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# world-first - Friday 23 August, 2019

Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings from environmentalists

Environmental groups have dubbed the project “Chernobyl on ice” and a “nuclear Titanic.”

# world-first - Thursday 26 July, 2018

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.

# world-first - Tuesday 25 July, 2017

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.

# world-first - Friday 9 December, 2016

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.

# world-first - Wednesday 13 April, 2016

Paralysed man can now use his hand thanks to pioneering software

Ian Burkhart was left with a broken neck after a swimming accident.

# world-first - Friday 6 November, 2015

"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.

# world-first - Saturday 25 October, 2014

Transplants using 'dead hearts' have been performed in Australia

So far three people have received hearts in this way.

# world-first - Monday 25 August, 2014

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.

# world-first - Saturday 11 May, 2013

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.

# world-first - Monday 26 July, 2010

THE RECIPIENT OF the world’s first full face transplant has appeared in public for the first time, thanking his doctors and his donor’s family.

The 31-year-old Spanish man, identified only as Oscar, underwent a 24-hour operation in Barcelona involving 30 experts. The man was involved in a shooting accident five years ago which seriously damaged his face.

His entire facial skin and muscles needed to be replaced, as did his teeth and jawbone. Doctors says he should regain up to 90% of his facial functions, but will need more physical therapy.

Previous face transplant operations were only partial transplants.