Tsaparis Tscience - Running with Jet Packs, Born without a Brain, and a Giant Manta Ray

Tsaparis Tscience
Posted at 8:37 AM, Sep 17, 2014
and last updated 2015-02-04 12:06:52-05

TALLAHASSEE (WTXL) - Can you run a four minute mile? That's the goal for grad students at Arizona State University: to allow our military personnel to run incredible speeds while carrying all their heavy gear. They turned a jet pack on its side, attached it to a backpack and they're off! The latch-on device enables the user to get a sprinting speed while only exerting a jogging effort.

Next, this just goes to show you how amazing the human brain is. Doctors in China were surprised to find a woman in her mid 20s who was living a normal life, was actually missing her entire cerebellum. The cerebellum is responsible for all movement and people with damage in this area usually have severe motor limitations. There have only been 8 other cases of people without this part of the brain and most didn't survive. Doctors say this explains how young brains are truly adaptable organs.

And here's another amazing story, a giant manta ray that was tangled in a fishing line appears to "ask for help" from nearby divers. This all happened near Costa Rica.  In the video shot by Thomaz Monteiro, you can see the diver unhooking the net from the belly of the large animal. Though the net was narrow, it did end up leaving some small cuts, but other than that it was unharmed!

You can hear more about all of these by clicking on the video to the left.

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