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Researchers in China grafted the heads of smaller rats onto the necks of larger rats.

The scientists successfully avoided any brain-damaging blood loss, accomplishing the goal of the study published in 'CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics.'

Blood vessels of the donor rat's head were attached to a third rat's blood vessels which kept blood flowing continuously to the donor rat's brain.

No damaging was detected on EEGs monitoring the donor rat's brain activity throughout the transplanting procedure. vice.com
The eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, like many of the country's urban areas, suffers from intense smog. 

The Air Quality Index, which uses a scale from 0 to 500 (with higher numbers indicating worse pollution), rates Nanjing's air quality as 132 – a level considered unhealthy for the public, especially those with respiratory disease.

The Italian design firm Stefano Boeri Architetti believes that building towers covered in plants could help the city reduce its pollution.

The company recently announced that it will build two skyscrapers that will hold a total of 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading shrubs on their rooftops and balconies.

Construction on the buildings, called the Nanjing Green Towers, began in early 2017 and is set to wrap up next year.

The design will be similar to that of a two-tower complex that Boeri designed in Milan. Another tower in Lausanne, Switzerland will follow a similar plan and is expected to open by early 2018. sciencealert.com
With North Korea believed to be ready to conduct a nuclear or missile test at any time, a Chinese newspaper warned the isolated country not to "pass the point of no return."

In an editorial Tuesday, the Global Times, a newspaper published by China's ruling Communist Party, said the previous day's phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping showed the two countries were in close communication over the tensions.

The paper said China hopes for a peaceful outcome, but that Beijing has "very limited influence on the entire situation." It added: "The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point."

The newspaper said if North Korea carries out a sixth nuclear test as expected, "it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return. All stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses."

Meanwhile, North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday on the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its army, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. The live-fire drills were reportedly carried out in areas around the city of Wonsan on its east coast. South Korea's defense ministry could not immediately confirm the report. koreatimes.co.kr
Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child will be denied education and government benefits.

Officials in the western region of Xinjiang, home to roughly half of China’s 23 million Muslims, have released a list of banned baby names amid an ongoing crackdown on religion.

Names such as Islam, Quran, Saddam and Mecca, as well as references to the star and crescent moon symbol, are all unacceptable to the ruling Communist party and children with those names will be denied household registration, a crucial document that grants access to social services, healthcare and education.

A full list of names has not yet been published and it is unclear exactly what qualifies as a religious name.China blames religious extremists for a slew of violent incidents in recent years that have left hundreds dead. It has launched a series of crackdowns in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur minority and one of the most militarised regions in the country. theguardian.com
China's space program just hit a milestone: according to Reuters, its first cargo probe has successfully proven that it can ferry supplies to orbit. Tianzhou-1 took off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the mainland on April 20th. In the early hours of April 22nd, Eastern time, it performed an automated docking maneuver to attach itself to the country's orbiting lab, the Tiangong-2. You can think of Tiangong 2 (or "Heavenly Space Lab") as China's experimental space station, which housed two astronauts for a month in October 2016. The country is using it to test new technologies for the larger manned space station that it hopes to establish in orbit by 2022.

Based on state media reports, China considers the event a huge accomplishment, since Chinese President Xi Jinping has decided to make its space program a priority to strengthen national security. It also provides an "important technological basis" for the construction of the country's permanent orbiting lab. In its current form, it can reportedly fly autonomously for up to three months while carrying up to 6 tons of goods and 2 tons of cargo.

While Tianzhou-1's success is a cause for celebration for China, some United States officials might see it as a cause for concern instead. In a 2015 annual report it prepared for Congress, the US Department of Defense claims China has been heavily investing in space capabilities "designed to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by adversaries during a crisis or conflict, including the development of directed-energy weapons and satellite jammers." engadget.com
A Canadian man is facing a maximum of 20 years behind bars and a possible fine of up to one-million dollars U-S for trying to export fentanyl, an opioid-based painkiller roughly 100 times stronger than morphine, which can be fatal even in tiny doses, and other synthetic drugs.

Karl Morrison, a 59-year-old from Kitchener, Ontario pleaded guilty to attempting to export the drugs from China into the US. Morrison’s wife, Sorina Morrison, also pleaded guilty to failing to report the crime to law enforcement and could face up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $250 thousand dollars US.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the couple crossed into the U.S. and collected four packages. The initial criminal complaint filed against the Morrisons says they intended to go shopping at an outlet mall.

A release sent out Thursday after the couple pleaded guilty says they instead bought shipping supplies and repackaged the contents of the parcels into new envelopes that they paid to ship back to Canada, including one to their home address. globalnews.ca