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# World First

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Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings from environmentalists
Environmental groups have dubbed the project “Chernobyl on ice” and a “nuclear Titanic.”
New Zealand to grant paid leave for domestic violence victims
New Zealand has a track record of being progressive on women’s issues – in 1893 it became the first country to give women the right to vote.
Japanese woman dies of tick disease after being bitten by a stray cat
“It’s still not confirmed the virus came from the cat, but it’s possible that it’s the (world’s) first case,” a health ministry official said.
Irish scientists mix silly putty with graphene to create ultra-sensitive health sensors
‘G-putty’ is said to be 100 times more receptive than a normal sensor and is able to detect the footsteps of small spiders.
Paralysed man can now use his hand thanks to pioneering software
Ian Burkhart was left with a broken neck after a swimming accident.
"Miracle" as baby girl (1) cured of cancer with pioneering treatment
Layla Richards had leukaemia, but was cured thanks to treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Transplants using 'dead hearts' have been performed in Australia
So far three people have received hearts in this way.
A 3D printed vertebra was used to fix a boy's spine
The surgery took place in China and is the first of its kind.
In world first, Guatemala convicts former president of genocide
Efrain Rios Montt was convicted of genocide and war crimes in a ruling arising from massacres of indigenous people in the 1980s.
Photos of the world's first full face transplant
Patient goes public for first time.