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Friday, August 5 2022


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This is a truly remarkable and incredibly significant study. It demonstrates that after death, cells in mammalian organs (including humans) such as the brain do not die for many hours. This is well into the post-mortem period.

That’s what scientists are saying about a new study that may well change the definition of dying. Researchers at Yale University used a system called OrganEx to restore blood circulation and activity in the heart, liver and kidney etc. in pigs a full hour after their deaths. But there was no coordinated brain activity that would indicate consciousness. Why this matters: it extends the window for harvesting organs for transplant—rather than reviving dying humans. But bioethicists say it also raises difficult questions about the definition of death—especially if the technique could one day restore brain activity.


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Big Story

A big golf brawl over Saudi money

The TLDR: The golfing world has been upended by a maha-yudh between the venerable PGA and an upstart league called LIV—funded by Saudi Arabia. You may not care much about golf, but it offers an eye-opening look at the sport—how it’s played and who makes the big bucks. FYI: There are no real villains in this story.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Say hello to a new CJI
  • Russian ruling sends a message
  • Imran Khan is in trouble
  • Ready for a Swiggy credit card?
  • Airbus' fiery feud with Qatar Airways about paint
  • China’s getting hotter faster than the rest of the world
  • The concern over a widening gender gap among sea turtles 
  • Beyoncé has a new problem

 

Sanity Break

  •  ‘Evening Walk on Juhu Beach’ by Atul Dodiya

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads

 

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