Nurse-assistant droids brought online to help nurses in Chinese hospital

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A small army of nurse-assistant droids are now online and working to assist nurses in their day-to-day duties inside a Chinese hospital.

The droids, dubbed the Noah-series, run errands for the nurses, carrying documents, medicines, and other equipment between the pharmacy and the nurses’ station.

Noah bots utilize GPS technology to negotiate the hospital’s corridors and have been programmed to issue voice statements to alert people of their presence.

The droid squad is being trialled at Guangzhou Women and Children Medical Center, and if successful, further Noahs may be deployed across other medical facilities.

The implementation of the droids, which can carry about 10 times more weight than a human operator and maintain a perfectly sterile transport environment for pharmacological compounds, has re-ignited the debate about technology eliminating much-needed jobs.

One single Noah can do the work of about four people, so the presence of the droids may reduce the need for human intervention in the hospital wards.

Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of ‘without ceremony’, UK judge rules

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The body of the Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, must be disposed of ‘without any ceremony’, a UK High Court Judge has ruled today.

The infamous serial killer died at Broadmoor Hospital on May 15 last, aged 79, but his body has not yet been disposed of.

Legal wranglings have so far prevented Brady’s remains to be cremated, and his solicitor has not yet made any arrangements to that effect. It is understood that any further decisions regarding the disposal of Brady’s remains will be taken by the High Court, rather than his legal representative.

Ian Brady, together with his lover Myra Hindley, tortured and killed five children in the 1960s

The victims were: Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey, Edward Evans, John Kilbride, and Pauline Reade. All the bodies, except for Bennett’s, were found buried in shallow graves in the Saddleworth Moors near Manchester.

Some arguments centered around a request to play the fifth movement (“Songe d’une nuit du sabbat“, Dream of the Night of the Sabbath) of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique during Brady’s cremation.

A High Court Judge has now ruled that Brady’s remains must be disposed as soon as possible ‘with no ceremony’.

Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi expected to fetch up to $100m at auction

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Salvator Mundi, the last painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, is expected to fetch up to $100m when it goes under the hammer later this month.

The painting, which once sold for $60 at Christie’s, has changed hands multiple times during its long and fascinating history, with most owners unaware that it was a da Vinci original.

Painted circa 1515, Salvator Mundi (Latin for ‘World’s Savior’) features an image of Jesus Christ. Art historians were aware of the painting’s existence, but most outside art circles would not have known the treasure they had in their hands. Experts believe that fewer than 20 da Vinci paintings remain in the world today.

After being certified as a da Vinci original, the piece of art was painstakingly restored, a process that took years.

Salvator Mundi will go under the hammer at New York’s auction house Christie’s later this month, with a starting price close to $100m.

Post-sale, the painting will be exhibited at different museums and art galleries across the world.

Donald Malarkey, one of the last surviving heroes from Easy Company, passes away aged 96

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Second World War hero Donald Malarkey, who fought with Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division across several European battlefields, has sadly passed away aged 96.

The war veteran parachuted with his unit into France in the early hours of D-Day, tasked with destroying a German FLAK battery of 88s zeroed in on the Normandy beaches, an action dramatized in the Band of Brothers episode ‘Day of Days’.

Malarkey saw action in France and the Netherlands, notably in the defence of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

He remained in contact with other Easy Company veterans after the war, and attended the unit’s last reunion in August of this year.

Malarkey was portrayed by actor Scott Grimes in the award-winning HBO production Band of Brothers.

The war hero passed away from natural causes at the age of 96.