World’s first eye transplant for man electrocuted by super-voltage power lines- Tech & Science Daily podcast


An electrical worker who lost an eye, an arm and half his face while servicing deadly super-voltage power lines has received new facial features - and the world’s first ocular transplant.

Aaron James, 46, from Arkansas, nearly died and suffered extreme burns when he was electrocuted by a live wire during his work for a power company in 2021.

Blood is pumping to the new donor eyeball and the optic nerve is connected, but now there’s a wait to check if vision appears as wounds heal, after surgery at NYU Langone Health - but James tells the Associated Press he hopes the world-first procedure will benefit others in the future.

Space scientists at Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered the oldest black hole, which at 13.2 billion years old was formed just 470 million years after the Big Bang.

The findings, made using Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, confirm theories that supermassive black holes existed at the dawn of the universe.

A man in his 40s was crushed to death by a robot in South Korea after it reportedly failed to tell the difference between the victim and a box of peppers.

Yonhap news agency reports he was inspecting the machine’s sensor at a distribution centre for agricultural produce in South Gyeongsang, when he was grabbed by the robot’s arm and fatally crushed.

Plus, China’s ‘chimeric monkey’, new Pacific lava island, standing health boost, friends visits for wellbeing and ultra-rare ancient echidna caught on camera.

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