligaments

A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a debilitating sports injury to the fibrous strand of hard tissue that connects the femur to the tibia through the knee, used to mean undergoing a reparative tendon graft that left the sufferer in constant pain and at risk of damaging the knee further. However, work at Northwestern University might make such difficulties a thing of the past.

Scientists at Northwestern have developed a replacement ligament containing nanotechnology that combines calcium nanocrystals, imitating natural bone tissue, a porous biomaterial, and polyester fibres that can be connected to the femur and tibia to replace the damaged ACL. The artificial ligament requires no surgical graft, with the implant and the bone naturally integrating, acting more like a real ligament.

The procedure has only been tested on animals so far, but Northwestern University hope that, with further trials and study, it will soon be ready to help people with ACL injuries.

Source: Engadget

Harrison Ford Injured While Filming Star Wars Movie

Delays have hit the new Star Wars movie after one of the movies leading stars was injured by a falling hydraulic door. Harrison Ford was crushed under a falling door from the Millennium Falcon space ship set while working on the new movie. The accident left him clutching his chest as he was stretchered onto a helicopter and air lifted to hospital for further treatment.

Fortunately for Harrison and his fans, the injuries don’t appear as bad as everyone thought, although it is currently believed that Mr Ford, now 71 years old, has suffered a fractured ankle although results of further tests are still pending. This injury will no doubt set back his schedule for the movie, and as a result the entire cast was send home for the rest of the day.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 4.24pm to Pinewood to reports of a 71-year-old male who had sustained an injury to his ankle from a door that had fallen.”

Obviously someone in charge of safety on the set really screwed up, but of course sometimes accidents do happen no matter how many precautions you take. The film is still scheduled for December 2015, and fans are no doubt eager to see Mr Ford make a speedy recovery and return to set.

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Injectable Sponges Might Save A Lot Of Lives On The Battlefield

The biggest problem and the one that takes away a lot of lives in a battlefield is bleeding. There are cases where the injury might be so severe that not even a medic can stop the bleeding, leading to inevitable death. However, as technology advances, solutions for such problems pop up.

A company by the name of RevMedx, which develops products for military medical aid, invented a tablet filled with little sponges. It is said to work by injecting it into the would where the sponges will do their work and allow medics to further assist the victim with medical treatment. It was primarily designed for shotgun wounds and is also said to stop bleeding in just 15 seconds.

“After multiple rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was always the same complaint from the guys, we need better products that control haemorrhaging,” said John Steinbaugh, RevMedx vice president. “You could rapidly apply this product to many people and save a lot of time.”

RevMedx also received a $5 million investment from the U.S. Military to finish the development of the sponges, which RevMedx executives stated to be a great replacement for gauze. The company is also said to be developing a gauze which will grow several times its normal size when in contact with bodily fluids and an ace bandage that has a pump on the side to put pressure on a wound.

To be noted is that the little sponges will not remain in the body after the haemorrhaging stops. Though not harmful, they will be removed through surgery. Every sponge-like tablet has an ‘X’ radiopaque marker which can be spotted in X-ray scans, making it easy to find and remove them.

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