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Startup offering to preserve brain with '100 percent fatal' procedure for $10,000

Need a way to hold on to your memories forever? One startup is offering a special, but fatal, procedure to help you keep your brain active.

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Researchers at Nectome, a medical company founded by MIT graduates, have discovered a way to maintain brain functionality after death with high-tech embalming, a process used to prevent a body from decay. 

“Our mission is to preserve your brain well enough to keep all its memories intact: from that great chapter of your favorite book to the feeling of cold winter air, baking an apple pie, or having dinner with your friends and family,” co-founders Robert McIntyre and Michael McCanna wrote on the business’ website.

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They will target patients suffering from terminal illnesses. The individuals will be sedated, connected to heart and lung machines, and injected with the embalming chemicals while they are alive. 

The procedure is “100 percent fatal,” the founders warned, but the solution “can keep a body intact for hundreds of years, maybe thousands, as a statue of frozen glass.”

The analysts believe their investigations will help future scientists “recreate consciousness” and retrieve information from the brain’s molecular details. 

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“You can think of what we do as a fancy form of embalming that preserves not just the outer details but the inner details,” McIntyre told MIT Technology Review.

“If the brain is dead, it’s like your computer is off, but that doesn’t mean the information isn’t there,” added Ken Hayworth, a neuroscientist and president of the Brain Preservation Foundation -- the organization that awarded McIntyre for his recent work on preserving the pig brain.

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The surgery is not yet available to the public as they are still unsure if the memories will be found in the dead tissues. However, they are inviting prospective customers to join a wait list for a $10,000 deposit, which is fully refundable. So far, 25 people have signed up. 

“When a generation of people die, we lose all their collective wisdom. You can transmit knowledge to the next generation, but it’s harder to transmit wisdom, which is learned,” McIntyre said. “That was fine for a while, but we get more powerful every generation. The sheer immense potential of what we can do increases, but the wisdom does not.”

Turkey crashes through car's windshield, injuring driver

A driver in Illinois received an unexpected passenger on their Saturday morning commute.

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Officials with the Harristown Fire Protection District posted photos on its Facebook page showing a turkey that slammed into the windshield of a car. The turkey crashed through the driver's side windshield, leaving a large hole, officials said. When rescue workers arrived, they found the driver outside of the vehicle, covered in glass. The driver was treated for multiple facial cuts, officials said.

Fire officials said that the turkey, a 25-pound male, was found on the passenger floorboard. The bird did not survive the accident.

Wild turkeys hanging out at health clinic harassing patients, officials say

Patients trying to access a health clinic in California are having to contend with a rogue and feathered security force.

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A group of wild turkeys have made the area around the John Muir Health Clinic in Concord their home. The fowl are not friendly to patients trying to access the clinic, officials told KTVU.

About a dozen turkeys routinely pace in front of the doors to the clinic, and they have also claimed the clinic's parking lot, officials said. The turkeys are aggressive and have scratched patients’ vehicles, a clinic official told KTVU.

Some people are fans of the turkeys, feeding them and freeing them from traps that wildlife officials set up to remove them from the premises, KTVU reported.

Officials in New Mexico town battling skunk invasion

A mild winter has given way to a severe stink in one New Mexico town.

Officials in Hagerman, a town in southeastern New Mexico, announced Thursday on Facebook that the town is being overrun by skunks. Traps are being set up to capture the skunks and humanely remove them from the area. A town ordinance has been issued, requiring residents to keep their animals contained indoors or in their yards while the skunk removal campaign is active.

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Cats, dogs and other pets captured in the traps will be cared for at the town's animal shelter, but residents will be issued a citation upon claiming their pets for not obeying the containment ordinance, the Hagerman Police Department’s Facebook post said.

The skunks will be relocated near a river on the east side of town, KOB reported.

Naked man on ATV leads police on hour-long chase

A naked man riding an ATV refused to stop for authorities in Missouri on Sunday, prompting an hour-long chase in Kansas City, according to multiple reports.

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Police initiated a chase at 2:20 p.m. after getting a report of a suspicious, naked man riding an ATV near 8400 Northeast Sam Ray Road in Kansas City, North, according to the Kansas City Star. Police said the man was suspected of being under the influence of drugs, the newspaper reported.

The man evaded authorities in a field in Kansas City, North, before he found a break in a fence and drove onto Northeast Shoal Creek, according to the Star. He got onto Interstate 435, where he drove south, sometimes into oncoming traffic, the Star reported.

A police helicopter joined the chase, which also took authorities along Missouri Highway 152 and Missouri Highway 210, according to KSHB and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested around 3:45 p.m. after getting off the interstate at Northeast Birmingham Road, according to the Star.

No injuries were reported, KSHB reported.

Police continued to investigate the case Sunday.

Crews remove Jeep that fell through ice on New Hampshire lake

A driver was able to escape after his Jeep fell through thin ice in New Hampshire.

A Jeep Liberty fell through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee last weekend, Boston25News reported.

“I would have to say snowmobiles are probably one of the most common things we recover, but unfortunately, anything that doesn't float is susceptible to meeting me at the bottom of the lake," said Tim McDonald. 

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McDonald was called to remove the submerged Jeep, which had fallen 30 feet below the surface through a ridge or pressure reef in the ice. Those typically form after a cold spell ends and the ice warms and expands, creating weak spots.

"I will say no matter how many times you dive on something underwater, you know that's not supposed to be there is a certain level of eerie when you get down on top of it," said McDonald. 

McDonald wears a GoPro every time he makes a recovery, but this time, it was a bit more dangerous with ice 16 inches thick on the surface, Boston25News reported.

"So you're working under essentially a slate of concrete... so you have very limited access to the surface, you have to be very mindful of everything that goes on," said McDonald. 

It took McDonald and his team about half a day to get the Jeep up safely and there is a reason why they didn't wait for warmer weather. 

"We try to keep the time window as close as possible to when something actually goes into the lake to the time we can safely recover it, to limit the contamination to the water. Oils, gasoline anything like that. Modern vehicles are pretty good at retaining all of that, but we still don't like to run the risk," said McDonald.

The Jeep owner was not injured and even though it's his job, McDonald still considers a great day one where he doesn't get a call.

"A great day is the day I don't have to go out and help everybody that means everyone made it off the ice safely. At the end of the day, the Jeep’s replaceable; humans aren't," said McDonald. 

Deep pothole appears to be swallowing Michigan police officer

Heavy rainfall in Michigan has led to flooding and in some cases, dangerous road conditions.

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In Grand Blanc Township, a road was temporarily closed Friday due to a culvert washout. To demonstrate just how bad the road conditions were, an officer from the Grand Blanc Township Police Department stood in a deep pothole. The photo from the scene was posted on the police department's Facebook page. The police department noted that Officer Clark is 6 feet, 5 inches, to illustrate the depth of the pothole.

The city made temporary repairs Friday and the road was opened back up, according to the police department’s Facebook post.

Video: Hungry sloth infiltrates café in slowest burglary ever

The owners of a café in Costa Rica got a surprise Christmas visit from a burglar, albeit a pretty lethargic one.

Surveillance footage from Café Milagro in Manuel Antonio shows a sloth sneaking into the restaurant after hours in search of a snack. The café’s owners, Travis Day and Adrienne Pellizzari, posted the video to Facebook on Dec. 20.

“The greatest #sloth video you will see this holiday season,” the post read. “When was the last time you had to kick a sloth out of your bar?”

Day told the Daily Mail that the café is often visited by monkeys or toucans during the day, but that the sloth was the first of his kind to make such a brazen move. 

“The sloth must’ve slipped through the gates after we’d already closed,” Day said. “They’re very common in the area.”

The video posted on the café’s Facebook page begins with a version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” sloth-style.

“Twas the week before Christmas, when all thru the café, not a creature was stirring, but for a sloth who came to play,” text at the start of the video reads.

The surveillance footage begins with the sloth emerging from beneath the counter, eyes glowing in the light from the camera. He climbs onto the counter and begins spinning a display rack playfully as he searches for food.

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The creature’s downfall literally comes when he starts snooping under a piece of cloth covering what appears to be a chair and -- eventually -- loses his footing. He takes a header onto the floor.

The commotion caught the attention of a security guard, who thwarted the leaden larcenist, the Daily Mail reported. Day and Pellizzari were called to the café in their pajamas to rescue the hapless creature and return him to the outdoors.

They watched the footage of his caper the following morning.

“We didn’t realize just how hilarious it was until we shared it with family and friends,” Day said.

The video was spread widely across social media. Day and Pellizzari are enjoying the sloth’s moment in the spotlight, which, like the sloth himself, is proving slow to fade away.

“So, how about that time even National Geographic was sharing our #sloth burglary video!?” they posted on Facebook Tuesday, a day after the video was shared on National Geographic’s website and social media pages

“While we have sloths that can regularly be seen in nearby trees, this was the first invasion of our actual restaurant,” Day told the Daily Mail. “We have a resident sloth named Terrance who can regularly be found behind our restaurant, but this one was a new visitor.” 

Elk downs helicopter as crew tries to capture it near Utah reservoir

A helicopter crashed Monday afternoon in Utah’s Wasatch County, taken down by an elk that its crew was trying to capture. 

Officials with Wasatch County Search & Rescue said on Facebook that the two-member crew walked away from the crash with minor injuries. The crash took place near Currant Creek Reservoir, which is about 85 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. 

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“The Australian flight crew was in the process of netting a cow elk, which jumped and hit the tail rotor of the helicopter,” according to a statement from Wasatch County Search & Rescue. “This almost severed the tail rotor and ended the flight of this chopper.” 

The crew members, who received cuts and bruises, were treated by paramedics from nearby Fruitland and were expected to be fine. 

“As for the chopper, not so good,” the statement read. “Not something you see every day when an elk brings down a chopper.”

The helicopter was contracted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, according to KUTV in Salt Lake City. A spokeswoman for the DWR told the news station that the elk was killed in the crash. 

The crew planned to sedate the elk and fly it to have a tracking collar placed on it for later study by biologists, the news station said. 

Naked passenger prompts Seattle-bound plane to return to Anchorage

An Alaska Airlines plane bound for Seattle returned to Anchorage early Wednesday after authorities said a man locked himself in the plane’s bathroom, stripped naked and refused to follow instructions from flight attendants.

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Alaska Airlines Flight 146 returned to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport around 3 a.m. Wednesday, about an hour and a half after takeoff, airport police told KTVA.

“There was a subject on the aircraft that had barricaded or locked himself in the bathroom,” Sgt. Darcey Perry told the news station. “Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked.”

He did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson told The Associated Press in an email that the flight turned back to Alaska “due to a passenger not following flight attendant’s instructions.”

“While no emergency was declared, the decision was made to return to Anchorage,” Thompson told the AP.

A passenger on the flight told the AP that she didn’t see the man, but she knew that something was going on Wednesday because flight attendants were going up and down the plane’s aisles and put on rubber gloves.

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She said she heard that a man “had taken off his clothes and he just wasn’t in his right mind,” according to the AP.

Thompson told KTVA that the man was escorted off the plane by law enforcement officers, although it was not immediately clear whether the man was facing charges.

The plane had 178 passengers onboard when it turned around. The incident delayed the flight by about five hours, according to KTVA.

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